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Scott J. Helfand

Tel: (312) 341-9876
Fax: (312) 419-0225
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Education

  • JD DePaul University College of Law
  • BA University of Pittsburgh

Experience

Mr. Helfand works primarily on complex commercial litigation and class-action defense. He has particular experience in defending putative class actions involving claims under state and federal consumer-protection laws, including the Truth-in-Lending Act (TILA), the Fair-Credit-Reporting Act (FCRA), and the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. In addition, Mr. Helfand represents clients in a wide range of general litigation matters, including breach of contract claims, tort law issues, and enforcement of arbitration agreements. He has defended clients in both state and federal courts, as well as in administrative proceedings. Through his brief writing, Mr. Helfand has helped obtain early resolutions of many of these matters.

Prior to joining the firm in 2006, Mr. Helfand served as a judicial extern for the Honorable William J. Bauer of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and as a research staff attorney for the Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District. During that time, he researched numerous issues, wrote memoranda analyzing those issues, and drafted proposed dispositions.

Mr. Helfand graduated with honors from the University of Pittsburgh and DePaul University College of Law. In law school, he served as a Dean’s Scholar and received the Cali Award for Excellence for his case note in the Supreme Court Litigation Research Seminar.

Representative Engagements

  • Successfully represented mortgage lender in class action lawsuit involving firm offer provision of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
  • Successfully represented retailer in class action lawsuit involving alleged disclosure violations under the Truth in Lending Act.
  • Successfully obtained enforcement of arbitration agreement in consumer loan contract containing class-action waiver.

 

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Moot Court Judge for appellate arguments in the Legal Writing Program at DePaul University College of Law.
  • Member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and Chicago Bar Association.
 
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