2020 Spring Training Fair Credit Reporting Act Track

Webinar Date: 
August 3, 2020
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  • Case Identification for Background Check Issues
  • Pre-litigation: What to Do When a potential FCRA Case Comes in Your Door
  • Background Screening CRAs: Employment and Tenant Screening
  • Settlement: When to Hold Em and When to Fold Em
  • Arbitration and FCRA Cases
  • Case Valuation: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
  • Tactics for Punitive Damages

Why These Videos Are Helpful

Missed the Spring Training 2020? The FCRA track focuses on background screening cases and maximizing the value of your FCRA case. This webinar series is geared to beginner and intermediate practitioners of credit reporting cases.   

What You Will Learn

  • Gain knowledge of the key players in FCRA cases involving background screening and how to spot FCRA cases associated with background screening violations
  • Learn how to set up an FCRA case for litigation
  • Learn how to spot common challenges and litigate FCRA cases with background screening violations
  • Gain insight into strategies to settle your FCRA cases at the appropriate values
  • Learn what to do when faced with arbitration clauses in your FCRA cases
  • Determine the value of your FCRA cases
  • Developing your punitive damages case through discovery


Micah Adkins’ practice focuses on the representation of consumers who have credit or background report errors under the FCRA. He maintains offices in Dallas, Houston, Birmingham, and Nashville.  Micah has also served as class counsel in numerous certified FCRA class actions, including the recent public record class actions.

John Albanese is an associate in Berger & Montague’s Minneapolis office. John concentrates his practice on consumer protection issues with a focus on FCRA violations related to criminal background checks. John has helped achieve multi-million-dollar class action settlements for FCRA violations in courts around the country.

Kirsten Baxter is an attorney with Baxter & Baxter, LLP, focusing on consumer protection and consumer bankruptcy cases. Her consumer practice concentrates on litigation with an emphasis on credit reporting and unlawful debt collection cases.

Paul Bland is Executive Director of Public Justice, overseeing its advocacy and litigation of consumer, environmental and civil rights cases, and other operations. He has argued and won more than forty reported decisions, including at least one case in the U.S. Supreme Court, six of the federal Circuit Courts of Appeal, and ten different state high courts.

Penny Hays Cauley (Samford University, J.D.) has been representing consumers for twenty years. In 2006, she opened Hays Cauley, P.C., a law firm dedicated to representing consumers, with a particular focus in fair credit reporting, fair debt collection practices, and TCPA claims.

Sylvia A. Goldsmith is the founder of Goldsmith & Associates, LLC, a consumer protection law practice concentrating on identity theft and credit reporting litigation, debt collection abuses, personal and financial privacy rights, and other consumer protection issues.

Ian Leavengood has received the AV Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell. He is the founding and managing shareholder at LeavenLaw and is dedicated to serving consumers throughout the State of Florida. Ian manages the Firm and chairs its Consumer Law, Class Action, and Worker’s Compensation departments.

Jared Lee is the Managing Partner at Jackson Lee. Today he is recognized throughout the country as a top consumer protection attorney, serving in leadership roles for National Association of Consumer Advocates and The Florida Bar.

Alexis Lehmann is an attorney at Francis Mailman Soumilas, P.C., who represents individual consumers’ rights under the FCRA and the FDCPA, in addition to various other consumer protection laws.

Hans Lodge is a zealous advocate and is dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers in and out of court. Hans assists consumers who have been denied jobs or housing due to inaccurate criminal history information reporting in their employment/tenant background check reports.

Mark D. Mailman has concentrated his practice in consumer protection litigation since co-founding his firm, Francis & Mailman, P.C. in 1998. Mark has litigated thousands of FCRA and FDCPA cases. He has been certified to serve as class counsel by state and federal courts in both contested and settlement class actions.

Craig Marchiando focuses his practice on representing consumers in lawsuits brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Litigating mainly class action cases, Craig has represented thousands of consumers in successfully obtaining benefits under the FCRA’s broad protections and has been appointed class counsel by numerous courts across the country.

Dave Maxfield runs a boutique consumer protection practice in Columbia, SC. He has represented thousands of individual consumers in cases against banks, credit reporting agencies, and insurance companies.

Robert S. Sola is the founding member of Robert S. Sola, P.C., a consumer law firm based in Portland, OR. He has been handling Fair Credit Reporting Act cases since 1996. He represents consumers across the country and has litigated FCRA cases in twenty-five states as co-counsel.

A.J. Stecklein began his legal career as an assistant district attorney in the Wyandotte County District Attorney’s office. In the last few years, his practice, Stecklein and Rapp, has turned to helping consumers who fall victim to dishonest businesses, including matters of creditor and debt collector harassment.

Subhan Tariq regularly handles complex commercial litigation, with particular experience in consumer finance litigation in individual and class action cases in the areas of federal and state consumer protection laws. Mr. Tariq has successfully helped thousands of consumers exercise their consumer rights against large institutional banks, debt collectors, and consumer reporting agencies.

Stephanie Tatar has been a consumer advocate since graduating cum laude from DePaul University, College of Law. Prior to founding The Tatar Law Firm, Ms. Tatar gained extensive litigation and appellate experience with firms in Chicago and Los Angeles. During her career, she has successfully fought debt collectors, credit reporting agencies, creditors, manufacturers, and car dealers.

Adam Thoresen is a senior staff attorney with the public interest law firm, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. He has worked at JALA for over ten years, and his practice is currently focused on Fair Credit Reporting Act litigation related to landlord-tenant debts and other inaccuracies in tenant screening reports.

Ronald Wilcox has been a consumer protection attorney since 1995, with an office in San Jose.  Ron is a graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, and has tried consumer protection cases in federal and state court, as well as JAMS and AAA.  He serves on the Board of Directors for NACA, and is a member of the CAOC, CAALA, and NACBA.


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