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Andrew M. Schwartz

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Chair - Consumer Financial Services Litigation and Compliance Group
2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 575-2765
(215) 575-0856 - Fax
amschwartz@mdwcg.com

Andrew's practice is largely devoted to matters regarding professional liability, concentrating on creditors' rights defense, defamation and privacy issues, business and commercial law, and legal malpractice matters. Andrew serves as the chair of the Consumer Financial Services Litigation and Compliance Group where he leads a team of talented attorneys in defending all manner of financial institutions, debt servicers and buyers, auto finance companies, collection attorneys, student lenders, telecommunication providers, mortgage lenders and credit reporting agencies.

In 1991 Andrew graduated from the "Great Books" program at St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree. Andrew attended Hofstra University School of Law in Hempstead, New York, and earned his juris doctor in 1996.

While earning his juris doctor, Andrew served as a summer law clerk for the Honorable Zelda Jonas of the New York Supreme Court. He also assisted in the creation of an award-winning homeless advocacy group, representing indigent clients through the homeless advocacy group and criminal defendants through the Hofstra Criminal Justice Clinic. Andrew received the Former District Attorneys of New York Criminal Justice Award in 1996. Additionally, Andrew was a two-time recipient, 1994 and 1995, of the Hofstra Pro Bono award for service to the community.

Andrew began his legal career with Prudential Securities and later was employed as a litigation associate with a law firm in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. 

Significant Representative Matters

  • Klingensmith v. Max & Erma's Rests., Inc., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81029 (W.D. Pa. Oct. 23, 2007). FACTA Class Action Settlement Coupon Settlement.

  • Womack v. Nat'l Action Fin. Servs., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 54206 (E.D. Pa. July 25, 2007). Non-attorney signatory on a collection letter need not be meaningfully involved in the drafting and issuance of the letter.

  • Kondratick v. Benefit Consumer Disc. Co., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 4754 (E.D. Pa. Feb. 8, 2006). Denial of class certification against mortgage lender and debt collector.

  • Kondratick v. Ben. Consumer Discount Co., 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 20915 (E.D. Pa. Sept. 21, 2005). Dismissal of FDCPA and consumer fraud claims against debt collector for not removing final judgment on mortgage debt.

  • Prince v. NCO Fin. Servs., 346 F. Supp. 2d 744 (E.D. Pa. 2004). Defendant was determined not to be a "debt collector" because the consumer's account was not in default when obtained by defendant, even though communications sent by defendant stated defendant was a "debt collector."

  • MRC v. Hoffman v. MRC, UNN-L-1798-07 (NJ Super. Court 2008). Dismissal of counterclaim as the New Jersey Consumer Fraud Act does not apply to debt collectors collecting on third party debts.

Published Works

  • "A Tale of Two Lawsuits - Campuzano and Womack," Defense Digest, Vol. 15, No. 2, June 2009

  • "Mold: Is it the next Asbestos?" Pennsylvania Legal Intelligencer, 2002

Education

  • Hofstra University School of Law, Hempstead, NY (J.D., 1996)

  • St. John's College, Annapolis, MD (B.A., 1991)

Law Alerts July 1, 2017
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York recently clarified that it is not false, deceptive, or misleading or a violation of Section 1692e of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1692 et al., when a..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2017 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts July 1, 2017
The plaintiff argued that the defendant violated the FDCPA by contacting her continuously and repeatedly. The defendant's account notes reflected that it attempted to call the plaintiff's cell phone 125 times over a span of 135 days, with..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2017 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2014
By Andrew M. Schwartz, Esq.* Marshall Dennehey's Consumer Financial Services Litigation and Compliance Practice Group is devoted to handling all litigation and compliance-related issues facing creditors, financial institutions and the accounts...
Defense Digest Article June 1, 2009
Federal -- Fair Debt , Two cases in the same courthouse addressing the same legal issues and facts. One case resulting in the granting our motion to dismiss, the other denying our motion for summary judgment the very next day and the successful appeal that followed....,   Defense Digest, Vol. 15, No. 2, June 2009
February 14, 2014
Andrew M. Schwartz has been named chair of the firm's Consumer Financial Services Litigation & Compliance Practice Group. In this capacity, Mr. Schwartz oversees a team of attorneys devoted to the defense of financial institutions, debt servicers and buyers, auto finance companies, collection...

Education

  • Hofstra University School of Law (J.D., 1996)
  • St. John’s College (B.A., 1991)

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1996
  • Pennsylvania, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 2005
  • U.S. District Court of New Jersey, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 2015

Associations & Memberships

  • ACA International
  • ACA Members' Attorney Program
  • Pennsylvania State Chair, 2009-2011
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Philadelphia Bar Association

Honors & Awards

Year Joined Organization: 2001

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