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Mr. Newman is a commercial litigator who defends members of the financial services industry, including regular representation of credit and collection professionals against consumer-protection lawsuits, including class actions.
Mr. Newman uses practical, creative experience to help clients from across the United States prevent and navigate disputes in federal and state trial court, as well as bankruptcy courts and appellate tribunals. He has extensive experience working closely with in-house counsel and financial services providers defending against Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and other consumer-protection claims. He also counsels clients on developing compliance protocols and how to navigate regulatory enforcement actions.
Mr. Newman recently secured a published federal appellate decision in favor of a collection law firm. He also successfully represented several creditors in a fast-paced Chapter 11 filed by a high-profile sporting retailer.
Mr. Newman is a magna cum laude graduate of William Mitchell College of Law, where he received a CALI Award honoring the highest-scoring student in their respective class.
Appointed as counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors. In re: Millerbernd Systems, Inc., Bky. No. 18-41286 (Bankr. D. Minn.).
Currently representing multiple consignment creditors in a jointly-administered retail distribution Chapter 11 bankruptcy case involving seven separate distribution entities across the U.S. and Canada. In re: WYNIT Distribution, LLC, Bky. No. 17-42726 (Bankr. D. Minn.).
Representing an owner/landlord of commercial real property leased to a debtor in a big-box retail bankruptcy proceeding. In re: Gander Mountain Co., No. 17-30673 (Bankr. D. Minn.).
Obtained affirmance of trial court’s dismissal of consumer’s claim that collection attorney improperly accessed credit report and improperly communicated after receipt of cease request; Scheffler v. Messerli & Kramer P.A., 791 F.3d 847 (8th Cir. 2015).
Decision dismissing consumer’s claim that collection agent and attorney improperly attempted to enforce judgment through state-court garnishment proceedings; Carney v. Unifund CCR, LLC, No. 16-522 ADM/SER, 2016 WL 7115974 (D. Minn. Memo. Order & Op. dated Dec. 6, 2016).