David A. Head, Esq.

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  • Credentials
  • Affiliations
  • Publications & Presentations

David A. Head is a Shareholder of the firm and chair of the Education Loan Collections and Litigation Group, for which he oversees a recovery team of account resolution specialists, supervisors, and managers dedicated solely to collecting education-related debt. The mission of the Education Loan Collections and Litigation Group is to assist lenders, servicers, and guarantors of student loans, and colleges and universities, with a comprehensive national recovery solution for all their education-related debt. Mr. Head has served as the head of the Group, and the contract administrator for the firm’s education clients, since its establishment in 2007. 

An active member of the student lending community, Mr. Head has presented on more than a dozen occasions for industry-leading organizations, including the Private Loan Committee of the Student Loan Servicing Alliance (SLSA), the National Council of Higher Education Resources (NCHER), and the Ohio Bursars Association (OBA). He frequently presents on topics including compliance and regulations, bankruptcy law and educational loans, litigation collections, and risk management. 

Mr. Head is also the office managing attorney for Weltman’s largest office location, in Brooklyn Heights, Ohio, where he is responsible for spearheading the Employee Engagement Committee and other office-specific initiatives. He has been recognized in seven editions of “Ohio Rising Stars” by Ohio Super Lawyers (2010, 2012-17), an honor awarded annually to no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state. He is also AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest available rating for legal ability and professional ethics.

Practice Areas:

Consumer Collections
Education Loan Collection and Litigation

Honors & Distinctions:

Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated Attorney
Ohio Rising Stars (2010, 2012-17)

Bar Admissions:

Ohio (2002)


J.D., magna cum laude, Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (2002)
B.A., cum laude, Political Science and History, Ashland University (1999)

Continuing Education:

 SLSA Private Loan Committee 
    - CFPB Update, presented by Rohit Chopra, Student Loan Ombudsman, CFPB (2011)
    - CFPB Review, presented by Arthur Rotatori, McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC (2011)
    - UPAAP and the CFPB, presented by Arthur Rotatori, McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC (2012)
    - CFPB Update, presented by Rick Hackett, CFPB (2012)
    - TCPA Update, presented by Jonathan Joshua, Powers, Pyles, Sutter & Verville (2012)
    - Trends in State Debt Collection Requirements, presented by Lauren Campisi, McGlinchey Stafford, PLCC (2012)
    - Fair Credit and Disparate Impact, presented by Dino Tsibouris, Tsiboris & Associates LLC (2013)
    - Trends in State Debt Collection Requirements, presented by Kelly Lipinski, McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC (2013)
    - CFPB Update, presented by Eric Reusch, Deputy Assistant Director of the CFPB (2013)
    - TCPA Update, presented by Kelly Lipinski, McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC (2013)
    - CFPB Examinations, presented by John Culhane, Ballard Spahr (2013)
    - Servicemember Best Practices, presented by Winkie Crigler, Student Loan Servicing Alliance (2013)

COHEAO (Coalition of Higher Education Assistance Organizations)
    - CFPB-Are you in Compliance with the Oversight, presented by David Stocker, ACT, Inc. and Tom Babel, DeVry, Inc. (2012)
    - CFPB, presented by Rohit Chopra, Student Loan Ombudsman, CFPB (2012)    
CBA (Consumer Bankers Association)
  - Community Reinvestment - CFPB Advisory Board, presented by, Jo Ann Barefoot, Treliant Risk Advisors; Patricia Hasson, Clarifi; Dory Rand, The Woodstock Institute (2013)
  - A Student Lending Conversation with the CFPB, presented by, Rohit Chopra, Student Loan Ombudsman, CFPB (2013)
  - CFPB, presented by Steven Antonakes, Acting Deputy Director, CFPB (2013)
  - Regulation of Private Student Loans: Operating with Contrasting Oversight, presented by, Jonathan Joshua, VP and Senior Counsel, RBS Citizens Financial Group; Thomas Lustig, SVP, PNC Bank, N.A. (2013)
  - All Things CFPB and Capitol Hill, presented by, Jo Ann Barefoot, Treliant Risk Advisors; Pace Bradshaw, VP Congressional Affairs, CBA; Shelley Leonard, SVP Consumer Lending, Lender Processing Services, Inc.; Steven Zeisel, EVP and General Counsel, CBA (2013)
Ohio Creditors' Attorney Association - FDCPA and Legal Ethics Issues for Collection Attorneys, presented by Manuel H. Newberger, Barron & Newburger, P.C. (2012)
Enterprise Governance, Risk and Compliance Solutions, presented by FIS - Servicing Student Loans with a Dodd-Frank Attitude

Professional Affiliations:

Northern Ohio Credit Association
Ohio Bursars Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Student Loan Servicing Alliance: Private Loan Committee

Firm News:

December 5, 2016
Seven Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA Attorneys Named to the 2017 List of Ohio Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

February 2, 2016
Weltman Attorneys Among 2016 Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

December 04, 2014
Weltman Attorneys Receive Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Recognition

December 03, 2013
13 Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA Attorneys Named to List of Ohio Rising Stars

December 20, 2012
Weltman Attorneys Recognized as Ohio Super Lawyers & Ohio Rising Stars

October 20, 2010
2010 Ohio Rising Stars


August 17, 2012
Choosing Where to File Suit – Identifying the Best Options

November 11, 2010
Bill of Sale Evidence Issue


October 30, 2014
Compliance of Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act Post Sallie Mae/Navient Consent Order


"Ask the Attorney: Hot Topics Panel," NCHER Knowledge Symposium (November 2016)
"Collection Law," Ohio Bursars Association (October 2016)
“The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) Federal Debt Exemption: An Opportunity, But New Rules & More Headaches,” Coalition of Higher Education Assistance Organizations Mid-Year Conference (August 2016)
“Ask an Attorney,” Coalition of Higher Education Assistance Organizations Mid-Year Conference (August 2016)
“Life Cycle of Student Loans – Collections and Risk Management,” Moderator, iiBIG Education Finance and Loan Symposium (May 2016)
“Fair Debt Collection Protection Act (FDCPA) and Credit Reporting,” NCHER Private Education Loan and Consumer Finance Committee (April 2016)
“Ask the Attorney: Time-Barred Debt,” NCHER Knowledge Symposium (November 2015)
“Litigation and Statute of Limitations,” Higher Education Accounts Receivables Officers (HEARO) Workshop (May 2015)
“Bankruptcy Law, Educational Loans & Litigation, and Statute of Limitations,” Michigan Association of Student Financial Services Administrators Conference (May 2015)
“Alphabet Soup FDCPA Update,” NCHER Private Loan Committee Meeting (May 2015)
“Compliance Developments for the OBA,” Ohio Bursars Association Spring Conference (April 2015)
“Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Rulemaking Update,” NCHER Knowledge Symposium (November 2014)
“Statute of Limitations and Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA),” Coalition of Higher Education Assistance Organizations Mid-Year Conference (August 2014)
“Collection Laws For Student Loans and Accounts Receivables,” Colorado Association of Administrators of Student Loans and Accounts Receivables Conference (April 2014)


David A. Head, Esq. 

Brooklyn Heights
Phone: 216.739.5006
Fax: 216.739.5072
Email: dhead@weltman.com