Sargent, Douglas R.

Douglas R. Sargent

Partner
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Doug's practice focuses primarily on representing clients in consumer finance and Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation in federal and state courts across the country and advising and representing clients in the cannabis industry. Doug also has substantial experience in complex commercial litigation and arbitrations in jurisdictions across the country.

Doug's practice focuses primarily on representing clients in consumer finance and Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation in federal and state courts across the country and advising and representing clients in the cannabis industry. Doug also has substantial experience in complex commercial litigation and arbitrations in jurisdictions across the country.

Doug's experience includes:

Consumer Finance Litigation and Compliance

Doug regularly represents mortgage lenders, servicers, trusts and other financial institutions in individual and class action lawsuits. These lawsuits often involve claims under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) as well as state law claims for fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty. As he is well versed with these statutes and regulations, Doug has the legal acumen to handle issues that arise with lending products.

Cannabis, Marijuana, CBD and Hemp

Doug advises clients on legal and regulatory issues associated with operating within the cannabis industry, including procuring state-level licenses in various jurisdictions and developing and bolstering company policies and procedures. Doug also has considerable experience litigating in the cannabis space, including handling issues unique to the industry. Doug is a Co-Editor of the Firm’s Cannabis Law Blog and frequently writes about the ever-evolving legal and regulatory landscape for cannabis and its effect on cannabis-related businesses. Doug is also a Co-Host of the Joint Status Report podcast.

TCPA Litigation and Compliance

Doug has significant experience representing clients in responding to class action and individual lawsuits asserting claims under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). He has obtained decisions in favor of clients in these high-exposure cases, including orders of dismissal. Doug also consults with clients to develop and strengthen their TCPA compliance programs.

Commercial Litigation and Arbitrations

Doug handles complex litigation matters involving breach of commercial contracts, fraudulent business practices, and piercing the corporate veil and alter-ego liability in federal and state courts as well as in arbitration proceedings.

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CREDENTIALS
Education
  • J.D., with honors, University of Michigan Law School, 2006
  • B.S., Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, 2003

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Bar Admissions
  • Illinois, 2006
  • Florida, 2016
  • Michigan, 2017
  • Ohio, 2018
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 2020
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2018
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2007
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, 2013
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, 2013
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, 2017
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, 2018
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, 2018
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, 2018
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 2018
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, 2018
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2019
Professional Affiliations
    • Member, National Immigrant Justice Center Leadership Board
    • Vice President, Consumer Credit Committee, Chicago Bar Association
    • Member, Chicago Bar Association
    • Member, American Bar Association