Stern Thomasson LLP

PHILIP D. STERN

is an experienced lawyer whose practice is focused on defending lawsuits brought by debt collection law firms and pursuing claims against debt collectors who violate the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and other consumer protection statutes. He is a former adjunct professor in appellate advocacy at Seton Hall Law School, and has also been a presenter for continuing legal education on issues related to consumer debt collection.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Stern has tried numerous bench and jury trials and has handled several appeals before the New Jersey Appellate Division as well as before the Second, Third, Seventh, and Ninth U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals. Many of the non-consumer cases he handled involved complex litigation in both state and federal court involving sophisticated commercial real estate financing, large-scale construction disputes, title insurance claims, bankruptcy, and zoning

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In 2012, Mr. Stern was recognized by Inside Jersey Magazine in its selection of New Jersey’s Top Legal Minds. Since the time he was first rated by Martindale-Hubbell in 1995, he has received its highest rating, AV Preemnient. Mr. Stern volunteers as a member of the New Jersey Bar Association’s Consumer Protection Law Committee and as an attorney with the non-profit Volunteer Lawyers for Justice Newark Legal Advice and Resource Clinic for Consumers (NLARCC). As an active member of the International Association of Lions Clubs, a worldwide organization of men and women volunteering to serve their communities, Mr. Stern served as a District Governor in 2009-2010. He believes that cooperative volunteering organized to serve local communities but leveraged, when necessary, to provide global assistance maximizes our abilities to improve the human condition and serve the needs of others.

Education

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo (Yeshiva University) School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • District of Columbia

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 Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin

Class Counsel Certifications

  • Anderson v. Rubin & Rothman, LLC, U.S. District Court, E.D.N.Y. Case No. 2:07-cv-03375-SJF;
  • Anderson v. Nationwide Credit, Inc., U.S. District Court, E.D.N.Y. Case No. 2:08-cv-01016-LDW;
  • Gravina v. Client Services, Inc., U.S. District Court, E.D.N.Y. Case No. 2:08-cv-03634-LDW;
  • Seraji v. Capital Management Services, LP, U.S. District Court, D.N.J. Case No. 1:09-cv-00767-DEA;
  • Krug v. Forster, Garbus & Garbus, U.S. District Court, D.N.J. Case No. 2:08-cv-03504-MAS;
  • Williams v. Palisades Collection, N.J. Super. Court Docket No. BER-L-001604-11;
  • Krug v. Brachfeld, N.J. Super. Court Docket No. GLO-000419-11;
  • Nicholas v. CMRE Financial Services, Inc., N.J. Super. Court Docket No. BER-L-4336-11;
  • Krug v. Focus Receivables Management, LLC, N.J. Super. Court Docket No. BER-L-4337-11;
  • Williams v. The CBE Group, Inc., U.S. District Court, N.J.D. Case No. 2:11-cv-03680-PS;
  • Williams v. Pressler & Pressler, LLP, U.S. District Court, D.N.J. Case No. 2:11-cv-07296-CLW;
  • Weissman v. Gutworth, U.S. District Court, N.J.D. Case No. 2:14-cv-00666-WHW-CLW;
  • Irizarry v. Member Solutions, Inc., et al., U.S. District Court, D.N.J. Case No. 2:14-cv-00628-MCA-MAH;
  • Mansour v. Seas & Associates, LLC, U.S. District Court, D.N.J. Case No. 2:14-cv-02935-SCM;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Wood v. New Century Financial Services, Inc., N.J. Super. 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;
  • Gadime v. NRA Group, LLC, U.S. District Court, E.D.N.Y. Case No. 2:15-cv-04841-SJF-AKT;
  • 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, .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

Notable Decisions

  • Avila v. Riexinger & Assocs., 817 F.3d 72 (2d Cir. 2016)
  • Franco v. Allied Interstate LLC, 602 Fed. Appx. 40 (2d Cir. 2015) — obtained reversal of district court judgment that defendant’s unaccepted Rule 68 offer mooted his individual claim in a consumer class action case.
  • Bock v. Pressler & Pressler, LLP, 254 F. Supp. 3d 724 (D.N.J. 2017)

Professional and Community Involvement

  • National Association of Consumer Advocates, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • New Jersey Bar Association, Consumer Protection Law Committee, Member
  • Volunteer Lawyers for Justice Newark Legal Advice and Resource Clinic for Consumers, Volunteer Attorney
  • International Association of Lions Clubs, Volunteer (District Governor in 2009-2010)

ANDREW T. THOMASSON

is an experienced lawyer with a concentration in litigating financial services and business disputes on behalf of consumers, including class actions involving state and federal consumer protection statutes. He has developed an expertise in federal court litigation, and is recognized 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 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
  • Kopchak v. 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
  • Gamil v. 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
  • Gadime v. 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

Notable Decisions

  • Avila v. Riexinger & Assocs., 817 F.3d 72 (2d Cir. 2016)
  • Franc v. Allied Interstate LLC, 602 Fed. Appx. 40 (2d Cir. 2015) — obtained reversal of district court judgment that defendant’s unaccepted Rule 68 offer mooted his individual claim in a consumer class action case
  • Bock v. Pressler & Pressler, LLP, 254 F. Supp. 3d 724 (D.N.J. 2017)
  • Hayes v. Convergent Healthcare Recoveries, Inc., No. 14-1467, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 139743 (C.D. Ill. Oct. 7, 2016)
  • Manuel, et al. v. Caliber Home Loans, Inc., C.A. No. 2:14-cv-05233- SRC-CLW (D. N.J. August 20, 2015) — $1 million national class settlement achieved for claims under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Truth in Lending Act, and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act

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