Auto Fraud Track

April 5, 2021

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. ET Lifecycle of an Auto Fraud Case
Gain insight into the flow of an auto fraud case from intake to trial or settlement

Level: Beginner

  • Jennifer Hendrickson, Hendrickson Law Group
  • Roger Kirnos, Knight Law Group
  • Dani Liblang, The Liblang Law Firm, PC
  • Adam McNeile, Kemnitzer, Barron & Krieg, LLP
  • Tashia Zeigler, Georgia Legal Services Program


3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. ET Documents in an Auto Fraud Case
Learn what documents you need to litigate your auto fraud cases

Level: Beginner

  • Mark Aschermann, Office of Mark Aschermann
  • Amy Clark, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid 

April 6, 2021

1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. ET The Wheels: Screening for Auto Fraud-Related Claims and Defenses
Spot common auto fraud and related claims and debt defenses associated with the condition and history of the car, based on false statements and failures to disclose, breaches of warranties, and other legal duties.

Level: Beginner

  • Bernard Brown, The Brown Law Firm
  • Minal Gahlot, Rawls Gahlot, PLLC

April 7, 2021

1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. ET The Deals: Screening for Auto Fraud Violations
Spot common auto fraud claims associated with the vehicle financing, including predatory lending and TILA

Level: Beginner

  • Veronika Fabian, Choi & Fabian, PLC
  • Nicholas Mattison, Feferman, Warren & Mattison

April 8, 2021

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. ET Consultations, Client Expectations, and Case Management in Auto Fraud Cases—Tips for Beginners

Auto Fraud scenarios are widespread, yet many attorneys reject these potential cases. Arbitration clauses and low-reported damage awards have made it harder for consumer law practitioners to run a sustainable auto fraud practice. Attend this session to learn valuable tips for economically pursing your first auto fraud cases while generating new business, keeping your clients happy, and maximizing available remedies.

Level: Beginner

  • Stacey Bardo, Bardo Law, P.C.
  • John O’Neal, O'Neal Law Office


3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. ET Repossessions
Learn how to litigate repossession and yo-yo cases and how to address issues that arise from these cases during a debt defense case

Level: Beginner

  • Sharon Campbell, Attorney at Law
  • Nathan DeLadurantey, DeLadurantey Law Office, LLC

April 9, 2021

1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. ET Emerging Trends in Auto Fraud

Gain insight into how to handle emerging trends in the auto fraud arena

Level: Intermediate

  • Bryce Bell, Bell Law, LLC
  • Scott Kaufman, Kaufman & Kavicky California Lemon Lawyers
  • Susan Warren, Feferman, Warren & Mattison

April 12, 2021

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. ET Becoming an Automobile Litigation Attorney in California

Learn how to take advantage of the Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act, Unfair Business Practices Act, and the Consumer Legal Remedies Act to become a successful auto litigator in California

Level: Beginner

  • Greg Babbitt, Rosner, Barry & Babbitt, LLP
  • Susan Yeck, Lemon Law Associates of California


3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. ET Common Dealer Defenses and How to Beat Them
Become familiar with common dealer defenses, including As Is, client participating in the fraud, and vehicle-usage arguments

Level: Beginner

  • Dan Blinn, Consumer Law Group
  • Christina Gill Roseman, Roseman Law Firm

April 13, 2021

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. ET Best Practices in Auto Trials and Arbitration

Gain insight from your peers on their recent auto trials and arbitration hearings

Level: Intermediate

  • Andrew Milz, Flitter Milz, P.C 
  • Kathi Rawls, Rawls Gahlot, PLLC


3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. ET Class Litigation in Auto Fraud Context

Learn how to handle class action auto fraud cases

Level: Intermediate

  • Natalie Finkelman, Shepherd Finkelman Miller & Shah, LLC
  • Robert Murphy, Law Office of Robert W. Murphy
  • Moderated by Michael Donovan, Donovan Litigation Group, LLC

April 14, 2021

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. ET  Discovery in Auto Fraud Cases 
Learn what information you can get from dealer-management systems and third parties

Level: Intermediate

  • Ron Burdge, Burdge Wells Law Office
  • Christine Ferraris, A. Ferraris Law, P.L.L.C.
  • Scarlett Steuart, Burdge Wells Law Office

April 15, 2021

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. ET Virtual Roundtable: Public-Private Partnering in Auto Cases 

Learn how private and public attorneys can work together on auto fraud cases

  1. Handling attorneys' fees
  2. Drafting effective fee petitions and retainer agreements
  3. Developing efficient systems to handle the intake of auto fraud cases
  4. Identifying clients and cases
  5. Networking in the era of COVID

Level: All Levels

  • Elizabeth Gonzales, Public Law Center
  • Kristin Kemnitzer, Kemnitzer, Barron & Krieg, LLP
  • Noah Zinner, Bay Area Legal Aid


3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. ET Ethics: Recognizing and Combating Bias against People of Color

Review the relevant sections of the Ethics code related to bias,  address personal as well as institutional biases against people of color, hear personal stories of the challenges the presenters have faced and continue to face as attorneys of color, and learn how to support attorneys of color to fight against bias.

