Monthly Archives: January 2017

Maurice Wutscher Adds Leading Bankruptcy Attorney Alan C. Hochheiser

Jan. 16, 2017 — National financial services law firm Maurice Wutscher LLP has added leading bankruptcy and creditors’ rights attorney Alan C. Hochheiser as a partner in its Cleveland office.

With experience that spans nearly 30 years of practice, Hochheiser advises and represents businesses, regional and national banks, credit unions, equipment lessors and other lenders, as well as secured and unsecured creditors.

Among his accomplishments, he has successfully resolved non-dischargeable claims based upon fraud conversion and breach of fiduciary issues and has successfully handled the assumption of leases in the bankruptcy of a major airline.

“Al is one of the foremost authorities in consumer bankruptcy law today,” said Maurice Wutscher Principal Donald Maurice. “His addition strengthens our consumer financial services practice and sets a bar few can meet.”

Hochheiser joins Maurice Wutscher’s skilled team of litigators who specialize in appellate matters, business formation and transactions, class action litigation, commercial litigation, construction litigation, consumer credit litigation, contested bankruptcies, contested foreclosures, employment litigation, insurance recovery and advisory services, intellectual property litigation, and regulatory compliance in offices throughout the United States.

He has been named to ALM’s list of Cleveland’s Top-Rated Lawyers and is peer-rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the worldwide guide to lawyers.

He is a frequent speaker and author on topics relevant to creditors’ rights and bankruptcy law and is involved with a number of professional organizations. He is a Consumer Committee member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and serves as Legislative Committee Chair of the American Legal Financial Network. He is a member of the Commercial Law League of America, an associate member of the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees and a Creditors Auxiliary member of the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees.

In addition, he actively volunteers for several civic associations in his community. He is a regular volunteer for the Montefiore Home-Fairmount Temple Mitzvah Corp., Past Vice President of ARMDI and Past President of the Fairmount Temple Brotherhood.

Hochheiser earned his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and B.A. cum laude from the State University of New York at Albany.

Alan Hocheiser may be reached at (216) 220-1129 or via email at [email protected].

Maurice Wutscher Attorneys to Speak at ABA’s CFSC Winter Meeting

cfscJan. 10, 2017 — Maurice Wutscher’s Donald Maurice and D. Sharmin Arefin will speak at the ABA’s Consumer Financial Services Committee winter meeting in Calsbad, California this week.

Maurice, who is chair of the CFSC’s Debt Collection Practices and Bankruptcy Subcommittee, will lead the roundtable discussion, “Midland v. Johnson – What’s Before SCOTUS in Consumer Bankruptcy and FDCPA Litigation and the CFPB Enforcement Implications” on Jan. 13.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument of the case on Jan. 17, which involves the intersection of the FDCPA and bankruptcy law. A primary issue before the Court is whether a creditor’s proof of claim for debt subject to an expired limitations period is a per se violation of the FDCPA. The decision impacts not only creditors subject to the FDCPA, but all creditors participating in consumer bankruptcy cases. The petition comes from the Eleventh Circuit, the only to hold the conduct violates the FDCPA and the theory was subsequently rejected by the Fourth, Seventh and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeals. Maurice successfully argued the creditor case in the Fourth Circuit case.

On Jan. 14, Arefin will moderate “Serving the Underserved: Lessons in Marketing and Emerging Markets.” Speakers will discuss how financial institutions are reaching their increasingly diverse consumer base and ways that the legal profession can support them. Arefin is vice chair of CFSC’s Diversity Task Force and holds a number of other leadership positions within ABA.

For more information about the meeting, click here.