Richard J. Andreano, Jr.

Partner He / Him / His
Washington, DC

Richard J. Andreano, Jr., is the Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's Mortgage Banking Group. He has devoted over 30 years of practice to financial services, mortgage banking, and consumer finance law. 

Rich advises banks, lenders, brokers, home builders, title companies, insurance companies, real estate professionals, and other settlement providers on regulatory compliance and transactional matters, Federal Housing Administration (FHA) issues, and administrative examinations, enforcement actions and investigations, including fair lending matters. Rich is the principal contact for the firm in its role as federal consumer regulatory counsel to the Real Estate Services Providers Council, Inc. (RESPRO).


Representative Matters

  • Compliance with the TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule, and revising policies and procedures to comply with the rule.
  • Compliance with the major revisions to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act rule, and revising policies and procedures to comply with the rule.
  • Compliance with the federal flood insurance requirements, and revising policies and procedures to comply with the requirements, including requirements under the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act of 2012, the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 and the related rules, and the use of private flood insurance policies.

Professional Highlights

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

District of Columbia Bar Association

Virginia Bar Association

Recognition & Accomplishments

Chambers USA, financial services regulation: national consumer finance (compliance), 2014-2022; national consumer finance (enforcement & investigations), 2021-2022

The Legal 500 US, Finance - financial services: regulatory, 2014-2015, 2017-2021

Recipient, JD Supra's Readers Choice Awards, #1 in Real Estate, 2019-2021; #2  in Real Estate, 2022; #2 in Banking & Finance, 2021

Named as one of eight "Top Compliance Lawyers" for 2014 by Mortgage Compliance Magazine

Named a Fellow of American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, “TRID Housekeeping & Latest Information,” Mortgage Bankers Association webinar, November 15, 2022

Speaker, “The Continued Focus on Fair Lending, Fair Servicing and Related Matters” and “Redlining, Think Again! CFPB is Changing What it Means and You Need to be Ready,” RESPRO Conference, September 26, 2022

Speaker, “How to Do LO Comp Right—and Be Competitive,” Mortgage Bankers Association Regulatory Compliance Conference, September 19, 2022

Speaker, “Fair Housing, Fair Lending and Fair Servicing, Oh My,” RESPRO Conference, March 31, 2022


Editor-in-Chief, Mortgage Finance Regulation Answer Book 2011-2012, published by the Practising Law Institute; author of chapters on the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act; and co-author of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Truth in Lending Act chapters

Co-author, "Concern Over VA Refinance Loan Advertising Practices Leads to CFPB Consent Orders," California Mortgage Finance News, Fall/Winter 2020

Co-author, "U.S. Supreme Court to Decide if the CFPB's Structure is Constitutional," California Mortgage Finance News, Winter 2019



George Washington University Law School (J.D. 1983, with honors)

State University of New York at Oneonta (B.A. 1980, with honors)


District of Columbia