Coty Montag is the Deputy Director of Litigation at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), where she focuses on economic justice and voting rights litigation. Prior to joining LDF, Ms. Montag served as Deputy Chief of the Housing and Civil Enforcement Section of the Civil Rights Division at the United States Department of Justice. Prior to her service at the Department, Ms. Montag was an associate at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP in San Diego, California, where she focused on fair lending, consumer protection, and antitrust class action litigation on behalf of individual and institutional plaintiffs.
As part of the Housing Section’s Fair Lending Unit at the Department of Justice from 2010 to 2015, Ms. Montag investigated and litigated matters arising out of the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA). Her cases include United States v. Ally Financial Inc. and Ally Bank (E.D. Mich. 2013), the government’s largest-ever auto discrimination settlement; United States v. Synchrony Bank, f/k/a GE Capital Retail Bank (D. Utah 2014), the government’s largest-ever credit card discrimination settlement; and United States v. Wells Fargo Bank (D.D.C. 2012), a major fair lending investigation resulting in a $234.3 million settlement. In 2013, Ms. Montag received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award, the second highest award for Department employees. In 2012 and 2014, she received the Assistant Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award. Ms. Montag is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Florida.