Lynn Drysdale, a veteran attorney of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid who teaches consumer law and lectures frequently regarding foreclosure and other consumer pocketbook issues, is the recipient of The Florida Bar’s 2014 Consumer Protection Lawyer of the Year Award.
“After serving on this committee for six years and having been a consumer attorney for many more than that, I am well aware of Drysdale’s work to further consumer law interests,” said John Yanchunis, the 2014 chair of the Consumer Protection Law Committee.
Wrote attorney Alice Vickers, the 2013 winner of the award, in nominating Drysdale:
“Lynn has been engaged in a high-level consumer protection practice for at least 25 years. Over the course of that time, she has handled simple and very complex litigation for low-income consumers, those most vulnerable who have suffered economic injustice. While continuously carrying a full case load at Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, she has managed, supervised, and mentored countless new JALA attorneys and law school interns. But she has also devoted hours to outside efforts, including years of legislative fights over title loans, payday loans, debt collection issues, foreclosure, and many more issues.”
At JALA, Drysdale represents consumers in individual and class-action cases. She also teaches foreclosure defense litigation around the state and is an adjunct consumer law professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and Florida Coastal School of Law.
She has twice been a presenter at Federal Trade Commission workshops in Washington, D.C., relating to debt collection and has testified twice before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Development Committee on lending practices affecting military service members and their families. She has also testified before the Federal Reserve Board regarding the Home Ownership Equity Protection Act.
In 2011-2012, she chaired the Bar’s Consumer Protection Law Committee. She was an active member of The Florida Bar Standing Committee on Small Claims Rules and has led the Consumer Umbrella Group of Legal Services for more than 20 years.