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Donald Maurice is a principal of Maurice Wutscher LLP, a national law firm, whose attorneys specialize in all areas of creditors’ rights and financial services litigation. For nearly thirty years of practice, Don has successfully litigated for the financial services industry in both State and Federal courts. He has provided defense for claims brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Truth in Lending Act, Equal Credit Opportunity Act, FDCPA, Fair Credit Reporting Act, New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act, Magnuson-Moss Act and other state consumer lending regulations. Don is peer-rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell, the nationwide guide to lawyers. He is recognized as by Law & Politics Magazine as a New Jersey Super Lawyer in Bankruptcy and Debtor/Creditor Law since 2007.

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  1. Litigation: 90%
    28 years
  2. Ethics: 10%
    21 years

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Maurice Wutscher LLP

5 Walter E Foran Blvd
Suite 2007
Flemington, NJ, 08822-4674

Maurice Wutscher LLP

45 Rockefeller Plaza
Suite 2000
New York, NY, 10111

Maurice Wutscher LLP

20 F Street NW
7th Floor
Washington, DC, 20001

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NYCurrently registered 201207/10/2016
DCActive 201105/27/2013
NJActive198807/28/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Go-To Law Firm for Fortune 500Corporate Counsel2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
NJ Super Lawyer in Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor RightsLaw & Politics Magazine2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
New Jersey Super Lawyer in Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor RightsLaw & Politics Magazine2010
Corporate Counsel Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
New Jersey Super Lawyer in Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor RightsLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Corporate Counsel Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Go-To CounselCorporate Counsel Magazine2008
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
New Jersey Super Lawyer in Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor RightsLaw & Politics Magazine2008
New Jersey Super Lawyer in Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor RightsLaw & Politics Magazine2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
Creditors Rights SpecialistAmerican Board of Certification2001
Award in Land Use and Zoning.American Jurisprudence Award1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyGindin & Linett1992 - 1995
AttorneyStanley & Powers1988 - 1992
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
College of Consumer Financial Services LawyersFellow2015 - Present
The Conference on Consumer Finance LawMember, Governing Committee2015 - Present
American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Consumer Financial Services Committee, Bankruptcy & Debt Collection SubcomitteeChair2014 - Present
Amicus Committee, National Association of Retail Collection AttorneysMember2000 - Present
National Association of Retail Collection AttorneysMember1995 - Present
American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Consumer Financial Services SubcommitteeMember1995 - Present
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionMember1988 - Present
American Bar Association, Business Law SectionMember1988 - Present
Debt Collection and Bankruptcy Practices Subcommittee, Consumer Financial Services Committee, Business Law Section, American Bar AssociationVice Chair2011 - 2014
Supreme Court of New Jersey, District XIII Ethics CommitteeMember1994 - 1995
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Rush v. Portfolio Recovery Assocs. LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 62962 (D.N.J. 2014)Dismissed
Shetiwy v. Midland Credit Mgmt., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 41665 (S.D.N.Y. Mar. 26, 2014)Dismissed - On Appeal to 2nd Cir
Zimmerman v. Portfolio Recovery Assocs., LLC, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 174182 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 11, 2013)Class counsel's fee reduced to $130,000
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
DBA The MagazineParsing the CFPB’s EFTA Bulletin2016
Business Law Today (ABA)The Erosion of Lawyer Independence2016
DBA the MagazineOut of Statute Debt ...Realities and Myths2015
The Business LawyerContinued Circuit Conflicts Create Uncertainty Under the FDCPA2015
Business Law Today (ABA)Lessons in Professional Responsibility Compliance2014
The Business LawyerSay What You Mean: the FDCPA and Problems of Interpretation2013
DBA the MagazineStrained Application of ADA Impacts Debt Collection2013
67(2) The Business Lawyer 639FDCPA Update: An Industry In Transition2012
Practicing Law Institute, 17th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, p. 581A Primer on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act2012
