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Cary Flitter

Cary Flitter is a highly respected expert in consumer law. Many of his cases have broken new ground, helping to shape the law itself and set the precedent for future decisions. Media outlets ranging from Time magazine to FOX News have sought Cary’s legal input.

Cary is founding partner in Flitter Milz P.C., and a member of the Pennsylvania and New Jersey bars. He has more than 30 years of trial experience in federal and state courts, in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and in courts throughout the United States.

Cary has built his practice around litigating cases on behalf of consumers against debt collectors, banks and finance companies, insurance companies, car dealers and credit reporting agencies. He represents clients as individuals and in class actions, in consumer lending, unfair debt collection, vehicle financing and leasing overcharges, credit reporting, credit privacy, product warranty, identity theft, and other consumer cases.

Cary and the firm have brought over a dozen consumer class actions against banks and credit unions challenging their vehicle repossession practices. Some of these cases have made new law, or extended existing law, in a positive way for borrowers who have suffered a repossession in many of the 50 states.

A Philadelphia native and graduate from Philadelphia’s distinguished Central High School (231), Mr. Flitter received his bachelor’s degree in Finance from Philadelphia University and his law degree from the Delaware Law School of Widener University. He is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and the renowned Trial Lawyers College.

Currently, Cary serves on the adjunct faculty at Temple University's James E. Beasley School of Law and Delaware Law School of Widener University where he teaches Consumer Law & Litigation, including class action practice. From 1991 to 1999, he served on the adjunct faculty at Philadelphia University’s School of Business, teaching Commercial Law. Cary has accepted invitations to guest lecture on consumer law issues at Harvard Law School, University of Pennsylvania School of Law, and many other venues. Cary has been invited by the Federal Trade Commission to participate in its fact-gathering, and presented the consumers' interests in regulation of debt collectors.

Cary is a contributing author to Pennsylvania Consumer Law, the leading legal treatise in Pennsylvania on consumer law issues, and Consumer Class Actions published by the National Consumer Law Center in Boston. He has also published articles in national, regional and local publications, and presented continuing education programs on consumer credit protection for lawyer and lay audiences. 

Cary has served on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery Bar Association, and has co-chaired the Bar Association’s Federal Courts Committee regularly since 2000.

Education

Trial Lawyers College, 2009

National Institute for Trial Advocacy

Trial Skills and Methods – University of Pennsylvania, 1986

Federal and State Court Motion Practice – University of Denver, 1990

Delaware Law School of Widener University - JD, 1981

Philadelphia University - BS Finance, 1976

Recipient, 1997 Hughes Award for the Advancement of Scholarship

President, Alumni Board 1990-92  

Member, College Board of Trustees, 1990-92

Publications

Pennsylvania Consumer Law 

Bisel Publishing Co., 2003 Supp. 2016. Contributing Author

The leading legal treatise in Pennsylvania on consumer law issues.

Consumer Class Actions, 5th Ed.

National Consumer Law Center, Boston, MA. Contributor

Bar Admissions

Supreme Court

United States Supreme Court (1999)

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania (1981)

Supreme Court of New Jersey (1981)

Court of Appeals

United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2001)

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1990)

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (1983)

District Court

United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania (1995)

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1981)

United States District Court for the District of New Jersey (1981)

Awards and Honors

SuperLawyers, 2005 - Present 

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This selection process includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. 

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Consumer Advocate of the Year, 2014

National Association of Consumer Advocates

Cary was honored for making special contributions to advancing the practice of consumer law. The National Association of Consumer Advocates is a nonprofit association of more than 1,500 attorneys and advocates committed to representing consumers' interests.

Read more about the Consumer Advocate of the Year Award

Henry Stuckert Miller Public Service Award, 2013

Montgomery Bar Association 

The Montgomery Bar Association recognized Cary for his work in training Legal Aid Lawyers and county staffers in the specialized area of consumer protection law and for his generous support of Legal Services. 

Excellence Award, 2013

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network

PLAN is an organization that provides support to improve the availability and quality of civil legal aid and direct legal services for low income people and victims of domestic violence in Pennsylvania. The Excellence Award recognizes those who support the Pennsylvania legal aid societies and their clients served by the civil legal programs that comprise the PLAN.

Watch Cary Flitter's PLAN Excellence Award video

Alumnus of the Year, 2011

Delaware Law School of Widener University

Cary was honored to receive the Alumnus of the Year award from Widener University School of Law. This award is presented to an alumnus who - through service to community or profession or by honors received, service rendered, or other accomplishments - has brought honor, recognition, and distinction to the law school.

Pro Bono Award, 2011

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Cary Flitter received this distinguished honor for special voluntary efforts in providing free legal representation to low-income Pennsylvanians. He presented Continuing Legal Education to legal aid attorneys around the state about consumer law issues and statutory attorney fees.

