Joann Needleman, vice president and managing attorney of the Philadelphia office of Maurice & Needleman P.C., was sworn-in as president of the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys (NARCA) on Friday, at the Association’s Fall Collection Conference.

Needleman is NARCA’s 11th president and will serve for the next two years.  She previously has served as board member, secretary, chair of the Advocacy Pillar and chair of the NARCA Legal Symposium Task Force.

Louis Freedman, NARCA’s immediate past president and attorney with Freedman Anselmo Lindberg LLC, said Needleman brings a new perspective to the role.

"With much of her practice dedicated to consumer litigation defense, including FDCPA and TCPA, her strength in the area of compliance is very timely with increased regulation of our member firms and clients," he said. "She has proven over the past year to have tremendous relationship-building skills, especially with her outreach success to the CFPB. There is no one better at this time to represent and protect the interests of NARCA members.”

Needleman is a graduate of Temple University and Widener School of Law and is admitted to the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Bars, the U.S. District Court for New Jersey, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court.

Other memberships include the American Collectors Association (MAP Attorney), American Bar Association (Business Law Section), Pennsylvania Creditors Bar Association (past president), Pennsylvania Bar Association and Debt Buyers Association.

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