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Stephen Parsley practices primarily in the Banking and Financial Services Practice Group, where he assists clients with complex and dispositive motions, appeals, compliance, and general strategy.

Stephen has litigated hundreds of cases in federal and state courts, including several oral arguments before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition to his extensive appellate experience, he often assists clients at the trial level by briefing motions. Stephen strives to keep the big picture in view for his clients by not only winning individual cases, but promoting client interests across the range of relevant legal and business issues. View articles by Stephen

The Alabama Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Coan v. Championship Property, LLC has significant implications for mortgage lenders, servicers, and foreclosure sale purchasers. The decision settles a contested issue: May trial courts require borrowers to make escrow-style payments pending a final judgment in a foreclosure or eviction dispute? Although the full extent of the ruling

Over the past two years, we’ve been covering the state legislatures and executive officials taking aim at environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing and ramping up the pressure on companies that incorporate ESG factors into business decisions. Financial services companies have been watching carefully to see what’s next in the state pushback to ESG. And

“Although there may be other constitutional checks on Congress’ authority to create and fund an administrative agency, specifying the source and purpose is all the control the Appropriations Clause requires.” With these words, seven members of the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s funding mechanism and forestalled the possibility that

The Alabama Supreme Court recently issued a major published decision on circumstances in which a residential borrower can challenge a mortgage foreclosure sale. In Littlefield v. Smith, the court elevated the bona fide purchaser doctrine to central importance, holding that it limits the grounds for borrowers to bring many post-sale challenges if a third

In just a couple of years, “ESG” (environmental, social and governance) has gone from an obscure acronym to a term regularly bandied about in the news, as insurers and financial institutions face legal scrutiny into their investing practices.

A little more than a year ago, we addressed the trend of laws that divest state assets

Less than three years after the U.S. Supreme Court reviewed the CFPB’s appointment structure, the bureau again finds itself before the Court in what could prove the most consequential case for the financial services industry in years. Four months ago, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision in Community Financial Services Association of

Does the Eleventh Circuit’s Hunstein Decision Mean that the FDCPA Violates the First Amendment?The Eleventh Circuit’s far-reaching decision in Hunstein v. Preferred Collection and Management Services, Inc. — which we previously covered on this blog — continues to raise questions for the wide range of industries that fall within the FDCPA’s definition of “debt collectors.” To put it briefly, the Eleventh Circuit held that a debt collector violates

Supreme Court Holds Mere Retention of Bankruptcy Debtor’s Property Is Not a Violation of the Automatic Stay but More Questions RemainFor the past few years, the federal circuit courts have struggled with the issue of whether a creditor retaining possession of bankruptcy estate property violates the automatic stay. For example, is a creditor required to automatically turn over a vehicle as soon as the bankruptcy petition is filed, or can the creditor retain possession of