Jeffrey A. Ernico Award, 2006

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Cary Flitter received the annual award honoring an individual who has made significant improvements in providing legal services to the poor. He provided pro bono education to fellow lawyers and law students that serve the less fortunate.

Read more about the Jeffrey A. Ernico Award

Outstanding Service Award, 1998

Widener University School of Law

Cary Flitter received the annual award presented to alumni for outstanding service to the Law School and legal community. 

View the list of Outstanding Service Award recipients 

American Jurisprudence Award for Scholarship, 1980

Widener University School of Law

Awarded for academic distinction

AVVO

Cary has a score of ten out of ten. 

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Lawyers.com

Cary has a score of 4.4 out of 5.0.

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Martindale

Preeminent 5 out of 5 rated.

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Academic Guest Lectures in Consumer Law

University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law, 2011

Baltimore, MD

University of Pennsylvania School of Law, 2011

Philadelphia, PA

Gonzaga University School of Law, 2010 - 2011

Spokane, WA

University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, 2009

Salt Lake City, UT

University of Houston Center for Consumer Law, 2008

Houston, TX

Universidad del Salvador, 2008

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Harvard Law School, 2007

Cambridge, MA

Teaching Appointments

Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, 2009 - Present

Adjunct Professor, Consumer Law and Litigation

Delaware Law School of Widener University, 1999 - Present 

Adjunct Professor, Consumer Law and Litigation

Philadelphia University School of Business, 1991 - 1998

Adjunct Professor, Commercial Law

Presentations

Cary Flitter speaks to lawyers around the U.S. on a variety of consumer law topics that involve the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Consumer Repossession Laws, federal civil and appellate procedure, class action practice, and issues confronted by the consumer protection law practitioner.  

2016

Consumer Law        Recovering Statutory Attorneys Fees 
                                  National Consumer Law Center, Anaheim, CA

                                  Consumer Law Training
                                  Montgomery Bar Association, Norristown, PA

                                  Appellate Advocacy in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals,                                                                               Hon. Cheryl Krause and Hon. Marcia Waldron
                                  Montgomery Bar Association, Norristown, PA

                                  Doing Well While Doing Good:  A Practice Makeover
                                  National Consumer Law Center, FDCPA Conference, Miami, FL

2015

Consumer Law        Consumer Law Training
                                  Montgomery Bar Association, Norristown, PA

                                  How to Build a Successful Consumer Law Practice
                                  National Consumer Law Center, San Antonio, TX

Debt Collection        Fair Debt Developments in Federal Courts of Appeal
                                  National Consumer Law Center, FDCPA Conference, Washington, DC

Repossession          Police Liability and Breach of Peace in Vehicle Repossessions
                                  National Consumer Law Center, San Antonio, TX

2014

Consumer Law        Consumer Law Claims in Bankruptcy
                                  Eastern District Bankruptcy Conference, Philadelphia, PA

                                  View from the Trenches, Symposium for Professors of Consumer Law 
                                 University of Houston Center for Consumer Law, Santa Fe, NM

                                  Consumer Law for the Bankruptcy Practitioner
                                  Berks County Bankruptcy Committee, Reading, PA

                                  Consumer Protection Litigation for the Bankruptcy Petitioner
                                  PBI 19th Annual Bankruptcy Institute, Philadelphia, PA

                                  Consumer Law for the Pro Bono Practitioner
                                  Berks County Bar Association, Reading, PA

                                  Statutory Attorney Fees
                                  Berks County Bar Association, Reading, PA

                                  Consumer Law for the Legal Aid Lawyer
                                  Southern Maine Community College, Portland, ME

                                  Statutory Attorney Fees
                                  Southern Maine Community College, Portland, ME

Debt Collection        Credit Reporting, Debt Collection & Repossession - Identifying Claims
                                   Lycoming Law Association, Williamsport, PA

                                   Fair Credit Reporting and Fair Debt Collection Update
                                   Bucks County Bar Association, Doylestown, PA

2013

Class Action             Communication with your Class Representative
                                   National Association of Consumer Advocates, Washington, DC

                                   Credit Reporting Fair Credit Reporting Act Basics
                                   Burlington County Bar Association, Mt. Holly, NJ

                                   Debt Collection Fair Debt Collection Practices Act:  Ask the Experts
                                   National Consumer Law Center, FDCPA Conference, Baltimore, MD

                                   Consumer Debt Collection Perspectives
                                   National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys Annual Conference,
                                   Washington, DC

                                   Anatomy of a Debt Buyer Case
                                   University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law, Baltimore, MD

                                   Collection of Judgments and Consumer Law Pitfalls
                                   Montgomery Bar Association, Norristown, PA

TCPA                          Litigating the TCPA in 2014: Consumer & Defense Perspectives
                                    ABA: Consumer Financial Services Committee, Park City, UT

2012

Consumer Law          Successful Mediation of Federal Court Cases
                                    Montgomery Bar Association, Federal Courts Committee, Norristown, PA

