Bennett Hartz is an associate attorney with Walker & Walker Law Offices, PLLC, where he helps clients through consumer protection litigation and bankruptcy.
He has represented people in financial distress since his admission to the bar.
In 2017, the Super Lawyers legal community honored him as a Rising Star.
Mr. Hartz has won several notable cases, including Eger v. Messerli & Kramer, 14-CV-1424 (D. Minn. 2015), which now stops debt collectors from sneaking fees into judgments without court approval Smeby v. Messerli & Kramer, 14-CV-5086 (D. Minn. 2015), a mass class action against a debt collector that illegally froze thousands of people’s bank accounts, and Bendickson v. Messerli & Kramer, 16-CV-313 (D. Minn. 2016), in which he strengthened consumers’ ability to enforce their rights in court without fearing retaliation by collectors. He also contributed to Ruiz v. 1st Fidelity, 829 N.W.2d 53 (Minn. 2013), a unanimous Minnesota Supreme Court win which set the strictest possible rules for banks trying to foreclose on people’s homes.
He has taught lawyers, judges, and non-lawyers alike about consumer law through the Hennepin County Bar Association, the Warren E. Burger American Inn of Court, Minneapolis Community Education, and elsewhere. He is a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates and the National Lawyers Guild. He also represents clients pro bono through the Volunteer Lawyers Network.
WHY I PRACTICE CONSUMER LAW
Nobody expects to fall into financial trouble.
When they do, most people find themselves quickly out of their depth: shocked and embarrassed, their phone ringing constantly, buried in stacks of arcane paperwork, and, worst of all, forced into the crosshairs of multi-billion dollar companies that make tremendous amounts of money preying on people in their circumstances.
Often this all comes on top of severe health or family problems.
Rarely does anyone feel lower; rarely are we ever more vulnerable.
And yet it is against these odds that people are expected to make complex financial decisions that will determine their future and even the future of their family.
I practice consumer law because, at this time in their lives, people need a good advocate more than just about anybody else on the planet.