Level: All Levels

  • Jade Brown, Boston University Civil Litigation A2J Program
  • Danielle Johnson, Greater Boston Legal Services
  • Duran Keller, Keller Law

FCRA Track

How to Develop the FCRA Practice Deep-Dive

April 19, 2021

1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. ET Find FCRA Cases within Your Current Client Pool and Spot FCRA Violations

Spot common FCRA violations that are occurring to your current clients

 Level: Beginner

  • James Brady, Legal Aid Chicago
  • Jared Lee, Jackson Lee, PA
  • Courtney Weiner, Law Office of Courtney Weiner PLLC


April 20, 2021

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. ET Marketing Your Practice to Find FCRA Claims
Ethically market your practice to get feasible FCRA cases

 Level: Beginner

  • SaraEllen Hutchison, Law Office of SaraEllen Hutchison, PLLC
  • Aaron Swift, Swift, Isringhaus & Dubbeld, PA
  • Subhan Tariq, The Law Offices of Subhan Tariq


3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. ET Setting up your FCRA Case for Success
Conduct an effective intake, including for clients at risk of bankruptcy, and determine what steps you need to take to prepare your case for litigation

 Level: Beginner

  • Penny Cauley, Hays Cauley, P.C.
  • Mark Mailman, Francis Mailman Soumilas, P.C.
  • Adam Singer, Law Office of Adam G. Singer, PLLC

Furnisher Intensive

April 21, 2021

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. ET Identifying Claims against Furnishers

Spot FCRA claims against furnishers and choose which cases are worth litigating

 Level: Beginner

  • Suzanne Begnoche, Attorney at Law
  • Dwight Bowen, Attorney
  • John Ukegbu, Northeast New Jersey Legal Services


3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. ET Considerations for the Inclusion of CRAs in Furnisher Cases

Determine whom to sue and how to best settle cases that include both CRA and furnisher violations 

Level: Beginner

  • Jade Brown, Boston University Civil Litigation A2J Program
  • Barry Balmuth, P.A
  • Andrew Guzzo, Kelly Guzzo, PLC

April 22, 2021

1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. ET Litigating Cases Against Furnishers

Taking the legal vs. factual dispute dichotomy into consideration, learn how to handle discovery requests, draft motions, and determine damages in furnisher cases

 Level: Beginner

  • Erika Heath, Attorney at Law
  • Richard Rubin, Office of Richard Rubin
  • Adam Thoresen, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid

Current Climate Deep Dive

April 23, 2021

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. ET Triage Your FCRA Practice

This presentation is geared toward beginner-to-intermediate FCRA practitioners who need guidance on how to run an FCRA law practice

 Level: Intermediate

  • James Francis, Francis Mailman Soumilas, P.C.
  • Jeffery Sand, Weiner & Sand LLC

April 26, 2021

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. ET How to Choose and Plead FCRA Claims in the Current Climate

Determine how to effectively plead your case given the constraints of currents trends

 Level: Intermediate

  • John Albanese, Berger & Montague, P.C.
  • Sylvia Goldsmith, Goldsmith & Associates, LLC

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. ET Legislative Update

A review of where our policy goals stand and where they are going in the 117th Congress and the Biden Administration

Level: All Levels

  • Christine Hines, National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Ira Rheingold, National Association of Consumer Advocates

April 27, 2021

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. ET FCRA Discovery in the Current Climate

Gain tips and strategies to prove your FCRA claims in a hostile environment and within budget

Level: Intermediate

  • Kristi Kelly, Kelly Guzzo, PLC
  • Robert Sola, Law Office of Robert S. Sola, P.C.

April 28, 2021

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. ET Dispositive Motions in the Current Climate

How to respond to motions to address issues in the current climate

Level: Intermediate

  • Blythe Chandler, Terrell Marshall Law Group PLLC
  • Cary Flitter, Flitter Milz, P.C 
  • Matthew Loker, Loker Law, APC
  • Casey Nash, Kelly Guzzo, PLC


3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. ET Ethics of Advertising

Learn how to ethically generate client leads, how to advance marketing goals while following the rules governing online marketing and advertising, and how to develop a content creation strategy.

Level: All Levels

  • Scott Hardy, Top Class Actions

Hot Topics Intensive

April 29, 2021

1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. ET Tenant Screening and Employment Cases

Gain tips and strategies to litigate tenant screening and employment cases

Level: Beginner

  • Alexis Lehmann, Francis Mailman Soumilas, P.C.
  • Hans Lodge, Berger & Montague, P.C
  • Kari Rudd, Bay Area Legal Aid


3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. ET FCRA Virtual Scavenger Hunt 

Test your knowledge side-by-side with fellow practitioners using Zoom collaboration tools, reviewing real reports from background screeners and specialty CRAs to hunt down data and prepare your case.  

Level: All Levels

Facilitated by Lauren Brennan, Francis Mailman Soumilas, P.C.

