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Donald Petersen

Donald Petersen

Representing consumers In TCPA and FDCPA cases
  • Consumer Law
  • Florida, Middle District Of Florida
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Summary

I SUE debt collectors. I represent people in individual and class actions because they received : (1) robo calls from debt collectors, creditors and telemarketers who violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA"); and (2) debt collectors who violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ("FDCPA") when they attempt to collect a consumer debt.

Clients often hire me to represent them against debt collectors for many different violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and other laws which govern debt collectors' conduct. My clients' problems have included :(1) collection letters which violate the FDCPA; (2) demanding more than the amount owed; (3) false threats of arrest; (4) false threats to sue; (5) calls from the debt collector to employers, friends, neighbors, and relatives; (6) misrepresentations concerning the debt; (7) collection lawsuits filed after the statute of limitations had expired; (8) telephone messages and cell phone calls which were improper; and (9) collection letters which are needlessly confusing to consumers.

Many of my clients hired me to represent them against debt collectors and other creditors who failed to update their credit report, continued to call or write them and even sued them attempting to collect discharged debts.

My clients' credit reporting problems include other people's accounts appearing on my clients' reports (e.g., "mismerged" accounts), identity theft, and credit reports which are inaccurate after the client discharged their debts in bankruptcy. I also represent people whose credit reports have been accessed without a purpose permitted by the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

I do not represent any businesses against consumers.

Finally, I represent relators in qui tam actions brought under the False Claims Act (often referred to as "whistleblower" cases) and represented the qui tam relators,

Practice Area
  • Consumer Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA")
  • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ("FDCPA")
  • Class Actions
  • Bankruptcy Discharge Violations (Calls, Bills, Credit Reports, Etc.)
  • Consumer Debt Collection Defense
  • Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA")
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Consumer finance is a broad area and I may or may not be able to help you. But I will not charge you for a brief conversation about your potential case and I will tell you whether I believe your case would be suitable for me to represent you on a contingency fee basis.
  • Contingent Fees
    I represent most of my clients on a contingency fee basis.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Florida
Middle District Of Florida
6th Circuit
11th Circuit
U.S. Court of Claims
Education
Duke University School of Law
J.D. / Law
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Honors: J.D. with Honors; Project Editor, Law & Contemporary Problems
Rollins College
M.B.A. / Finance (1984)
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Honors: With Honors; Received Corporate Council Award
University of Central Florida
B.S. / Business Management (1980)
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Honors: Summa Cum Laude; Beta Gamma Sigma
Awards
Certificate of Appreciation
Legal Advocacy Center of Central Florida
Certificate of appreciation awarded for training LACCF staff attorneys in debt defense cases and actively assisting them in serving their legal services clients.
Corporate Council Award
Crummer School of Business (Rollins College)
G. Tom Wiley Scholarship
Martin Marietta Management Club
Professional Associations
National Association of Consumer Advocates
Member
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Contributor : "La Coe's Pleadings Under the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure"
Thomson Reuters
Contributor : "Consumer Law Pleadings"
National Consumer Law Center
"Why Employees Bring Whistleblower Cases"
Corporate Compliance Officer
"Southern District of Florida Follows Altai" in Computer Law Newsletter
Florida Bar Computer Law Committee
Project Editor "Vice" Vol. 51, No. 1 (Winter 1988)
Law & Contemporary Problems
Speaking Engagements
"Employee Rights In The Workplace", Central Florida Live with George Crossley, Orlando, FL
WTGL (Channel 45)
Charter Hospital Settles Whistleblower Lawsuit For $ 4.758 Million, Investigative Reports With Tony Pippitone, Orlando, FL
WKMG (Channel 6)
Using The Qui Tam Provisions of the False Claims Act to Punish, Deter and Prevent Health Care Fraud, Winter Seminar, Daytona Beach, FL
Florida Employment Lawyers Association
Using The Qui Tam Provisions of the False Claims Act to Punish, Deter and Prevent Health Care Fraud, HealthCon 2000, Toronto, Canada
National Association of Health Care Consultants
Qui Tam False Claims Actions Against Health Care Providers, "Compliance : The Real Picture", Orlando, FL
Medical Coding Seminar
Identity Theft, "Real Talk With Kietta", Orlando, FL
UPN Syndicated Talk Show
Regular Guest, "Ask An Attorney", Locally syndicated weekly radio program (Central Florida)
Testifying Expert concerning consumer's attorney's fees, Capital One v. J.S., Deland, FL
County Court in and for Volusia County, FL
Payday Loan Collection Harassment, 6 O'Clock News, Orlando, FL
WFTV (Channel 9)
Testifying Expert concerning consumer's attorney's fees, HFC Collection Center v. S.A., Orlando, FL
County Court, Orange County Florida
Recent Influential Consumer Law Cases : Fair Debt Collection Act and Fair Credit Reporting Act Cases, The Florida Bar 2014 Annual Convention, Orlando, FL
The Florida Bar Committee on Consumer Protection
Websites & Blogs
Website
Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA")
Contact & Map
231 East Colonial Drive; Suite 201
Orlando, FL 32801
USA
Telephone: (407) 648-9050