                                    Consumer Law Practice Pointers
                                    National Consumer Law Center Annual Conference, Seattle, WA

Debt Collection          FDCPA:  The Impact on Collection Attorneys
                                     ABA, Business Law Section: Consumer Financial Services Committee,
                                    Las Vegas, NV

                                    Consumer Law Update:  An Active 12 Months
                                    Montgomery Bar Association: Debtor, Creditor, Bankruptcy Section,
                                     Norristown, PA

                                     Fair Debt Collection Practices Act:  Ask the Experts
                                     National Consumer Law Center: FDCPA Conference, New Orleans, LA

2011

Consumer Law            Consumer Credit Law Update
                                      Montgomery Bar Association, Norristown, PA

                                      Consumer Law Developments for Pro Bono Counsel
                                      Berks County Bar Association, Reading, PA

                                      Training Legal Aid to Spot Consumer Law Violations
                                      Neighborhood Legal Services, Pittsburgh, PA; Northwest Legal Services, Erie, PA

                                      Advocating for Justice on Consumer Matters
                                      University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA

Debt Collection            Anatomy of a Debt Buyer Case
                                      University of Maryland, Francis King Carey School of Law, Baltimore, MD

                                      Debt Collection 2.0: Protecting Consumers as Technologies Change
                                      Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC

                                      What your Collectors and Law Firms Do Can Hurt You
                                       ALI-ABA, Webinar

                                      Holding Abusive Debt Collectors Accountable
                                      National Consumer Law Center Annual Conference, Chicago, IL

TCPA                             Telephone Technologies: Dialing, Talking & Texting in an Age of
                                       Enhanced Mobility

                                       Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC

2010

Consumer Law             Consumer Credit Law Developments – Federal & Pennsylvania
                                       Montgomery Bar Association, Norristown, PA

                                       FDCPA & FCRA: Understanding Consumer Laws
                                       Gonzaga University School of Law, Spokane, WA

                                       Consumer Law Strategies for the Legal Aid Advisor
                                       Community Legal Services, Philadelphia, PA
                                       Mid-Penn Legal Services, Harrisburg, PA
                                       Neighborhood Legal Services, Pittsburgh, PA

Debt Collection             Fair Debt Collection Practices Act: Ask the Experts
                                       National Consumer Law Center, Jacksonville, FL

Federal Courts              An Afternoon with our Federal Bench
                                       Montgomery Bar Association, Federal Courts Committee, Norristown, PA

2009

Class Action                  Ethical Issues in Consumer Class Action Practice
                                        
National Consumer Law Center: FDCPA Conference, San Diego, CA

                                        Ethical Issues in Class Counsel Fees
                                        National Consumer Law Center Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA

                                        Consumer Law Statutory Attorney Fees
                                        University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law, Salt Lake City, UT

Credit Reporting            Impermissible Access to Consumer Credit Reports
                                        National Association of Consumer Advocates, Chicago, IL

Debt Collection              Consumer Debt Litigation
                                        Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Simulcast

                                         Fair Debt Collection Practices Act:  Ask the Experts
                                         National Consumer Law Center Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA

                                         Workshop on Debt Collection: Protecting Consumers
                                         Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC

Federal Courts                Federal Court Update
                                         Montgomery Bar Association, Norristown, PA

2008

Consumer Law              Doing Well While Doing Good: What Makes a Successful & Fulfilling Consumer
                                        Law Practice

                                        National Consumer Law Center, Portland, OR

                                        Teaching Consumer Law
                                        University of Houston Center for Consumer Law, Houston, TX

                                        Comparative U.S. Consumer Protection Laws
                                        Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Debt Collection              FDCPA Developments:  Point – Counterpoint
                                        Debt Buyers Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV

Federal Courts               Effective Appellate Advocacy in the 3d Circuit Court of Appeals
                                         Montgomery Bar Association, Federal Courts Committee, Norristown, PA

2007

Consumer Law               Statutory Attorney Fees
                                         Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Credit Reporting             Permissible Uses of Consumer Credit Reports
                                         National Association of Consumer Advocates, FCRA Conference, Denver, CO

Debt Collection               Consumer Credit Litigation Developments
                                         Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Allentown, PA

                                         FDCPA Developments:  Ask the Experts
                                         National Association of Consumer Advocates, FDCPA Conference, Tucson, AZ

                                         Workshop on Debt Collection – The Role of Creditors
                                         Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC

                                         Identity Theft Civil Remedies for Identity Theft
                                         Delaware Law School, Widener University, Wilmington, DE

2006

Credit Reporting             Impermissible Access to Consumer Credit Reports
                                         National Association of Consumer Advocates, FCRA Conference, Las Vegas, NV

Debt Collection               Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Developments: Ask the Experts
                                         National Association of Consumer Advocates, FDCPA Conference, Austin, TX

                                         FDCPA after Brown v. Card Service Center:  What is Deceptive?
                                         Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Webinar