About the Authors
David H. Seligman, author, is a workers and consumers rights lawyer and the Executive Director of Towards Justice, a nonprofit law firm in Denver that principally litigates class actions to challenge systemic impediments to economic justice for workers and consumers. David is also a contributing author at the National Consumer Law Center.
Before becoming an attorney at Towards Justice in 2015, David was a staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center, focusing on forced arbitration, court fines and fees, and subprime auto lending. David served as a law clerk for Judges Robert D. Sack and Susan L. Carney of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge Patti B. Saris of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Williams College.
Karla Gilbride, author, is the Cartwright-Baron Senior Attorney at Public Justice, where her practice focuses on fighting mandatory arbitration provisions imposed on consumers and workers. She has successfully briefed and/or argued arbitration-related appeals before the First, Fourth, Eighth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuits, as well as state appellate courts in New Jersey and Maryland. She is a board member for the National Employment Lawyers Association, and previously was an attorney at Mehri & Skalet PLLC, where she handled employment discrimination, wage and hour, and consumer class actions.
F. Paul Bland, Jr., contributing author, is executive director of Public Justice, overseeing its litigation an advocacy for consumer, environmental and civil rights, and co-author of all seven editions of this title. He has argued or co-argued and won more than 40 reported decisions from federal and state courts across the nation, including at least one victory each in the U.S. Supreme Court, six of the federal Circuit Courts of Appeal and ten different state high courts. He has been counsel in cases which have obtained injunctive or cash relief of more than $1 billion for consumers. He was named the “Vern Countryman Award” winner in 2006, which “honors the accomplishments of an exceptional consumer attorney who, through the practice of consumer law, has contributed significantly to the wellbeing of vulnerable consumers.” In 2013, he received the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition’s “Legal Champion Award.” In 2010, he received the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau’s “Champion of Justice Award.” In the late 1980s, he was Chief Nominations Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.
Ronald Wilcox, contributing author, has been a consumer protection attorney since 1995, with an office in San Jose, CA. Ron is a graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College and has tried consumer protection cases in federal and state court, as well as JAMS and AAA, obtaining awards of punitive and/or treble damages on numerous occasions. He serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Consumer Advocates. He has presented webinars and spoken at national conferences on consumer law and arbitration. He was awarded Santa Clara University’s Community Law Center’s Community Service Award. Ron is the principal author of the Conducting Individual Arbitrations chapter.
Craig Briskin, contributing author, is Senior Counsel at Justice Catalyst Law, where he focuses on innovative approaches to antitrust and consumer protection law to empower underserved people and to promote more just and equitable markets. Before joining JCL, Craig was a partner with Mehri & Skalet, PLLC in Washington, D.C., where he litigated antitrust and consumer protection class actions. Craig is a graduate of Harvard Law School.
Jonathan Sheldon, contributing author, is an NCLC staff attorney writing on consumer arbitration topics, collection actions, repossessions, deceptive practices law, automobile fraud, leasing, and other consumer law topics since 1976. Previously he was a staff attorney with the Federal Trade Commission. His publications include NCLC’s Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices, Collection Actions, Automobile Fraud, and Federal Deception Law. He is a contributing author to a number of other NCLC publications. He also oversees NCLC’s publications program.