About Mitchell Stoddard
Stoddard is a proven litigator with over fifteen years of trial experience.
He has tried over 100 cases to conclusion in state and federal courts, and binding arbitrations. He has argued over a dozen appeals before the Missouri Court of Appeals, and recently argued a title fraud case before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, IL.
Stoddard’s cases include car fraud claims, warranty claims, credit reporting claims, repossessions, titling issues, credit discrimination claims, lemon law claims and many other consumer-related issues. Stoddard has also been involved in class action litigation, and has handled a number of personal injury claims, including automobile accident and negligence claims.
Stoddard is a member of both the Missouri and Illinois Bar. He earned his J.D. from Washington University School of Law. Stoddard limits his practice to consumer and plaintiffs’ claims alone. He does not accept cases from businesses pursuing claims against consumers.
General Mission Statement
Consumer Law Advocates is a St. Louis based private law firm specializing in the practice of consumer law. We are dedicated to providing the highest quality legal services at an affordable price. We are conveniently located one mile east of I-270 on Olive Boulevard in Creve Coeur, Missouri. We will accept clients throughout the State of Missouri and southwestern Illinois.
Consumer Law Advocates was formed to help level the playing field between consumers and businesses. We are a professional service corporation, dedicated to providing quality legal services to consumers. We will provide a voice for those who are ignored. We are familiar with, and have routinely filed lawsuits involving federal and state laws designed to protect consumers, including:
- The Truth-In-Lending Act
- The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act
- The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
- The Fair Credit Reporting Act
- The Equal Credit Opportunity Act
- The Odometer Act
- The Lemon Law
- The Missouri Merchandising Practices Act
- The Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act
- The Uniform Commercial Code
- The Time-Share Act
- The Consumer Loan Act
We handle every stage of litigation, from filing lawsuit to arguing appeals.
Call us at 314-692-2001 for a free consultation. If we can’t take your case, we can probably direct you to somebody who can. Remember, you can’t assert your rights as a consumer unless you know what they are.
- Frequent consultant to Fox2News
- Wrote an article for the St. Louis Bar Journal entitled: “Bad House Cases – Why the Builder Almost Always Loses”
- Have written numerous articles on consumer-related topics for the St. Louis Countian
- Taught business law and civil procedure at St. Louis Community College, Meramec Campus
- Have routinely participated in community based “ask the lawyer” programs
- Have conducted seminars on topics including “credit card debt,” “auto fraud claims” and “warranty claims”
- Member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA)
- Member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL)
Some of the notable cases in which Stoddard has been involved include:
Gibbons v. J. Nuckolls, Inc., 216 S.W.3d 667 (Mo. 2007)
- Missouri Supreme Court reversed a lower court and held that the Merchandising Practices Act applies to wholesale automobile dealers
Tandy v. Marti, 213 F.Supp.2d 935 (S.D.Ill. 2002)
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois held that the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act applies to wholesale automobile dealers
Reynolds v. Diamond Foods & Poultry, Inc., 79 S.W.3d 907 (Mo. 2002)
- Missouri Supreme Court held that companies who send unsolicited facsimiles can be sued in state court
Bayard v. Behlmann Automotive Services, Inc., 292 F.Supp.2d 1181 (E.D.Mo. 2003)
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri held that the Equal Credit Opportunity Act applies to car dealers
Eckert v. LVNV Funding LLC, — F.Supp.2d —-, 2009 WL 2253518 (E.D.Mo. 2009)
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri held that a claim under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act was not barred by any state law immunity doctrines
Jaycox v. GC Services Ltd. Partnership-Delaware, 440 F.Supp.2d 1065, 66 Fed.R.Serv.3d 905 (E.D.Mo. 2006)
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri held that a claim under the Fair Credit Reporting Act could proceed against an employer for the actions of one of its employees
Anderson v. Gamache & Myers, P.C., 2007 WL 1577610 (E.D.Mo. 2007)
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri held that the consumer’s claim under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act was not barred by the statute of limitations
Clement v. St. Charles Nissan, Inc., 103 S.W.3d 898 (Mo.App. E.D. 2003)
- Missouri Court of Appeals held that the Merchandising Practices Act applies to consumers who have leased a vehicle, even if they have not made any payments
Swain v. Auto Services, Inc., 128 S.W.3d 103 (Mo.App. E.D. 2003)
- Missouri Court of Appeals held that consumers cannot be forced to arbitrate their claims outside Missouri