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July 22, 2020 Virtual Education Series

Thank you for all who attended the July 22, 2020 Countdown to Conference educational webinar series.


Webinar: Nothing Normal about Getting Back to Normal*
  • Download the session slides here.
  • Watch the recording here.
Webinar: Legal and Technical Challenges: Court Hearings in the Age of COVID*
An Update on the CFPB's Debt Collection Rules
  • Listen to the recording here.


Look for upcoming Countdown to Conference series to be held on August 19 and September 23, to be available to registered NCBA 2020 Fall Conference attendees and their colleagues only. 

Details about MCLE accreditation for the July 22, 2020 sessions will be emailed to attendees. NCBA will seek MCLE accreditation for the sessions.* This is the first of three Countdown to Conference educational series this summer. Upcoming series will be held on August 19 and September 23 and will be available to registered Fall Conference attendees and their colleagues only.


An Update on the CFPB's Debt Collection Rules

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Listen to the recording here. 

In this session our speakers will cover a brief discussion of the state of NCBA and upcoming programing, followed by an update given by Nathan Willner and Brit Suttell as they relay their insights regarding their recent interaction with the CFPB. During their interaction with the CFPB they were able to discuss the proposed debt collection rules in general and the meaningful attorney involvement “safe harbor” provision in particular. This session will cover brand new information that will be of particular interest to all NCBA members and industry stakeholders.   



Brit Suttell, Barron & Newburger, P.C.

Brit J. Suttell works in the Pennsylvania office of Barron & Newburger, P.C. She is a member of the firm’s Consumer Financial Services Law Practice Group. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Suttell was a shareholder at Burton Neil & Associates, P.C., where she served as the firm’s Director of Compliance. In addition to her litigation experience, Ms. Suttell is experienced in the creation, implementation and administration of policies, procedures, and compliance management systems. Her non-litigation experience also includes the handling of regulatory complaints. She has substantial familiarity with multiple consumer financial protection laws, and she has trained collectors and facilitated law firm audits by clients in the financial sector. Ms. Suttell is the President of the Pennsylvania State Creditors Bar. She has been a speaker at programs sponsored by the National Creditors Bar Association as well as the Pennsylvania Creditors’ Bar Association. She has been a guest blogger for the National List of Attorneys.



Nathan Willner, Esq., National Creditors Bar Association

Nathan D. Willner serves as the Government Affairs Officer of the National Creditors Bar Association (NCBA). Prior to representing the NCBA in Federal, State and Regulatory matters and advocacy he was of Counsel for 11 years for the regional creditor’s rights firm of Lyons, Doughty & Veldhuis, P.C. where he managed the firm’s Legislative Affairs and concentrated his Maryland law practice in the area of consumer retail litigation. Mr. Willner is the immediate past President of the Maryland-DC Creditors Bar Association and is a member of various other legal, community and service board organizations. He earned his undergraduate degree at Temple University and law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. Mr. Willner has been a member of the Maryland Bar since 1990.



Webinar: Nothing Normal about Getting Back to Normal*
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Watch the recording here.

While many law firms and court systems reopen for business, preparing your daily operations and activities will not look the same as they did prior to the onset of the pandemic. In this session, subject matter experts regarding new court procedures, office operations and vendor best practices  will share their experiences and offer practical advice.  Knowing what is next will assist you and your firm to gear up for a successful future. 



Robert G. Markoff, Markoff Law, LLC

ROBERT G. MARKOFF is a partner in the law firm of Markoff Law LLC, Chicago, Illinois. He received his B.A. degree with high honors and distinction in Sociology from the University of Illinois and J.D. degree from DePaul University College of Law. Bob is a former Chair of the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, a not for profit foundation educating Illinois Attorneys. He is a past President of the National Creditors Bar Association (formerly National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys, NARCA), and is its current Chair Emeritus. Bob was the founding President of the Illinois Creditors’ Bar Association. He is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Decalogue Society and American Bar Association. Bob is the General Editor of the IICLE publication Creditors Rights in Illinois and a co-author of several chapters. He was the primary author of numerous amendments to the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure related to the enforcement of judgments and revival of judgments.



Alexander Theoharis, Esquire, ABC Legal Services

Alexander Theoharis, Esq, is General Counsel and VP of Compliance at ABC Legal. Alexander serves as corporate secretary for the MIT Enterprise Forum NW and is a board member of the Seattle Good Business Network. He has been a practicing attorney since 2009. Alexander has assisted ABC Legal throughout his career as both an attorney and as a process improvement specialist and was integral in the design and development of the ABC Mobile application and compliance standards.

Alexander graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Law, Societies and Justice, and received his J.D. from the University of Washington with a Certificate in Intellectual Property.




