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What You Will Learn

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


Dave Maxfield has been a NACA member since 1998, has litigated thousands of FCRA, FCBA, and other consumer cases. Dave is the current president of the 1900-member Richland County Bar Association in Columbia, South Carolina, and a frequent speaker and writer on consumer and technology issues.

Jane Santoni is a partner in the firm of Santoni, Vocci & Ortega, LLC in Towson Maryland. She has thirty-two years of trial experience handling personal injury cases and over seventeen years of trial experience handling consumer protection matters. Her primary practice areas include landlord/tenant violations, debt collection abuses, bail bond violations, car fraud, and credit reporting errors. She also represents individuals injured by car accidents, dog bites, nursing home negligence, and slips and falls.  Her firm handles class actions as well as individual cases and has recently successfully tried or settled a series of landlord tenant cases, which is an expanding area in her firm.

Janet Varnell (Varnell & Warwick, PA) is a consumer class action expert leading over fifty cases and serving on plaintiff steering committees in MDL litigation, and she also handles a variety of other high-impact public interest litigation. Her firm has won a multitude of appellate victories in state and federal courts, including a 2019 United Supreme Court win in a consumer class action. Varnell was awarded “Consumer Lawyer of the Year” in 2019 by the Florida Bar, 2009 “Consumer Advocate of the Year” by NACA, and 2018 “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by Public Justice.

Sarah White joined the Connecticut Fair Housing Center’s fair lending and foreclosure prevention program in 2012. Previously, she was a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. Ms. White received her B.A. from Hendrix College and her M.A. and J.D. from the University of Washington. She was the recipient of the National Lawyers Guild’s C. B. King award in 2010 for her social justice efforts.