Collection Litigation & CFPB Compliance: Key Strategies to Avoid FDCPA Violations


Re-Broadcast on April 4, 2017

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) continues to monitor and engage in enforcement actions against debt collectors and debt buyers under various consumer protection statutes. It is important for professionals working in the debt collection industry to remain current on what topics and issues these federal regulators are targeting in the upcoming year. This program will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the CFPB compliance and audit procedures, current target areas for enforcement and strategies to assist any compliance program or law firm in avoid the top ten violations of the FDCPA as well as practice pointers on the FCRA and TCPA compliance.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • The FDCPA and the Role of the CFPB
  • Avoiding Harassment, False and Deceptive Practices
  • Top Ten Mistakes Debt Collectors Make under the FDCPA
  • TCPA Compliance and Defense Strategies
  • FDCPA and the Use of the Bona Fide Error Defense
  • Surviving a CFPB Audit
  • Collections Lawyers Guide to CFPB expectations. Post-Hanna Collection Litigation Issues

Date / Time: April 4, 2017

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  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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skip-kohlmyerErnest H. “Skip” Kohlmyer, III, Esq., LL.M, is a litigation attorney and shareholder with Urban Thier Federer & Chinnery, P.A. based in the Orlando office. His practice focuses primarily on insurance defense litigation relating to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”), Florida’s Consumer Collection Practices Act (“FCCPA”), Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), and/or the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). Mr. Kohlmyer represents collection agencies, debt buyers, Florida public entities in areas in land use, civil rights, constitutional law, consumer protection litigation, corporate and business law, insurance defense, and international business transactions.

Mr. Kohlmyer is a member of the Florida Bar, the State Bar of Georgia, and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the courts within the United States District Courts for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Florida. He is a member of the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals (ACA International), serving in leadership positions and speaking regularly at conferences.


Lazarski University
Universität Salzburg/Boston; Warsaw, Poland
LL.M. (Master of Laws)
Conferred April 2014, with High Honors (summa cum laude)

University of Dayton
School of Law; Dayton, Ohio
J.D. (Juris Doctor)
Conferred May 1991

Florida State University
College of Business; Tallahassee, Florida
B.S. Multinational Business Operations
Minor in German Language Studies
Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity
Conferred May 1988

Educational Honors

Dean’s List, Florida State University


Shareholder, Urban Thier Federer & Chinnery, P.A. Orlando, Florida, September 2012 – Present

Partner, South Milhausen, P.A. Orlando, Florida, February 2010 – August 2012

Partner, Bell, Roper & Kohlmyer, P.A. Orlando, Florida, September 1997 – January 2010

General Counsel, Nationwide Recovery Service, Inc.  Atlanta, Georgia, February 1992 – September 1997

Organizations and Memberships
Member, ACA International, Council of Delegates, April 2014-Preseent
Member, ACA International, State Committee Liaison, 2013-2014
Member, ACA International, Legislative Council, 2005-2013
Member, ACA International, MAP Committee, 2002-2005, Chairman (2005)
Admitted, United States Supreme Court, 2000
Admitted, Florida Bar, 1997
Admitted, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 1997
Admitted, State Bar of Georgia, 1991
Admitted, Bars for the United States District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida
Member, Florida Defense Lawyers Association
Member, ACA International, Education Foundation Committee
Member, ACA International, Members Attorney Program
Member, ACA International Foundation, Board of Directors
ACA International, Designation Recipient: Scholar
U.S. Alpine Ski Team, Master’s Division, Class 5, Intermountain Division
Member, Discovery Church, Orlando Florida
Florida State Seminole Boosters, Tomahawk

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