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Robert M. Couch

Robert M. Couch

Counsel

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP
Alabama, U.S.A.

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Profile

Rob Couch focuses on mortgage lenders and investors in both the forward mortgage and reverse mortgage industries; affordable housing; regulatory matters involving HUD, Ginnie Mae, FHA and other government-sponsored enterprise matters; and governmental affairs.

Rob previously served as general counsel of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from December 2006 to November 2008. In that role, he acted as the chief legal advisor to the secretary, deputy secretary and other principal staff, providing advice on federal laws, regulations and policies affecting HUD programs. Rob also has served as president of the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae), as well as a commissioner on the Bipartisan Policy Center's Housing Commission. He also served as a member of President George W. Bush's Task Force on the Status of Puerto Rico in 2008.

Rob has a wealth of private sector skills and experience. Prior to his government service, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of New South Federal Savings Bank in Birmingham, at the time the largest thrift in Alabama. He also served as General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer of First Commercial Bancshares. An active member of the mortgage banking industry, Rob is a former Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America. He has also served as President of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Alabama.  Rob is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and a Certified Mortgage Banker (master certificate).

Congressional Testimony

November 21, 2013 - Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs on the topic of "Housing Finance Reform: Powers and Structure of a Strong Regulator"

August 2, 2011 - Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, on the topic of “Housing Finance Reform: National Mortgage Servicing Standards”

March 18, 2004 – House Financial Services Committee, Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity, on the topic of “Expanding Housing Opportunity Through the Education and Counseling Act” 

November 5, 2003 – House Financial Services Committee on the topic of “Protecting Homeowners: Preventing Abusive Lending While Preserving Access to Credit”

October 23, 2003 – Senate Banking Committee on the topic of regulation of the government-sponsored enterprises (GSE)

April 8, 2003 – House Financial Services Committee, Subcommittee on Housing and Community Opportunity, on the topic of “Promoting the American Dream of Homeownership Through Down Payment Assistance”

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1984

Education

  • Washington & Lee University School of Law, J.D., 1982, summa cum laude; John W. Davis Prize; Law Review, Lead Articles Editor
  • Washington & Lee University, B.S., 1978, cum laude
Areas of Practice
Blogs

BuildSmart
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

Significant issues can arise during the three phases of the design and construction process. Effective planning, performance and completion are critical to the success of any construction project. So is informed counsel that addresses a variety of business issues, including mergers and...

It Pays to Be Covered™
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

Bradley’s It Pays to Be Covered™ Blog discusses insurance law developments and industry trends in property and casualty insurance, including the growing cyber insurance market, coverage for drones, and blockchain exposures. We also address practical risk management strategies of interest to risk...

Tennessee Appellate Review
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

A successful appeal depends on counsel’s substantive understanding of appellate rules, procedures, and strategies. The Tennessee Appellate Review blog is a resource for commentary and insights on the latest state and federal appellate news. Join the conversation as we analyze decisions from the...

The Law of Order
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

Bradley’s The Law of Order blog serves as a general parliamentary procedure resource, providing information about creation and revision of governing documents (constitutions, bylaws, or rules), application of Robert’s Rules of Order and other procedural authorities in a variety of contexts (such as...

Underwritten
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP 

Underwritten covers topics related to life, health, disability and long-term care insurance. Our team of experienced attorneys and authors offers insight on the issues insurers face as they seek to serve their policyholders and to mitigate risk. The blog covers significant court decisions,...

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