Litigation Group Chair David Chizewer Honored as a Litigation Trailblazer
As successive waves of class action litigation have come crashing down on one industry after another, Goldberg Kohn's national class action litigators have evolved from primarily "firefighters" to forward-thinking planners, with a focus on prevention and industry education. From the firm's industry-wide representation of debt collection firms in the mid-90s to the precedent-establishing representation of lenders and consumer products companies in recent years, Goldberg Kohn's class action litigators have emerged as a nationally known team of aggressive opponents of the increasingly creative and far-reaching plaintiffs' bar.
Through the participation in nearly 100 cases, including securities and employment class actions, and the firm's leadership in the ABA Class Action Committee and chairing of National Institutes, Goldberg Kohn has made numerous contributions to the development of defense jurisprudence in this field, in precedent-setting decisions, in raising awareness of emerging threats, and in proposing both preemptive risk-redemption strategies and aggressive theories of defense.
Our litigators defend banks, credit card and finance companies, debt collectors, attorneys, and consumer product companies in courts around the country against class actions brought under both state and federal law. We have defended class claims brought under state consumer protection and unfair trade practices statutes in more than a dozen jurisdictions, as well as class claims brought under RICO, the FDCPA, RESPA and the Credit Repair Organizations Act, to name a few. In addition, the firm has represented some of the country's leading lenders, servicers and other participants in the residential mortgage industry in courts in Illinois, Alabama, Washington and Montana in class claims alleging deceptive practices and other wrongs arising out of the origination and servicing of residential mortgages.
Class action cases sometimes generate regulatory inquiries as well as court proceedings. Goldberg Kohn's litigators are experienced in representing our client's interests both in court and before regulatory agencies, including the Federal Trade Commission, the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, and the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, among others.