Mark Silverthorn is recognized as an expert in Canada on consumer debt. He is the author of The Wolf At The Door: What To Do When Collection Agencies Come Calling (2010), published by McClelland & Stewart.
Prior to writing his book Mark worked for twelve years as a collection lawyer for four of the ten largest collection agencies operating in Canada located in the Greater Toronto Area. One fateful day he had an epiphany after asking his 8 year-old daughter what he did for a living.
“Daddy, you send people letters that say pay your bill and if they don’t pay then you put them in the garbage can.”
This conversation with his daughter motivated Mark to lead a more purposeful life and to share his insider’s knowledge of the collection industry with Canadians experiencing challenges dealing with their unsecured consumer debts. He stopped doing collection work for creditors and collection agencies and he limited his law practice to helping consumers with debt problems. Later he spent five years representing consumers with debt problems and he spent spent two years writing The Wolf At The Door.
Since writing The Wolf At The Door Mark has been routinely consulted by the media on issues involving consumer debt as well as the activities of bill collectors.
Mark retired from the practice of law in Ontario on December 31, 2013. In 2014 he began his career as a professional blogger writing numerous articles on personal finance for several national websites. He has also written an article appearing in Canadian Lawyer magazine. In February of 2015 he founded Comprehensive Debt Solutions Inc., a consulting firm that focuses on providing advice to consumers facing challenges with unsecured debt.