Alleging Affirmative Consumer Claims in Housing Cases

Webinar Date: 
October 22, 2015

To maintain a successful practice, consumer lawyers need to be able to identify local trends and be prepared to respond to the incredibly high volume of lawsuits being filed against consumers in state courts across the country. Consumer attorneys often overlook affirmative claims that can be raised when a consumer is sued in housing court or in foreclosure, in both judicial and non-judicial foreclosure states.

This webinar will discuss affirmative, fee-shifting consumer claims that can be brought against mortgage lenders, servicers, and landlords.  Whether the claims are brought individually, as a class action or on behalf of a named group of consumers, these affirmative FDCPA and UDAP claims provide an opportunity to seek relief for consumers facing imminent loss of their homes.  This webinar is applicable to both private practitioners as well as legal aid attorneys.

What You Will Learn

  • Most common FDCPA and UDAP claims available to consumers in both the mortgage and residential landlord/tenant arenas
  • Pitfalls to avoid in the case selection process and how to effectively handle affirmative and defense representation in your retainer agreements
  • Bringing successful class and multiple plaintiff claims against landlords and mobile home park owners.


David H. Abrams is passionate about creating opportunities for social and economic justice. He seeks to advocate for and explore new perspectives on what justice means in our lives and in our nation. He received his law degree from City University of the New York School of Law, a B.A. in psychology from Florida State University, and an Associate degree in Nursing from Tallahassee Community College. He has been admitted to practice before all Florida State Courts, The United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, and the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Florida. His litigation experience includes individual and class action claims in both State and Federal Courts.

Stacy M. Bardo has dedicated her law practice for more than 15 years to the protection of everyday people. Based in Chicago and the founder of Bardo Law, P.C., Stacy files suits for consumers who have been the victims of unlawful debt collection practices, consumer fraud, wrongful repossessions, inaccurate credit reporting, and problematic mortgage foreclosures. She has been appointed class counsel in numerous national and statewide class actions certified in IL, NY, CA, MI, MN, and WA. Stacy is a member of NACA’s Board of Directors and past Vice-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Consumer Law Committee. Stacy is a graduate of Northwestern University and Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Karen Merrill Tjapkes is the Supervising Attorney of litigation and directs the Homeownership Preservation Project at Legal Aid of Western Michigan in Grand Rapids.  Her practice is concentrated primarily on consumer law, housing law and mortgage litigation.  She is the past chair of the Consumer Law Section Council of the State Bar of Michigan and sits on the steering committee of the Michigan Foreclosure Task Force.  She earned her B.A., with honors, from James Madison College at Michigan State University, and her J.D., cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.


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