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Barbara A. Sinsley

Ms. Sinsley received her B.A. in behavioral science and law and psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her J.D. from South Texas College of Law. She is admitted to practice law before the Florida Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Ms. Sinsley was certified by the Supreme Court of Florida as a Mediator in 2001.In addition to her work with BNS, Ms. Sinsley serves as the General Counsel for the Debt Buyers' Association. Immediately prior to joining the firm, she served as Vice President and Compliance Counsel for Asset Acceptance Capital Corporation, one of the few publicly traded debt buyers in the United States. Prior to joining Asset Acceptance in 2002, she was a partner in the law firm of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman, and Goggin, with responsibility for the firm's Fair Debt Collections Department. From 1995 to 2002, Ms. Sinsley represented numerous attorneys, foreclosure firms, collection agencies and major lending institutions in class actions and individual suits under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and also handled matters involving commercial litigation, creditors' rights and bankruptcy.Ms. Sinsley began her career in collections representing major lending institutions in Florida on collection matters on a state-wide basis from 1990 to 1995. She also was counsel to the Association of Florida Foreclosure Attorneys and assisted in securing the amendments to the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act. Ms. Sinsley has frequently acted as a private consultant in class actions. She represented Wells Fargo as amicus curiae in In Re: Martinez, 266 B.R. 523 (S.D. Fla. 2001) as well as filing several Amicus Briefs on behalf of DBA International on collection issues. She has been frequently quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Lawyers Weekly USA, InsideARM, the Tallahassee Democrat and the St. Petersburg Times. She acted as a panelist at the FTC 2007 Workshop on Debt Collection.Ms. Sinsley is a member of the Florida Bar. She is a member of the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys (NARCA) where she serves on the Laws and Legislation Committee and is the co-founder and the co-chairperson of the In-house Counsel Division of NARCA. She is an active member of ACA International as a Maplist member and has been awarded the Red Coat Award by the ACA. She is a member of DBA International, where she serves on the Association's Legal Advisory Panel.In 2008, along with Manny Newburger, Mrs. Sinsley obtained the third formal opinion letter ever issued by the Federal Trade Commission on behalf of the United States Foreclosure Network. Also in 2008, she was named one of the Top Five Women in the Credit and Collection Industry by Source Media.