Former ACA board member and treasurer was honored as a top talent in Minneapolis.
09/27/2023 2:10 P.M.
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Best Lawyers has recognized Michael Klutho, an attorney with Bassford Remele, as its 2024 “Lawyer of the Year for Consumer Law” in the Minneapolis area.
Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the Lawyer of the Year, making this accolade particularly significant. Klutho was selected based on impressive voting averages received during the peer review assessments.
This selection reflects the high level of respect Klutho has earned among other leading lawyers in the Minneapolis area for his abilities, his professionalism and his integrity.
“I’m truly humbled by this,” Klutho said. “It really means a lot to me that the attorneys I’ve interacted with throughout my 35+ year career deemed me worthy of being designated as the ‘Lawyer of the Year for Consumer Law.’”
Klutho has more than 35 years of experience defending clients and helping them prevent consumer law, professional liability and product liability disputes. He recently served as treasurer on ACA International’s Board of Directors. At ACA’s Annual Convention & Expo in July, he received the prestigious Member of the Year award. This is the association’s highest honor, and is presented to the member who has done the most for the credit and collection industry over the past year.
Klutho has represented ACA members in thousands of Fair Debt Collection Practices Act claims and lawsuits over the past 30+ years. He was a charter member of ACA’s Members Attorney Program and served on ACA’s Council of Delegates, representing the MAP Division and the Great Lakes Credit and Collection Association. He has served on many ACA committees over the years, including the Judicial Committee and CNR Review Committee.
He’s earned ACA’s Fellow, Professional Collection Specialist, Scholar and Trainer Specialist designations and has been honored with the ACA International Education Foundation Fellow Award, the Jonathan Elliot Judicial Advocacy Award and Fred Kirschner Instructor Achievement Award.
Klutho recently announced his plan to retire at the end of 2023, ACA previously reported.
Best Lawyers is the oldest and among the most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on peer-review evaluation. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed.