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About Corey McGaha
Corey McGaha grew up in Holland, Arkansas, a small community in Faulkner County. He graduated from Greenbrier High School and then earned a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Ouachita Baptist University in 1999. Mr. McGaha graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2002.
After law school, Mr. McGaha clerked for the Hon. Harry F. Barnes, United States District Court Judge for the Western District of Arkansas. Upon completion of his clerkship, Mr. McGaha joined a private law firm in Texarkana and assisted the firm in successfully litigating a number of security fraud class actions including:
- In re Brocade Secur. Litig., U.S.D.C., Northern District of California – $160,098,500 securities fraud class action settlement involving the backdating of stock options.
- In re Salomon Analyst Metromedia Litig., U.S.D.C., Southern District of New York – $35,000,000 securities fraud class action settlement involving analyst reports.
- Walker v. Rent-A-Center, Inc., United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas – $3.6 million securities fraud class action settlement involving expense accounting.
- McClure, et al, v. AOL Time Warner, Inc., Texas state court – An individual securities fraud action in which the firm’s clients received 100% more than they would have received in a securities fraud class action settlement.
Mr. McGaha also assisted the Firm in representing Taiwanese companies and organizations, including the prominent Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), in its first prosecution of its patent portfolio in the United States.
Mr. McGaha enjoyed a strong local litigation practice, which focused on commercial and real estate litigation that included an $188,000 jury verdict for clients after the Arkansas State Highway Commission condemned a third of their farm.
In 2011, Mr. McGaha joined a private firm in Little Rock, where he prosecuted several class actions and individual cases, including 30 property damage cases in federal and state court for clients in Faulkner County, Arkansas alleging wastewater injection wells caused the Guy-Greenbrier Earthquake Swarm in 2010-2011, which damaged their homes.
In 2015, Corey McGaha opened Crowder McGaha, LLP. Mr. McGaha prosecuted cases individually and as class actions in the areas of consumer protection, including representing clients with claims for their personal information being hacked in data breaches, claims against debt collectors, claims involving inaccurate information on their credit reports, and claims related to automobile purchases.
During his time at Crowder McGaha, LLP, Mr. McGaha was appointed Class Counsel in Higgins v. The Riable Law Firm, Inc., et al, U.S.D.C., Eastern District of Arkansas and negotiated a court-approved class action settlement in which 900 class members were distributed their portion of the full amount of statutory damages allowed by the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
In his free time, Mr. McGaha enjoys spending time with Kelly, his wife, and two sons, Max and Silas, hiking and overnight backpacking trips, watching Max wrestle for Little Rock Central and Silas play baseball for the Junior Deputy Royals. Mr. McGaha also enjoys cheering for the Arkansas Razorbacks, the St. Louis Cardinals, Dallas Cowboys, and the Chicago Bulls.
The McGahas attend Christ Community Church.
Mr. McGaha is admitted to practice in state courts of Arkansas and Texas, the United States Courts of Appeal for the Eighth and Ninth Circuit, the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western District of Arkansas, and the Eastern District of Texas. Mr. McGaha is a member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates, the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the Arkansas Bar Association, the Texas Bar Association, and the Pulaski County Bar Association.
Mr. McGaha regularly attends conferences sponsored by the National Consumer Law Center and the National Association of Consumer Advocates.
Mr. McGaha has also served on the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association’s CLE Planning Committee and The Docket Publishing Committee (ATLA’s quarterly magazine). He has also spoken at ATLA CLEs and Webinars on consumer law issues.
Reported and favorable decisions:
- Reygadas v. DNF Associates LLC, 2019 WL 7116357 (W.D. Ark., Dec. 23, 2019) (awarding plaintiff attorney fees in FDCPA and AFDCPA case over defendant’s objections)
- Reygadas v. DNF Associates LLC, 2019 WL 2146603 (W.D. Ark., May 16, 2019) (denying defendant’s motion for summary judgment and granting motion for summary judgment to plaintiff on FDCPA and AFDCPA liability issues).
- Alexander v. Absolute Resolutions Corporation, et al, 2019 WL 1938811 (W.D. Ark., May 1, 2019) (denying defendants’ motion to dismiss FDCPA and AFDCPA claims based on unlicensed debt collection activities)
- Smith v. Midland Funding, LLC, et al, 2018 WL 3040019 (W.D. Ark., June 19, 2018) (granting plaintiff’s motion to remand class action complaint to state court)
- Langley v. Gamache & Myers, P.C., 2018 WL 2059545 (E.D. Ark., May 3, 2018) (denying defendant’s motion to dismiss for lack of standing in FDCPA and AFDCPA case)
- Ponder v. Crain Buick GMC, LLC, et al, 2016 WL 4411504 (E.D. Ark., August 16, 2018) (denying defendant’s motion to dismiss rescission claim against administrator of vehicle service contract)
- Asset Acceptance, LLC v. Newby, 2014 Ark. 280, 437 S.W.3d 119 (2014) (affirming denial of counter-defendant’s motion to compel arbitration of class action counterclaim for FDCPA, AFDCPA, and ADTPA violations).
- Buck v. City of Hope, 2009 Ark. App. 105, 303 S.W.3d 85 (Ark. App. 2009) (reversing and remanding motion to dismiss trespass due to flooding claim).