Scott E. Wortman


Scott E. Wortman focuses his practice on consumer financial services litigation, including individual and class action defense, regulatory proceedings, and administrative investigations. Additionally, he represents and counsels clients on corporate and regulatory compliance procedures in a wide variety of consumer financial areas. Scott is also a strategic adviser to FinTech and other digital business clients on privacy issues, data and cyber security, vendor management, and consumer protection.

He has successfully litigated and resolved matters involving claims brought under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”), Fair Credit Reporting Act (“FCRA”), Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), Electronic Fund Transfer Act (“EFTA”), Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”), Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”), related consumer torts, associated state consumer protection laws, and administrative/regulatory actions.

Scott is a frequent speaker on topics of interest to the consumer financial services industry.


  • Served as lead counsel in successfully representing a number of large creditors in a federal class action lawsuit seeking to invalidate the creditors’ assignments and related state court judgments.
  • Advised non-bank lenders and their service providers on properly designing and launching online lending platforms and businesses operating on a national basis.
  • Obtained dismissals in a series of nationwide putative class actions, alleging violations of the TCPA and FDCPA against purchasers of distressed receivables.
  • Successfully defended creditor against various consumer protection claims, and prosecuted claims against the plaintiff’s attorneys for filings that were eventually forwarded to the Committee on Grievances for the Eastern District of New York.
  • Advised the board of directors and general counsel of a major telecommunications and software company in drafting and implementing privacy and consumer security policies, and complying with federal and state requirements.

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  • AV Preeminent®, listed by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • New York Area’s Top Rated Lawyers of 2015, listed in New York Magazine



  • New York State Bar Association
Professional Activities

Scott is a member of both the New York State Bar Association and its Banking Committee. He also serves as vice chairman on the board of directors for the Center for Behavioral Health Services and as a member of the Member Attorney Program for ACA International, the Association of Credit and Collections Professionals. Scott recently served as chairperson for DBA International’s New York State Legislative Committee (August 2011–December 2015).



  • New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit


  • CUNY Queens College, BA
  • New York Law School, JD