Richard E. Gottlieb photoRichard E. Gottlieb

Practice Areas

  • Mortgage banking
  • Enforcement
  • Auto Finance
  • Privacy and Data Security

RICHARD E. GOTTLIEB is Chief Legal Officer and Executive Vice President of Leap Theory, LLC, a Santa Monica-based fintech company with consumer lending, financial analytics and direct marketing product lines.

Richard was previously a partner at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, and chair of the firm’s national consumer financial practice. In his many years in practice, Richard has counseled and defended financial institutions on consumer finance matters, including in the defense of both individual and putative class action suits alleging false or deceptive practices and statutory consumer lending violations. A recognized leader in the field, Richard has been Chambers-listed every year since inception of its peer rankings of the top global consumer finance lawyers, and he is the senior editor and co-author of the leading desk treatise on consumer lending laws, The Consumer Financial Services Answer Book, which is published annually by the Practising Law Institute. Mr. Gottlieb is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (LL.M.), State University of New York at Buffalo (J.D.), and Vanderbilt University (B.A.). He is a member of the California, District of Columbia, Illinois, and New York bars.

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers
  • Fellow, American College of Mortgage Attorneys
  • Board of Governors, Conference on Consumer Finance Law
  • Member, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel

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