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Mr. Newburger is known nationally for his expertise in consumer and commercial law, consulting on FDCPA compliance across the globe and on the defense of FDCPA, FCRA, TCPA, and other consumer law cases across the United States. Time and again, he has been retained by law firms, collection agencies, debt buyers and creditors to negotiate, defend, advise on or testify in consumer law-related matters across over half the United States.

In addition to practicing from the firm’s main office in Austin, Texas, he is also an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law where he teaches consumer protection law. Mr. Newburger is licensed to practice law in both Texas and Colorado. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits, all United States District Courts for the State of Texas, and the United States District Courts for the District of Colorado, the District of Nebraska, the Northern District of Illinois, the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, the Eastern and Western districts of Michigan, the Western District of Tennessee and the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin. Additionally, he is the president of Fair Debt Consultants, LLC.

Distinctions

  • Certified as a specialist in Consumer and Commercial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Repeatedly recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer®  by Thomson Reuters for years 2005-2014.
  • Testified before a United States Congressional Subcommittee regarding the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act at the last Oversight Hearing held on the Act.
  • Mr. Newburger has been quoted in articles on consumer law in publications such as Lawyers Weekly USA, The National Law Journal, The Texas Lawyer, The Wall Street Journal, Credit and Collections Risk and The Washington Post

Represented the Commercial Law League of America as an amicus curiae in:

  • Jerman v. Carlisle, McNellie, Rini, Kramer & Ulrich LPA, 130 S. Ct. 1605, 176 L.Ed.2d 519 (2010)
  • Heintz v. Jenkins, 514 U.S. 291, 115 S.Ct. 1489 (1995)
  • Koons Buick Pontiac GMC, Inc. v. Nigh, 543 U.S. 50, 125 S. Ct. 460,160 L. Ed. 2d 389 (2004)
  • White v. Goodman, 200 F.3d 1016 (7th Cir. 2000)
  • Riviere v. Banner Chevrolet, Inc., 184 F.3d 457 (5th Cir. 1999)

Professional Associations

  • Commercial Law League of America — served as chair of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act committee
  • Fellow of the American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers
  • Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation
  • Past chair of Consumer Law Section of the State Bar of Texas
  • Past chair of Texas State Bar’s Advisory Commission on board certification in consumer law
  • Past chair of Consumer Law Exam Commission
  • Served on the Manual Committee for the Texas Collections Manual (Third Edition), published by the State Bar of Texas

Admissions

  • The United States Supreme Court
  • The United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, and D.C. Circuits
  • All four United States District Courts for the State of Texas
  • The United States District Courts for the District of Colorado
  • The District of Columbia
  • The District of Connecticut
  • The Northern District of Illinois
  • The Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
  • The District of Maryland
  • The Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
  • The District of Nebraska
  • The Western District of Oklahoma
  • The Western District of Tennessee
  • The Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin

Publications

Mr. Newburger is the principal author of Fair Debt Collection Practices: Federal and State Laws and Regulations (Sheshunoff & Pratt) by M. Newburger and B. Barron and the nine previous versions of that treatise. His published articles include:

  • M. Newburger, “Lucy, Charlie Brown, and the FDCPA.” Debt3, Volume 22, No. 1, pp. 8 -13, 2007
  • R. Canter and M. Newburger, “Common Law Immunity for Litigation Activities Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.” Consumer Finance Law Quarterly Report, Vol. 61, No. 1, pp. 29-39, 2007
  • M. Newburger, “Legal Ethics Issues for Collection Attorneys“ Part One.” Debt3, Volume 23, No. 2, pp. 8 -14, 2008

He has been a contributing author of:

  • Texas Collections Manual Third Edition, published by State Bar of Texas 2000
  • Manual of Credit and Commercial Laws published by National Association of Credit Management
  • The Practice of Consumer Law published by National Consumer Law Center (Chapter 13)

Speaking Engagements

He is a frequent speaker at legal education programs throughout the United States and as far away as the Philippines and India. Mr. Newburger has prepared and presented CLE articles at programs sponsored by the following:

  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • State Bar of Hawaii
  • State Bar of Kansas
  • State Bar of Missouri
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Suffolk County (New York) Bar Association
  • Texas Tech Law School
  • University of Houston Law Foundation
  • South Texas College of Law
  • Oklahoma City University School of Law
  • University of Mississippi Center for Continuing Education
  • Commercial Law League of America
  • National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys
  • Debt Buyers Association
  • Conference on Consumer Finance Law
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Practicing Law Institute
  • North American Collection Agency Regulatory Association

Service Awards

Mr. Newburger has been the recipient of numerous pro bono awards:

  • State Bar of Texas’ Frank J. Scurlock award for legal services to the poor (1999)
  • Don Kramer Award from the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys (2005)
  • J. Chrys Dougherty Award from Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas (2006)
  • President’s Cup Award recipient from the Commercial Law League of America’s (2008)

Education

  • B.A. in history from Trinity University (1980)
  •  J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law (1981)