After spending many years representing financial companies in commercial collections litigation on defaulted accounts, Eliyahu has pivoted to representing consumers in their quest to vindicate their rights, take back control from overambitious debt collectors, and protect themselves from unwarranted financial harm. Eliyahu has an insider’s critical industry knowledge and ability to capitalize on the weaknesses inherent in the dealings, operations, and records of large financial companies and capitalizes on these skills and deep experience to now protect consumers.
Eliyahu began his legal career working in law enforcement at the New York County District Attorney’s office. After a Fellowship assisting in researching and drafting the legal treatise Trial Practice (Martin et al., LexisNexis/Matthew Bender), he then spent many years litigating on behalf of financial companies where he recovered tens of millions of dollars for his clients through negotiated settlements or through the courts including successful trials and appeals. Eliyahu also assisted in managing litigation defense in multiple states and counseled commercial clients on compliance with various regulatory frameworks while defending against claims arising therefrom including class action defense. His complex business law and high-stakes litigation experience includes representing alternative finance, payment technology, and equipment finance companies.
Eliyahu’s current practice focuses on a wide variety of individual and class action consumer protection litigation including the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and various federal and state consumer protection laws.