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Rebecca Bavlsik

Rebecca Bavlsik

Associate
Overview

Becky solves problems for consumer finance companies and other financial institutions.

Becky has always been passionate about engineering solutions for complicated questions. As a law student, she discovered that her talents for research and writing, paired with her attention to detail and creative thinking, made litigation a natural fit. Becky thrives on cases that involve difficult legal questions without clear cut answers, embracing the issues and diving into the legal analysis in order to find solutions and advise her clients.

After graduation, Becky accepted a clerkship with a magistrate judge in the Southern District of California, where she grew to appreciate the importance of solid writing for legal argument—and the attention to detail required to find exactly the right word. She gained extensive experience with settlement conferences, sharpening her negotiating skills and learning how to achieve the best client outcomes possible. Becky then took a role as a consumer finance litigator at a prior firm where she worked with consumer protection rules and frequently defended consumer finance companies and debt collectors against challenges to their business practices.

At Husch Blackwell, Becky serves as a member of our Consumer Financial Services team, representing clients that include installment loan companies, motor vehicle finance companies, banks, credit unions, online lenders, and short-term lenders. She frequently handles cases involving the Wisconsin Consumer Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), and Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA), and she also has experience with appellate work and class action defense.

Known as a highly responsive professional eager to help clients, Becky has a gift for explaining exactly what clients need to know, ensuring that they fully understand the legal situation but aren’t overwhelmed with legalese.

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Education

  • J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law
    • summa cum laude
    • Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, Editor in Chief
  • B.A., Washington University in St. Louis

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Wisconsin State Bar Association

Clerkships

  • The Honorable Magistrate Judge Andrew G. Schopler, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Languages

  • French, conversational
Experience
  • Successfully dismissed counterclaims against debt-collector client for alleged noncompliance with Wisconsin Consumer Act pleading and service requirements, and then likewise successfully opposed the interlocutory appeal to the Wisconsin Court of Appeals.
  • Successfully briefed and argued in person against reopening two different small-claims default judgments on behalf of creditor-clients.
  • Successfully briefed the dispositive motion for an AAA arbitration against client, a law firm, for alleged Wisconsin Consumer Act violations, securing dismissal of all claims.
Outside the Office

Becky devotes much of her free time to her beloved Golden Retriever, Daisy—you can find them exploring Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward or checking out all the best local dog parks. Becky and Daisy both love to swim, practicing their skills in Lake Michigan as well as on frequent trips home to see family in St. Louis. Becky also enjoys hiking with her husband, Michael, and exploring national parks.