Andrew M Milz

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Andy Milz was raised in a union household in Northeastern Pennsylvania, where he was taught by his parents' example to never stop pursuing economic fairness and social justice. He has dedicated his career as a trial lawyer to fighting for American consumers and workers who have been victimized by corporate greed.

Mr. Milz specializes in representing people harmed by consumer finance fraud, debt collection harassment, improper repossessions, and inaccurate credit reporting. He has also handled litigation involving a variety of other issues, including auto fraud, abusive robocalls, solar panel scams, product defects, data security and identity theft, invasion of consumer privacy, civil rights abuses, securities fraud, and employee benefit plans.

Andy attended local colleges and is active in state and national organizations that fight to advance consumer rights. He proudly supports local legal aid organizations and is honored to join them as co-counsel or pro bono counsel in litigation involving important consumer rights issues. Andy, like his partner Cary Flitter, is an alumnus of the Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, WY, which trains and educates "lawyers and judges who are committed to the jury system and to representing and obtaining justice for individuals; the poor, the injured, the forgotten, the voiceless, the defenseless and the damned - and to protecting the rights of such people from corporate and government oppression."

Mr. Milz has represented thousands of consumers in hundreds of successful individual cases. He has also been plaintiffs' counsel in more than two dozen class actions, obtaining tens of millions of dollars in relief for consumers.

Education

J.D., Temple University 

Executive Editor, Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review

M.A. in English Literature, University of Scranton

B.A. in English Literature, King’s College

Cum laude 

Trial Lawyers College, Dubois, WY

Publications

Coverage, Consumer Rights and Remedies Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), PBI No. 2016-9436

Pennsylvania Bar Institute 2016, co-author

Carolyn Carter, et.al, Pennsylvania Consumer Law

(Geo. Bisel Pub. Co. 2002 ed., 2015 Supplement)

Lead author and editor of the chapter “Odometer Fraud” and co-author of chapters “Repossessions” and “Attorney Fees in Consumer Litigation”

Basics of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, PBI No. 2014-8241

Pennsylvania Bar Institute 2014, co-author

Robert Hobbs, et. al, Consumer Law Pleadings 

National Consumer Law Center 19th ed., 2013 

Contributed segments on the Federal Odometer Act and consumer arbitration agreements

Coverage, Consumer Rights and Remedies Under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, PBI No. 2013-7904

Pennsylvania Bar Institute 2013, co-author

But Names Will Never Hurt Me? El-Hakem v. BJY, Inc. and Title VII Liability for Race Discrimination Based on an Employee's Name 

16 Temp. Pol. & Civ. Rts. L. Rev. 283 (2006)   

Bar Admissions

Pennsylvania Bar

New Jersey Bar

United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

United States District Courts for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

United States District Courts for the Western District of Pennsylvania

United States District Courts for the District of New Jersey

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Awards and Honors

Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review, 2006 - 2007

Temple University Beasley School of Law
Executive Editor

SuperLawyers

SuperLawyer, 2019
Rising Star, 2014-2018

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AVVO

Andrew Milz has a 10 out of 10 rating. 

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Associations

Mr. Milz is a member of the American, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Montgomery Bar Associations.  He is an active member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA), and is involved in NACA’s Military Consumer Justice Project, which educates our military service members on issues of financial literacy and consumer protections.  Mr. Milz has been invited to lecture on consumer law subjects in PA, NJ, and around the country.  

Representative Matters

Cappuccio v. Prime Capital Funding, LLC

649 F.3d 180 (3rd Cir. 2011)

At the height of the mortgage meltdown in 2008, we obtained a jury verdict for punitive damages against mortgage giant Countrywide for defrauding our client.  During the appeal that followed, we made positive new case law for consumers facing predatory loans.  Our client was later invited to the White House, where she discussed her ordeal with President Obama.

In re Hansen, No. 11-10472-SR

Bkrtcy. E.D. Pa. bench ruling dated June 7, 2011

During a two-day long evidentiary hearing, our firm successfully unraveled a sophisticated accounting scam to recover $1 million in stolen insurance proceeds for our client, a widow defrauded by a business owner.

Gager v. Dell Financial Services 

727 F. 3d 265 (3d Cir. 2013)

In the first case of its kind, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that cellphone customers may block annoying robocalls to their cellphones, a decision benefitting hundreds of millions of American consumers.

