I am a litigator, at least in part, because the ability to work in a field where I can “win” on a regular basis is very gratifying. I enjoy working side by side with my clients to craft solutions to their problems, providing a targeted approach to their business and litigation needs. This allows me to define success with each client depending on each unique matter that I handle, be it aggressively pursuing a verdict through trial, deftly negotiating a settlement, or drafting an agreement to meet their current needs, while minimizing future risks.
Gabriel Hartsell primarily defends claims against financial services clients including the litany of consumer statutory claims against creditors, i.e. FDCPA, FCRA, TCPA, RESPA, TILA, as well as corresponding state statutes. Gabriel also maintains an active bankruptcy practice defending creditors in Chapter 7, 11, and 13 filings, as well as pursuing their claims against debtors in those matters.
Gabriel handles all aspects of litigation from the inception of a case to trial, if necessary, defending his clients, and bringing claims on their behalf. His goal during a typical case is to maintain consistent ongoing pressure on the other side through the presentation of any applicable defenses, and use whatever position is available to pursue the most efficient, cost-effective, and successful resolution of the case. That can mean anything from seeking early settlement by leveraging existing defenses, to taking a matter to trial and aggressively pursuing those defenses, and then seeking ways to recover our attorney fees from the other side throughout the case (for example through sanctions, and contractual or statutory rights to attorney fees).
As a practitioner, Gabriel’s work is characterized by thoroughness, care, and boundless attention to detail, particularly with big, complex, high-dollar cases. When preparing a motion, for example, he works to ensure that he’s hitting all the relevant points, has thoroughly thought through and considered counterarguments, and is very specific about guiding the court to the points he wants them to see. If legal or factual arguments are weak or absent, he will devise another avenue for him to present the strongest possible case on behalf of his client. Additionally, he is skilled at oral advocacy – quick on his feet in court, persuasive and aggressive – and exceptionally responsive to his clients’ needs, another capability they appreciate very much.