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Abel L. Pierre

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New York City Debt Collection Defense Attorney

Mr. Pierre firmly believes that quality legal service represents an attorneys' commitment to protecting all aspects of its client's needs.

Attorney Abel L. Pierre entered Fordham University School of Law after graduating Magna Cum Laude from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. At Fordham Mr. Pierre received a sound background in commercial and entertainment law.

Mr. Pierre began his legal career as a legal advisor with the New York City Council. There Mr. Pierre, gained a unique insight and understanding of the legislative and public procurement process. Mr. Pierre then entered private practice where he had the privilege to represent clients in a variety of matters ranging from bankruptcy cases, credit-debtor cases, credit card cases, foreclosure defense, debt collection harassment matters.

The Law Office of Abel L. Pierre, Attorney at Law, P.C. has also developed a solid track record by representing clients in bankruptcy court. Mr. Pierre has also successfully litigated federal lawsuits on behalf of consumers who have been victimized by the brutal tactics of bill collectors and collections agencies.

In 2010 Mr. Pierre was sworn in as an Arbitrator for the Small Claims Court of the City of New York. He is also admitted to practice before United States Federal Court.

Mr. Pierre is a proud member of the National Association of Consumer Law Advocates; The Association of the Bar of the City of New York; New York County Lawyer's Association; The Brooklyn Bar Association and Queens County Bar Association.

In his spare time Mr. Pierre enjoys playing the drums and trumpet, weightlifting and practicing aikido.

Education

FORDHAM UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, NEW YORK, NY

  • Juris Doctor, May 2001
  • Activities: Fordham Environmental Law Journal 8/99-5/00

JOHN JAY COLLEGE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, NEW YORK, NY

  • Bachelor of Arts, June 1998
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Major: Criminal Justice
  • G.P.A.: 3.7
  • Honors: Dean’s List 1994-1998

Bar Admissions

  • Admitted to the New York State Bar
  • Admitted to United States Federal Court Southern, Eastern, Western, and Northern Districts of New York.
  • Arbitrator, Small Claims Court of the Civil Court of the City of New York

Legal Experience

LAW OFFICE OF ABEL L. PIERRE, ATTORNEY AT LAW, P.C.

Attorney 9/05-Present

  • Litigating collection abuse and harassment claims on behalf of consumers pursuant the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA).
  • Pursuing relief from wage garnishments and bank account liens on behalf of consumers.
  • Litigating wage and hour cases on behalf of laborers pursuant the Fair Labor Standard Practices Act (FLSA).
  • Litigating Administrative Hearings and Appeals on behalf of employees Pursuant to the New York State Unemployment Insurance Law.

Legal Associate 9/04-8/05

  • Supervise legal support staff.
  • Conducted and defended extensive depositions of all parties including non-party witnesses.
  • Wrote detailed case reports summarizing the legal and factual strengths and shortcomings of cases.
  • Conducted open argument before judges and arbitrators pursuant to personal injury and No-Fault matters.
  • Appeared in Supreme Court, Civil Court and Appellate Division, State of New York for preliminary, compliance, and pre-trial conferences.

Legal Associate 6/03-9/04

  • Supervised, interviewed, and reviewed legal support staff.
  • Wrote and argued substantive and procedural motions pursuant to various insurance litigation matters.
  • Conducted frequent trial conferences with judge and court personnel.
  • Developed and implemented litigation strategy.
  • Negotiated case settlements.

Legal Associate 2/03-4/03

  • Researched and drafted legal memoranda pursuant to criminal and civil rights litigation.
  • Drafted various legal pleadings included summons and complaints.

Legal Consultant & Public Relations Advisor 4/02-2/03

  • Serve as a liaison between corporation and government entities.
  • Advised corporation on various public relations matters.

Legal Advisor 2/02-6/03

  • Planned various events including cultural and community events.
  • Identified and secured capital finance sources for various non-profit groups.
  • Analyzed legal issues pursuant to presented legislation.
  • Represented the councilmember at numerous board meetings.

Law Clerk 5/00-10/00

  • Conducted extensive document review pursuant to theft of trade secret litigation
  • Drafted legal memoranda regarding trademarks and copyright litigation.
  • Commenced action and obtained judge’s signature on temporary restraining order pursuant to Yellowstone motion.
  • Filed and served various pleadings and motions at state and federal courts.

Legal Intern Fall 1999

  • Researched intellectual property law and wrote memoranda pursuant to client matters. Issues included whether client could maintain action for trademark and copyright infringement for unauthorized use of his trade name in clothing catalog.

Legal Intern 6/99-8/99

  • Assigned to Bus Stop Structure Project
  • Performed duties pertinent to maintaining franchisee compliance with Bus Stop Structure franchise contract.

Research Assistant 1/99-12/99

  • Researched various contract issues and wrote memorandum in preparation for textbook and horn book on contracts.
  • Key issues included whether take-or-pay clauses in gas production contracts amounted to liquidated damages clauses or unenforceable penalty clauses.

Additional Experience

Assistant Adjunct Professor 8/02-9/04

  • Lectured students regarding the fundamentals of criminal law and American constitutional law.

General Counsel 2/07-Present

  • Represented the organization on a variety of transactional and litigation matters.

Assistant Treasurer 4/99-2/07

  • Maintained key confidential records.

Languages

  • Fluent in Haitian Creole.

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