Overview

Brandon focuses his practice on representing businesses in federal courts across the country in various litigation matters, from potentially catastrophic nationwide class action claims, to individual small value claims. His experience includes having represented banks, investment groups, asset purchasers, lawyers, collection agencies, credit bureaus, background screening agencies and employers of all kinds. Brandon has significant experience defending individual and class action cases brought under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and various state consumer protection laws.

In addition to his civil litigation practice, Brandon also works with the firm's Government Enforcement, Internal Investigations & White Collar Defense practice group. Brandon's experience includes helping companies and high net-worth individuals to comply with subpoena obligations, to conduct internal investigations, to navigate federal grand jury investigations, and to defend against administrative agency action.

Clients trust Brandon to be a fierce advocate and to help make decisions that can have a major impact on a client’s day-to-day business. Brandon’s experience includes representing individuals and companies in industries where litigation is common and a day-to-day part of the business, as well as clients who have never been sued and need someone to help them navigate an unpleasant process.

While attending law school, Brandon served as a judicial extern to Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Annette Ziegler whom he assisted in legal research, the preparation of bench memoranda and drafting opinions. Brandon also served in Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s office as a legal extern where he engaged in legal research, monitored the status of legislation, and drafted executive orders relating to administrative procedure and campaign finance reform.

Experience

Examples of Brandon’s experience include:

Class Action Litigation

  • Obtained dismissal of nationwide TCPA class action for lack of personal jurisdiction and improper venue.
  • Obtained dismissal of nationwide class action case as well as Rule 11 sanctions against a serial litigant who asserted a claim involving an alleged improperly charged convenience fee.
  • Obtained dismissal of class action lawsuit alleging a theory that would result in liability to nearly any collections law firm or creditor that filed any collections lawsuits in Cook County, Illinois.
  • Obtained grant of summary judgment to collection agency in nationwide class action lawsuit alleging a misrepresentation of affiliation with a national credit bureau.

Fair Credit Reporting Act Litigation

  • Successfully defended appeals brought by individual consumers against credit bureaus in the Sixth and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeals.
  • Obtained dismissal of lawsuit filed against background screening agency alleging negligence in preparing a background check.
  • Represented nationwide Consumer Reporting Agency in high value FCRA claims in federal courts all throughout the country.

Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Litigation

  • Successfully defended damages trial that resulted in a verdict of only $500 to the plaintiff.
  • Obtained significant victory on attorneys’ fee petition by the plaintiff’s counsel in the above-referenced trial by convincing the court to reduce the claimed attorneys’ fees by 89%.
  • Obtained grants of summary judgment in several cases, including consolidated litigation, on behalf of collection agencies involving manufactured FDCPA claims by a consumer law firm.
  • Obtained dismissals of federal lawsuits against collection agency in federal court in Indiana and Ohio that involved a theory that the collection agency allegedly misrepresented an affiliation with the respective state governments.
  • Obtained grant of summary judgment and discovery sanctions in favor of collection agency involving claim that collection agency was not complying with technical requirements of the FDCPA.
  • Obtained grants of summary judgment in favor of collection agencies in several cases involving alleged misrepresentations about the status of debts reported to nationwide credit bureaus.
  • Successfully resolved hundreds of FDCPA individual and class action lawsuits.

Other Notable Successes

  • Obtained a no probable cause determination in an alleged hiring discrimination claim before the Wisconsin Equal Rights Division – Department of Workforce Development on behalf of a large employer.
  • Successfully obtained significant reduction in attorneys’ fees petitions in numerous cases in which liability had been established.
  • Assisted with the preparation of an amicus brief filed with the United States Supreme Court in a landmark Article III standing case where in which the court sided with the party the brief was filed in support of in a 5-4 decision authored by Justice Kavanaugh.
Publications
Professional and Civic

Community Activities

  • Jewish United Fund Community Legal Services