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Coty Montag

Senior Deputy Director of Litigation

As Senior Deputy Director of Litigation for LDF, Coty Montag assists the Director of Litigation in overseeing LDF’s legal staff in their litigation, policy, advocacy, organizing, public education, and media activities.  Coty supervises LDF’s economic justice and participates in the strategic development of LDF’s organizational resources and administration.  Coty currently serves as lead counsel for LDF in MorningSide v. Sabree, a class action lawsuit challenging Wayne County, Michigan’s discriminatory tax foreclosures under the Fair Housing Act (FHA).  Coty is a frequent speaker at legal conferences nationwide, particularly regarding issues involving fair lending and housing, and has co-authored numerous amicus briefs that have been submitted in federal and state appellate courts.

Prior to joining LDF in 2015, Coty served as Deputy Chief of the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section of the Civil Rights Division at the United States Department of Justice. Prior to her service at the Department, Coty was an associate at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP in San Diego, California, where she focused on fair lending, consumer protection, and antitrust class action litigation on behalf of individual and institutional plaintiffs.

As part of the Housing Section’s Fair Lending Unit at the Department of Justice, Coty investigated and litigated matters arising out of the FHA and Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA). Her cases include United States v. Ally Financial Inc. and Ally Bank (E.D. Mich. 2013), the government’s largest-ever auto discrimination settlement; United States v. Synchrony Bank, f/k/a GE Capital Retail Bank (D. Utah 2014), the government’s largest-ever credit card discrimination settlement; and United States v. Wells Fargo Bank (D.D.C. 2012), a major fair lending investigation resulting in a $234.3 million settlement. During Coty’s tenure, the Fair Lending Unit obtained nearly $1 billion in relief for individual borrowers and impacted communities in settlements under the FHA and ECOA. In 2013, Coty received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award, the second highest award for Department employees. In 2012 and 2014, she received the Assistant Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award.  Coty Montag is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Florida.