The Consumer Financial Services BlogFacebook: Use it to Like a Person, Don’t Use it for Service of Process2012
The Consumer Financial Services BlogFee Order Admonishes Plaintiff’s Firm for Claiming “Cut & Paste” Work as Original – Slices Fee Request 75%, Warns of Future Sanctions2012
The Consumer Financial Services BlogNJ Ethics Opinion Deems Sending Collection Letters as the Practice of Law2012
The Consumer Financial Services BlogNYC Grand Jury Indicts Bank for Mortgage Fraud2012
The Consumer Financial Services BlogFTC Suggests Use of Confusing Language in Debt Collection Letters2012
The Consumer Financial Services BlogSection 1692g Written Dispute that also Contains a Cease and Desist Does Not Prohibit a Debt Collector From Sending Verification2012
ReedLogic Video SeminarBankruptcy Issues and Billing Opportunities Brought About by the Financial Markets Collapse2008
American Bankruptcy Institute, Consumer Bankruptcy Committee NewsletterCourts Diverge on What Constitutes a 'Statement of Financial Condition' in Non-Dischargeability Actions2007
NARCA NewsletterAmended Regulation “E” Impacts Collections2006
CU SolutionsAutomobile Lenders Use “Replevins” To Recover Their Collateral2005
CU SolutionsPrime Time: U.S. Supreme Court Holds Cram Downs Will Pay Interest at Prime Plus (Nothing?)2004
CU SolutionsNew Jersey Supreme Court to Motor Vehicle Lessors: Pay for Lessees' Towing, Storage and Repairs2004
NARCA Collector's GuideNARCA Collector's Guide2000
NARCA NewsletterTruth in Lending Developments2000
Complete Guide to Credit and Collections LawComplete Guide to Credit and Collections LawN/A
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Case Western Reserve University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Boston UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Winter Meeting, Consumer Financial Services CommitteeImpact of the FCC’s 2015 Rulings on TCPA Litigation2016
2016 DBA International Annual ConferenceTop 10 Lessons From Recent Consent Decrees2016
2016 DBA International Annual ConferenceCurrent Legal Issues2016
2016 DBA International Annual ConferenceEthics as the Cornerstone of Compliance Management System2016
2016 DBA International Annual ConferenceState and Federal Regulatory Update2016
Winter Meeting, Consumer Financial Services CommitteeProofs of Claim on Time-Barred Debt after Crawford, Strip-offs and Other Hot Topics in Consumer Bankruptcy2015
The Conference on Consumer Finance LawHow Extra-Judicial Efforts to Regulate Attorney Debt Collection Conduct Harms the Profession, Clients and the Courts2015
Sixth Annual Conference on Consumer Financial Services Law BasicsAn FDCPA Primer2015
DBA International New York SymposiumNew York State’s New Collection Rules & Regulations2015
DBA International Executive SummitThe Chase Consent Order…What It Really Means; Top Litigation Risks for Debt Buyers and How to Avoid Them2015
DBA International California SymposiumImpact of Recent CFPB Consent Decrees2015
Annual Conference Pennsylvania Creditors Bar AssociationCan You Protect Yourself Against the Latest Efforts to Regulate Attorney Debt Collection Conduct?2015
ACI Forum on Residential Mortgage Litigation & Regulatory EnforcementState Government Perspectives on Recent Key Developments in the Industry and Collaboration with Federal Agencies on Regulatory and Enforcement Initiatives2015
28th Annual Northwest Bankruptcy InstituteNight of the Living Debt: Emerging Issues in Enforcement of Unsecured Consumer Debt2015
2015 DBA International Annual ConferenceEthics as a Cornerstone of a Compliance Management System2015
2015 DBA International Annual ConferenceCivil Investigative Demands – Can you be Prepared for a Nuclear Bomb?2015
18th National Forum on Residential Mortgage Litigation and Regulatory EnforcementState Survey and Specific Nuances and Developments in Hotbed Jurisdictions: Homeowners Bill of Rights, Statute of Limitations Issues in Foreclosure Litigation, HOA Liens in Super-Priority States, and More2015
Winter Meeting of the Consumer Financial Services CommitteeCFPB Regulation of the Practice of Law2014
Webinar: American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Consumer Financial Services CommitteeDebt Collectors and Mortgage Servicing Under the TCPA2014
Spring Meeting, American Bar Association, Business Law SectionAssessing the CFPB’s ANPR on Debt Collection Rules2014
Spring Conference National Association of Retail Collection AttorneysElectronic Funds Transfer Act for Debt Collections, Ethical Consequences of Increasing Client Supervision2014
Fall Conference National Association of Creditors Rights AttorneysMeaningful Attorney Review and the Supervision of Non-Attorneys2014
DBA International Executive SummitEthics and Consumer Debt Collection, Top Litigation Risks for Debt Buyers and How to Avoid Them2014
DBA International Annual ConferenceEthics and Debt Buying2014
DBA International Annual ConferenceIt Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: Design of Compliance Processes and Law of Unintended Consequences.2014
Connecticut Creditors Bar Association - WebinarA Look at the Latest in Meaningful Involvement, TCPA and CFPB Activity2014
