David Stein is a partner in Taft’s Finance group, maintaining a national practice in this area of law. He advises businesses on consumer-facing issues, including real estate, privacy, credit reporting, technology, data security and e-commerce.

The focus of his practice includes:

  • Federal and State Financial Services Litigation
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Regulatory Investigations and Enforcement
  • Consumer Financial Services and Lending
  • Privacy and Data Protection

David represents banks, lenders, credit unions, insurance companies and mortgage servicers in complex litigation, class actions, defense of regulatory enforcement actions and compliance management. He also represents businesses and their vendors with transactional matters, data security strategies and crisis response, as well as prosecution of claims involving unfair competition and restrictive covenants. He also advises banks and lenders on warehouse lending issues and negotiating the terms of warehouse facilities.

Additionally, David advises clients on cannabis-related matters including banking and finance, specifically licensing for cultivation, processing and dispensation of medical marijuana.

A veteran in the financial services industry, David spent more than two decades as in-house and outside counsel for national independent lenders and servicers. He is known for guiding clients through significant challenges as a trusted advisor.

David is also a nationally recognized authority in the area of trade practices, including advertising and sales practices. He is the author of the Social Media and Digital Advertising Compliance Resource Guide, published by the Mortgage Bankers Association.


  • Honoree, Best Lawyers in America, Banking and Finance Law, Commercial Litigation (2024)

  • Top Columbus Lawyers (Financial Markets), Columbus CEO Magazine (2015, 2016)

  • 100 Most Influential Mortgage Executives, Mortgage Executive Magazine (2013)

  • Top Corporate Counsel, Columbus Business First (2012)

All Service Areas


  • Capital University Law School (1989)

    Cum Laude
    Order of the Curia, Law Review (Notes Editor)

  • The Ohio State University (1986)


  • State - Ohio
  • State - Florida
  • Federal - Middle District of Florida
  • Federal - 6th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Federal - Northern District of Ohio
  • Federal - Southern District of Ohio
  • Federal - Western District of Michigan

Speeches and Publications

  • Author, “The Intersection Of The First Amendment And Fair Lending: CFPB V. Townstone Financial – A Case Of First Impression Meets A Case Of Free Expression,” CCFL Quarterly, (2021).
  • Speaker, “Emerging Compliance Challenges Track: Social Media, Big Data and Digital ID – What Should a Compliance Officer Understand?,” MBA Regulatory Compliance Conference, (September 2021).
  • Speaker, “Social media and Digital Advertising 2021 Update,” MBA Education Webinar, (July 2021).
  • Speaker, “Applied Compliance Track: Social Media,” MBA’s Regulatory Compliance Conference, (November 2020).
  • Author, “Social Media & Fair Lending: A 21st Century Collision,” Mortgage Compliance Magazine, (June 2019).
  • Speaker, “Legal Implications in the Use of Social Media for the Public Sector,” MORPC’s Social Media Forum, (July 2018).
  • Speaker, “Bridging the Federal Enforcement Gap: State Attorneys General Speak on Enforcement Actions Against Consumer Financial Services Companies,” ACI’s 30th National Forum on Consumer Finance Class Actions and Government Enforcement, (July 2018).
  • Speaker, “Regtech Fintech Track: Social Media and Digital Advertising Compliance,” MBA’s Legal Issues & Regulatory Compliance Conference, (April 2018).
  • Speaker, “Social Media Policies: Balancing Employer Needs and Employee Rights,” NBI’s Human Resource Law Boot Camp, (February 2018).
  • Author, ” Social Media and Digital Advertising Resource Guide,” Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), (September 2016, revised 2021).
  • Speaker, “The Latest RESPA and TILA Developments: CFPB Final Rule Changes That Are Impacting Regs X and Z, Implementation Challenges, Claims Trends and Best Practices for Compliance in Early Intervention, Loss Mitigation, Periodic Statements and Beyond,” ACI’s Bank & Non-Bank Forum on Mortgage Servicing Compliance, (November 2016).
  • Speaker, “Social Media Regulations: Stay in Compliance and Capitalize on Customer Preferences,” Lorman Institute, (September 2016).
  • Speaker, “Risk Management: Briefing the Board,” MBA’s Risk Management, QA & Fraud Prevention Forum, (September 2016).
  • Speaker, “Social Media,” MBA’s Regulatory Compliance Conference, (September 2016).
  • Speaker, “UDAAP – The Gift That Keeps Giving,” Bricker & Eckler LLP’s Midwest Financial Services Regulatory & Compliance Conference, (August 2016).
  • Speaker, “The New Age of Compliance,” Loan Protector Client Conference, (August 2016).
  • Speaker, “The Closing Disclosure (Replaces the HUD-1 and Part 2 of TILA),” National Business Institute’s Closing Real Estate Transactions Using the New TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) Seminar, (June 2016).
  • Speaker, “The Ubiquitous Presence of the CFPB: Rulemaking Updates and Everything You Now Need to Know About Being Compliant with the ‘Big Brother’ of the Consumer Lending Industry,” ACI’s Consumer Lending Regulatory Compliance Conference, (October 2015).
  • Speaker, “Fair Lending Report: Disparate Impact Claims and the Fair Housing Act; Increased Enforcement by Regulators Including the CFPB; Using UDAAP Where Other Statutes or Regulations Fail; The Latest Litigation Strategies and Recent Themes and Issues,” ACI’s Residential Mortgage Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement Conference, (September 2015).
  • Speaker, “Regulations Fail; The Latest Litigation Strategies and Recent Themes and Issues,” ACI’s Residential Mortgage Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement Conference, (September 2015).
  • Speaker, “Cybersecurity: Protecting Borrower Privacy,” MBA’s Risk Management, QA & Fraud Prevention Forum, (September 2015).
  • Speaker, “Advertising & Social Media,” AARMR’s Annual Regulatory Conference, (August 2015).
  • Author, “Subtitle E: Dodd-Frank Mortgage Servicing – Something Old, Something New,” Mortgage Compliance Magazine, (July 2015).
  • Speaker, “Implementation of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule: Clarifying Key Compliance and Interpretive Issues,” ACI’s Residential Mortgage Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement Conference, (April 2015).
  • Speaker, “Claims and Defenses Involving Background Check, Credit Dispute Investigation, and Debt Collection Litigation Under the FCRA and FDCPA; and CFPB Action and Examination in the Credit Dispute and Debt Collection Context Including Collection Litigation Post-CFPB ANPR and Survey,” ACI’s Consumer Finance Class Actions and Litigation Conference, (January 2015).
  • Speaker, “Social Media and Advertising Quality Control,” SAI Global Compliance Webinar, (January 2015).

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association

    Fellow (2018-present)

  • Conference on Consumer Finance Law

    Governing Committee, (2018-present)

  • Columbus Bar Association

    Member, Financial Services Committee

  • The Ohio State University Alumni Association

    Mentor, Alumni Engagement Program

  • Mortgage Bankers Association

    Member, Regulatory and Legal Issues Committee
    Member, Litigation Sub-Committee
    Member, Independent Mortgage Bankers Working Group (2012-2014)

  • Lenders One National Mortgage Cooperative

    Member, Board of Advisors (2012-2014)

  • State of Ohio, Division of Financial Institutions

    Member, Social Media Regulatory Task Force (2015)

Community Involvement

  • Columbus Jewish Day School

    Vice President, Board of Trustees (2010-2015)

  • Congregation Tifereth Israel

    Member, Board of Trustees

  • Columbus Jewish Federation

    Former Trustee