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Steven L. Woodrow

Founding Partner

swoodrow@woodrowpeluso.com

720.213.0675

 

Patrick H. Peluso

Founding Partner

ppeluso@woodrowpeluso.com

720.213.0676

 

STEVEN LEZELL WOODROW has over a decade of experience advising consumers and small businesses in high stakes litigation.

 

Steven briefed and delivered the winning argument in the landmark federal appellate court decision Wigod v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 673 F.3d 547 (7th Cir. 2012) holding banks 

accountable for violations of the federal Home Affordable Modification Program. The opinion is widely regarded as the leading authority on the rights and obligations of HAMP servicers and borrowers. Steven also delivered the winning oral argument in Robins v. Spokeo, 742 F.3d 409 (9th Cir. 2014), a federal appeal upholding consumer rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act against one of the nation’s largest online data aggregators.

 

Mr. Woodrow was appointed lead class counsel in litigation against JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. challenging the bank’s 4506-T HELOC suspension program and was appointed settlement class counsel in other HELOC litigation against Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Citibank, N.A., Chase, Bank of America, N.A. and PNC Bank. 

 

Mr. Woodrow also led the legal team that secured a preliminary injunction freezing the U.S. assets of Mark Karpeles, the former head of the failed Bitcoin exchange known as Mt. Gox, as well as an order compelling Mr. Karpeles to personally appear in the United States for a 

deposition in connection with Mt. Gox’s Chapter 15 bankruptcy case in Dallas Texas.

 

Steven has also litigated putative class actions under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and courts have appointed him to serve as class counsel in nationwide settlements against cellphone companies, aggregators, and mobile content providers related to unfair billing practices, including Paluzzi v. Cellco Partnership, Williams v. Motricity, Inc., and Walker v. OpenMarket Inc.

 

Steven has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he co-taught a seminar on class actions. Prior to founding Woodrow & Peluso, Steven was a partner at prominent class action technology firm in Chicago. 

 

Before that, he worked as a litigator at a Chicago boutique where he tried and arbitrated a range of consumer protection, landlord tenant, and real estate matters.

 

EDUCATION

Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., High Honors 2005 

The University of Michigan—Ann Arbor, B.A.

 

ADMISSIONS 

State of Colorado (2011) 

State of Illinois (2005) 

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit 

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit 

United States District Court, District of Colorado 

United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois 

United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan 

United States District Court, Western District of Michigan

 

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PATRICK H. PELUSO specializes in plaintiff-side consumer class actions.

 

With a true passion for protecting consumers and their rights, Patrick aggressively pursues class action lawsuits against companies who violate those rights.

 

Through these lawsuits, he is able to force law-breaking companies to compensate the people they have harmed and correct their future practices. Patrick possesses the skills, strategic vision, and moxie to achieve excellent results for the people he represents. He has experience working with a broad range of consumer protection laws including the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and various state consumer protection and consumer fraud statutes.

 

Patrick received his law degree from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law where he was Editor-in-Chief of an academic journal. During law school, Patrick worked with a leading consumer class action law firm and held legal internships with a federal administrative judge and the legal department of a publicly-traded corporation. Before law school, Patrick attended New York University, where he graduated with a B.S. and played on the school’s club baseball team.

 

Patrick grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and now resides in Denver, Colorado.

 

EDUCATION

University of Denver, J.D. 2014

New York University, B.S.

 

ADMISSIONS 

State of Colorado (2014)

United States District Court, District of Colorado

United States District Court, District of New Mexico

United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin

 

Taylor T. Smith

Associate

tsmith@woodrowpeluso.com

720.907.7628

 

STEVEN LEZELL WOODROW has over a decade of experience advising consumers and small businesses in high stakes litigation.

 

Steven briefed and delivered the winning argument in the landmark federal appellate court decision Wigod v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 673 F.3d 547 (7th Cir. 2012) holding banks 

accountable for violations of the federal Home Affordable Modification Program. The opinion is widely regarded as the leading authority on the rights and obligations of HAMP servicers and borrowers. Steven also delivered the winning oral argument in Robins v. Spokeo, 742 F.3d 409 (9th Cir. 2014), a federal appeal upholding consumer rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act against one of the nation’s largest online data aggregators.

 

Mr. Woodrow was appointed lead class counsel in litigation against JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. challenging the bank’s 4506-T HELOC suspension program and was appointed settlement class counsel in other HELOC litigation against Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Citibank, N.A., Chase, Bank of America, N.A. and PNC Bank. 

 

Mr. Woodrow also led the legal team that secured a preliminary injunction freezing the U.S. assets of Mark Karpeles, the former head of the failed Bitcoin exchange known as Mt. Gox, as well as an order compelling Mr. Karpeles to personally appear in the United States for a 

deposition in connection with Mt. Gox’s Chapter 15 bankruptcy case in Dallas Texas.

 

Steven has also litigated putative class actions under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and courts have appointed him to serve as class counsel in nationwide settlements against cellphone companies, aggregators, and mobile content providers related to unfair billing practices, including Paluzzi v. Cellco Partnership, Williams v. Motricity, Inc., and Walker v. OpenMarket Inc.

 

Steven has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he co-taught a seminar on class actions. Prior to founding Woodrow & Peluso, Steven was a partner at prominent class action technology firm in Chicago. 

 

Before that, he worked as a litigator at a Chicago boutique where he tried and arbitrated a range of consumer protection, landlord tenant, and real estate matters.

 

EDUCATION

Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., High Honors 2005 

The University of Michigan—Ann Arbor, B.A.

 

ADMISSIONS 

State of Colorado (2011) 

State of Illinois (2005) 

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit 

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit 

United States District Court, District of Colorado 

United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois 

United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan 

United States District Court, Western District of Michigan

 

TAYLOR TRUE SMITH is an associate at the Firm. Taylor received his law degree from Creighton University School of Law. Prior to joining the Firm, Taylor interned with the South Dakota Supreme Court.

EDUCATION

Creighton University School of Law, J.D., Cum Laude, 2017

South Dakota State University, B.S., Magna Cum Laude, 2013

ADMISSIONS 

State of Colorado (2017)

United States District Court, District of Colorado 

United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois 

United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan 

 

Tel: 720.213.0675