Annual Conference Pennsylvania Creditors Bar AssociationEthical and Compliance Issues in Consumer Collection2014
American Bar Association Annual ConferenceThe Implications of the McMahon Decision, Its Ethical Implications for Lawyers and the CFPB’s and FTC’s Position On Collecting Out of Statute Debt; CFPB and the Regulation of the Practice of Law — Latest Developments2014
NARCA 2013 Spring ConferenceThe FDCPA Implied Exceptions to Litigation Activity – What the CFPB Doesn’t Want You to Know2013
NARCA 2013 Fall ConferenceBuilding a Compliance Management System (Can it Satisfy the CFPB?)2013
DBA International Regional Meeting - ChicagoEthics as the Cornerstone of a Compliance Management System2013
DBA International Regional Meeting - AtlantaEthics and the Consumer Financial Services Industry2013
DBA International Executive RetreatEthics as the Cornerstone of a Compliance Management System2013
DBA International Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Feb., 2013Ready or Not - CFPB Examinations2013
DBA International - WebinarEthics as the Cornerstone of a Compliance Management System2013
CLLA Convention, April 2013 - ChicagoReady or Not, The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Is On Patrol2013
Attorneys General Education Program Policy Conference on Federalism and State Regulation of LendingIssues in Debt Collection Practices2013
ACA International Annual Convention - MAP ConferenceVicarious Liability in Collections: Can You Be Held Liable?2013
18th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, NY, NY, April 9-10TCPA, FDCPA Developments2013
18th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, Chicago, May 2-3TCPA, FDCPA Developments2013
Strafford Webinar, Oct., 30, 2012FDCPA Class Actions: Latest Litigation Developments2012
Spring Meeting, San Diego, CABillion Dollar Issues: Protecting the Client’s Brand2012
Spring Meeting, San Diego, CAWhen Debtors Attack: Defending State Law Claims2012
Princeton, NJAverting Potential Ethical Problems in Collections2012
Princeton, NJEnsuring Compliance with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act2012
National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys, Fall Conference October 2012, Baltimore, MDReady or Not - CFPB Examinations2012
MCBA, Troy MICompeting in an Environment of Compliance2012
InsideArm Webinar, October 2, 2012Everything You Need to Know About TCPA Compliance2012
InsideArm Webinar, Oct., 25, 2012You’ve got Collection Industry Questions, We’ve Got Collection Industry Experts2012
DBA Annual Conference, Feb., 2012, Las VegasRecent Trends and Class Actions in Financial Services Litigation2012
Commercial Law League of America, Fall Meeting NY, NY, Nov. 9Collections, Ethics and the FDCPA2012
17th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, NYCCollection and Bankruptcy Issues2012
17th Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, ChicagoCollection and Bankruptcy Issues2012
NARCA Spring Meeting ChicagoGetting Sanctions Awarded in Consumer Litigation2011
NARCA Spring Conference ChicagoProtecting the Client's Brand: Developing Programs to Deal With Today's Hot Topcis2011
Fall Conference, Scottsdale, AZThe NARCA Professional Code and Attorney Ethics2011
DallasThe FDCPA and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau2011
15th Annual MAP Conference - Dallas, TXStrategies for Defending Harassment Claims2011
National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys - Fall ConferenceDefending Call Volume Cases2010
NARCA Spring ConferenceJerman: Mistakes of Law and Future Impact on Collection Attorneys2010
Fourteenth Annual MAP Legal Education ConferenceDefending State Law Claims2010
American Bar Association 2010 Annual MeetingEthical Issues In Consumer Financial Services Litigation2010
ACA TeleseminarBill of Sale & Purchase Agreement Issues2010
Cases, Claims and Industry NewsRecent Developments in Consumer Financial Litigation2009
American Collectors Association MAP Annual ConferenceIndividual Liability & Emotional Distress2009
ACA Teleseminar - Cases, Claims and Industry NewsRecent Developments in Consumer Financial Services Litigation2009
ACA International MAP Annual ConferenceEthics for Collection Industry Attorneys2009
2009 Fall Collection ConferenceEthics for Collection Industry Attorneys2009
ReedLogic Video SeminarBankruptcy Issues and Billing Opportunities Brought About by the Financial Markets Collapse2008
National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys Annual ConferenceFDCPA Litigation Trends2008
American Collectors Association MAP Annual ConferenceCommunications with Debtors' Counsel2008
American Collectors Association MAP Annual ConferenceHot Topics for Asset Purchasers2008
American Bar AssociationCommunicating with Debtor's Counsel2008
National Association of Retail Collection AttorneysEvidence for Asset Purchasers2007
American Bar AssociationLitigation Privilege and the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act2007
Furniture Marketing GroupDevelopments and GLB Privacy Policy2001
New Jersey Credit AssociationComing Revisions to Article 92000
New Jersey Credit Association MeetingCurrent Trends in Bankruptcy Law1998