David B. Tommer, Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA

After spending 25 years managing the collections and risk operations of some of the largest financial institutions in the country – as a client of the firm - Dave made the move to Weltman in 2003 to oversee all the collections and probate operations. With his unique background and experience, Dave is in an excellent position to understand his client’s concerns, which allows him to create strategic recovery plans to help them meet their established objectives.

Many of Dave’s clients, and his colleagues, have described him as communicative, inclusive, and responsive, all of which are key reasons for his success in the development, implementation, and performance management of the firm’s consumer collections solutions. He makes a sincere effort to listen to his clients, and be responsive to their needs. He solicits regular feedback from clients, employees, and vendors, and uses that input as guidance to efficiently manage the day-to-day processes that drive recovery, and for the development of new solutions to help achieve liquidation goals.

Dave actively participates in several industry organizations, including previously serving as president and director of the Northern Ohio Credit Association. In his free time, Dave can usually be found at one of his kid’s sporting events, golfing, or traveling.



Webinar: Legal and Technical Challenges: Court Hearings in the Age of COVID*

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Watch the recording here.

With a focus on video-conference and tele-conference considerations, members of the prestigious national law firm Wiley will opine on some of the more technical issues associated with remote Court hearings and trials. 




Attison Barnes, III, Wiley

Attison counsels and represents clients in a variety of general business, employment and government contracts matters, many of which are in litigation or arbitration. These matters include breach of contract, breach of duty, unfair competition, inevitable disclosure, trade name, trade secret and trademark disputes, as well as non-competition, non-solicitation, shareholder and partnership suits and other business torts, including tortious interference with contract, fraud and misrepresentation, lender liability and false claims. 

A former law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (known as the “Rocket Docket”), Attison has considerable experience litigating in the court.



Joe Boxer, TrialGraphix, Inc.

Joe Boxer is a Presentation Consultant for TrialGraphix, based in the Chicago office. He has assisted legal teams and expert witnesses in their development and presentation of effective, persuasive visuals that focus on the key elements and themes of their case. Joe also has extensive courtroom experience, allowing him to determine the most effective utilization of courtroom technologies.

Joe began his 21 years in the industry as an artist, specializing in complex illustration and technical patent matters. He then moved into a consulting position and has since worked on over 600 matters in venues around the country and overseas. He has supported teams in all manners of legal proceedings, such as jury trials, jury focus groups, bench trials, Markman hearings, summary judgment hearings, class certification hearings, environmental board hearings, mediations and corporate presentations. He is also a member of TrialGraphix’s international arbitration practice and has extensive experience supporting these matters.

Joe has also presented at approximately 15 CLE events regarding visual presentation and courtroom technologies and assisted on a large international corporate merger held at the EU in Brussels, Belgium.

Notable cases include: Mercexchange LLC v. Ebay, and Return Buy Inc.; Eolas Technologies v. Microsoft : People of the State of Illinois v. Drew Walter Peterson ; Oracle Corporation, Pepper Acquisition Corp. v. Peoplesoft , Inc., et; and Ricoh Corporation, et al. v. Pitney Bowes, Inc.

Joe holds a degree in Graphic Design. Prior to moving into the legal presentation industry, Joe worked as a creative director and illustrator for a small publishing firm.




Krystal B. Swendsboe, Wiley

Krystal represents and advises clients in a variety of complex litigation and appellate matters in state and federal courts. She has served in legal capacities in both public and private entities, including the U.S. Department of Justice and federal trial and appellate courts, and has extensive litigation experience ranging from pre-complaint investigations and discovery disputes to critical motions practice, trial preparation, and appeals. Krystal specializes in providing creative litigation solutions to give her clients a strategic advantage, both in and out of the courtroom. 

Her experience spans a wide variety of practice areas, including government contracts, intellectual property, environment and product regulation, telecommunications, health care, as well as election law and government ethics. Krystal’s appellate work, including before the U.S. Supreme Court, has focused on significant First Amendment issues.

Krystal served as a law clerk for the Honorable Mark S. Davis on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (the “Rocket Docket”). In addition, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Alice M. Batchelder on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Krystal also maintains an active pro bono practice, and for two consecutive years has won firm awards for her contributions. Most recently, she briefed and argued a multi-issue appeal of a trial verdict in the Ninth Circuit, and successfully obtained remand from the Board of Immigration Appeals after her client was denied protection under the U.N. Convention Against Torture.


*National Creditors Bar Association will seek MCLE accreditation, with the assistance of the ABA MCLE, for upcoming webinars. The NCBA will seek General CLE credit hours in 60-minute-hour states, and in 50-minute states, subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.  States typically decide whether a program qualifies for MCLE credit in their jurisdiction 4-8 weeks after the program application is submitted. For many live events, credit approval is not received prior to the program.  A link for CLE requests will be provided to webinar attendees.


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