University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, J.D., 1983
University of Minnesota, B.A., 1979, Summa Cum Laude
- Phi Beta Kappa
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
- U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
- U.S. District Court District of Arizona
- U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Honorable Donald D. Alsop, U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
Mark Schroeder is a member of the Business Litigation section and practices principally in the areas of:
- Class action defense
- Consumer finance and mortgage banking litigation
- Business and commercial litigation
- Trade regulation litigation
Mark has represented mortgage banking and financial institution clients for more than fifteen years, with particular emphasis in class action defense. In this area of his practice, he has served as lead trial counsel in handling dozens of class actions across the country, representing clients in state and federal courts. Mark has defeated class certification, obtained dismissals, tried cases and argued appeals in consumer finance class actions involving RESPA, mortgage broker fees/yield-spread premiums (YSP), truth-in-lending, discharge fees, escrow practices, fair lending statutes, debt-collection practices, late fees, foreclosure and private mortgage insurance.
Mark’s experiences with class action defense reaches into other substantive areas, such as representing clients in wage and hour claims, including the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as securities/shareholder disputes and mass torts.
In his business and commercial litigation practice, Mark has handled cases involving the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) and breach of warranty/breach of contract; the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO); fraud; the federal Lanham Act and trademark infringement; franchise, dealership, and shareholder disputes; and attorney malpractice.
While Mark was in law school, he was a member of the UCLA Law Review. Before joining Briggs, Mark was an instructor at the University of Minnesota Law School.
Honors & Awards
- Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2010
- Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award, U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 2010
- Achieved dismissal of a series of lawsuits by borrowers against national mortgage lender challenging the validity of mortgage foreclosures under theories including "show me the note," improper assignment of the mortgage, quiet title and slander of title.
- Defended a national loan servicer and obtained dismissals in numerous consumer mortgage defense actions involving TILA, RESPA, FDCPA, FCRA, federal and state consumer protection laws, and residential foreclosure statutes.
- National consumer class action challenging yield spread premiums.
- Numerous successful defenses of national consumer class actions alleging illegal kick-backs under RESPA.
- Represent a debt collection company in an action brought in which the plaintiff alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).
- Represented a bank and a mortgagee in an action in which plaintiffs allege should be rescinded.
- Successful defense of class action alleging price-fixing.
American Bar Association, Member
Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
Ramsey County Bar Association, Member
State Bar of California, Member
- February 3, 2012
- February 8, 2011
- November 23, 2010
- July 5, 2007
- "Commercial Litigation and Lender Liability," Speaker, Commercial Lending Academy Seminar, Risk Management Association, Minnesota ChapterFebruary 2010
- "Class Certification: Offense, Defense and a view from the Bench," Panel Member, Annual Federal Court Practice Seminar, Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar AssociationJune 2009
- "Mortgage Fraud," Panel Member, Minnesota Land Title Association MeetingFebruary 2009