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Representing the Pro Bono Client: Consumer Law Basics 2013


Speaker(s): Amy L Wells, Brian L. Bromberg, Robert W. Murphy
Recorded on: Jul. 26, 2013
PLI Program #: 43368

Amy L. Wells is the founder of WELLS LAW OFFICE, INC., a boutique consumer protection litigation firm based in Dayton, Ohio. Ms. Wells earned a Juris Doctorate and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Dayton School of Law joint-degree program.  She dedicates her legal practice to consumer advocacy, including issues involving identity theft, credit report inaccuracies, debt collection harassment, breach of warranty and consumer fraud.

Ms. Wells currently serves on the Ohio Attorney General's Advisory Committee. She is Chair of the Consumer Law Section and sits on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Association for Justice. Ms. Wells is an active member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates, and state chair for the organization. She also currently serves as Vice-President of the Miami Valley Trial Lawyers Association.  Ms. Wells is also a member of the Dayton Bar Association, and serves on the Ethics Committee.

In 2012, she received the Ohio Association for Justice President's Award. Ms. Wells is the recipient of the highest attorney rating by AVVO.com. Ms. Wells is also among 2.5 percent of Ohio attorneys named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine.

Ms. Wells has authored articles about consumer protection law. She also regularly speaks to other attorneys and consumers on a state and national level regarding consumer advocacy issues.

In 2007, WELLS LAW OFFICE launched a website designed to help educate and empower consumers to understand their legal rights.


Brian L. Bromberg is the owner of the Bromberg Law Office, P.C. in New York City. Mr. Bromberg is admitted to practice law in New York and California. He graduated from Oberlin College, with a B.A. in Philosophy in 1987, and earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1991. Mr. Bromberg is an active member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA), the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, and many other professional organizations. He has lectured attorney groups and the public on consumer-law issues, and helped revise NACA's Class Action Guidelines. Since 1999, Mr. Bromberg has concentrated his practice on consumer-protection litigation, including violations of the Fair Debt Collection practices Act (FDCPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act (HOEPA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and various state and federal unfair and deceptive acts and practices statutes. Mr. Bromberg has prosecuted numerous consumer-protection and fraud cases against debt-collectors, banks, credit-card companies, and automobile dealers. He has filed cases both individually and on a class basis, and has been appointed class counsel by state and federal courts across the country.

 


Robert W. Murphy is in private practice in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, focusing on consumer class action litigation. He presently serves as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Florida College of Law in Gainesville, Florida. He is a past chair of the Consumer Protection Law Committee of The Florida Bar and is a Board Member, Secretary and Florida State Chairperson for the National Association of Consumer Advocates.  He has spoken at many seminars and conferences hosted by a variety of state and national organizations, including The Florida Bar, The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, the National Consumer Law Center, the National Association of Legal Aid and Public Defenders, and the United States Military Judge Advocate Corps as well as college and law schools.  In October, 2007 and April, 2011, the Federal Trade Commission designated Mr. Murphy to be panel member for the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Symposium in Washington, DC, which addressed the rising abuses in the consumer debt collection industry.

Mr. Murphy has been lead counsel in a wide variety of state-wide, regional and national consumer class actions throughout the United States.  In 2003, Mr. Murphy obtained the first contested certified class under the Florida Retail Installment Sales Act as reported in Brown v. SCI Funeral Services of Florida, 212 F.R.D.602 (S.D. Fla. 2003), which was described in the South Florida Business Review as one of the most significant cases in South Florida in 2003. More recently, Mr. Murphy was lead counsel in a 2009 nationwide class action which provided over $50 million in relief to over 8,000 consumers whose vehicles had been wrongfully repossessed.  To date, Attorney Murphy has obtained class benefits estimated to be in excess of $500 million with significant cy pres awards to consumer and legal aid organizations.

Mr. Murphy attended the U.S. Military Academy, and received his B.A. cum laude from Wake Forest University in 1984 and his J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law in 1987.  He is admitted to practice in Florida and Georgia; the United States District Courts for the Middle District of Florida, Southern District of Florida, Northern District of Florida, Western District of Oklahoma, Northern District of Ohio, Middle District of Georgia, Northern District of Georgia; Western District of Michigan; Western District of Tennessee; United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit and has been admitted pro hac vice in numerous other state and federal courts.

A regular contributor to local and national news media on consumer law topics, Mr. Murphy most recently appeared on ABC News Nightline on January 19, 2007 on the topic of consumer debt collection. He has authored and contributed to many articles and papers on consumer litigation issues, including a recent treatise published by the National Consumer Law Center on debt collection.