Laying a Successful Foundation for FDCPA Claims

April Kuehnhoff

April Kuehnhoff

Brian Bromberg

Christina Henry


Why You Should Attend This Track

The FDCPA landscape has shifted significantly in the past few years. To continue to thrive as an FDCPA practitioner, attorneys need to adapt and find creative ways to pursue justice for their clients. This year’s track will explore how to litigate FDCPA claims in federal court, state court and in arbitration. Attendees will also gain the practical skills to maximize the value of actual damages cases.  

Please note that the FDCPA track is geared to intermediate and advanced practitioners.  

What You Will Learn

  • How to evaluate appropriate forum 
  • How to spot and develop actual damages claims  
  • What allegations to bring  



Thursday, April 11, 2024
7:00 a.m.Registration Open
8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.Continental Breakfast and Legislative Updates
9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.Navigating FDCPA Claims in State Courts

How to litigate FDCPA claims in state court
  • Stacy Bardo, Bardo Law P.C.
  • Joe Jones, Jones, Wolf & Kapasi, LLC
  • Corey McGaha, Corey D. McGaha PLLC
    Moderated by Carla Sanchez-Adams, National Consumer Law Center
  • 10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.What FDCPA Claims are being Successfully Argued in Federal Court

    How to litigate FDCPA claims in federal court

  • Christina Henry, Henry & DeGraaff, PS
  • Benjamin Wolf, Jones, Wolf & Kapasi, LLC
    Moderated by Mary Philipps, Philipps & Philipps
  • 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.Annual Business Lunch
    1:15 p.m.-2:15
    Establishing a Successful Arbitration Practice

    What claims work in arbitration, including FDCPA, FCRA, EFTA, ID Theft, and more

  • Elliot Conn, Conn Law, P.C.
  • Allison Krumhorn, Wilcox Law Firm, P.C.
  • Ronald Wilcox, Wilcox Law Firm, P.C.
  • 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.Debt Collection Claims in Housing Context

    How to identify and litigate debt collection claims in housing context, such as landlord tenant, condo and HOA cases 

  • Chelsea Ortega, Santoni, Vocci & Ortega, LLC
  • James Hurt, Hurt Stolz, P.C.
    Moderated by Steve Sharpe, National Consumer Law Center
  • 3:45 p.m.-4:45
    Adding TCPA to Your Debt Collection Practice

    How to bring TCPA claims as part of your debt collection practice

  • Amanda Allen, The Consumer Protection Firm
  • Justin Holcombe, Skaar & Feagle, LLP
    Moderated by Margot Saunders, National Consumer Law Center
  • 3:45 p.m.-4:45 p.m.Building a Better Federal Bench

    Gain awareness of the judicial selection process and how you can influence the process and build a judicial path

  • Ryanne Olsen, National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Friday, April 12, 2024
    7:00 a.m.Registration
    8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.Continental Breakfast and Women's Breakfast
    9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.Ethics Session: Overcoming Practical Challenges associated with Elder and Disabled Clients

    How to handle issues that arise in cases with disabled or elderly clients
    10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.Developing the Story of Your Client’s Actual Damages

    How to work with clients to tell your clients story

  • David Abrams, Office of David H. Abrams
  • 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.Plenary Lunch
    1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m.Successful Closing Arguments

    How to tell your actual damages story effectively to mediators and to judges/jury

  • Scott Borison, Legg Law Firm, LLP
  • Duran Keller, Keller Law
  • 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.Case Law Update of Appellate Decisions

    What are the latest trends and decisions in FDCPA Appeals Court

  • Joe Frisone, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Peter Holland, The Holland Law Firm, PC

  • Moderated by April Kuehnhoff, National Consumer Law Center
    4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.Awards Reception with Congressman Hank Johnson