The Demise of the “Profession” of the Practice of Law for Consumer Collection Attorneys

Ronald Canter

Let it be remembered that on December 28, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a bureaucracy manufactured by the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010, put to final rest the long established, fundamental principle that an attorney licensed to practice law by the highest court in the lawyer’s state had earned the title of a “learned professional”, one entrusted to use his or her best independent judgment when zealously pursuing a client’s claim.

In place of this time honored but now discarded concept, the CFPB, in a precedent-shattering act, entered a stipulated final order and judgment against the Georgia based law firm of Frederick J. Hanna and Associates and three of its attorneys. In doing so, the CFPB restrained the methods by which these lawyers can represent clients in debt collection matters even though each is still licensed to practice law by the Georgia Supreme Court.

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