METAIRIE, La. – Sessions, Fishman, Nathan & Israel today announced that Andrew Blady has joined their firm as Senior Counsel in their compliance and consumer defense practice groups.

Blady comes to the firm with extensive experience in both the consumer law compliance and consumer litigation areas and will be based in the Philadelphia area. Prior to joining the firm, Blady served several years as General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer and as a senior executive for NCB Management Services, Inc., a large market participant in the receivables management industry. Blady also practiced for several years as a shareholder for Eastburn and Gray, P.C. performing both litigation and business transactional services for his clients.

Blady has broad experience in the ARM industry, which includes developing effective compliance systems from the ground up, providing consumer litigation defense, reviewing complex commercial contracts, and supplying practical and effective legal advice to senior management.

"We are extremely pleased and excited that an attorney with Andrew’s experience providing legal advice from both the ‘inside’ and outside of the debt collection industry has decided to join our firm," said David Israel, Co- Managing Partner for Sessions. "There are few practitioners who bring Andrew’s insights to representing clients."

Andrew currently serves on the Executive Steering Committee for the Consumer Relations Consortium (CRC). The CRC is a group of 30+ Larger Market Participants in the debt collection industry who proactively engage with regulators and consumer advocacy groups to bridge the gap of understanding and expectations often present between consumers and collectors. Andrew is often a speaker at various industry conferences lending his knowledge in both the legal and compliance aspects of debt collection and debt buying.

Blady stated, "Sessions is a great firm and I look forward to assisting their clients. The attorneys at Sessions are extremely knowledgeable and well known in the ARM industry. I couldn’t be happier than to continue my legal practice with them."

About The Sessions Firm

With 41 attorneys in 12 offices, The Sessions Firm includes the largest practice group in the country representing debt collectors, debt buyers, and financial services clients. The practice covers all aspects of the industry’s needed representation: licensing, compliance, regulatory defense, lawsuits, employment, contract management, and M&A due diligence and special licensing projects. The Firm is approved by every major insurance carrier that provides E&O coverage to the industry.

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