Nicole M. Strickler

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PARTNER

225 West Washington Street, Suite 575
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 334-3442
nstrickler@messerstrickler.com

Nicole M. Strickler concentrates her practice in the defense of corporations in civil matters but particularly focuses in the defense of consumer litigation throughout the country. This includes representing clients in both individual and class actions involving state and federal consumer laws, including the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ("FDCPA"), Fair Credit Reporting Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act and the Illinois Collection Agency Act. She also has substantial experience in defending corporations and individuals in claims brought under state and federal employment laws including Title VII, Section 1983, the Illinois Wage and Payment Act, and the Illinois Unemployment Insurance Act. Her clients include corporations, lending institutions, collection agencies, asset purchasers, lawyers as well as individuals. Ms. Strickler is an active member of ACA International, NAPBS, the Consumer Financial Division of the American Bar Association, and holds a position on the Bard of Directors of The National Creditors' Bar Association ("NARCA").

Education

The John Marshall Law School, Juris Doctorate, cum laude, 2009

Indiana University, Bachelors of Science in Marketing and Operations Management, Minor in Spanish, 2005

Admissions

  • Illinois State Bar

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

  • United States District Court for the Northern (General & Trial Bar), Southern and Central District of Illinois

  • United States District Court for the Eastern and Western District of Michigan

  • United States District Court for the Northern and Southern District of Indiana

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

  • United States District Court of Colorado

  • United States Eastern and Western District of Wisconsin

  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan

  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois

memberships

  • American Bar Association (ABA)

  • Illinois Creditors Bar Association (LCBA), Consumer Financial Division, Young Lawyer Liaison Position for Compliance Management

  • ACA International

  • National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys (NARCA)

  • National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS)

Speaking Engagements

  • "GETTING YOUR FEET WET: PURCHASING A NEW TYPE OF DEBT," RECEIVABLES MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION, WEBINAR, JUNE 20, 2017

  • "NEW GUIDANCE FROM THE CFPB ON CREDIT REPORTING," ACCOUNTSRECOVERY.NET, WEBINAR, MAY 25, 2017

  • "THE FINTECH REVOLUTION: FINTECH AND MARKETPLACE LENDERS UNDER SCRUTINY", NARCA SPRING CONFERENCE, MAY 2017

  • "THEORIES OF RECOVERY IN COLLECTION LITIGATION: ARE THERE ANY LIMITS?", NARCA SPRING CONFERENCE, MAY 2017

  • "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: HOW TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST FRIVOLOUS COMPLAINTS AND LAWSUITS", DCF CONFERENCE, APRIL 2017

  • "TREACHEROUS TRAPS: HOW THE ORDINARY COLLECTION LAWSUIT CAN BECOME AN EXTRAORDINARY DISASTER", NARCA FALL CONFERENCE , OCTOBER 28, 2016                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

  • "TAKING PAYMENTS FROM CONSUMERS: WILL THAT BE CASH, CHECK OR CHARGE", NARCA FALL CONFERENCE, OCTOBER 28, 2016

  • “PROTECT YOUR ASSETS! FOUR THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR CALL CENTER COMPLIANCE”, ACA INTERNATIONAL 2016 CONVENTION AND EXPO, JUNE 18TH, 2016

  • “NARCA LEGAL LEARNING – HOT TOPICS REVIEW”, NARCA 2016 SPRING COLLECTION CONFERENCE SESSION, MAY 5TH & 7TH, 2016

  • “COLLECTION LETTER CALAMITIES: HOW TO PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS FROM A CLASS ACTION MINEFIELD”, NARCA 2016 SPRING COLLECTION CONFERENCE SESSION, MAY 6, 2016

  • “DUNNING LETTER DISASTERS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO PREVENT YOUR LETTER FROM BEING THE NEXT FEDERAL CLASS ACTION TARGET”, ACA INTERNATIONAL TELESEMINAR, FEBRUARY 17, 2016

  • “DBA INTERNATIONAL -ROUNDTABLE: ATTORNEY/DEBT BUYER”, DBA INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE, LAS VEGAS, NV, FEBRUARY 10, 2016

  • “NARCA WEBINAR – BONA FIDE ERROR: REASONABLENESS IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER”, NARCA WEBINAR, JANUARY 2016

  • “NARCA DEFENSE BAR EDUCATION SESSION – BONA FIDE ERROR: REASONABLENESS IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER OR I KNOW IT WHEN I SEE IT”, NARCA 2015 FALL COLLECTION CONFERENCE, WASHINGTON D.C., OCTOBER 15, 2015

  • “MAP LEGAL EDUCATION SESSION – RECENT COURT DECISIONS ON LEAVING MESSAGES: IMPACT ON YOUR CALL CENTER OPERATIONS”, ACA INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION AND EXPO, BOSTON, MA, JULY 19, 2015

