Joseph S. Messer
225 West Washington Street, Suite 575
Chicago, IL 60606
Mr. Messer provides comprehensive legal representation to a wide variety of small, mid-size and large business located throughout the country in litigation and transactional matters. Mr. Messer’s clients include financial, real estate, manufacturing, medical and service firms.Mr. Messer has extensive trial and appellate court experience and is admitted to practice before many federal district courts throughout the nation. He has earned a national reputation for defending lawsuits brought under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act and other state and federal consumer protection laws. Mr. Messer has conducted many trials in state and federal courts and has served as lead counsel in a multitude of class action lawsuits. He has also defended employment discrimination cases brought under federal civil rights laws. Mr. Messer also has extensive trademark litigation experience, having prosecuted and defended many trademark infringement cases throughout his career.In addition to his business and litigation practice, Mr. Messer has substantial experience in real estate law. He has represented many clients in sophisticated office, retail and industrial real estate transactions. He has syndicated many acquisition entities and negotiated hundreds of purchase and sale contracts, loan agreements and leases. Mr. Messer has represented buyers and sellers in hundreds of closing transactions. He has significant real estate development and land use experience having represented many developer clients throughout the years. Mr. Messer has also achieved successful outcomes for borrowers and guarantors in many commercial loan workouts.
Mr. Messer also has substantial experience in environmental law in both regulatory and litigation matters. He represents lenders, owners, buyers and sellers of properties and facilities regulated under the state and federal environmental laws. Mr. Messer has handled hundreds of matters involving state, federal and local environmental agencies, including the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
Having served as an Illinois Special Assistant Attorney General representing agencies such as the Department of Transportation and the Department of Natural Resources, Mr. Messer is also an active member of several professional organizations including NAPBS, ABA, NARCA and ACA International, and has received the ACA International’s Fellow designation, the highest honor awarded by Campus ACA. Recipients of the award demonstrate industry experience and a strong commitment to educational and professional development.
Mr. Messer is committed to the service of his community. He is a Trustee for the Village of Barrington Hills and has served on the Village’s Plan Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals. In addition, Mr. Messer is an active member of several community, trade, and bar organizations. Mr. Messer is a frequent author and lecturer on legal matters of interest to his clients and has been frequently interviewed and quoted by local and national publications.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, Juris Doctorate, 1988
Lake Forest College, Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, 1985
Northern District of Illinois
Northern District Trial Bar
Southern District of Indiana
Central District of Illinois
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Southern District of Illinois
District of Colorado
Eastern District of Michigan
American Bar Association (ABA)
Illinois Creditors Bar Association (ILCBA)
Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys (NARCA)
National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS)
"PROVING MEANINGFUL INVOLVEMENT, PART II: ANALYTICS AND EXPERT REPORTS", NARCA FALL CONFERENCE, OCTOBER 2017
“AVOIDING CLASS ACTION LIABILITY UNDER THE FAIR DEBT COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT", ACA INTERNATIONAL 2017 CONVENTION & EXPO, JULY 18, 2017
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND SCREENERS, “NEW YORK FAIR CHANCE ACT GUIDELINES”, NAPBS WEBINAR, JANUARY 2016
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND SCREENERS (NAPBS) MID-YEAR CONFERENCE, WASHINGTON D.C., ON TRIAL OF A FCRA LAWSUIT, APRIL 2015
NORTHWEST COMMUNITY HOSPITAL MEDICAL STAFF 8TH ANNUAL CME CONFERENCE, STEAMBOAT, COLORADO, ON MERGER AND ACQUISITION CONSIDERATIONS FOR PHYSICIANS AND MEDICAL PRACTICE GROUPS, FEBRUARY 2014
ACA INTERNATIONAL FALL FORUM, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, ON AVOIDING LIABILITY UNDER STATE LAWS AFFECTING DEBT COLLECTION, NOVEMBER 2013
ACA INTERNATIONAL FALL FORUM, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, ON AVOIDING TCPA TRAPS IN HEALTH CARE COLLECTIONS , NOVEMBER 2013
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND SCREENERS (NAPBS) 10TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE, PHOENIX, ARIZONA, ON AVOIDING CLASS ACTION LIABILITY UNDER THE FAIR CREDIT REPORTING ACT, SEPTEMBER 2013
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RETAIL COLLECTION ATTORNEYS (NARCA) CONFERENCE FOR FAIR CREDIT REPORTING ACT (FCRA), LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, ON EMERGING AND EXISTING CREDIT REPORTING ISSUES FOR COLLECTION ATTORNEYS, MAY 2013
AMERICAN COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL 73RD ANNUAL CONVENTION & EXPOSITION, HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA, ON RESOLVING LAWSUITS INEXPENSIVELY, JULY 2012
AMERICAN COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL 71ST ANNUAL CONVENTION & EXPOSITION, WASHINGTON DC, ON LEGAL ISSUES AFFECTING COLLECTIONS CALL TECHNOLOGY, INCLUDING THE TELEPHONE CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT, JULY 2010
AMERICAN COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL 70TH ANNUAL CONVENTION & EXPOSITION, LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, ONFDCPA DEFENSE AND LITIGATION STRATEGY, JULY 2009
ILLINOIS COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION, RECENT TRENDS IN FDCPA LITIGATION, GALENA, ILLINOIS, MAY 2009
AMERICAN COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL FALL FORUM, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, ON FDCPA AND GLBA COMPLIANCE AND LIABILITY, NOVEMBER 2008
AMERICAN COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL 69TH ANNUAL CONVENTION & EXPOSITION, HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA, ON FDCPA LAWSUITS AND THE BONA FIDE ERROR DEFENSE, JULY 2008
AMERICAN COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONAL MARCH FOR SUCCESS, GREEN VALLEY RANCH, NEVADA, ON ELECTRONIC PAYMENTS IN THE COLLECTION INDUSTRY, APRIL 2008
THE ILLINOIS COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION’S 60TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE, ITASCA, ILLINOIS, ON BANKRUPTCY AND CONSUMER PROTECTION LAWS, MAY 2005
CHICAGO BAR ASSOCIATION ON FDCPA DEFENSE
MESSER, JOSEPH S., STRICKLER, STEPHANIE A. ‘CREDIT REPORTING AGENCY OR PRIVATE DETECTIVE?’. NAPBS JOURNAL, MAR.-APR. 2014, P. 14-15.
MESSER, JOSEPH S. ‘MESSER & STILP, LTD. SCORES A MAJOR VICTORY FOR COLLECTION AGENCIES AND DEBT BUYERS IN ILLINOIS’. ILCOLLECTORSASSOC.ORG. ILCOLLECTORSASSOC.ORG, 26 JUNE 2013. WEB. 27 JUNE 2013. HTTP://ILCOLLECTORSASSOC.ORG/SITES/DEFAULT/FILES/MESSER%20STILP%20LTD.PDF
MESSER, JOSEPH S. ‘ARE YOU READY FOR HIPAA’S PRIVACY STANDARD’. HOSPITAL NEWS CHICAGO, JANUARY 2003. PRINT.