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Blitt & Gaines, Attorneys at Law

Michael L. Starzec


Michael L. Starzec

Attorney Bio

Mike is a partner with the firm. He joined the firm as the firm’s first associate in 1996.


DePaul University’s College of Law, 1992- 1995

Northern Illinois University, 1989-1992


Illinois State Bar Association

Indiana Bar Association

Wisconsin Bar Association

Illinois Creditors Bar Association, President

National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys


Illinois (1995)

Indiana (2006)

Wisconsin (2010

Northern District of Illinois


Small Claims Collection, A Smart Guide (IICLE, 2011),

The History of Credit in 4,000 Years or Less (Loyola Consumer Law Review, Fall, 2013)

Credit Card Litigation (IICLE, 2013)

Co-author NARCA’s amicus brief: Unifund v. Shah II 2013 IL App (1st) 113658 993 N.E.2d 518


Debt Buying in the Future: A Discussion of Issues, March 9, 2009, ILCBA;

Documentary Evidence in Credit Card Litigation, March 7, 2011, ILCBA;

Representing Debt Buyers and Collection of Credit Card Debt, ISBA, September 16 & October 17, 2011;

First Steps for Clients Facing Default on Consumer Debts, IICLE Tele-Seminar, April 2012;

Razor Capital v. Antaal: On the Cutting Edge of Credit Card Litigation, March 4, 2013;

Suesz v. Med-1 Panel Discussion, February 16, 2015

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