  • TCPA UPDATE: MAY 2015, NCHER PRIVATE EDUCATION LOAN COMMITTEE, CHICAGO, IL, MAY 8, 2015

  • “MARKETING AND DISCLOSURES IN AN ELECTRONIC ENVIRONMENT”, MODERATOR, ABA 2014 BUSINESS LAW SECTION ANNUAL MEETING, CHICAGO, IL, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014

  • “HOW TO SURVIVE A CFPB AUDIT”, INSIDEARM, WEBINAR, FEBRUARY 2014

  • “ILCBA’S 2013 FALL SEMINAR: COLLECTION LAW UPDATE”, PANEL PARTICIPANT, ILLINOIS CREDITORS BAR ASSOCIATION SEMINAR, CHICAGO, NOVEMBER 2013

  • “THE FORGOTTEN AND MISUNDERSTOOD: AVOIDING LIABILITY UNDER STATE LAWS AFFECTING DEBT COLLECTION”, ACA INTERNATIONAL FALL FORUM, CHICAGO, NOVEMBER 2013

  • “AVOIDING TCPA TRAPS IN HEALTH CARE COLLECTIONS”, ACA INTERNATIONAL FALL FORUM, CHICAGO, NOVEMBER 2013

  • "FCRA OVERVIEW FOR THE COLLECTION ATTORNEY”, NARCA WEBINAR, AUGUST 2013

  • “HELP! RESCUING YOUR BUSINESS FROM THE PROBLEM EMPLOYEE”, NARCA SPRING CONFERENCE, LAS VEGAS, MAY 2013

  • “BIAS IS EXPENSIVE: TEN PRACTICAL WAYS TO ELIMINATE BIAS IN YOUR WORKPLACE BEFORE IT ELIMINATES DOLLARS FROM YOUR BANK ACCOUNT”, CALIFORNIA CREDITORS BAR ASSOCIATION SPRING CONFERENCE, LAS VEGAS, MAY 2013

  • “CONSUMER PRIVACY LAWS AND THEIR EFFECT ON THE UTILIZATION OF TECHNOLOGY”, EDUCATION FINANCE COUNCIL & NATIONAL COUNCIL OF HIGHER EDUCATION LOAN PROGRAMS CONFERENCE, NEW YORK, AUGUST 2011

  • “THE FDCPA; AN ANALYSIS OF WHEN TO FIGHT AND WHEN TO SETTLE AND RECENT TRENDS IN FDCPA LITIGATION”, ILLINOIS COLLECTORS ASSOCIATION, TELESEMINAR, DECEMBER 2010

Representative Cases

Ms. Strickler’s consumer litigation and employment cases include a number of important decisions:

  • BERRY V. VAN RU CREDIT, 2016 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 83508 (D. UT. 2016)
  • REICH V. VAN RU CREDIT, 2016 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 74468 (E.D. TX. 2016)

  • ST. JOHN V. CACH, LLC, 822 F. 3D 388 (7TH CIR. 2016)

  • NOONAN V. CACH, LLC, 2016 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 55611 (E.D. MO. 2016)

  • JOAQUIN V. SQUARETWO FIN. CORP., 2016 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 47328 (C.D. CA. 2016)

  • GRAY V. CACH, LLC, 2016 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 31488 (E.D. MO. 2016)
  • COTTO V. JOHN C. BONEWICZ, P.C., 2015 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 74186, (N.D. IL. 2015)

  • SORENSON V. ROZLIN FINANCIAL, 2015 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 152138 (N.D. I.L 2015)

  • LAYTON V. CACH, LLC, 2015 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 151510 (E.D. MO. 2015)

  • BROWN V. VAN RU CREDIT CORPORATION, 2015 U.S. APP. LEXIS 18328, (6TH CIR. 2015)

  • LENA V. CACH, LLC, 2015 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 103007, (N.D. IL. 2015)

  • DORE V. FIVE LAKES AGENCY, INC., 2015 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 88338, (N.D. IL. 2015)

  • TAYLOR V. SCREENING REPORTS, INC., 2015 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 86262, (N.D. IL 2015)

  • THOMPSON V. CACH, LLC, 2014 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 151255, (E.D. IL. 2014)

  • DAVIS V. CACH, LLC, 2015 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 63635, (N.D. CAL. 2015)

  • DAVIS V. CACH, LLC, 2015 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 25088 (N.D. CAL. 2015)

  • BROWN V. VAN RU CREDIT CORP., 2015 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 5382 ( E.D. MICH. 2015)

  • MCWATTERS V. CHERRY CREEK STRATEGIC ADVISORS, LLC, 2014 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 88966 (S.D. MI. 2014)

  • COATS V. MANDARICH LAW GROUP, LLP, 2014 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 18077 (E.D. CA. 2014)

  • ST. JOHN V. CACH, LLC, 2014 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 95875 (N.D. IL. 2014).

