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Craig Edward Bertschi

Credit repair Attorney at Dunwoody, GA

5.0   7 reviews

also known as Craig Bertschi, Craig E. Bertschi

  • Licensed for 33 years
    State GA
    Acquired 1990
    Status
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Craig

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  1. Credit repair
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    I represent consumers in lawsuits against credit reporting agencies and background check companies.

Mr. Bertschi began his legal career in 1990 as an associate with the law firm of Kilpatrick & Cody in Atlanta.  He was elected to the Partnership in January of 1998 and remained with that firm, which is now known as Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton, LLP until March of 2015. 

For the last 25 years, Mr. Bertschi focused his practice on litigating complex business disputes and defending consumer class action lawsuits under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and other consumer protection statutes.  Mr. Bertschi has represented Fortune 500 companies in the telecommunications, financial services and aerospace industries and has served as lead counsel in lawsuits nationwide, including cases in the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits.  He also has extensive experience litigating in the state courts of Georgia, before the American Arbitration Association and in private arbitrations.

Mr. Bertschi has nearly 15 years of experience handling class action and single plaintiff cases under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (the “FCRA”).  His FCRA clients have included a large national credit reporting agency, numerous consumer reporting agencies providing pre-employment background screening services and various businesses accused of having violated the FCRA.  In addition, Mr. Bertschi has served on the Education Committee of the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (“NAPBS”) and was the primary developer of NAPBS’ FCRA Basic and Advanced FCRA Certification Programs.

Mr. Bertschi was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in 2014 for Banking & Finance Litigation, and he is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

In March 2015, Mr. Bertschi formed a partnership with another Kilpatrick & Cody alum, Mara McRae.  As a founding partner of McRae Bertschi LLC, Mr. Bertschi continues to provide the highest quality representation to clients in commercial and business disputes.  In addition, Mr. Bertschi now represents consumers in class action and single plaintiff litigation under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. 

Mr. Bertschi is an Atlanta native, having grown up in Gwinnett County.  He was the Georgia State Champion in academic debate in 1983.  He attended Emory University as the Alben W. Barkley Merit Scholar and was twice named Emory’s Outstanding Debater.  Mr. Bertschi was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa in 1986 and graduated from Emory University magna cum laude in 1987.  He attended the University of Georgia School of Law as a Robert W. Woodruff Scholar and served on the Editorial Board of the Georgia Law Review.  Mr. Bertschi graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law magna cum laude in 1990 and is a member of the Order of the Coif.

Mr. Bertschi is a frequent author and lecturer on the topics of commercial litigation and the Fair Credit Reporting Act.  His recent publications and presentations include the following:

 

 

  • “The Spokeo case: Will it open the floodgates to more FCRA litigation?”  NAPBS JOURNAL, January 2015.
  • Quoted in “Search and Verify: Why Criminal Background Checks May Not Be As Accurate As You Think,” HR Magazine, December 2012.
  • “Class Actions Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act,” The Safe Hiring Manual, Rev. 2d ed. (2012).
  • “The NAPBS FCRA Advanced Certification Program: Building on Success” NAPBS JOURNAL, January-February 2012.
  • “California Opens the Floodgates, Supreme Court Decision Applies Retroactively,” Executive Counsel, August/September 2011, vol. 8, no. 4.
  • “EEOC v. PeopleMark:  A Tale Of Regulatory Overreach,” NAPBS JOURNAL, April-May 2011.  (April 29, 2011).
  • “FCRA Class Action Lawsuits: The Sharks Are Circling,” NAPBS JOURNAL, January-February 2011.  (February 21, 2011).
  • “TCPA regulates text marketing campaigns,” Atlanta Business Chronicle, February 16, 2011.
  • “Beware EFTA Notice Requirements,” Law 360, September 30, 2010.
  • “Background Checks Could Lead To Litigation,” Fulton County Daily Report, February 23, 2010.
  • “Metadata: What you don’t know can hurt you,” Fulton County Daily Report, March 17, 2008.
  • “Merchants: Beware five-digit trap.  Thanks to FACTA, credit card receipts could lead to a wave of class actions,” Fulton County Daily Report, May 6, 2008.
  • “Metadata:  Taking on added urgency for attorneys,” Atlanta Business Chronicle, June 18, 2007. 

 

*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

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Location

McRae Bertschi & Cole LLC
1872 Independence Square
Suite D
Dunwoody, GA, 30338

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Posted by Jimmy | June 16, 2023
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Craig was great to work with for my credit card fraud issue. Before working with him, he was the only lawyer out of 5 that I reached out to for help that responded to me. Prior to meeting him, I felt pretty hopeless and frustrated that my issue would be resolved the way I needed it to. He was outstanding from our our first phone call all the way through settlement of my case. Kept me updated every step of the way and handled everything with absolute professionalism and timeliness. Can’t recommend him enough!
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Posted by Sadaf | January 27, 2023
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Most helpful and professional lawyer!
I had the pleasure of having Craig be my lawyer, and it was the best decision I could have made for my case! Craig has 30+ years of being an experienced lawyer and he knew exactly what to do for my case. He was able to get me more than what I asked for as settlement. I highly recommend his services. I will be keeping him as a Saved Contact for any future cases I may need him for. Thanks again Craig!
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Posted by Aubrey | January 26, 2023
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TOP NOTCH SERVICE IN EVERY WAY!
Craig was well informed, knowledgeable, transparent, and eager to please in any capacity that we requested. His estimations of monetary settlements were nearly dead on accurate, and were WAY more than we expected. Craig is a true professional in every aspect of the legal profession.
Posted by Kitty | January 26, 2023
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Client
Craig is awesome! I have worked with him on multiple issues. Each time he worked with me on my issues they all got resolved. I definitely recommend Craig!
Posted by Abby | October 4, 2022
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Best lawyer ever
Craig was so helpful and fought for me and my case! He explains everything in a way that you are able to understand and really cares about his clients. I can’t thank him enough!
Posted by Lakenya | September 30, 2020
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The Creme de la Creme of FCRA Lawyers!
I have known Craig now for over two years and I must admit that he is the best in his field. Highly-knowledgeable in litigating consumer protection cases when it comes to your credit report and background checks. Excellent in achieving desirable settlements for his clients quick! Easy to work with because he is very personable and let's you know what's going on with your case every step of the way. He always contacts me to let me know how things are going contrary to these other lawyers that I've worked with in the past. You can also trust him. Craig is very honest and I look at him as a friend because I know that he will always tell me the truth. I highly recommend him and his law firm. Sincerely your biggest fan, Lakenya
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Posted by Tashunbee | February 6, 2018
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Great Lawyer
He helped me with my Background check case. He is very professional and will answer any questions you have about your situation with grace and confidence. I would Recommend Craig to anyone.
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Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 40%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • McRae Bertschi & Cole LLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP
  • 1998 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Kilpatrick & Cody
  • 1990 - 1998

Education

  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • Emory University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Bumpus v. National Credit Systems, Inc.
  • Jury verdict of over $100,000 against a debt collector

Associations

  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • Order of the Coif
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Banking & Finance Litigation
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Banking & Finance Litigation
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Banking & Finance Litigation
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Banking & Finance Litigation
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
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Credit repair Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Craig on several matters and find him to be an excellent attorney who is well respected in the legal community."
Bankruptcy and debt