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James A. Francis

James A. Francis

Francis & Mailman, P.C.

Philadelphia, PA, USA


JIM FRANCIS has concentrated his practice in consumer protection litigation since the founding of his firm Francis & Mailman, P.C. in 1998.  He and his firm have been nationally recognized by courts for their cutting edge litigation and successful advocacy in the areas of fair credit reporting and consumer class actions.

In 2004, Mr. Francis was the youngest lawyer to be ranked in the Top 100 Superlawyers in Pennsylvania in Philadelphia Magazine and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine. He was subsequently ranked a Top 100 Pennsylvania Superlawyer in 2008, 2012, and 2014, and has been regularly ranked one of the Top 100 Superlawyers in Philadelphia since 2004. 

In 2017, Mr. Francis served as trial counsel in Ramirez v. Trans Union, a case that achieved a $60 million dollar class action jury verdict, which is the largest verdict in history for a case brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.   In 2009, Mr. Francis argued the seminal FCRA case of Cortez v. Trans Union before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.   He lectures and speaks extensively on the FCRA for continuing legal education seminars, law schools and community groups, and has published articles on the FCRA.  He has appeared on various news programs including the Today Show and PBS NewsHour to discuss consumer-related issues, and was featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer’s biographical “Question & Answer” segment in February of 2009.   He has been certified to serve as class counsel in over 50 consumer class actions, has been trial counsel in three class actions to successful plaintiff’s verdicts, and has served as counsel in some of the largest FCRA settlements in history.

In May of 2014, Mr. Francis was awarded the Community Legal Services of Philadelphia's Equal Justice Award at its annual Breakfast of Champions.  He was also selected as one of a small national group of plaintiffs' lawyers to be featured in Law 360's Titans of the Plaintiff's Bar series in October of 2014.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA).

James A. Francis is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Fair Credit Reporting Act - 23rd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, Monday, March 26, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment Fair Credit Reporting Act/ Debt Collection Issues - 23rd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, Wednesday, June 27, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Fair Credit Reporting Act/ Debt Collection Issues - Fair Credit Reporting Act/ Debt Collection Issues , Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Transcripts  Transcripts Fair Credit Reporting Act/ Debt Collection Issues - Fair Credit Reporting Act/ Debt Collection Issues , Wednesday, June 27, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Fair Credit Reporting Act/ Debt Collection Issues - Fair Credit Reporting Act/ Debt Collection Issues , Wednesday, June 27, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs 23rd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute, Tuesday, July 03, 2018, San Francisco, CA
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