Another Debt Relief Attorney Loses Law License for Three Years

I’m not even going to pretend to know what it is like on the front lines of a legal practice in America. I’m not an attorney. But it must be tough because good attorneys keep falling for the rope-a-dope pitch from some debt relief companies to put their law license on the line. Vito Torchia, … Read more

Howard Feinmel, Paul Herman Both Suspended Debt Attorneys for Now

Readers of this site will recognize the name of Florida attorney Howard Feinmel. Over the years he’s appeared in a number of articles. You can click here to see them. According to a document from the Supreme Court of Florida from July 24, 2015 it appears Feinmel will be have his ability to practice law … Read more

California Mortgage Modification Attorney Brian Walker – Disbarred

BRIAN ALAN WALKER [#206146], 42, of Fullerton was disbarred March 23, 2012, and was ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. Walker stipulated to six counts of misconduct in 24 loan modification matters in which he allowed nonlawyers to run three businesses Walker had started. Prior to April 2008, Walker … Read more

Debt Relief Law Center Attorney Takes Cash to Modify Mortgages and Gets Disbarred Instead

A Los Angeles attorney accused of misappropriating $1.1 million from 10 clients has agreed to be disbarred, the State Bar announced Wednesday. In one of the largest misappropriation cases ever handled by the Office of Chief Trial Counsel, Vafa Allan Khoshbin [bar# 165486], 52, had promised clients he could get their first mortgages modified and … Read more

California Lawyer Disbarred Over Loan Modification Business

Another sad story of advanced fee loan modifications tearing down yet another group of people. From the California Bar Journal. PAUL JEFFREY LUCAS [#163076], 50, of Aliso Viejo was disbarred July 22, 2011, and he was ordered to make restitution and comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. Lucas participated in the … Read more

Loan Modification Lawyers Disbarred. Christian Lawyers of America, Anything But.

A tipster (send in your tips here) sent in a notice about an even that happened earlier this year but the story struck me so much I wanted to share it with you anyway. It’s a good example of what happens to lawyers who lose control of their professional ethics and allow the sale to … Read more

Florida Debt Relief Attorney Sanctioned for Illegal Fee Sharing

According to Financial News & Daily Record out of Jacksonville the following Florida attorney was recently suspended for debt relief activities. April Ann Arendell, 5342 Lake Margaret Drive, Apt. 523, Orlando, suspended for 45 days, effective immediately, following an Oct. 12 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2006) Further, upon reinstatement, Arendell will be placed on … Read more

Does the Wave of Fair Debt Collection Practice Act (FDCPA) Suits Benefit Consumers or Lawyers?

A tipster (send in your tips here) forwarded to me an article about Thomas Lyons, Esq. in Minnesota who was disbarred in 2010 for filing suits under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). While there is a need for consumers to have recourse in bringing legal suits … Read more

Florida Attorney Thomas Dvorak Suspended for Mortgage Modification Complaints

Thomas W. Dvorak, 633 S. Andrews Ave., Suite 402, Fort Lauderdale, suspended for one year, effective 30 days from a June 24 court order. (Admitted to practice: 2002) Dvorak will also pay restitution of more than $127,500 to clients. Dvorak was the subject of more than 45 Bar complaints — most having to do with … Read more

Foreclosure Rescue Attorney Must Pay Consumers $1 Million in Restitution

LOS ANGELES – Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced a $1.1 million judgment against longtime Los Angeles attorney Mitchell Roth after he conned 2,000 desperate homeowners into paying him thousands of dollars to file “frivolous and phony” lawsuits that didn’t reduce a penny of mortgage debt for a single client. “Roth promised foreclosure … Read more

New Jersey Attorney Admonished for Debt Settlement Activity

Here are some more attorneys, this time in New Jersey, that were disbarred, suspended, or admonished in work that was either specifically related to debt settlement work or activities that could be related to debt settlement. – Source Barry J. Beran – Admonished on November 25, 2009 (Unreported) for failing to advise client, for whom … Read more

Florida Attorney Disbarred for Debt Relief Work

According to the Financial News & Daily Record: Rudolph C. Campbell, P.O. Box 546, Lutz, disbarred effective 30 days from a June 3 court order. (Admitted to practice: 1998) Further, Campbell shall pay restitution of $1,500 to one client. Campbell used his law firm as a loan modification and foreclosure assistance business. He charged up-front … Read more

Debt Settlement Frederick Law Group, Attorney Disbarred, Jailed, and Now Broke

Former Maryland attorney Richard Brennan, doing business as the Frederick Law Group and The Law Office of Richard A Brennan, has just been hit with a $2.7 million dollar judgment in an attempt to collect money due clients of his debt settlement law firm. Brennan has been disbarred, jailed and is now without a job, … Read more

Listen to the Lies This Marketing Company Tells Consumers to Sell Attorney Based Debt Settlement Services

I’ve previously written about the attorney model debt settlement firm approach that some debt settlement companies are rushing towards in an effort to circumvent any fee ban that may be put in place. The logic is that attorneys are exempt from most laws so if an attorney is doing debt settlement then it must be … Read more

California Attorneys Disbarred For Loan Modification Activities and Rolls Out Tough New Regulations Regarding Mortgage Foreclosure Consultants

Threatening possible criminal and civil prosecution, California Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today ordered 386 mortgage foreclosure consultants to post $100,000 bonds and register with his office. He also ordered more than two dozen companies to justify suspicious loan modification claims made in “slick advertising,” online and through the mail. The companies that were … Read more