Scam Reporter

Estate Law Group – Consumer Complaint – 3-14-2012

Written by Consumer

Date This Problem Happened: March 13, 2012

State You Live in: Virginia

Race/Ethnicity: White

Age Range: 21-35

Total Amount of Fee Paid:

Company Name: Estate Law Group

Company Address:

2101 Business Center Dr.
Ste. 220
Irvine, CA 92612

Company Telephone Number: 866-920-8917

Website of Company:

Consumer Statement:

Estate Law group , our house is foreclosed they said they could get us a good rate on it. Name was Brian Lewandowski, [email protected] He took my ss# and a lot of info then told me I had to directly deposit $3600 into his checking account at Bank of American. Never was sure if this was a payment for him to help or the dep. to the bank he kept switching what he said it was for. When we said we did not have that much he got mad and started yelling at us then hung up in my face!

Consumer Action Taken:

Scared it is a scam so have not called back


The Estate Law Group says the following attorneys are part of the company:

Sameer Qadri – CA Licensed Attorney
Sameer Qadri obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2007 and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of La Verne College of Law in Ontario, California in 2010 where he received a merit scholarship and was on the Dean’s List. Before attending law school Mr. Qadri volunteered his time at the Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County. His volunteer work consisted of assisting indigent clients with employment-related issues such as drafting demand letters to employers and helping in the collection of back pay for workers. This experience in helping the voiceless solidified Mr. Qadri’s decision in his pursuit of a law degree. To this day Mr. Qadri sets aside time every week to counsel and assist those who are in need but don’t have the means to find help.

During law school Mr. Qadri clerked with a family law attorney drafting legal motions and interrogatories. He became a certified law clerk, assisting the attorney with court appearances and research. He also interned in the California State Controller’s Office in Downtown Los Angeles.

California State BAR# 276011

Ava Tien – MA Licensed Attorney
Ava Tien graduated from Rhode Island College, Magna Cum Laude, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, concentrating in Cultural Anthropology Studies. She then served as a Paul Holbrook fellow at the Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights, where she investigated and resolved employment and housing discrimination cases.

Ms. Tien subsequently attended Suffolk University Law School, where she earned her Juris Doctor. In her third year of law school, Mr. Tien served as a Judicial Intern to the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson in the Rhode Island Superior Court in Providence, Rhode Island, drafting recommendations of ruling on dispositive motions.

Since graduating law school, Ms. Tien has gained extensive experience in civil litigation, handling cases in a variety of areas of the law, including business law, trademark law, real estate law, legal malpractice, elder abuse law, criminal law, family law, and immigration law. Ms. Tien also has experience in health care law, analyzing fraud and abuse cases.

Ms. Tien is fluent in Mandarin, and proficient in elementary Spanish.

Massachusetts State BAR# 652157

Buchi Enechionvia, Esq.
Virginia Licensed Attorney

I have been a Virginia Attorney since 1993. I had my General Civil/Criminal/Administrative Law practice between 1993 and 2000 and since 2010. I also worked for a large Antitrust/IP/Global Litigation Firm headquartered in Washington DC. I obtained my initial law degree in 1985 and my Master of Laws(LL.M) from Washington College of Law, American University in 1991.

Virginia State BAR# 35249

Daniel Goldsmith Ruggiero
Daniel Goldsmith Ruggiero is admitted to practice law before the state courts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Maine. Mr. Ruggiero is admitted to practice law in the federal courts of the District of Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey and the Southern, Eastern, Western and Northern Districts of New York. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Babson College and graduate of New England Law – Boston.

He has handled thousands of consumer related claims including lemon law, breaches of warranties, and consumer protection violations. Mr. Ruggiero has successfully handled unfair debt collection matters. He has experience representing individuals filing for bankruptcy, or other debt reduction efforts such as foreclosure defense, loan modifications, credit card settlement and short sales.

Maine – 4420
Mass – 666131
RI – 7637
CT – 427574
NY – 4454088
NJ – 00474-2007

Garrett I. Elias
Garrett I. Elias specializes in the areas of employment discrimination and consumer law. With a desire to promote individual rights, Mr. Elias has been passionate about anti-discrimination law since childhood, which is only fitting for someone who is so culturally diverse. Of Filipino, Chinese, and German ancestry, Mr. Elias has come to appreciate the different cultures and customs that have evolved over the last several decades. In his employment practice, he counsels clients on issues involving discriminatory treatment based on race, national origin, gender, religion and disability (among other protected classes), in part to promote diversity.

Furthering his interest in helping the individual client, Mr. Elias also practices in the field of consumer law. In particular, he has represented clients who have become overwhelmed with debt, working with lenders and other creditors to settle clients’ debts at amounts more manageable for the clients. He has also filed lawsuits on behalf of clients who have been victims of illegal collection practices by creditors.

Mr. Elias has been a practicing attorney for seven years and is admitted to practice law in the States of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut and the District of Columbia. He is also admitted to practice law before the United States District Courts for the Southern District of New York, District of New Jersey and District of Connecticut.

NY: Date of Admission: 1/26/05; Registration No: 4284816
NJ: Date of Admission: 12/1/05; Bar No: 1331-2005 – Source

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  • I dealt with this company on a loan modification. I had to pay the entire fee upfront. $3986. I did not get a call until weeks later and I had to keep calling the number. Finally, the person asked me to send some documents in. After sending the documents, I did not hear anything. Then they sent me an email that they needed further documents. I sent them in. Now I get a letter stating that they cannot represent clients in New York and offering me another lawyer. This is really a scam. I would like to get my money back. I dealt with Jake Koene and he cannot be reached now to get my money back. Please do not deal with this firm.

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