Cubler v. Trumark Fin. Credit Union 

83 A.3d 235 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2013)

The appeals court held that a 6 year statute of limitations applies Pennsylvania’s law governing car repos, reversing dismissal of this consumer class action.

Douglass v. Convergent Outsourcing

765 F.3d 299 (3d Cir. 2014)

In this important privacy rights decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held for the first time that a debt collector violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by displaying a consumer's account number through the glassine window of a collection envelope.

Daniels v. Hollister Co.

113 A.3d 796 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. 2015)

In a case of first impression, appeals court held there is no “ascertainablility” requirement under NJ's class action rules, affirming the trial court’s class certification.  

Kakley v. Southeast Toyota Finance

Arbitration 2018

Arbitration award of $115,000 plus attorney fees and costs for our client - a young man whose front tooth was knocked out by a repo man's sucker punch.

Schultz v. Midland Credit Management

905 F.3d 159 (3d Cir. 2018)

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed the trial court and reinstated our clients' class action claim of deception against debt collection giant Midland Credit, who sent our clients a collection letter that threatened reporting of a debt to the IRS, when there was no possibility of reporting ever coming to pass.

Presentations

Andrew Milz has been invited to speak to lawyers around the country on a variety of consumer law issues, such as abusive collection practices, credit reporting privacy and accuracy, illegal vehicle repossessions, and finance fraud.

2018

Collection Abuse

Abusive Attorney Collection Practices
National Consumer Law Center, FDCPA Conference, Chicago, IL
FDCPA Defensive Startegies (Part 1)
National Consumer Law Center, FDCPA Conference, Chicago, IL

2017

TCPA
Maximizing the Value of Individual TCPA Cases
National Consumer Law Center, FDCPA Conf., New Orleans, LA
National Consumer Law Center Annual Conf., Washington, DC

Consumer Law
The Legal Process: From Collection to Lawsuit
Mt. Airy USA, Philadelphia, PA
Turn the Table: Affirmative Consumer Law Claims Arising from Debt Collection
North Penn Legal Services Annual Conf., Scranton, PA
             

2016

Consumer Law

What it Takes to be a Lawyer & Live a Happy Life
Pennsylvania State University, Wilkes Barre, PA
Evolving Issues in Fair Debt Collection: FDCPA, FCRA & TCPA & Beyond
Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA   


Repossession 
             
Claim Spotting in Repossessions and Auto Loan Collection                                                                                                National Consumer Law Center, FDCPA Conference, Miami, FL

2015

Class Action
Ethical Issues Presented by Individual & Class Action Retainer Agreements
National Consumer Law Center, FDCPA Conference, Washington, DC
Military Consumer Law Readiness Project
U.S. Military Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Trenton, NJ

Collection Abuse
Consumer Debt Collection
U.S.Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center & School, Charlottesville, VA

Repossession

Breach of Peace: Police Involvement in Repossessions
National Consumer Law Center Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX

Consumer Law
A Consumer Litigator’s Guide to Clients’ Use of Social Media
National Association of Consumer Advocates, PA Chapter,Philadelphia, PA

2014

Consumer Law
Significant Consumer Decisions in the Past Six Months
National Association of Consumer Advocates, PA Chapter, Villanova, PA
Credit Reporting
Primer on Fair Credit Reporting Act
Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA & Mechanicsburg, PA
Identity Theft
Identity Theft Statutes & Consumer Remedies
Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Mechanicsburg, PA

2013

Consumer Law
Effective Fee Petitions
National Association of Consumer Advocates, PA Chapter, Philadelphia, PA

Predatory Lending & Truth in Lending Act Rescission
Delaware Law School, Widener University, Wilmington, DE

Collection Abuse
Primer on the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, PA

2012

Consumer Law
Consumer Law Triage
North Penn Legal Services, Wilkes Barre, PA

Discovery & Trial in the Consumer Protection Case
Delaware Law School, Widener University, Wilmington, DE

Trial of the Consumer Protection Case
Temple University Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, PA

2011

Consumer Law
Military Consumer Law Readiness Project
U.S. Military Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Trenton, NJ

Repossession
Repossession & Defending the Deficiency Suit
National Association of Consumer Advocates, PA Chapter, Harrisburg, PA

 

 

Law Faculty
  • Temple University Law
  • Widener University | Delaware Law School
Bar Associations
  • Montgomery Bar Association
  • NYSBA
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
Awards & Associations
  • Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network
  • Super Lawyers Since 2005
  • National Association of Consumer Advocates
  • Trial Lawyer's College