John Soumilas is a shareholder at the law firm of Francis & Mailman, P.C. in center city Philadelphia.  He concentrates his practice in consumer protection law, including fair credit reporting, fair debt collection, and consumer class actions.  John litigates cases primarily in federal court on behalf of victims of identity theft, persons defamed and otherwise harmed by credit errors, individuals harassed and deceived by debt collectors, and many others who are subjected to fraudulent or unfair trade practices.  He has been certified as class counsel in several Fair Credit Reporting Act and Fair Debt Collection Practices Act class action cases.

John is a 1994 cum laude graduate of Rutgers University, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.  He also holds a master’s degree in American history from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.  He received his law degree cum laude from the Temple University Beasley School of Law in 1999, where he was a member of the Jessup Moot Court and Temple Law Review.  John began his legal career by clerking for Justice Russell M. Nigro of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

John has been selected by Philadelphia Magazine as a “SuperLawyer,” a recognition received by only 5% of attorneys in Pennsylvania.  He is a regular lecturer on consumer matters, including for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the National Business Institute, the National Consumer Law Center, the Practicing Law Institute, the National Association of Consumer Advocates and other organizations.  John has been interviewed and quoted concerning many legal issues affecting consumers by a wide range of media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal and Forbes Magazine to Consumer Reports and Free Speech Radio.  He has also authored several scholarly and popular articles, including Predatory Lending, the FCRA and the FDCPA (NBI 2009) and How Can I Combat Identity Theft (Philadelphia Magazine, Dec. 2008).