BRYAN C. SHARTLE

Co-Managing Partner
New Orleans, LA
bshartle@sessions.legal
(504) 846-7917

Bryan C. Shartle is one of the two co-managing partners of the Firm and oversees the operations and strategy of the Firm’s 11 offices across the country.

Bryan specializes in representing clients in the financial services industry, including collection agencies, creditors, banks, debt buyers, student loan servicers, and telemarketers. He has extensive experience in consumer litigation, including claims under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and the myriad of state consumer laws. He has been the lead attorney in several landmark decisions involving the financial services industry. Due to his expertise and trial experience, Bryan has been retained by clients to handle consumer cases and arbitrations throughout the United States. He is also approved counsel for several large insurance companies.

Following his 2001 graduation from Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, where he was one of only a few whose work was published in the Louisiana Law Review, Bryan served as a law clerk for The Honorable Justice Jeannette Theriot Knoll of the Louisiana Supreme Court. After finishing his clerkship, Bryan joined the Firm and helped grow the consumer defense practice group into the largest practice group in the country dedicated to representing the financial services industry.

Bryan has special expertise in complex litigation and consumer class actions and has defended thousands of individual and class action cases involving many millions of dollars in exposure. He has assisted clients in settling cases on a class-wide basis and is very familiar with the requirements for class certification. He has handled multidistrict litigation and was designated as coordinating counsel for over 150 consumer-related lawsuits filed in California state court.

Bryan also assists clients with their compliance, regulatory, employment, licensing, bankruptcy, commercial litigation, and appellate needs. He has represented clients in CFPB readiness assessments and enforcement actions and is familiar with the compliance, regulatory, employment, and licensing issues affecting the financial services industry.

In addition to leading the Consumer Defense Section, Bryan also leads the Bankruptcy Law Section and the Appellate Practice Section. Bryan has significant bankruptcy court experience and has represented clients in appeals before 9 of the 13 federal circuit courts of appeals and the United States Supreme Court.

Bryan is a regular presenter for ACA International and RMA International, both international trade organizations for credit and collection professionals. Bryan has spoken at numerous conferences throughout the country and often publishes and edits articles through the Firm’s website and alerts. Bryan has served as the Louisiana MAP State Chair Representative for ACA International and on several occasions has been retained by various trade organizations to assist in litigation involving important industry issues. Bryan is also a member of the Legal Advisory Board for the Consumer Relations Consortium.

In his spare time, Bryan likes to stay active and enjoys travelling and the outdoors. Recently, Bryan trekked into Everest Base Camp, climbed Mt. Rainier (WA) and Mt. Elbert (CO), and completed the “O” Circuit in Torres del Paine, Chile. This year, Bryan plans to hike the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu, Peru, and climb Mt. Whiteney (CA) and Mt. Kilimanjaro (Tanzania).

HONORS AND DISTINCTIONS

  • Law Clerk for The Honorable Justice Jeannette Theriot Knoll of the Louisiana Supreme Court
  • Moot Court Board
  • Robert Lee Tullis Finalist
  • Published in Louisiana Law Review
  • 2023 Best Lawyers
  • 2024 Best Lawyers

EDUCATION

  • Juris Doctor, Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (2001)
  • Bachelor of Arts, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (1997)

ADMISSIONS

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Louisiana State Courts

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