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Biography: 

Areas of practice:

Practice limited to consumer protection, including representation of consumers in lawsuits against debt collectors, creditors, and other businesses, both individual and class actions, 2005 to present. 

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Education:

2000, Northern Illinois University, 2000

2004, Chicago-Kent College of Law

 

Bar admissions:

State of North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
May 1, 2015

State of Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
January 4, 2005

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Chicago, Illinois
January 19, 2007

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Richmond, Virginia
May 24, 2011

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
June 22, 2005

United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
South Bend, Indiana
January 23, 2006

United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
Springfield, Illinois
April 23, 2007

United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
East Saint Louis, Illinois
July 26, 2007

United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan
August 13, 2007

United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
June 11, 2015

United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
Greensboro, North Carolina
June 24, 2015

United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
June 23, 2017

 

Bio:

Craig Shapiro is originally from Northbrook, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. After attending Northern Illinois University, he obtained his juris doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law. While there he obtained a Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution, was awarded the CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Trial Advocacy, and was a certified mediator for the Center for Conflict Resolution. After clerking during law school for Rand Bragg, a member of Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates's consumer protection department, Mr. Shapiro joined the firm full time. After six years at Horwitz, Mr. Shapiro left to join Keogh Law, a boutique class action firm in Chicago advancing the rights of consumers. After deciding to relocate to Raleigh, Mr. Shapiro joined the Law Offices of John T. Orcutt as the head of its consumer rights department. 

He has spent his career litigating cases involving unlawful debt collection practices and credit reporting, usurious lending, and wrongful mortgage practices. He has been appointed class counsel in numerous class actions certified in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, and North Carolina, and is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois, the State of North Carolina, United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Seventh Circuits, and United States District Courts for the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of Illinois, Northern District of Indiana, the Western District of Michigan, and the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of North Carolina. 

 

Publications and Speaking Engagements:

"Good Faith Defense to Discharge Injunction Violations"
40th Annual Middle District Bankruptcy Seminar (North Carolina)
April 2019

"Representing Consumers With FDCPA Claims: Getting Started"
NCLC Fair Debt Collection Training Conference
March 2019

"Representing Consumers With FDCPA Claims: Getting Started"
NCLC Fair Debt Collection Training Conference
March 2018

"Cracking the Code: What Attorneys Need to Know About Credit Scores and Credit Reports"
(presented with materials provided by Suzanne Begnoche) 
Durham County Bar Association 2018 CLE Program 
February 2018

“The FDCPA and Bankruptcy Claims Arising Under the FDCPA” (3-hour)
Max Gardner’s Consumer Defense Academy, featuring the Bankruptcy Boot Camp
August 2017

“FDCPA Extreme!” (6-hour FDCPA intensive)
NACBA Annual Convention
May 2017

"FDCP Fundamentals: The Care and Feeding of Your FDCP Case (Client Intake, Retainers, Recording Calls, Client Logs, Investigation)"
NCLC Fair Debt Collection Training Conference
March 2017

Spokeo and Its Impact on Standing: What’s Next?”
National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees Academy for Consumer Bankruptcy Education (webinar)
March 2017

Spokeo and Its Impact on Standing: What’s Next?”
North Carolina Bar Association 39th Annual Bankruptcy Institute
November 2016

"Making Money with 'Consumer Rights' Claims in Chapter 13"
National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees Academy for Consumer Bankruptcy Education (webinar)
September 2016

"FDCP Fundamentals: The Care and Feeding of Your FDCP Case (Client Intake, Retainers, Recording Calls, Client Logs, Investigation)"
NCLC Fair Debt Collection Training Conference
March 2016

“Crawford and other Claims Based on Debt Collection Activity in Bankruptcy Court – Individual and Class Action Cases”
NCLC Fair Debt Collection Training Conference
March 2015

“How to Successfully Manage a New Consumer Law Practice and Some Rookie Mistakes to Dodge”
NCLC Consumer Rights Litigation Conference
November 2014

“Fair Debt Collection Practices Act: Coverage, Violations, & Remedies”
NCLC Fair Debt Collection Training Conference
March 2013

“Rookie Errors to Avoid in FDCPA Practice & Litigation”
NCLC Consumer Rights Litigation Conference
October 2012

“FDCPA Practice & Litigation: Errors to Avoid in an FDCPA Practice”
NCLC Fair Debt Collection Training Conference
February 2012

“Statute of Limitations and the Choice of Law Rules”
“Errors to Avoid in FDCPA Practice & Litigation”
NCLC Fair Debt Collection Training Conference
March 2011

“TCPA, Rule 68, Class, and Other Law Related to an FDCPA Practice”
NCLC Fair Debt Collection Training Conference
March 2010

“Meeting the Ethical Requirements for Class Action Notices and Administration”
NCLC Fair Debt Collection Training Conference
March 2009
 

Attorney Professional Association or Honor:

Mr. Shapiro is on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Consumer Advocates. He has been a member of NACA since 2005 and served on NACA's Ethics Committee from 2014-2018. He has attended the NCLC's Consumer Rights Litigation Conference every year but one from 2005 through the present, and has attended the NCLC's Fair Debt Collection Practices Conference every year since 2005. Mr. Shapiro is also a member of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.