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Mr. Thomasson focuses his practice on litigating financial services and business disputes on behalf of consumers, including class actions under state and federal consumer protection statutes. Mr. Thomasson has spent many years litigating in state and federal courts and, in that regard, has earned a strong reputation in the legal communities where he is admitted to practice. He is Peer-Reviewed by Martindale-Hubbell and selected as a Rising Star in the State of New Jersey by Super Lawyers®, a part of Thomson Reuters.

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  • Education

    Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Juris Doctor, Pro Bono Honors

    • ADR/Negotiations Moot Court, Member; Environmental Negotiations Moot Court, Member
    • Tax Law Society, Vice President of Finance & Administration
    • ABA Insurance Coverage Litigation Section, Law Student Vice Chair

    Arkansas State University, B.A., Political Science; Minor, German
    Studies

    • Pi Gamma Mu, International Honor Society
    • Pi Sigma Alpha, National Honor Society
  • Bar Admissions
    • New Jersey
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
    • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
    • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • Class Counsel Certifications
    • Pascal, et al. v. Steine & Associates, P.C., et al., U.S. District Court, E.D.N.Y. Case No. 2:12-cv-04436-JFB-WDW
    • Fischer v. NCB Management Services, Inc., U.S. District Court, S.D.N.Y. Case No. 7:12-cv-09451-CS
    • Freeman v. General Revenue Corporation, U.S. District Court, E.D.N.Y. Case No. 1:12-cv-01406-RER
    • Goldman v. Horizon Financial Management, LLC, U.S. District Court, S.D.N.Y. Case No. 7:12-cv-07592-LMS
    • Dabbas v. Alpha Recovery Corp., U.S. District Court, E.D.N.Y. Case No. 1:13-cv-05169-SMG
    • Sabri v. E. Hope Greenberg d/b/a Law Office of E. Hope Greenberg, U.S. District Court, E.D.N.Y. Case No. 1:13-cv-00699-FB-VMS
    • Bryan v. National Enterprise Systems, Inc., et al., U.S. District Court, E.D.N.Y. Case No. 2:13-cv-03740-LDW-WDW 1:13-cv-00699-FB-VMS
    • Gillman Harris v. Midland Credit Management, Inc., U.S. District Court, S.D.N.Y. Case No. 1:13-cv-03125-TPG
    • Graff v. United Collection Bureau, Inc., U.S. District Court, E.D.N.Y. Case No. 2:12-cv-02402-GRB
    • Rice v. National Enterprise Systems, Inc., et al., U.S. District Court, E.D.N.Y. Case No. 2:13-cv-05118-LDW-ARL
    • Mazzucco, et al. v. Certified Credit & Collection Bureau, U.S. District Court, D.N.J. Case No. 3:13-cv-07422-TJB
    • Kavalin v. AmeriFinancial Solutions, LLC, U.S. District Court, S.D. Fla. Case No. 0:13-cv-62789-DPG
    • Cohen v. M.L. Zager, P.C., U.S. District Court, D.N.J. Case No. 2:14-cv-03143-JBC
    • Manuel, et al. v. Caliber Home Loans, Inc., U.S. District Court, D.N.J. Case No. 2:14-cv-05233-SRC-CLW
    • Babcock, et al. v. C.Tech Collections, Inc., et al., U.S. District Court, E.D.N.Y. Case No. 1:14-cv-03124-MDG
    • Mansour v. Seas & Associates, LLC, U.S. District Court, D.N.J. Case No. 2:14-cv-02935-SCM
    • Avila v. Law Office of Gary M. Feldman, Esq., U.S. District Court, E.D.N.Y. Case No. 2:13-cv-07407-GRB
    • Dispennett v. Frederick J. Hanna & Associates, P.C., U.S. District Court, W.D. Pa. Case No. 2:15-cv-00636-MPK
    • Jones v. Delta Management Associates, Inc., U.S. District Court, E.D. Wis. Case No. 1:15-cv-00267-WCG
    • Zavian v. Client Services, Inc., U.S. District Court, D.N.J. Case No. 2:15-cv-0682-SCM
    • Kopchakv. United Resource Systems, et al., U.S. District Court, E.D. Pa. Case No. 5:13-cv-05884-MSG
    • Kavalin v. AFNI, Inc., U.S. District Court, S.D. Fla. Case No. 0:15-cv-60143-BB
    • Maldonado, et al. v. Raymond Meisenbacher & Sons, Esqs., P.C., et al., U.S. District Court, N.J.D. Case No. 3:15-cv-01845-DEA
    • Gamilv. Rubin & Rothman, LLC, U.S. District Court, E.D.N.Y. Case No. 2:15-cv-00981-ARL
    • Wood v. New Century Financial Services, Inc., N.J. Superior Court, Docket No. MRS-L-002679-15
    • Prendergast v. Certified Credit & Collection Bureau, U.S. District Court, D.N.J. Case No. 3:15-cv-07411-TJB
