Richard J. Perr

Rick Perr is a partner with the Philadelphia law firm of Fineman Krekstein & Harris, P.C., where he concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation.  He is a nationally recognized authority and lecturer on creditor’s rights, representing creditors, law firms and agencies against individual and class action allegations invoking federal and state consumer protection laws, including the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.  Mr. Perr also advises entities and individuals on matters related to compliance in the credit and collection industry, including review, implementation and auditing of policies and procedures, especially in adherence with governmental regulatory bodies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

Mr. Perr sits on the Board of Directors for ACA International, served as its Treasurer from 2013-2014 and is the past Chair of the Members’ Attorney Program Committee (MAP Committee).  He is the State Compliance Chair for New Jersey and served as the State Compliance Chair for Pennsylvania from 2005 – 2007.  He also currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Mid-Atlantic Collectors Association.  He was a member of the Burlington County (NJ) Bar Association where he served as Chairman of the Federal Practice Committee and the Co-Chair of the Government Relations Committee.  He was the Chairman of the Election Law Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association from 2003-2005.  He also served for four years as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Ethics Committee for District IV (Camden and Gloucester Counties).

Mr. Perr has been recognized among his peers as a New Jersey “Super Lawyer” from 2006 to 2011 for his expertise in business litigation.  He has also received the coveted distinction of being named a 2008 “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by The Legal Intelligencer and the Pennsylvania Law Weekly.  This prestigious award is bestowed upon a select number of Pennsylvania lawyers who have shown outstanding promise in the legal profession and who have made a significant commitment to the community-at-large.

Mr. Perr has served as a foreign policy intern for then United States Senator Al Gore (D-TN) and was the Chairman of the Burlington County Democratic Party.  Mr. Perr also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Rutgers – Camden School of Law, teaching Election and Political Campaign Law, and has appeared in numerous national, regional and local publications and on broadcast media on the issues of politics and election law.  He was also a contributing author for the twenty-volume encyclopedia Constitutions of the Countries of the World.

Mr. Perr has a B.A. (1991) in Political Science, English and History from Rutgers College and is an International and Foreign Law Honors graduate of Rutgers – Camden School of Law (1994).  He is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, and before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York and for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania.

Experience

  • Szczurek v. Prof’l Mgmt., No. 14-4775, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 17245 (3d Cir. September 10, 2015) (In an FDCPA action, debt collector was entitled to judgment on the pleadings under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(c), because court disagreed with debtor’s interpretation of a sentence in a debt collection letter as misleading and declined to hold debt collector liable for failing to notify consumers of rights above and beyond what was required by the FDCPA).

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Education

  • J.D. International and Foreign Law with Honors, Rutgers-Camden School of Law, 1994
  • B.A. Political Science, History and English, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1991

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Memberships

  • Association of Credit and Collection Professionals (ACA)
    Board of Directors, 2012-2014, Treasurer, 2013-2014
    Audit Committee Chair, 2013-2014
    Federal Affairs Committee Chair, 2015-2016
    Regulatory Committee Chair, 2014-2015
  • Fellow Designation, 2013
  • Scholar Designation
  • Members’ Attorney Program Designation, 2013
  • Members’ Attorney Program (MAP)
    MAP Committee, 2011-2014, Chair, 2012-2013
    State Compliance Chair, Pennsylvania, 2005-2007
    State Compliance Chair, New Jersey, 2011-2013
  • Burlington County Bar Association
    Federal Practice Committee, Chair, 2005-2006
    Government Relations Committee, Co-Chair, 2009-2010
  • Burlington County Democratic Party, Chair, 2006-2009
  • The Legal Intelligencer and the Pennsylvania Law Weekly
    Lawyers on the Fast Track, Class of 2008
  • Mid-Atlantic Collectors Association
    Board of Directors, 2011-2013
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
    Election Law Committee, Chair, 2003-2005
    Federal Practice Committee, 2012-2013
  • New Jersey Superlawyers, Business Litigation, 2006–2011
  • New Jersey Supreme Court Ethics Committee – District IV, 2005-2009
  • Philadelphia Bar Association

Community/Civic Involvement

  • Boy Scouts of America
    Cubmaster, Garden State Council, Pack 300
  • March of Dimes
    South Jersey Division, Board of Directors, 2010-2012
  • March for Babies Executive Steering Committee, Chair, 2008-2010
  • Rutgers School of Law – Camden
    Adjunct Professor of Law – Election and Political Campaign Law
  • Media Appearances:WPVI-TV (Channel 6 – Philadelphia), CN8 (Comcast News Network – Philadelphia), NJN (New Jersey Network – Trenton), National Public Radio, Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, Newark Star Ledger, New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer

Honors/Awards

  • Selected for inclusion on the 2006 – present New Jersey Super Lawyers® lists.
  • Selected for inclusion on the 2008 “Lawyers on the Fast Track” list by The Legal Intelligencer and the Pennsylvania Law Weekly

Selected Publications

  • Five Simple Steps to Reduce Lawsuits , July 2010
  • Much Ado Over Generic Concept of God, New Jersey Law Journal, October 3, 2005
  • Primary Concerns, New Jersey Law Journal, August 26, 2005
  • The Federal Credit and Collection Law Handbook ,
  • Fourth Circuit Holds Multiple Prerecorded Calls to Obtain Location Information Do Not Violate the FDCPA, Mid-Atlantic Collectors Association Collectors Connection Newsletter, January 2013

Selected Presentations/Seminars

  • “What to Expect on the Compliance Horizon,” Northeast Debt Collection Conference, Groton, Connecticut, October 1-3, 2015
  • “Beware of What You Mail: Letter Issues for Collectors in 2015,” Northeast Debt Collection Conference, Groton, Connecticut, October 1-3, 2015
  • “Perfecting Judgment and Seizing Assets,” Rossdale CLE, delivered nationally via Teleconference, August 26, 2015
  • “The TCPA and Technology Solutions,” NobelBiz Company, Boston, Massachusetts, July 19, 2015
  • “Don’t Let Compliance Interfere with Productivity,” NobelBiz Company, delivered nationally via Teleconference and World Wide Web, April 23, 2015
  • “Collection Law From Start to Finish,” National Business Institute, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, April 21, 2015
  • “Burning Compliance Issues,” Northeast Debt Collection Conference, Atlantic City, New Jersey, October 5-7, 2014
  • “FDCPA and Collecting the Judgment,” National Business Institute, Atlantic City and Cherry Hill, New Jersey, April 28-29, 2014
  • “The CFPB and the TCPA,” NobelBiz Company, delivered nationally via Teleconference and World Wide Web, November 19, 2013
  • “Quantum of Settlement: The Anatomy of a Lawsuit,” Northeast Debt Collection Conference, Atlantic City, New Jersey, October 6-8, 2013
  • “Defending Creditors for Violations of the FDCPA,” Rossdale CLE, delivered nationally via Teleconference, August 7, 2013
  • “Primer on the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 6, 2013
  • “Mastering Judgment Enforcement and Fair Debt Collection,” Rossdale CLE, delivered nationally via Teleconference, January 23, 2013
  • “Who is Really Liable: Vicarious Liability,” ACA International, delivered nationally via Teleseminar, November 27, 2012
  • “Debt Buying: Legalities and Litigation,” National Business Institute, delivered nationally via Teleconference and World Wide Web, July 30, 2012
  • “Plaintiffs Must Show Purpose of Underlying Debt to Survive Summary Judgment,” ACA MAPBulletin, October 2011

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