We help victims of unfair collection practices, predatory lending, hidden fees and other misconduct.I regularly represent consumers in cases against collectors, lenders, auto dealers, and others.I have extensive experience representing victims of identity theft and other types of credit fraud.I regularly represent victims of unfair or overly aggressive debt collection tactics.
My name is Dan Schlanger and I head the consumer protection practice at Kakalec & Schlanger, LLP. My practice focuses on class actions and other litigation aimed at vindicating the rights of consumers, including cases involving unfair collection practices, predatory lending, hidden fees, auto fraud, false advertising, usury, fraud and breach of warranty.
I regularly handle cases brought under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Truth In Lending Act, the Magnuson Moss Warranty Act, RICO, and laws barring false advertising, deceptive consumer conduct, usury and other abuses.
I also have extensive experience representing consumers in collection actions, including actions involving credit card debt, medical billing, lines of credit, auto loans, home loans, personal guarantees and other debts.
I received my law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and received my undergraduate degree from Carleton College, magna cum laude, in 1994. Prior to joining Kakalec & Schlanger's predecessor firm as a partner in 2007, I worked as a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. Prior to that, I clerked for the Honorable R. Lanier Anderson, III on the 11th Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals.
I have had the immense good fortune to be able to make my living doing something I am passionate about: helping consumers who have been treated unfairly or victimized by overly aggressive tactics.
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
Hourly ($275-450/hour), contingent (33-90%), Fixed (sometimes)
Cash, Check, Credit card
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David Fryman, Litigation Attorney
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
I worked for Dan Schlanger out of law school. He's an excellent lawyer who puts his heart and soul into each and every case he handles. Several years later, Dan is still my go-to person for consumer protection questions and I recommend him to my own clients.
Evan Rothfarb, Litigation Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
Dan is a first-rate consumer protection lawyer. I worked with Dan on several matters and found him to be incredibly knowledgeable on a wide range on consumer protection issues, ranging from the FDCPA and New York Unfair Competition Law to the Lemon Law. Dan is very efficient, responsive to his clients and has a healthy respect for his clients, the judiciary and even his adversaries. Dan is an excellent consumer protection litigator who will provide valuable insight and guidance in any matter within his ambit.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|New York Metro Rising Stars||Super Lawyers Magazine||2016|
|New York Metro Rising Stars||Super Lawyers Magazine||2015|
|President's Pro Bono Service Award||New York State Bar Association||2013|
|New York Metro Rising Stars||Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|Jim Gardner Business Ethics Award||Rotary Club of White Plains, New York||2013|
|Dean's Award For Community Service||Harvard Law School||2004|
|Partner, Head of Consumer Protection Practice||Kakalec & Schlanger, LLP||2007 - Present|
|Staff Attorney||Legal Aid Society Of Cleveland Downtown Office||2006 - 2007|
|Law Cerk to the Hon. R. Lanier Anderson, III||United States Court Of Appeals, 11th Circuit||2004 - 2005|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Association of Consumer Advocates||Member, Issues/Amicus Committee||2015 - Present|
|National Association of Consumer Advocates||Member, Education Committee||2014 - 2016|
|New York City Bar Association, Consumer Affairs Committee||Member||2013 - 2015|
|Westchester County Bar Association||Co-chair, Pro-Bono Committee||2011 - 2014|
|New York City Bar Association||Member, Civil Courts Committee||2011 - 2013|
|New York City Bar Association||Member, Professional Responsibility Committee||2009 - 2010|
|Shepherd v. Cohen & Slamowitz, 668 F.Supp.2d 579 (SDNY 2009).||Court awards consumer $10,000, plus attorney's and costs of $68,262|
|In re Porsche Cars North America, Inc., Plastic Coolant Tubes Products Liability Litigation, 11-MD-2233||Court approved class-wide settlement|
|Moy v. Eltman, Eltman & Cooper, P.C., 12-cv-02382 (E.D.N.Y.)||Class wide settlement (settlement reached prior to any decision on the merits of Plaintiff's allegations or Defendants' defenses)|
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|New York State Bar Association Section Newsletter||Assisting the Consumer Debtor, Part II: Defenses to Consumer Credit Claims||2010|
|New York State Bar Association Section Newsletter||Assisting The Consumer Debtor, Part III: Improper Service||2010|
|New York State Bar Association: One on One (Quarterly of the General Practice Section)||Assisting The Consumer Debtor: Becoming Aware Of Potential Affirmative Claims||2009|
|Harvard University Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2004|
|Carleton College||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1994|
|Lawline CLE Webinar||Using the Truth in Lending Act to Challenge Predatory Auto Lending||2017|
|Lawline CLE Webinar||Prosecuting FDCPA Actions Against High Volume Collection Firms||2016|
|NACA Webinar Series||The Holder Rule and Beyond: Finance Company Liability in Auto Fraud Litigation||2015|
|CLARO Training Event||Defending Consumer Collection Lawsuits||2012|