Mike DeFrank serves as the Practice Group Leader of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group. He represents clients in the financial services industry in matters involving claims for violation of state and federal consumer protection statutes. These include the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Fair Credit Billing Act (FCBA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), and their state law counterparts. Mike regularly defends banks, credit card companies, and collection companies.
Mike’s trial practice is focused on complex commercial litigation, including contract and business tort disputes. He has litigated cases for clients in federal and state courts throughout the country, including defense of TCPA class actions. Mike has tried jury and non-jury cases and handled many cases before the American Arbitration Association and other arbitration tribunals.
Mike also devotes a substantial portion of his practice to counseling clients on compliance with the TCPA, FCRA, TILA, FCBA, and other federal and state statutes. He has managed a number of sophisticated synthetic identity fraud investigations for
Mike is a past member of the firm’s Executive Committee and has previously chaired the firm’s Recruiting Committee and Attorney Mentoring Committee. He is a member of the Meritas U.S. Leadership Committee and former Member of the Meritas Board of Directors and Member Engagement Committee. Mike received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Wake Forest University. He received his J.D. from Emory University. Prior to joining the firm in 2003, Mike practiced in Atlanta.
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