Amy Jonker

Senior Counsel

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Amy is a seasoned litigator who has delivered numerous successful outcomes for the consumer financial services industry in state, federal, and appellate courts across the country. In addition to defending clients in individual and class action cases, she frequently counsels them on regulatory compliance, risk management, and government audits.

She grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and enjoys watching Big Ten football. Before becoming a lawyer, Amy worked as a gardener and a kick boxing instructor. Her seemingly opposing interest in quiet and intense activities extends to her love of reading, traveling, skiing, and sailing.

 

Presentations

Publications

Associations

Speaker, “How to Beat Professional Plaintiffs,” AccountsRecovery.Net, Webinar | March 23, 2017

Speaker, “Recent Developments with the FMLA,” Association for Human Resource Management, Grand Rapids, Michigan | May 6, 2015

Speaker, “Collection Law Update 2010 and 2011,” Illinois Creditors Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois | March 5, 2012

"Illinois App. Court Rejects Land Trust Beneficiary’s Effort to Challenge Foreclosure,” Lexology.com, October 9, 2017

"11th Cir. Holds V-Mail Asking Debtor to Call Back is FDCPA ‘Communication,’ But Callers Needn’t Provide Names," Lexology.com September 28, 2017

"Credit Union’s Marijuana-Related Business Suit Can Continue—But There’s A Catch,” Commercial Lending Litigation News, 30 No. 11, COMLLN 3, September 19, 2017

"9th Cir. Holds Creditor in Fraudulent Transfer Action May Recover Amounts Above Collateralized Debt," Lexology.com September 18, 2017

"Maryland High Court Holds Utility Company Did Not Have Super Lien on Real Estate," Lexology.com., September 11, 2017

"ED NY Holds ‘Door Knocker’ Notice Did Not Violate FDCPA, But ‘Hello Letter’ May Have," Lexology.com, August 18, 2017

"6th Cir. Questions Bank’s Contractual Limit on Liability for Fraudulent Checks," Lexology.com, August 8, 2017

"7th Cir. Divided Panel Holds Debt Collector Liable Under FDCPA Despite Changes in Underlying Law at Issue," Lexology.com, August 4, 2017

"5th Cir. Holds Debt Collector’s Obligation to Report Debt as Disputed Not Limited By § 1692g” Inside ARM.com, July 20, 2017

"Maryland App. Court Holds Foreclosures Require Collection Agency Licensure, Including as to Trusts," Lexology.com, June 30, 2017

"8th Cir. Rules on Bankruptcy Trustee’s Ability to Recover Overdraft Covering Deposits," Lexology.com, June 27, 2017

"9th Cir. Amends, Reinforces its Ruling that Foreclosure Trustees Are Not FDCPA ‘Debt Collectors’," Lexology.com, May 31, 2017

"2nd Cir. Upholds Dismissal of Data Breach Action for Lack of Standing, Distinguishes 7th Cir. Rulings," Lexology.com, May 26, 2017

"4th Cir. Vacates $11M FCRA Class Action Judgment Citing Spokeo," Lexology.com May 19, 2017

"11th Cir. Holds Post-Discharge Monthly Mortgage Statements Not Prohibited," Lexology.com, May 19, 2017

"9th Cir. Rejects Debtor’s Attempt to Avoid SBA Judgment by Disclaiming Inheritance," Lexology.com, April 25, 2017

"8th Cir. Holds ‘Citizen’ Does Not Equal ‘Resident’ Under CAFA’s ‘Local Controversy’ Exception," Lexology.com April 18, 2017

"Illinois App. Court Holds Mortgagee Could Not Collect Deficiency from Rents Owed to Other Mortgagees," Lexology.com, April 11, 2017

"Maryland High Court Holds Defendant Waived Arbitration by Filing Collection Action, No Prejudice Required for Waiver," Lexology.com, March 30, 2017

"11th Cir. Holds RESPA Claim for Request for Information Violation Failed Under Spokeo," Lexology.com, March 13, 2017

"Imminent Restrictions on Arbitration Provisions in Consumer Financial Contracts Foreshadowed by the CFPB’s Arbitration Study,” Lexology.com, April 22, 2015

“Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Consumer Financial Services Answer Book,” Chapter 12, Practising Law Institute (2011)

“Sixth Circuit Broadens FDCPA Verification Requirements for Debt Collectors,” InsideARM.com, July 24, 2014

“Objectively Reasonable Interpretation of FACTA Averts Liability," Lexology.com June 11, 2014

"Collection Letters on Time-Barred Debts Could Violate FDPCA," Lexology.com, March 18, 2014

“Effective Non-Compete Agreements Require Careful Crafting by Employers,” BNA Bloomberg, 2014

“Third Circuit Says Technical Procedural Slip-Up in Bankruptcy Proceeding is Grounds for FDCPA Claim,” Lexology.com, December 9, 2013

"Supreme Court Rejects CFPB Position and Holds that Prevailing Defendants May Recover Costs in FDCPA Actions Not Filed in Bad Faith,” Lexology.com, March 1, 2013

"FDCPA update: Sixth Circuit Takes Minority View on Foreclosure as Debt Collection,” Lexology.com, February 19, 2013

"Chicago’s New Debt Collection Ordinance,” Lexology.com, February 11, 2013

"Express Consent Question Prevents TCPA Class Certification—Again," Lexology.com January 11, 2013

"TCPA Problems in Illinois: Two New Rulings Deal a Harsh Hand to the Collection Industry," Lexology.com May 23, 2012

"Mortgage Servicers Beware: FDCPA May Apply Even if The Mortgage is Not in Default,” Lexology.com, May 7, 2012

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American Bar Association, Consumer Financial Services Committee

Mortgage Bankers Association

ACA International, Members Attorney Program

Grand Rapids Bar Association

Women Lawyers Association of Michigan

Receivables Management Association

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Contact Amy

(312) 718-6360 DIRECT

(312) 939-0983 FAX

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Did You Know

She has traveled throughout the Middle East and climbed Mt. Sinai.

At one point in her life, Amy could break four wooden boards with her bare feet.

Amy dreams of someday sailing from Spain to Istanbul.

In her free time, she likes to go kayaking and biking with her family.

In 2015, she received an award from the Northern District of Illinois for her pro bono service.

She is fond of the proverb: "The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it."

In law school, Amy served as an editor of the DePaul Women's Law Journal and the captain of the Trial Team.

Education

DePaul University College of LawJ.D. (2004)

Calvin CollegeB.A. (1994)

Admissions

State of Illinois

State of Michigan

U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit

U.S. District Court, N.D. Illinois

U.S. District Court, C.D. Illinois

U.S. District Court, S.D. Illinois

U.S. District Court, N.D. Indiana

U.S. District Court, S.D. Indiana

U.S. District Court, E.D. Michigan

U.S. District Court, W.D. Michigan