    • Kielbasinski v. A.R. Resources, Inc., U.S. District Court, W.D. Pa. Case No. 3:15-cv-00066-KRG
    • Rittle v. Premium Receivables, LLC, U.S. District Court, M.D. Pa. Case No. 1:15-cv-00166-SHR
    • Specht v. Eastern Account System of Connecticut, Inc., U.S. District Court, S.D.N.Y. Case No. 7:15-cv-02159-PED
    • Gadimev. NRA Group, LLC, U.S. District Court, E.D.N.Y. Case No. 2:15-cv-04841-SJF-AKT
    • Hayes v. Convergent Healthcare Recoveries, Inc., U.S. District Court, C.D. Ill. Case No. 1:14-cv-01467-JES-JEH
    • Maldonado, et al. v. Nelson, Watson & Associates, et al., U.S. District Court, D.N.J. Case No. 2:15-cv-05940-MAH
    • Sandoval v. LVNV Funding LLC, et al., U.S. District Court, D.N.J. Case No. 2:15-cv-06728-KM-MAH
    • Chung v. CCB Credit Services, Inc., U.S. District Court, D.N.J. Case No. 2:15-cv-05198-KM-MAH
    • Wood v. Credit Control, LLC, U.S. District Court, D. Kan. Case No. 6:16-cv-01098-KGG
    • Feliciano, et al. v. Forster, Garbus & Garbus, U.S. District Court, D.N.J. Case No. 2:15-cv-02496-CLW
    • Maldonado, et al. v. Law Offices of Faloni & Associates, LLC, U.S. District Court, D.N.J. Case No. 2:15-cv-02859-CLW
    • Dickon v. Rubin & Rothman, LLC, U.S. District Court, D.N.J. Case No. 2:15-cv-7961-SCM
    • Williams v. Pressler & Pressler, LLP, U.S. District Court, D.N.J. Case No. 2:11-cv-07296-CLW
    • Bell v. Adler Wallach & Associates, Inc., et al., U.S. District Court, W.D. Tex. Case No. 5:16-cv-00366-OLG
    • Thomas v. ARS National Services, Inc., U.S. District Court, D.N.J. Case No. 2:15-cv-03635-JAD
    • Ballaj v. Gatestone & Co. International, Inc., U.S. District Court, D.N.J. Case No. 2:16-cv-01311-CLW
    • Bordeaux v. Ltd. Fin. Servs., L.P., et al., U.S. District Court, D.N.J. Case No. 2:16-cv-00243-KSH-CLW
    • Safranski v. Professional Placement Services, LLC, U.S. District Court, E.D. Wis. Case No. 1:17-cv-00129-WCG
    • Smith v. Simm Associates, Inc., U.S. District Court, E.D. Wis. Case No. 1:17-cv-00769-WCG
    • Heerema v. AFNI, Inc., D.N.J. Case No. 2:16-cv-00244-JBC
    • Zirogiannis v. National Recovery Agency, Inc., U.S. District Court, E.D.N.Y. Case No. 2:14-cv-03954-DRH-AYS
    • Heerema, et al. v. Collecto, Inc. et al., U.S. District Court, D.N.J. Case No. 2:16-cv-02087-MF
    • Steffek, et al. v. Client Services, Inc. U.S. District Court, E.D. Wis. Case No. 1:18-cv-00160-WCG
    • Volkman v. Enhanced Recovery Company, LLC d/b/a ERC, U.S. District Court, E.D. Wis. Case No. 1:18-cv-00091-WCG
    • Medicine to Go Pharmacies, Inc. v. Macoven Pharmaceuticals LLC, et al., U.S. District Court, D.N.J. Case No. 2:16-cv-07717-MF
    • Hovermale v. Immediate Credit, Inc., U.S. District Court, D.N.J. Case No. 1:15-cv-05646-RBK-JS
    • Weiss v. The Law Offices of Frederic I Weinberg & Associates, P.C., et al., D.N.J. Case No. 1:16-cv-01679-KMW
    • Vandehey v. Allianceone Receivables Management, Inc., E.D. Wis. Case No. 1:18-cv-00481-WCG
    • Long v. Michael C. Koehn, E.D. Wis. Case No. 1:18-cv-00943-WCG
    • Aronne v. Credit Control LLC, U.S. District Court, E.D.N.Y. Case No. 2:18-cv-03744-ADS-AYS
    • Ramos, et al. v. Credit Control LLC, U.S. District Court, E.D.N.Y. Case No. 2:16-cv-04098-JMA-SIL.
    • Sandri v. Asset Recovery Solutions LLC, U.S. District Court, E.D. Wis. Case No. 1:18-cv-01182-WCG;
    • Henhaffer v. Simeone & Raynor LLC, N.J. Superior Court, Docket No. CAM-L-001620-18;
    • Vandehey v. Client Services, Inc. U.S. District Court, E.D. Wis. Case No. 1:18-cv-01669-WCG;
    • Panico v. Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC, N.J. Superior Court, Docket No. SOM-L- 001183-18;
    • Oh, et al. v. Cavalry Portfolio SPV I, LLC, et al., D.N.J. Case No. 2:16-cv-05127-MF (Lead);
    • Garcia v. Allied Interstate LLC, et al., W.D. Tex. Case No. 5:15-cv-00294-RCL;
    • Nagan v. Optio Solutions LLC d/b/a Qualia Collection Services, E.D. Wis. Case No. 1:19-cv-00170-WCG; and
    • Cole v. Menn Law Firm, Ltd., E.D. Wis. Case No. 1:19-cv-00527-WCG.
    • Heredia v. Capital Management Services, L.P., E.D. Wis. Case No. 1:17-cv-00248-WCG
  • Notable Decisions
    • Steffek v. Client Servs., 948 F.3d 761 (7th Cir. 2020)

