Eric Troutman

Eric Troutman

Partner at Womble Bond Dickinson

Womble Bond Dickinson

Biography

The Czar of TCPAland. Eric is one of the country’s prominent class action defense attorneys and is nationally-recognized in Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) litigation and compliance. He has served as lead defense counsel in more than 50 national TCPA class actions and has litigated nearly a thousand individual TCPA cases in his role as national strategic litigation counsel for major banks and finance companies. He also helps industry participants build TCPA-compliant processes, policies, and systems.

Eric has built a national litigation practice based upon deep experience, rigorous analysis, and extraordinary responsiveness. Eric and his team feel equally at home litigating multi-billion dollar telecommunications class actions in federal court as they do developing and executing national litigation strategies for institutions facing an onslaught of individual TCPA matters. They thrive in each of these roles—delivering consistently excellent results —while never losing sight of the client experience.

While many firms now tout TCPA expertise, Eric has been there from the beginning. He built one of the country’s first TCPA-only defense teams and began serving as national TCPA counsel for his clients nearly a decade ago. This perspective allows him to swiftly develop the right litigation strategies for dealing with recurring problems, without wasting time on tactics that are bound to fail.

Eric’s rich historical perspective and encyclopedic knowledge of the TCPA landscape also make him an invaluable resource to institutional compliance teams struggling to comply with the shifting regulatory landscape. No task is too small—or too big. Indeed, Eric and his team have helped build TCPA-compliant systems and processes for some of the largest and most complex corporate entities in the country. He commonly works with in-house compliance counsel to build and implement enterprise and business-line specific TCPA solutions, performs TCPA audits and drafts and reviews proposed TCPA policies and procedures. He and his team also have the technical expertise necessary to assist call centers seeking to develop TCPA-resistant call path architecture or to modify existing telephony and software integration to better insulate from potential TCPA exposure.

Eric has built a reputation for thought leadership. An avid blogger and speaker, Eric has been at the forefront of industry’s effort to push for clarity and a return to sanity for the TCPA for years. He was selected to advocate for the financial services industry on important TCPA issues before the Federal Communications Commission and co-authored the nation’s only comprehensive practice guide on TCPA defense.

In his spare time, Eric leads defense teams representing banks and other financial services companies in consumer finance litigation matters. He has experience representing clients in UCC, TILA, RESPA FCRA, CCRA, CLRA, FDCPA, RFDCPA and FCCPA claims, as well as in fraud and bank operations issues.

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Encore, Noble Corp, PACE and Others Provide Comments to FCC on Post-Marks TCPA Interpretations

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Court holds that TCPA Defendant Waived One-Way Intervention Protections By Failing to Alert the Court to the Doctrine Earlier

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Court Grants Summary Judgment to Defendants in TCPA Case Because System Did not Dial Randomly or Sequentially, Marks Never Mentioned

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M.D. Fla. Clarifies that TCPA Still Applies to Debt Collection Calls

Attorney Insight: The FCC's TCPA Consent Order

FCC Seeks Further Comment on Interpretation of the TCPA in Light of the Ninth Circuit's Marks Decision

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Court Refuses to Approve $17.5MM TCPA Settlement on Current Record–Says “Good Chance” that Class Counsel “Sold the Case Short”

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Court Finds Predictive Dialers Not Covered by the TCPA– Contrary to Earlier Rulings by Different Judge In Same Court

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Answering the BIG Question: Did Marks Just Ruin the FCC’s TCPA Reform Efforts?

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Middle District of Florida Court Finds Predictive Dialers Not Subject to TCPA Unless They Randomly or Sequentially Generate Numbers, Adopts Low Pleadings Standard in the Process

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Two New Decisions Allow Consumers to Unilaterally Revoke Written TCPA Consent But for Vastly Different Reasons

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Central District of Cal. Court Says ACA Int'l Set Aside Definition of ATDS

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YouMail's CEO Discusses What Robocall Index Actually Tracks During WBD Podcast

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Senate Committee Sets First FCC Oversight Hearing For Tomorrow Following Chairman’s TCPA Letter

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Yet Another Court Finds FCC’s TCPA Orders Were Vacated by ACA Int’l and Calls to Lists of Numbers Not Robocalls Covered by the TCPA

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UPDATE: Court Sets Hearing on One-Way Intervention Issue in Certified TCPA Class Action

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New District Court Ruling Dismisses TCPA Suit and Holds that Predictive Dialer Calls Are Not Robocalls Covered by the TCPA

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A Visit from the Boogeyman: Jay Edelson– “Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar”– Rocks the House on the Latest WBD Ramble Podcast

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First-in-the-Nation TCPA Result: Court Holds Direct Dropped Voicemails are Covered by the TCPA

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UPDATED: Fake TCPA News? Questionable YouMail Robocall Data Relied Upon by Mainstream News Outlets

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Bad Reyes Saga Continues With One-Way Intervention Challenge to Court’s Certification Ruling