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Patrick D. Newman


Patrick D. Newman


Practice Groups

Bankruptcy/Creditors' Remedies, Class Action/Multidistrict Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Consumer Law Defense

Industry Groups

Credit and Collection, Financial Services


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.

Education & Admissions


  • William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2013
    • CALI Award recipient
    • Burton Award nominee, Best Brief
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A., 2010

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, District of North Dakota
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin


Representative Cases

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).

Professional & Civic

Bar Associations

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
    • Consumer Law Section, Council Member
    • Bankruptcy Section
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
    • Debtor/Creditor Section

Professional Associations

  • ACA International, Inc.
    • Members' Attorney Program
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
  • The National Creditors Bar Association
  • The Risk Management Association

Civic Involvement

  • Volunteer Lawyers Network, 2017-present


  • Minnesota Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers, 2017-present


  • Bankruptcy Bulletin, editorial board, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2018-present
  • Supreme Court Limits the Financial Settlement Safe Harbor of Section 546(e), author, Minnesota State Bar Association, Bankruptcy Bulletin, Summer 2018
  • Where Do We Stand? Pleadings, Proof, and Strict Liability Following “Spokeo,” author, Hennepin County Bar Association, 2016
  • The FDCPA & CFPB: What Debt Collectors Must Know Now! author, National Business Institute, 2015
  • Discovery of Assets, author, Chapter 7, Debtor-Creditor Handbook, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2014
  • Debt Collection Law and the CFPB, author, National Business Institute, 2014


  • More Like Inconvenience Fees: Recent Trends in Add-on Fee Litigation, presenter, ACA International Annual Convention & Expo, Nashville, Tenn., July 25, 2018
  • Regulation of Unfair, Deceptive and Abusive Practices in Financial Services, co-presenter with C.R. Morris, Representing Community Banks in Minnesota webcast, Minnesota CLE, December 13, 2017
  • Fair Debt: Ethics in Consumer Collection Litigation, presenter, The National Creditors Bar Association Fall Conference, Washington, D.C., October 14, 2017
  • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Panel Discussion, Hennepin County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, co-presenter with M.A. Klutho, May 17, 2017
  • Where Do We Stand?  Pleadings, Proof, and Strict Liability Following “Spokeo,” presenter, Hennepin County Continuing Legal Education, September 21, 2016
  • The FDCPA & CFPB: What Debt Collectors Must Know Now!, presenter, National Business Institute, Eau Claire, Wis., June 2, 2015 and December 3, 2014
  • Locating Assets, presenter, Minnesota State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, January 2, 2015
  • Updates on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, presenter, Hennepin County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, September 1, 2014
  • Debt Collection Law and the CFPB, presenter, National Business Institute, Eau Claire, Wis., August 5, 2014