FCRA 2019 Conference Agenda

2019 Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) Conference Agenda

Thursday, May 2, 2019

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m. Intake and Issue Spotting: e(b), i, and s-2(b)
Spot e(b), i, s-2(b), and other common claims, evaluate the records and the plaintiff, and determine a litigation track for the case

John Goolsby, Goolsby Law Office, LLC

Kari Rudd, Bay Area Legal Aid

Christian Schreiber, Olivier Schreiber & Chao LLP

2:00 p.m.–2:40 p.m. Roundtable Discussions

2:40 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Break

3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Litigating Cases Against The Big Three Credit Reporting Agencies (CRAs): e(b) and i Cases

Develop strategies to handle claims against the CRAs, which are dependent on the number and type of defendants and case particularities

Mark Mailman, Francis & Mailman

Kimberly Sanchez, Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, Inc.

Stephanie Tatar, Tatar Law Firm, APC

4:05 p.m.–5:05 p.m. Litigating Cases Against Furnishers: s-2(b) Cases

Develop strategies to handle claims against furnishers, which are dependent on the number and type of defendants and case particularities

Amy Clark, Amy Clark Law

Matthew Loker, Kazerouni Law Group APC

Jed NolanMountain State Justice

5:05 p.m.–5:35 p.m. Roundtable Discussions

5:45 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Reception


Friday, May 3, 2019

7:00 a.m.–8:00 a.m. Breakfast

8:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m. Consumer Data, Privacy, and Fintech
Christine Hines, National Association of Consumer Advocates

Chi Chi Wu, National Consumer Law Center

8:35 a.m.–9:35 a.m. Ready, Set, Go! 

Learn how to handle discovery and settlement challenges that arise soon after the complaint has been filed

John Albanese, Berger & Montague, P.C.

Sylvia Goldsmith, Goldsmith & Associates, LLC

Andrew Guzzo, Kelly & Crandall, PLC

9:35 a.m.–9:50 a.m. Break

9:50 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Written Discovery

Learn how to build a prima facie case through effective written discovery requests and responses with first and third parties

G. John Cento, Cento Law, LLC

Ian Lyngklip, Lyngklip & Associates Consumer Law Center, PLC

Kristi Kelly, Kelly & Crandall, PLC

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. Roundtables

12:00 p.m.–1:15 p.m. Lunch and Keynote: Representative Katie Porter

1:20 p.m.–2:20 p.m. Time to Talk (Plaintiff)

Learn how to prepare for and defend plaintiffs’ depositions (and any corroborating witnesses)

Elizabeth Hanes, Consumer Litigation Associates, P.C.

Jeff Gentes, CT Fair Housing Center

Duran Keller, The Keller Law Firm

2:25 p.m.–3:15 p.m. Time to Talk (Defendant)

Learn how to take defendant’s depositions, including Rule 30(b)(1) and Rule 30(b)(6) depositions

James Francis, Francis and Mailman

SaraEllen Hutchison, Law Office of SaraEllen Hutchison, PLLC

Duran Keller, The Keller Law Firm

3:15 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Roundtables on Depositions

3:30 p.m.–3:45 p.m. Break

3:45 p.m.–4:45 p.m. Settlement Strategies

Learn to prepare a settlement strategy that values the case appropriately based on size and type of case, place in litigation timeline, and number and type of defendants

Justin Baxter, Baxter & Baxter LLP

Carla Sanchez-Adams, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid

Jeffery Sand, Weiner and Sand LLC

4:50 p.m.–5:40 p.m. Case Valuation

Asa Edwards, Maginnis Law, PLLC

Michael Rapp, Stecklein & Rapp

Robert Sola, Law Office of Robert S. Sola, P.C.


Saturday, May 4, 2019

7:30 a.m.–8:30 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m. Ethics Session: Referrals and Fee-Sharing

E. Michelle Drake, Berger & Montague, P.C.

9:30 a.m.–9:45 a.m. Break

9:45 a.m.–10:45 a.m. Doing Well Breakouts

Legal Aid Concerns

Cherl Koch Martinez, Indiana Legal Services, Inc.

Stacey Tutt, University of California, Irvine School of Law


Michael Cardoza, The Cardoza Law Corporation

Charles Panzarella, Consumer Action Law Group

Moderator: Sylvia Goldsmith, Goldsmith & Associates, LLC

Leveraging Technology

Micah Adkins, The Adkins Firm, P.C.

Christopher Kittell, Kittell Law Firm

David Maxfield, Consumer Protection Law

10:45 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Trial Updates

Learn about lessons learned from recent trial wins and the latest litigation

Lauren Brennan, Francis and Mailman

John Hubbard, Attorney at Law

Matthew Osborne, Attorney at Law

W. Whitney Seals, Pate & Cochrun, LLP




Registration TypeEarly Bird (Until 3/22/19)Regular (3/23/19–5/2/19)
Conference Only$599$699
Conference Only + Newcomers Lunch$614$714
Trial Skills Workshop Only$375$375
Conference + Trial Skills Workshop$855$975
Conference + Trial Skills Workshop + Newcomers Lunch$870$990
Conference + FCRA 101 Workshop$700$800
Conference + FCRA 101 Workshop + Newcomers Lunch$715$815



Registration TypeEarly Bird (Until 3/22/19)Regular (3/23/19–4/12/19)
Conference Only$799$799
Conference Only + Newcomers Lunch$814$814
Trial Skills Workshop Only$475$475
Conference + Trial Skills Workshop$1025$1025
Conference + Trial Skills Workshop$1040$1040
Conference + FCRA 101 Workshop$900$900
Conference + FCRA 101 Workshop + Newcomers Lunch$915$915

*The membership application process can take three week