  • HADSELL V. CACH, LLC, 2014 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 16831 (S.D. CAL. 2014)

  • RIDING V. CACH, LLC, 2014 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 6518 (C.D. CAL. 2014)

  • TILMON V. LVNV FUNDING, LLC, 2014 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 11326 (S.D. IL. 2014)

  • KERMANI V. LAW OFFICE OF JOE PEZZUTO, LLC, 2014 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 10810 (C.D. CAL. 2014)

  • TAYLOR V. SCREENING REPORTS, INC., 298 F.R.D. 370 (N.D. GA. 2013)

  • ZAND V. MANDARICH LAW GROUP, 2013 WL 4516093 (C.D. CAL. 2013)

  • TAYLOR V. SCREENING REPORTS, INC., 294 F.R.D. 680 (N.D. GA. 2013)

  • HADSELL V. MANDARICH LAW GROUP, LLP, 2013 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 49191 (S.D. CAL. 2013)

  • TILMON V. LVNV FUNDING, LLC, 2013 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 34442 (S.D. IL. 2013)

  • KAYLOR-TRENT V. JOHN C. BONEWICZ, 2013 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 3506 (C.D. IL., SPRINGFIELD DIVISION, 2013)

  • TONINI V. MANDARICH LAW GROUP, LLP, 2012 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 94598 (S.D. CAL. 2012)

  • MCGINNIS V. JOHN C. BONEWICZ, P.C., 2012 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 23829 (C.D. IL., URBANA DIVISION, 2012)

  • KAYLOR-TRENT V. JOHN C. BONEWICZ, 2012 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 157386 (C.D. IL., SPRINGFIELD DIVISION, 2012)

  • BENEDICT V. CACH, LLC, 2012 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 157130 (S.D. CAL. 2012)

  • JACKSON V. CACH, LLC, 2012 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 157119 (S.D. CAL. 2012)

  • ODISH V. CACH, LLC, 2012 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 157114 (S.D. CAL. 2012)

  • CULP V. CACH, LLC, 2012 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 147633 (S.D. CAL. 2012)

  • DUENSING V. CITIBANK (S.D.) N.A., 2012 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 106594 (N.D. IN. 2012)

  • ROTH V. NCC RECOVERY, INC., 2012 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 101592 (N.D. OH., EASTERN DIVISION, 2012)

  • MORGAN V. MIRAND RESPONSE SYS., 2012 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 26496 (C.D. IL., SPRINGFIELD DIVISION, 2012)

  • KAYLOR-TRENT V. JOHN C. BONEWICZ, P.C., 2012 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 157386 (C.D. IL., SPRINGFIELD DIVISION 2012)

  • HOLLIDAY V. VIRTUOSO SOURCING GROUP, LLC, 2011 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 127760 (S.D. IL. 2011)

  • KASALO V. NCSPLUS INC., 2011 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 114480 (N.D. IL., EASTERN DIVISION, 2011)

  • WATSON V. NCC RECOVERY, INC., 2011 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 84483 (N.D. OH., EASTERN DIVISION, 2011)

  • KASALO V. NCSPLUS INC., 2011 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 71014 (N.D. IL., EASTERN DIVISION, 2011)

  • NAZARIAN V. ASSET ACCEPTANCE, 2012 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 188023 (C.D. CAL. 2012)

  • DAVIS V. BONEWICZ, 2011 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 133410 (E.D. MO., EASTERN DIVISION, 2011)

  • CRIMANDO V. VIRTUOSO SOURCING GROUP, LLC, 2011 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 126922 (D. MINN. 2011)

  • LOUDERMILK V. BEST PALLET CO., LLC, 636 F.3D 312, 2011 U.S. APP. LEXIS 3421 (7TH CIR. IL. 2011)

  • DOMEK V. MERCHANTILE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU, LLC, 2011 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 47198 (N.D. IL. 2011)

  • LOUDERMILK V. BEST PALLET CO., LLC, 2010 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 82441 (N.D. IL. 2010)

  • LOUDERMILK V. BEST PALLET CO., LLC, 2009 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 110313 (N.D. IL., WESTERN DIVISION, 2009)

  • LOUDERMILK V. BEST PALLET CO., LLC, 2009 U.S. DIST. LEXIS 110313 (N.D. IL., WESTERN DIVISION, 2009)

Publications

  • STRICKLER, N., MARIN, R., BENAVIDES, M. “TCPA UPDATE SUMMARIZING NEW RULES EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 2013”.APPS.AMERICANBAR.ORG. APPS.AMERICANBAR.ORG, 11 NOVEMBER 2013. WEB. 12 NOVEMBER 2013.

  • STRICKLER, N., MCKENNA, D., MILLER, Z., VIDELA, M. “TELEPHONE CONSUMER PROTECTION ACT: NEW CHALLENGES STEMMING FROM THE JULY 2015 FCC DECLARATORY RULING AND ORDER”. AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION, 22 OCTOBER 2015. WEB. 22 OCTOBER 2015.

awards & recognitions

  • NAMED ONE OF THE "TOP 25 MOST INFLUENTIAL WOMEN IN CLEECTIONS", COLLECTION ADVISOR MAGAZINE, SEPTEMBER 2016