April 30, 2021

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. ET Common Mistakes Associated with FCRA cases in Bankruptcy

Handle challenges that arise before, during and after client bankruptcy as well as furnisher

Level: Beginner

  • Penelope Bach, Bach Law Offices
  • David Chami, Price Law Group


3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. ET COVID and Post-COVID Issues in FCRA Litigation
Dialogue on what’s coming next

Level: Intermediate

  • Leonard Bennett, Consumer Litigation Associates, PC
  • E. Michelle Drake, Berger & Montague, P.C.

Mediation, Arbitration, and Negotiations Track

May 3, 2021

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. ET Understanding Arbitration Rules for Jams & AAA
Become familiar of how to apply the rules for consumer arbitration in Jams & AAA

Level: Beginner

  • Roy de Barbieri, College of Commercial Arbitrators
  • Elizabeth Carter, JAMS
  • Neil Currie, AAA


3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. ET The Personalities: Know Thyself and the Others 

Learn to deal with personalities of opposing counsel and parties and maximizing your own personal strengths and weaknesses

Level: Beginner

  • David Maxfield, Consumer Protection Law
  • Jane Santoni, Santoni, Vocci & Ortega, LLC
  • Janet Varnell, Varnell & Warwick, P.A.
  • Sarah White, Connecticut Fair Housing Center

May 4, 2021

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. ET Timeline of a Case: When to Consider Negotiations, Mediation, and Arbitration

Become aware of how the intersections of negotiations, mediation, and arbitration arise throughout the life cycle of your case

Level: Beginner

  • Scott Owens, P.A.
  • Stephanie Tatar, Tatar Law Firm, APC


3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. ET How to Prepare for a Mediation

Learn techniques to prepare for an effective mediation

Level: Beginner

  • The Honorable William E. Gomolinski
  • Dave Philipps, Philipps & Philipps

May 5, 2021

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. ET Learn the Game: Basic and Advanced Techniques to Negotiate American Style

Gain the strategies you need to successfully negotiate your case

Level: Beginner

  • Gretchen Reimert, Consumer Law Center
  • Ronald Wilcox, Wilcox Law Firm, P.C


3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. ET Mock Mediation

Learn how to handle common challenges that arise during mediation

Level: Beginner

  • Evan Rothfarb, Schlanger Law Group, LLP
  • Chelsea Ortega, Santoni, Vocci & Ortega, LLC
  • Amy Hennen, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
  • Benjamin Sanchez, Sanchez Law Firm
  • Daniel Vedra, Vedra Law LLC

May 6, 2021

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. ET Mock Preliminary Hearing 

Learn how to prepare for and participate effectively in the preliminary arbitration hearing

Level: Intermediate

  • Craig Friedberg, Law Offices of Craig B. Friedberg, Esq.
  • Kelly Overstreet Johnson, Baker Donelson
  • Balam Letona, Office of Balam Osberto Letona


May 7, 2021

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. ET The Client Factor

Learn how to set client expectations and handle last minute disclosures as well as when to time the reveal of client details during mediation and arbitration

Level: Beginner

  • Michael Cardoza, The Cardoza Law Corporation
  • Elliot Conn, Conn Law, P.C.
  • Carla Sanchez-Adams, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid
  • John Soumilas, Francis Mailman Soumilas, P.C.

May 10, 2021

1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. ET Mock Arbitration Hearing 

Learn how to prepare for and participate effectively in the pre-arbitration and arbitration hearings

Level: Beginner

  • John Hendrickson, Hendrickson Law Group
  • Duran Keller, Keller Law
  • Jonathan Marshall, Bailey & Glasser LLP
  • Matthew Osborne, Attorney at Law
  • Stephanie Tatar, Tatar Law Firm, APC

May 11, 2021

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. ET Setting up the Mediation So that It Won’t Be a Waste of Time and Money

Learn how to prepare for a mediation so it will achieve your goals

Level: Beginner

  • Alysson Snow, Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc.
  • Dave Marco, SmithMarco, P.C.


3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. ET The Aftermath: Learning from your Mistakes

Gain practice tips on how to address post-arbitration and post-mediation issues

Level: Beginner

  • Peter Holland, The Holland Law Firm, P.C.
  • Anna Prakash, Nichols Kaster, PLLP

May 12, 2021

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. ET Arbitrating and Mediating the Statutory Damage Case

How to set up and litigate statutory damage cases from the onset to mediation/arbitration

Level: Intermediate

  • Craig Rothburd, P.A.
  • Brian Warwick, Varnell & Warwick, P.A.

May 13, 2021

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. ET Arbitrating and Mediating the Actual and Punitive Damages and Potentially Large Case

How to set up and litigate cases with actual and punitive damages from the onset

Level: Intermediate

  • Allison Krumhorn, Wilcox Law Firm, P.C
  • Ron Wilcox, Wilcox Law Firm, P.C


3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. ET The Ask

How you get your bottomline financial settlement amount and other essential terms

Level: Beginner

  • Justin Baxter, Baxter & Baxter LLP
  • Jennifer Beardsley, Alaska Legal Services Corporation