Highly accomplished litigator with broad legal knowledge specializing primarily in representing financial institutions, loan servicers, finance companies, and private business organizations. Over thirty years experience. Thorough in analyzing statutes, ordinances, and data.
Bankruptcy creditor representation
Consumer Finance and Regulations
Corporate and business legal issues
Residential mortgage lending regulations
Fair Debt Collections Practices
Unlawful detainer actions
Civil discovery expertise
Trial counsel in state and federal courts
Certificate in mediation
WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A.Secondment Attorney | 45 Fremont Street, 26th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105 | March 2017 - Current
Assess escalated subpoenas duces tecum, writs, and levies in Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.\'s Legal Order Processing Department.
Work closely with paralegals, bank employees,outside counsel, law enforcement, and civil litigants to balanceevidentiary needs with customer privacy rights, bank proprietary interests,and bank regulatory requirements.
Identified problem areas related to locating records; highlight issues within the loan records demanded by third parties that maysubject bank toliability, analyzed risks and suggested appropriate resolutions.
Hire, consult with, and monitor outside counsel.
Audited processes and procedures for production with paralegals.
SEVERSON & WERSON, P.C.Special Counsel | 2600 Embarcadero One, Suite 2600, San Francisco, CA 94111 | April 2012 - Current
Financial Services Litigator representing national banks, mortgage lenders, loan servicers, and automotive dealer inventoryfinancing companies.
Engaged in complex civil litigation under statutes relating to the Homeowner\'s Bill of Rights, wrongful foreclosure, Fair Debt Collections Practices, and the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau in state courts, federal district courts, and bankruptcy courts.
Extensive discovery experience.
Handling of large varied case load.
Strong skills in negotiating settlements and communication.
Representative clients: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Bank of America, N.A., Nationstar Mortgage LLC, Ditech Financial, Ford Motor Credit Company, General Motors Acceptance Corporation
Rehired by firm after four year lapse to open and run small business.
Previous employment with Severson & Werson, PC ran from July 2002 to May 2008.
Caffeinated Comics CompanySelf-employed owner | San Francisco, CA | March 2009 - December 2011
Opened, designed, and self-funded small business as a comic book and coffee shop.
Drafted business plan.
Hired and managed three employees.
Purchased and controlled inventory.
Responsible for compliance with local, state and federal laws governing operation of business.
FIDELITY NATIONAL TITLE COMPANYIn-house Counsel | Walnut Creek, CA | October 2001 - July 2002
Researched and analyzed title issues.
Recoupment specialisthandling high volume case load to recover client\'s funds paid out in related title disputes, settlements, and judgments. Over a seven month period recovered over $1.5 million on judgments on actions that I had litigated and obtained judgments.
Polk, Scheer & ProberSenior Associate Attorney | San Rafael, CA | January 1988 - September 2001
Civil litigator for financial institutions primarily involving secured property.
Heavy focus on13 bankruptcy relief from automatic stay, plan objections, and Chapter 11 plans and disclosure statements.
Tried numerous unlawful detainer actions through court trials.
Specialist in automobile replevin actions and deficiency actions.
Substantial experience in drafting discovery and law & motion.
J.D.LawGEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTERWashington, D.C.
Bachelor of ArtsDouble Major: Philosophy and EconomicsWestminster CollegeNew Wilmington, PA