Tomio Narita focuses his practice on defending members of the credit and collection industry in consumer financial services litigation, and in providing related compliance advice. He is a litigator and trial attorney with decades of experience representing creditors, national banks, debt buyers, collection agencies, collection law firms, finance companies and mortgage companies in cases arising under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Rosenthal Act (California Civil Code section 1788), and the California Unfair Competition Act, section 17200 of the California Business & Professions Code. Mr. Narita has successfully defended hundreds of class actions and representative actions in state and federal courts in California and in states across the country. He frequently handles complex business disputes alleging fraud, negligence, invasion of privacy, breach of contract, intentional infliction of emotional distress, malicious prosecution and various commercial torts.
Mr. Narita has significant trial experience in jury and bench trials in courts throughout California, as well as in arbitrations before JAMS and the American Arbitration Association. While his practice is focused in California, he has represented clients as lead counsel or co-counsel in states across the country, including Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Florida, Texas, Utah, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Mr. Narita is regarded as an expert in credit and collection litigation and compliance matters, and has repeatedly been an invited speaker at collection industry events, discussing issues arising under the FDCPA, the FCRA, the TCPA and related federal and state regulations. He regularly conducts webinars and publishes articles on issues facing members of the credit and collection industry.
Mr. Narita is a 1988 graduate of Hofstra University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Political Science. He obtained his law degree in 1991 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He is a member of the Bar of the State of California, and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Second, Third and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals, the District of Colorado and all of the District Courts of California. He is a member of the American Bar Association (Former Chair, Debt Collection Practices and Bankruptcy Subcommittee of Consumer Financial Services Committee), ACA International (Former Chair, Legal Fund Committee, 2010-12 Member of Board of Directors, 2009-10 Chair of the MAP Committee), the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys (Defense Bar Steering Committee, Amicus Committee), the California Creditors Bar Association (Board Member), and the California Association of Collectors.