      Represented Appellants and a certified class of Wisconsin consumers in reversing district court’s grant of summary judgment.

    • Heredia v. Capital Mgmt. Servs., L.P., 942 F.3d 811 (7th Cir. 2019)

      Represented plaintiff-appellant on dismissed FDCPA claim including oral argument. Court reversed finding collection letters falsely stated the possibility that the creditor “may” file an IRS Form 1099C if the consumer
      accepted a settlement because the creditor would never do so.

    • Prospect Funding Holdings, LLC v. Breen, 757 Fed.Appx. 130 (3d Cir. 2018)

      Personal injury attorney, who signed acknowledgment of a client’s agreement with a “litigation funding” company, had collateral estoppel defense against funding company when, a different court in a prior lawsuit had ruled the agreement was unenforceable in violation of usury and champerty.

    • Panico v. Portfolio Recovery Assocs., LLC, 879 F.3d 56 (3d Cir. 2018)

      Delaware statute tolling its limitations period for claims against defendants outside Delaware did not apply in lawsuit filed in non-Delaware court against a non-Delaware defendant who was amendable to service of process in the
      chosen forum notwithstanding enforcement of a Delaware choice of law provision in the parties’ contract.

    • Levins v. Healthcare Revenue Recovery Grp. LLC, 902 F.3d 274 (3d Cir. 2018)

      Reversed dismissal of FDCPA violation based on collector’s failure to use its true name in voicemail messages left to collect debts.

    • Boucher v. Financial. Systems of Green Bay, Inc., 880 F.3d 362 (7th Cir. 2018)

      A debt collector’s use of the Seventh Circuit’s previously-approved safe harbor language in collection letters does not shield a collector from liability when it uses that language inaccurately with respect to the debt it is collecting.

    • Bock v. Pressler & Pressler, LLP, 658 Fed. App’x. 63 (3rd Cir. 2016)
    • Bock v. Pressler & Pressler, LLP, 254 F. Supp. 3d 724 (D.N.J. 2017), recon. den., 2017 WL 4711472 (D.N.J. Oct. 19, 2017)

      Following remand to allow district court to consider standing issues recently addressed by Supreme Court in Spokeo v. Robins, falsity of implied representation of an attorney’s involvement in preparing and filing state court
      collection complaint was an invasion of a consumer’s substantive right sufficient for Article III standing. Therefore, judgment re-entered against debt collection law firm.

    • Franco v. Allied Interstate LLC, 602 Fed. Appx. 40 (2d Cir. 2015)
    • Franco v. Allied Interstate LLC, 718 F. App’x 1 (2d Cir. 2018)

      Twice obtained reversal of district court judgment based on erroneous finding that a defendant’s unaccepted Rule 68 offer mooted the plaintiff’s individual claim in a consumer class action.

    • Avila v. Riexinger & Assocs., LLC, 817 F.3d 72 (2d Cir. 2016)

      Adopted Seventh Circuit’s safe-harbor language requiring disclosure of the amount of a debt in collection letters if the balance will increase over time.

    • Manuel, et al. v. Caliber Home Loans, Inc., C.A. No. 2:14-cv-05233- SRC-CLW (D. N.J. August 20, 2015)

      Obtained $1 million national class settlement for claims under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), and Truth in Lending Act (TILA).

    • Hayes v. Convergent Healthcare Recoveries, Inc., No. 14-1467, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 139743 (C.D. Ill. Oct. 7, 2016)
  • Professional and Community Involvement
    • National Association of Consumer Advocates, Member
    • American Bar Association, Member
    • New Jersey Bar Association, Member
    • National Consumer Law Center, Donor
    • Public Citizen, Donor
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