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  Mark C. Stephenson
Of Counsel
Direct Dial: 267.758.6021
Fax: 267.239.0050
mstephenson@fmglaw.com
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Mark C. Stephenson is Of Counsel at Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP. Mr. Stephenson has significant experience representing companies of all sizes in Employment, ERISA and non-ERISA fiduciary matters. He has litigated a wide array of Employment claims, including whistleblower, sexual harassment, retaliation, race, sex, national origin, FMLA, disability discrimination, wage and hour collective actions and the enforcement of stock options, restrictive covenants and other employment-related agreements.

Mr. Stephenson also represents lenders, servicers and investors in mortgage litigation and class actions related to issues arising  under consumer foreclosure disputes (including HAMP, HARP and MHA programs), alleged fraudulent mortgages, loan documentation and servicing issues, FHA requirements, predatory lending, MERS and assignment issues, and claims  brought pursuant to the federal Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”), the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act  (“HOEPA”), and the Real Estate Procedures Settlement Act (“RESPA”), litigating class action claims as well as defending lenders and services in investor claims of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty. He advises clients in fair lending as well as compliance matters involving the CFPB, DOJ and federal and state agencies. Mr. Stephenson represents lenders and credit card issuers in consumer disputes, claims made under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, unfair and deceptive trade practices, debt collection violations, identity theft, privacy issues, bankruptcy and fiduciary-related claims.

Mr. Stephenson also defends companies and ERISA fiduciaries in defense of EBSA/DOL investigations and litigation arising from 401(k) management, multiemployer pension liability, breach of fiduciary duty, denied claims for benefits and subrogation. He also defends governmental entities and companies, as well as their fiduciaries, not subject to ERISA regarding claims of breach of fiduciary duty.

Mr. Stephenson counsels employers of all sizes on employment best practices, implementing employee handbooks, policies and procedures that are tailored to maximize managerial flexibility and control. He also works with companies to protect proprietary and confidential information as well as valuable relationships with customers and employees by developing effective restrictive covenants, works for hire, non-disclosure and non-competition agreements.

Mr. Stephenson offers specialized knowledge and skill in the defense of professional liability, regarding matters that involve:

  • Employment Practices
  • ERISA Fiduciaries and Plan Administration
  • Non-ERISA Fiduciaries
  • Mortgage Broker Liability and Compliance
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