Amy Jonker is a commercial litigator whose practice focuses on defending consumer financial services companies in class actions, individual matters, and regulatory investigations, representing employers in investigations and litigation, and successfully resolving commercial disputes.
She has extensive experience delivering positive outcomes in complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts across the country, including for many financial institutions and law firms for claims filed under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TPCA), UDAAP and state consumer protection laws, under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), whistleblower claims, and in complex insurance disputes.
Her experience covers all phases of litigation at both federal and state levels, including obtaining dismissals of complaints, obtaining summary judgment on claims and defenses, handling all phases of discovery in both individual and class actions, negotiating individual and class action settlements, preparing for and participating in trials and arbitrations, conducting oral arguments, and federal and state court appellate work.
Amy has spoken on a variety of legal topics that relate to the financial services industry, including presentations on the FDPCA, FCRA and FACTA, and mortgage lending defense issues, and has spoken on the FMLA. In addition to numerous blog posts and alerts, Amy’s publications include:
» “Fair Debt Collection Practices Act,” Consumer Financial Services Answer Book 2016, Chapter 23, Practising Law Institute;
» “Imminent Restrictions on Arbitration Provisions in Consumer Financial Contracts Foreshadowed by the CFPB’s Arbitration Study,” ABA Consumer Financial Services Committee Newsletter, May 2015;
» “Fair Debt Collection Practices Act,” Consumer Financial Services Answer Book 2015, Chapter 12, Practising Law Institute;
» “Fair Debt Collection Practices Act,” Consumer Financial Services Answer Book 2014, Chapter 13, Practising Law Institute;
» “Effective Non-Compete Agreements Require Careful Crafting by Employers,” Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report, 182 DLR-I-1, September 19, 2014;
» “Sixth Circuit Broadens FDCPA Verification Requirements for Debt Collectors,” InsideARM.com, July 24, 2014;
» “Fair Debt Collection Practices Act,” Consumer Financial Services Answer Book 2012-13, Chapter 12, Practising Law Institute; and
» “Fair Debt Collection Practices Act,” Consumer Financial Services Answer Book 2011, Chapter 12, Practising Law Institute.
Amy has been a member of ACA International, has served as the Illinois Chair for ACA’s Members’ Attorney Program and on ACA’s Special Committee on Debt Buyers, and has been a member of NARCA. She is a member of the ABA’s Consumer Financial Services Committee and Labor and Employment Law Section, the national Mortgage Bankers Association, the American Bankers Association, RMA International, the Defense Resource Institute, the Association for Human Resource Management, the Bar Association of the Western District of Michigan and the Grand Rapids Bar Association.
She is admitted to practice in Illinois and Michigan, and in the Federal District Courts for Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of Illinois, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Amy was admitted to the Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois and received its Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service in May 2015.
Amy earned her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law, where she was on the Dean’s List. She was the captain of the trial team, earned multiple awards in trial competitions, wrote an article for a law journal, and served as an extern for the Honorable Matthew F. Kennelly in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Prior to joining the firm, Amy litigated at an AMLAW 100 law firm and an AMLAW 200 law firm.