Andrew LeMar is a partner at Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C. As a member of the firm's Class Action Defense and Consumer Financial Services Litigation groups, Mr. LeMar concentrates his practice on defense of banks, mortgage lenders, servicers, debt collectors and related entities. Mr. LeMar has defended numerous class actions and individual suits in Chicago and across the country, involving a variety of state and federal claims, including claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, Truth in Lending Act, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Electronic Funds Transfer Act, Home Ownership Equity Protection Act, Fair Housing Act, and Equal Credit Opportunity Act, as well as claims for violations of state consumer protection statutes. Mr. LeMar also has significant experience defending mortgagees, trustees, and servicers against affirmative defenses and counterclaims brought by borrowers in foreclosure actions.
In addition, Mr. LeMar has advised financial institutions on compliance with: the Fair Credit Reporting Act; the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act; the Truth in Lending Act; the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act; the Equal Credit Opportunity Act; the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act; the Credit Practices Rule; and state statutes regarding consumer lending, consumer privacy, collections, fair lending, credit reporting, licensing, and regulatory requirements.
Mr. LeMar has also litigated commercial disputes in both state and federal court on behalf of public corporations, closely held business, and individuals. Mr. LeMar also has experience with mass accident class actions, securities fraud class actions, trademark, corporate director liability, employment law, torts, unfair competition, and deceptive trade practices. Prior to joining Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, Mr. LeMar practiced in the financial services litigation group at Dykema Gossett PLLC.
Mr. LeMar lives in Chicago. Outside of the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, as well as attending concerts, traveling both within and outside the United States, and cheering on the Indiana Hoosiers in basketball and football.
Mr. LeMar has handled both class action and individual litigation on behalf of financial institution clients, as well as many other types of businesses, and he has also provided compliance counseling on consumer credit issues. The following are examples of Mr. LeMar's experience advising financial institutions, as well as decisions in cases Mr. LeMar has handled on behalf of financial institutions and other commercial clients:
Honors & Awards
- Legal Assistance Foundation's 2017 Hibbler Help Desk Volunteer of the Year
- Editor-in-Chief, Indiana Law Journal (2002–2003)
- Chicago Legal Assistance Foundation's Pro Se Litigant Help Desk at the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois, volunteer assisting pro se civil litigants with federal procedural issues
- Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago's "Lawyers in the Classroom" program, volunteer
- Friends of the Chicago River's Chicago River Day, volunteer
- Indiana University Alumni Association Chicago Chapter, Board member
- Graduate of the Second City Training Center Comedy Writing Program
- News, Crain's Chicago Business,
- CLE: Class Action Decisions and TrendsEvent,
- Pro Bono Opportunities in Federal CourtEvent, Chicago, IL,
- Overcoming Contested Foreclosures and Responding to Borrower Counterclaims and Stall TacticsEvent, Los Angeles, CA, January 15-16, 2015
- "Selective Burdens: Illinois Enacts A Broad Predatory Lending Statute"Publication, 61 Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report 665, Winter 2007
- "War Powers: What are They Good for? Congressional Disapproval of the President's Military Actions and the Merits of a Congressional Suit against the President"Publication, 78 Indiana Law Journal 1045, Fall 2003
Practices & Industries
- Ohio (inactive)
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for Eastern District of Wisconsin
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Indiana University (B.A., cum laude, 2000)
Indiana University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2003); Editor-in-Chief, Indiana Law Journal