Keith Wier focuses his practice on the defense of individual and class action suits under state and federal consumer statutes, professional liability defense, and compliance issues for members of the collection industry.
He has substantial experience defending collection agencies, law firms, debt buyers, and creditors in consumer litigation in Texas and is one of only 77 lawyers certified as a specialist in Consumer and Commercial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
His professional liability defense work includes defense of realtors, insurance agents and brokers, lawyers, and other professionals.
Mr. Wier is a frequent lecturer and author on defense and compliance issues facing the legal malpractice, collection, credit, and debt buying industries and has taught at the University of Houston Law Center.
Mr. Wier is a past member of the board of directors for American Collectors' Association International (ACA) and the past chairman of ACA’s Members’ Attorney Program. In addition, he has served as Defense Bar Committee chair for NARCA – The National Creditors Bar Association.
Keith is an initial member of the Employment Practice Committee for the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM).
“The CFPB’s Outline of Debt Collection Proposals: A Look Into the Past and Future,” Business Law Today, Oct. 2016
“Addressing the Sweeping Expanse of Out-of-Stat Debt,” DBA Magazine, Fall 2016
“Cybersecurity: Risks Are Everywhere,” NL Insider, Aug. 2016
“Brand Creation, Maintenance and Evolution,” Strategic Communications ITS, Feb. 2005
“Contracting With Your Creditor Clients & Insurance Carriers: Points to Consider,” ACA of Texas Collector Connector, February 2000
"Legal Gotchas", 2019 ACA Southwest Conf. & Expo, Oct. 2019
Non-FDCPA Liability for Creditors in Today’s Litigation Environment", The Compliance Forum, Oct. 2018
"The TCPA: The Good and the Better", 2018 Southwest ACA Conf. & Expo, May 2018
"Current Issues in Debt Buying", RMA Intl. Annual Conf., Feb. 2018
"Post Spokeo, So You Think You Can Sue?", 13th Annual Advanced Consumer and Commercial Law Course, TexasBarCLE, Sept. 2017
"Electronic Payments: No More Being Lost and Confused", Debt Collection Forum, April 2017
"The Supreme Court’s Trilogy on Consumer Law", NARCA Webinar, Feb. 2017
"The Supreme Court’s Trilogy on Consumer Law – Gomez, Spokeo and Gillie – How Will These Opinions Affect Your Practice?", NARCA Fall Conf., Oct. 2016
"The Gillie and Spokeo U.S. Supreme Court Cases and Their Meaning for the Creditors Rights Attorney", NARCA Webinar, May 2016
"Vicarious Liability: How to Protect Yourself in This New Era of Regulatory Supervision", NARCA Spring Conf., May 2016
"Vicarious Liability", DBA International Annual Conf., Feb. 2014
"Where are the CFPB and FTC Heading?," MAP Fall Forum, Nov. 2013
"Whose Net Worth is at Risk?", NARCA Fall Conference, Oct. 2013
"How to Prepare Your Compliance Program for the CFPB", ACA Intl. Face-to-Face Seminar, Sept. 2013
"The CFPB: The Latest Developments and Investigation Readiness", ACA Intl. Annual Convention, July 2013
"Responding to the CFPB Investigations and Enforcement Action", ACA Fall Forum, Nov. 2012
"Hot Topics in Legislation, Litigation, and Licensing", NARCA Fall Conf., Oct. 2011
"Handling Adversary Complaints in Bankruptcy Court", MAP Legal Education Conf., July 2010
"Hot Issues for Debt Buyers", ACA Intl. Annual Convention, July 2010
"Safely Communicating by Electronic Means: Can You Contact Consumers by Voicemail, Email, Text Messaging and Cell Phones Without Violating FDCPA?," NARCA Spring Conf., May 2010"
"Bankruptcy Online Seminar", ACA Intl., March 2008
"Litigation and Witness Immunity in FDCPA and Other Consumer Suits", NARCA Fall Conf., Nov. 2007
"Bankruptcy Online Seminar", ACA Intl., Oct. 2007
"Fair Debt Collection, Collection and Creditors’ Rights", Texas Bar CLE, May 2007
Mock Trial, MAP Legal Education Conference, July 2006
"Handling Lawsuits for the Debt Collection Industry: An Overview", 2006 State Bar Convention Consumer Law Division, June 2006
"Court Cases & FDCPA Update", ACA of Texas Annual Conf., Oct. 2005
"FDCPA Issues for Owners", ACA Intl. Annual Convention, July 2003
"Attorney Panel – A Chance to Ask, an Opportunity to Learn; Fair Debt Collection Practices Act – Issues for Owners", ACA Intl. Annual Convention, July 2002
"Update on Bankruptcy Law: What You Need to Know", Creditors Intl. Teleseminar, May 2002;
Compliance Instructor, ACA Foundational Training on PPMS Agenda, April 2002
"MAP Attorney Open Forum: Legal Issues for the Credit and Collection Industry", ACA Intl. Annual Convention, July 2001
"Unauthorized Practice of Law and Assignment of Accounts; The Year in Review…Case Law Update; Collection Notice Review Education Session"; MAP Legal Education Conf., July 2000;
"Data Privacy Issues Today, Mission: Possible", ACA Intl. Annual Convention, July 2000
"Workers’ Compensation & Bad Faith Review & Update", State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, April 2000
"Workers’ Compensation & Bad Faith Review & Update", CNA Insurance Co., Dec. 1999
"Turn the Key to Collection Success!", ACA Intl. Student Loan Collection Conf., Oct. 1999
"Workers’ Compensation & Bad Faith Review & Update", Amerisure Insurance Co., Feb. 1999
"FDCPA Issues for Owners", American Collectors Association, 1998.
J.D., Univ. of Houston (1986)
B.A., Univ. of Texas (1983)
U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
U.S. District Courts, Eastern, Northern, Southern & Western Districts of Texas
U.S. District Courts, Eastern, Northern & Western Districts of Oklahoma
Rating of 5.0 out of 5.0 (AV Preeminent) by Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™
American Banker Association
American Bar Association
Intl. Assoc. of Privacy Professionals
Mortgage Bankers Association
State Bar of Texas