5 Walter Foran Blvd.
Flemington, NJ 08822
is President of Maurice & Needleman, P.C., whose attorneys
specialize in all areas of creditors’ rights and
financial services litigation. In 24 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 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 worldwide
guide to lawyers.1 He has been recognized
by Law & Politics Magazine as a New Jersey Super
Lawyer, a Business Super Lawyer and a Corporate
Counsel Super Lawyer.2 His firm has been
named a “Go-to Law Firm for the Top 500 Companies,”
and a “Go-to Financial Law Firm” by Corporate
Counsel. In addition to being a frequent speaker and
author on consumer financial services litigation,
Don serves as vice chair of the Debt Collection
Practices and Bankruptcy Subcommittee within the
Consumer Financial Services Committee, Business Law
Section of the ABA.
Admitted to New Jersey Bar, 1988; U.S.
District Court, District of New Jersey, 1988; U.S.
Supreme Court, 2000; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third
Circuit, 2006, Second Circuit, 2009, Eighth Circuit,
2011; District of Columbia Bar and District of
Columbia U.S. District Court, 2011; New York Bar, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New
York, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New
York, 2012; U.S District Court, District of
American Board of Certification, Creditors’ Rights
University (B.A., 1985); Case Western Reserve
University (J.D., 1988).
American Jurisprudence Award in Land Use and Zoning.
Memberships: American Bar Association (Section
of Litigation and Business Law);
District of Columbia Bar Association; MAP Attorney, ACA International; National
Association of Retail Collection Attorneys, Chair,
Ethical Practices Subcommittee, Member, Amicus Brief
Counsel for Amicus Curiae:
Marx v. General Revenue Corp., No. 11-1175 (U.S.
Supreme Court 2012); Ellis v. Solomon & Solomon,
P.C., 591 F.3d 130 (2nd Cir 2010).
"Strained Application of ADA Impacts Debt
Collection," The DBA Magazine, Vol. 3, Issue 1,
"Say What You
Mean: The FDCPA and Problems of Interpretation,"
with Laurie Lucas and Tomio Narita, The Business
Lawyer, Vol. 68, Issue 2, February 2013; “A Primer
on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act,”
Practicing Law Institute, 17th Annual Consumer
Financial Services Institute, p. 581 (2012); "FDCPA Update: An Industry in Transition," with Laurie Lucas
and Tomio Narita, The Business Lawyer,
Vol. 67, Issue 2, February 2012; "Courts Diverge on What Constitutes a
'Statement of Financial Condition' in Non-Dischargeability
Actions," American Bankruptcy Institute, Consumer
Bankruptcy Committee Newsletter, V. 5, No. 3, July
2007; "Amended Regulation “E” Impacts Collections,"
NARCA Newsletter, Second Quarter 2006; "Automobile
Lenders Use “Replevins” To Recover Their
Collateral," CU Solutions, Winter 2005; "Prime Time:
U.S. Supreme Court Holds Cram Downs Will Pay
Interest at Prime Plus (Nothing?)," CU Solutions,
Fall 2004; "New Jersey Supreme Court to Motor
Vehicle Lessors: Pay for Lessees' Towing, Storage
and Repairs," CU Solutions, Spring 2004; "Complete
Guide to Credit and Collections Law," Winston,
Arthur. Contributing Author, Prentice Hall, 2002.
Contributor, "NARCA Collector's Guide," 2000; "Truth
in Lending Developments, NARCA Newsletter," Fall
2000; "Unpaid Assessments Not Always Lost When Unit
Owners File Bankruptcy, Community Trends," January
2000; "HO6 Policies in Community Associations,
Community Trends," November 1999.
