Palak Shah focuses her practice in medical malpractice litigation, consumer and class action litigation. She defends debt collectors, debt buyers, and law firms against FDCPA, TCPA, FCRA, ICFA, and ICAA claims brought by debtors in state and federal court. In defending these claims, Ms. Shah has assisted with federal trials from the ground up, successfully disposed of cases through motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment, negotiated settlements, litigated fee petitions resulting in favorable results, litigated complex discovery disputes, deposed plaintiffs, analyzed claims and composed defense strategy while communicating directly with clients. A portion of Ms. Shah's practice also includes defending mortgage servicers in claims brought by borrowers alleging claims of consumer fraud, breach of contract, and RESPA violations. She has also focused on discovery and motion practice in cases involving physicians and hospitals.
In addition to litigation, she has provided guidance to law firm clients specializing in collection suits after the Seventh Circuit changed a well-established law that greatly affected state court collection litigation. Ms. Shah as has also aided debt collectors and debt buyers in ensuring compliance with state collection laws.
Ms. Shah was a student advocate at the DePaul University Center for Justice in Capital Cases, where, under the supervision of Professor Andrea Lyon she represented clients in first degree homicide cases at the trial, appellate and post-conviction levels. She also volunteered at the Indo-American Center of the Cyriac D. Kappil Pro Bono Clinic. Ms. Shah also clerked in the Legal Resources Division of the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender.
Ms. Shah was a member of the Appellate Moot Court Society and the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, where she served as Social Chair.
During her undergraduate studies, Ms. Shah was a member of the Dean's List and the President's Honor List.
Prior to her legal career, Ms. Shah taught English at Jincheng College — University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China.
Ms. Shah speaks Gujarati fluently.
- Indian American Bar Association, (2011–present)
- Women's Bar Association of Illinios (2013–present)
- Chicago Committee (2013–present)
Honors & Awards
- George Washington University National Security Law Moot Court Competition: Second runner up best brief and second runner up best overall competitor
- William J. Bauer Moot Court Competition: Best Brief
District court dismissal of FDCPA claim affirmed on appeal, Bravo v. Midland Credit Mgmt., Inc., 812 F.3d 599 (7th Cir. 2016).
- Obtained dismissal of individual FDCPA claim based on communications to the debtor's attorney.
- Obtained dismissal of variety of FDCPA claims predicated upon the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling in Suesz v. Med-1 Solutions, LLC, 734 F.3d 684 (7th Cir. 2013).
- Favorable results in fee petitions filed by plaintiff's counsel's in fee-shifting litigation.
- Obtained dismissal of FDCPA claims predicated upon ongoing foreclosure litigation.
- "The Suesz Crisis: A Panel Discussion of Suesz v. Med-1 Solutions, LLC, 734 F.3d 684," Panel member at Spring 2015 Seminar of the Illinois Creditors Bar Association (7th Cir 2014).
Ms. Shah serves as the editor of the Consumer and Class Action Litigation Newsletter.
- May 19, 2016
- May 16, 2016Consumer Financial Services Alert
- April 18, 2016
- May 15, 2015
- November 25, 2014
- October 22, 2014
- September 18, 2014
- April 22, 2014
J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 2013
B.S., magna cum laude, Criminal Justice and Criminology, University of South Carolina at Columbia, 2009
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois