Norah HartOf Counsel
In her second decade of practice, Norah Hart has a wide range of experience fighting for the rights of consumers in her law practice. In 2020, Norah joined the Firm as a perfect complement having sharpened her legal advocacy skills against the most major of adversaries. Norah was a perfect fit for the Firm having grown up in identical areas of practice. In addition to certain individual consumer and general litigation cases, Norah focused on going after multi-national corporations to right the wrongs of various consumer abuses by companies with massive legal resources.
In particular, Norah took on giant corporations to protect consumers against deceptive business practices. Norah was interviewed on Good Morning America1 and received national press coverage for the class action she brought against Match.com2 The Federal Trade Commission began prosecuting Match.com in 2019 for the same deceptive trade practices—obtuse cancellation procedures and the abundance of fake profiles—which Norah alleged in her 2009 class action.
Norah prosecuted J.P. Morgan Chase for overdraft policies, representing New York customers in the nationwide Checking Account Overdraft Litigation3. Norah sued mortgage servicers H.S.B.C., Litton Loan, and Ocwen Loan in class actions for charging homeowners for unnecessary property insurance.4 Norah sued P.N.C. Bank in a class action for violations of RESPA and Dodd-Frank in denying mortgage modifications to HAMP-eligible borrowers.5
Norah graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, in Social Thought and Political Economics from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Norah was a grant writer at Housing Works—where she won millions of dollars in funding for supportive housing for homeless people with HIV/AIDS; and at Catholic Charities’ Progress of Peoples Development Corporation—where she wrote multi-million dollar HUD grants for the construction of senior housing for the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens.
Norah then attended Brooklyn Law School while working full time as a grant writer for Catholic Charities. Her scholarship was recognized by the New York State Bar Association Journal.6 Norah has also handled general litigation areas such as estate planning, property disputes, divorce and family law.
Norah currently volunteers as a board member with Transforming Lives, working with prison inmates enrolled in the Bard Prison Initiative. She also volunteered with the Queens Volunteer Lawyers Project on foreclosure defense and mortgage modifications for homeowners in Queens, New York.
1 Watch Norah Hart on ABC News https://youtu.be/Y_GxAo3Pfbw.
2 Match.com Accused in Lawsuit of Misleading Consumers, by Sophia Pearson. Bloomberg.com, Bloomberg News, June 2009; NY man sues dating website Match.com for deception, Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Eric Walsh. Reuters.com, Reuters, The Associated Press , June 2009.
3 Checking Account Overdraft Litigation, MDL No. 2036
4 Anthony Papapietro, et al. v. Litton Loan Servicing ; George Kirchner, et al. v. Ocwen Loan Servicing, Inc., Case No. 1:16-cv-23950-UU, F.L.S.D.; Chris Maxwell, et al. v. HSBC Home Mortgage, Case No. 2:11-cv-04074-JD, S.D.N.Y.; HSBC Faces Allegations Over Force Placed Insurance Kickbacks, Copyright Law360.com, July 2012.
5Roselia King, et al. v. PNC N.A., Inc., Case No. 1:15-cv-03013-MKB-CLP.
6Prohibiting Commercial Surrogacy: Revising New York’s Domestic Relations Law §§121-124, One on One, Vol. 26, No. 2 (2005).