William (Bill) Heller serves as chair of Akerman's National Consumer Finance Litigation & Compliance Practice Group - dedicated to the financial services industry and comprised of over 100 lawyers and legal professionals positioned nationwide.
Bill has extensive experience defending mortgage loan servicers, investors, and originators against individual and class consumer claims, including those arising under federal laws - the Truth in Lending Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, Fair Housing Act, and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act - and state fair lending, collection, and deceptive trade practice laws. Bill also works with federal and state law enforcement to investigate and prosecute repurchase and mortgage fraud recovery matters.
Origination, servicing, and foreclosure compliance are also significant parts of Bill's practice. He has extensive experience with reviewing and implementing internal procedures - including 50-state foreclosure process reviews and enhancements - ensuring compliance with servicing standards, federal and state laws, court rules, and local practices.
Bill is a recognized authority and frequent speaker on legal and compliance issues relating to loan servicing and foreclosure process enhancements. He is ranked by Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, and Super Lawyers Magazine as one of the leading lawyers in the United States.