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Joann Needleman

Practice Group Leader
Clark Hill PLC

Joann Needleman is leader of Clark Hill’s Consumer Financial Services Regulatory & Compliance group. Joann has extensive litigation experience in state and federal courts, successfully defending creditors agains claims brought under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Fair Credit Reporting Act as well as state statutes. She provides counsel, consultation and litigation services to financial institutions, law firms and debt buyers throughout the country. Joann is the current President of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys (NARCA). She also serves on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Consumer Advisory Board.

Recent Posts


Federal Court Paves Way For CFPB To Pursue Enforcement Action Against Hanna

[Editor’s note: Yesterday insideARM reported that the judge in the case of CFPB v. Hanna issued an order denying the defendant’s motion to dismiss. The order, released yesterday, is 70 pages. Today, as promised, we begin to provide analysis of that order. This is one of two articles – by two different attorneys – offering their view. […]


Collection Settlements Are Dead: The Sequel

Just in time for the summer movie season, one court has given debt collection litigation lawyers yet another reason to disconnect the telephone and computer. Now identifying yourself as a lawyer or a law firm on a voice mail or telephone message is sufficient facts to state a claim for a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) violation.


A Conversation with the CFPB

One of the highlights of the DBA International conference was a conversation with the CFPB. Incoming DBA President Bryan Faliero moderated an informal panel discussion with three key division leaders: Tom Pahl, managing counsel for Regulations; Scott Pluta, assistant director for the Office of Consumer Response; and Larry DeMille-Wagman, acting director of Collection Supervision.