Lectures: The FDCPA Implied Exceptions to
Litigation Activity - What the CFPB Doesn't Want You
to Know, NARCA Spring Meeting, May 2013;
Ask the Attorney, insideARM.com
Webinar, April 2013; Electronics Fund Transfer
Act, NARCA Webinar, April 2013; Ethics and
the Consumer Financial Services Industry, DBA
International Regional Meeting, April 2013; Ethics and the Consumer Financial
Services Industry, DBA International Regional
Meeting, April 2013;
Ready or Not, The Consumer
Financial Protection Bureau Is On Patrol,
CLLA Convention, April 2013;
TCPA, Collection and
Consumer Financial Services Institute, PLI, April
and May 2013; Ready or Not, Here Comes the CFPB,
DBA International Annual Conference, February 2013;
Collection Ethics and FDCPA
Compliance, CLLA Fall Meeting, November 2012;
What Debt Collectors, Debt Buyers and Collection
Lawyers Need To Know about the CFPB Larger
Participant Rule and CFPB Exams, Webinar with
Ballard Spahr, November 2012; Everything You Need to Know About
TCPA Compliance, insideARM.com Webinar, October
2012; Competing in an Environment of Compliance,
Michigan Creditors Bar Association, September 2012;
When Debtors Attack: Special
Issues on Handling Counter-Claims, 3rd Party Claims
and Ancillary Claims
Billion Dollar Decisions: Protecting your
, NARCA Spring Meeting, May
Collection and Bankruptcy Issues,
Consumer Financial Services Institute,
PLI, April and May 2012; Recent Trends and Class
Actions in Financial Services Litigation, DBA
International Annual Conference, February
The FDCPA and the Consumer Financial Protection
Bureau, The Credit Law Institute and the
Conference on Consumer Finance Law, October 2011;
The NARCA Professional Code and Attorney Ethics,
NARCA Fall Meeting, October 2011; Strategies for Defending
Harassment Claims, 15th Annual MAP
Conference ACA International, July
2011; Getting Sanctions Awarded in
Consumer Litigation, Protecting the Client’s Brand:
Developing Compliance Programs to Deal with Today’s
Hot Topics, NARCA Spring Meeting, May 2011; Update on Debt Collection Issues
and Developments including Ethics, Conference
on Consumer Finance Law, October 2010; Defending Call Volume Cases,
Fall Meeting, October 2010; Ethical
Issues In Consumer Financial Services Litigation,
ABA Annual Meeting,
August 2010; Defending State Law Claims,
14th Annual MAP
Conference ACA International, July
2010; Impact of Jerman v. Carlisle, National
Association of Retail Collection Attorneys Spring
Meeting, May 2010; Bill of Sale & Purchase Agreement
Issues, ACA International Teleseminar, February
2010; Cases, Claims and Industry News, ACA
November 2009; Ethics for Collection Industry
Attorneys, National Association of Retail Collection
Attorneys Fall Meeting, October 2009; Individual
Liability & Emotional Distress, ACA
International, 13th Annual MAP Conference, July
2009; Novel FDCPA
Claims; Hot Topics for Asset Purchasers; ACA
International, 12th Annual MAP Conference, July 2008;
Claims Against Collection Attorneys, Litigation
Trends Across the Country, National Association of
Retail Collection Attorneys Spring Meeting, May
2008; Communicating with Debtor's Counsel,
American Bar Association, April 2008; Litigation Privilege and the Fair
Debt Collections Practices Act, American Bar
Association, August 2007; Evidence for Asset
Purchasers, National Association of Retail
Collection Attorneys, May 2007; Current Trends in
Bankruptcy Law, New Jersey Credit Association,
November 2001; Bankruptcy Developments and GLB
2001; Coming Revisions to Article 9, New Jersey
Credit Association, October 2000. Seminar Lecturer:
United Trust Bank, "Bankruptcy," 2000 and 2002;
"Consumer Collections," November 2001; "Commercial
Lending," April 2003; "Automobile Financing
Collections," Charter One Auto Finance, May 2002;
"Bankruptcy," The Trust Company of New Jersey, June
District XIII Ethics Committee (New Jersey),
Reported Decisions: Peterson v. Portfolio
Recovery Assocs., LLC, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 11453
(3d Cir. 2011); Shand-Pistilli v. Prof'l Account
Servs., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64446 (E.D.Pa. June
16, 2011); Ogbin v. GE Money Bank, 2011 U.S. Dist.
LEXIS 64735 (D.N.J. June 13, 2011); Perkins v. AT&T
Mobility, LLC, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16614 (D.N.J.
February 17, 2011); Dunham v. Portfolio Recovery
Assocs., LLC, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14514 (E.D.Ark.
February 11, 2011); Gorbaty v. Portfolio
Recovery Assocs., LLC, 355 Fed. Appx. 580 (3d Cir.
N.J. 2009) cert. denied, 130 S. Ct. 2116 (U.S.
2010); DiMedio v. HSBC Bank,
2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52238 (D.N.J. June 22, 2009);
Dotson v. Portfolio Recovery
Assocs., LLC, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46903 (E.D. Pa.
2009); Bellco Drug Corp. v. Global Supply Force,
Inc., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57192 (E.D. Pa. July 24,
2008); Goodman v. Kleiman
(In re Kleiman), 2007 Bankr. LEXIS 1763 (Bankr.
D.N.J. 2007) aff'd Kleiman v. Goodman (In re
Kleiman), 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6695 (D.N.J. Jan.
30, 2008); Goodmann v. People's Bank, 2006 U.S.
App. LEXIS 31555 (3d Cir. 2006); Fountain v. Giove
Law Office, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 93972 (D.N.J.
2006); Sovereign Bank v. United National Bank, 359
N.J.Super. 534, 821 A.2d 87 (App. Div. 2003);
Chemical Bank v. Donald James, 354 N.J.Super. 1, 803
A.2d 1166 (App. Div. 2002).
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