UPDATE : September 2020

It is hard to believe it has been so long since we posted any type of update to any of our media outlets but, as most can understand, life has been very busy. Normally I attend several conferences and industry events throughout the year. I use those experiences as a basis for educational updates, process improvements, and client networking ‘stories’ to share with our staff and also to present on our media outlets. Unfortunately, I was very busy last fall and skipped some events and then the onset of COVID-19 has kept me from attending any events and my interactions with my colleagues around the country has been minimal.

Thankfully, I am happy to advise that all of us at HAF have been healthy and we have been keeping very busy. We’ve had our share of bumps along the way in trying to adjust to the ‘new normal’ that keeps changing. I am happy to share that our office has been open the entire time and we have been able to continue our efforts on behalf of our clients. The Court system in Florida is largely open for business and we are getting things moving. There are still some counties and some Judges that have large backlogs, and there are some areas that are struggling with adopting some of the technology solutions to assist in keeping civil litigation cases moving. But the Judges and clerks that we work with are working hard to resolve problem areas and get back to work as soon and as much as possible. As such, we are very optimistic looking forward and working hard to adjust, adapt, and evolve as needed.

With that, all of us here at HAF extend our well wishes and we hope that all of our friends, colleagues, and clients around the world are staying healthy and doing well!

FLORIDA’S PREMIER COLLECTION AGENCY

A little about our firm

‘HODGES, AVRUTIS & FOELLER is a litigation firm whose practice is concentrated in the representation of creditors throughout the state of Florida for over 30 years. Our Firm provides a variety of counseling services related to business affairs and credit management practices. We provide focused representation in the areas of creditors’ rights and collections. We also initiate actions for recovery or collateral (Replevin) as well as general civil litigation on behalf of creditors struggling with nonperforming receivables of both commercial or consumer based accounts. The firm maintains its principal office in Sarasota, Florida but accepts claims throughout the entire state. We routinely accept and prosecute claims for outstanding loans and lines of credit, medical services provides, advertising, and a variety of other commercial and consumer based transactions. We also represent Workers Compensation Insurance Companies in premium collections and premium fraud claims.

FLORIDA’S PREMIER COLLECTION AGENCY

A little about our firm

HODGES, AVRUTIS & FOELLER is a litigation firm whose practice is concentrated in the representation of creditors throughout the state of Florida for over 30 years. Our Firm provides a variety of counseling services related to business affairs and credit management practices. We provide focused representation in the areas of creditors’ rights and collections. We also initiate actions for recovery or collateral (Replevin) as well as general civil litigation on behalf of creditors struggling with nonperforming receivables of both commercial or consumer based accounts. The firm maintains its principal office in Sarasota, Florida but accepts claims throughout the entire state. We routinely accept and prosecute claims for outstanding loans and lines of credit, medical services provides, advertising, and a variety of other commercial and consumer based transactions. We also represent Workers Compensation Insurance Companies in premium collections and premium fraud claims.

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Area of Expertise

Medical Collections

Asset Recovery & Collateral (Replevin)

Workers Compensation Premium Collection

Consumer Collections

Commercial Collections

Meet Our Team

Thomas L. Avrutis & Scott Foeller

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Firm Events

Scott Foeller recently attended the Annual Meeting for CCA of A in Delray Beach, Florida.

Scott Foeller recently attended the Annual Meeting for Commercial Collection Agencies of America (CCA of A ) in Delray Beach, Florida. It was two and a half days of meetings and networking with colleagues and current and prospective clients. The event was hosted at the Delray Beach Marriott which has been the situs for the last several years and it is a wonderful location and facility. Meetings focused on recent trends and developments in such areas as cyber security, crypto currency, best practices standards, and regulatory oversight and enforcement. Firms from around the county shared experiences and strategies on how to survive and thrive in the ever changing environment in which we operate. A big THANK YOU and JOB WELL DONE to Annette Waggoner for her tireless efforts in keeping CCA of A as a relevant and growing organization !

IACC Conference

Mr. Foeller recently attended the CLLA / IACC conference in Chicago Illinois. The event was co-hosted by the Commercial Law League of America and the International Association of Commercial Collectors, Inc., two trade organization to which our Firm is a long standing member. The event had an attendance of 185 members, many of which are business partners with our Firm.

Attorney Scott Foeller attended the ACA International Fall Forum & Expo in Chicago

The event was a huge success and offered some wonderful learning and networking opportunities. The sessions discussing the CFPB’s SBREFA hearings were particularly interesting and afforded attendees a glimpse of how the CFPB goes about refining and enacting the proposed Rules.

CLLA / IACC conference

Mr. Foeller recently attended the CLLA / IACC conference in Chicago Illinois. The event was co-hosted by the Commercial Law League of America and the International Association of Commercial Collectors, Inc., two trade organization to which our Firm is a long standing member. The event had an attendance of 185 members, many of which are business partners with our Firm. Discussions were held on a wide range of topics such as pending legislative bills to modify the FDCPA and CFPB as well as bills to modification the Bankruptcy code related to filing jurisdictions. We also discussed the recently enacted General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, and how members are adapting to facilitate compliance with that regulatory framework. All in all, it was a very well run, organized and informative visit to Chicago and we are looking forward to the next CLLA / IACC meetings.

National Creditors Bar Association (NCBA) conference

Mr. Foeller attended the National Creditors Bar Association (NCBA) conference in Austin Texas recently. The NCBA, which is formerly known as NARCA, is a national association of attorneys and participants in the collections and creditor representation arena. While at the conference, Mr. Foeller was able to meet privately with several of our largest clients and attend educational sessions covering the latest developments and trends in several areas of creditor representation. An in depth analysis and discussion on topics such as the latest developments in EFTA requirements and recent trends in demand letter litigation were extensively covered. Additionally, it is a great opportunity to network and socialize with other collections professionals from around the country and discuss a wide variety of issues and best practices to bring back and implement in our internal processes.

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