Monthly Archives: April 2015

Maurice & Needleman Combines with McGinnis Wutscher to Form Maurice Wutscher

April 27, 2015 — Financial services law firms Maurice & Needleman and McGinnis Wutscher today announced they have joined forces to better serve their clients in key cities nationwide. The alliance now enables the two firms to provide the services of 24 lawyers in 10 offices in the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest and West.

As Maurice Wutscher, the firm will focus in the areas of consumer credit defensive litigation, commercial banking litigation, regulatory compliance, insurance recovery and advisory services, professional liability defense and ethics matters.

The firm’s attorneys are leaders and influencers in the area of consumer financial services law. They are among the few in the nation to be board certified, are recognized as Super Lawyers, serve in leadership positions in industry associations and regularly publish and speak before national audiences.

“The merger paves an exciting path. Our two firms have complementary strengths and synergies, as well as shared commitments to providing unparalleled client service, efficiency, and thought leadership,” firm Principal Ralph Wutscher said.

“The combination of our firms adds a depth of legal talent and skills that allows us to provide representation in nearly all major markets within the country,” said firm Principal Donald Maurice.

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Maurice Inducted into American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers

April 27, 2015 — Donald Maurice has been inducted as a fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers. Fellows are nominated by members of the college for their skill and expertise in the field of consumer financial services law and for their notable contributions to the promotion of learning and scholarship among their peers through lecturing and published writings.

Maurice provides counsel to the financial services industry, successfully litigating matters in the state and federal courts in individual and class actions. He has argued before the Third and Eighth Circuit U.S. Courts of Appeals, and has represented the financial services industry before several courts including the U.S. Supreme Court. He counsels clients in regulatory actions before the CFPB and other federal and state regulators and in the development and testing of debt collection compliance systems. In addition to being a frequent speaker and author on consumer financial services law, he serves as legal counsel to DBA International and as chair of the ABA’s Bankruptcy and Debt Collection Subcommittee.

The American College of Consumer Financial Service Lawyers was founded in 1996 as a professional association of lawyers skilled and experienced in handling consumer financial services matters and dedicated to the professional development and ethics of its attorneys. Membership is by invitation only.

Webinar to Examine New Risks in Bankruptcy Claims Process

April 21, 2015 — Thomas R. Dominczyk and Donald Maurice will present a webinar on April 22, examining the new risks in the bankruptcy claims process following the 2014 Crawford decision by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Joining them will be Alan Hochheiser of Buckley King.

The program will cover the evolution of Crawford-type claims; how certain events in a bankruptcy case can limit or extinguish liability; tips to strengthen the bankruptcy claims process; and recent activities of the CFPB and Department of Justice directed at consumer bankruptcy cases.

The webinar is being offered by DBA International. Click here to register.

Maurice to Discuss CFPB Authority at ABA Meeting

April 14, 2015 — Donald Maurice will moderate a discussion about the CFPB’s authority over attorneys at the ABA Business Law Section spring meeting in San Francisco on April 18.

The panel of speakers will include industry attorneys, consumer advocates and Texas Supreme Court Judge Phil Johnson. The discussion will examine the CFPB’s recent lawsuit against a Georgia law firm and its implications upon lawyer professional responsibility.

Maurice is chair of the ABA’s Debt Collection Practices and Bankruptcy Subcommittee.