Kokopelli Community Workshop (Catherine Bryan’s) List of “Recommended Attorneys” in Southern California


I have to say I am NOT in the business of making attorney referrals. I am much more interested in “disbarring the entire profession” and thereby restoring free-market competition based on competence alone to the legal profession.  I submit that abolition of the Court-licensed “integrated” bar, abolition State Supreme Court issued law licenses, and allowing all people who care to educate themselves or obtain education formally to engage in the same freedom of speech, freedom of association, and free exercise of the right to petition as enjoyed by John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, John Marshall, Roger Brooke Taney, Samuel Jones Tilden, and yes, even Abraham Lincoln.  I would thus like to restore robust freedom to think, create, and imagine the best ideals, rather than the most practical and politically effective expedients, to the actual practice of law and legal advocacy.  

But having been at least “roped into it” by publishing my response to one reader’s letter, earlier today, I feel obliged to publish my good friend Catherine Bryan’s Response and HER (Kokopelli Community Workshop’s) list of “Recommended Attorneys”.  But for the record, I have had NO personal contact, direct or indirect, with even a single one of the lawyers whose names are listed (at Catherine’s/ Kokopelli’s behest alone, without crosschecking or any other due diligence exercise) below, except as mentioned in my own article/blog-post earlier today.  

BUT ONCE MORE, WITH FEELING, LET ME MAKE THIS ONE THING VERY, VERY CLEAR:

I DO NOT RECOMMEND WORKING WITH LICENSED ATTORNEYS—I RECOMMEND RELIEVING THEM OF THEIR MONOPOLY STATUS, THEIR FAUX STATUS and TITLES OF NOBILITY “ESQUIRE” and “OFFICERS OF THE COURT” and ABOVE ALL I RECOMMEND, ADVOCATE, AND AS U.S. SENATOR WOULD FIGHT TO DESTROY FOREVER LAWYERS’ SPECIAL DEPENDENT RELATIONSHIP ON AND WITH THE JUDGES BEFORE WHOM THEY MUST APPEAR:

From:
catherine bryan <koldesigns@yahoo.com> writes: 


In my opinion, All the people Charles referenced below are even worse than the banksespecially  Micheal Pines and Dennis Russel who actively engage in publicity stunts to get their name in the news so that people turn to them for help . !

multiple complaints tell us  these attorneys all rake in big money and never do any effective work!
tell me more about any Paul Nguyen winning cases- please!

I have a pile of homeowner complaints on my desk from multiple homeowners say  they  were ripped off by Paul and Diane Beal and no good reports on either won of them.

Kokopelli Community Workshop foreclosure relief project (link) has recently received an enormous number of urgently requested legal referrals for victims of predatory lending who urgently require the services a qualified attorney.

There are currently around 1,000 foreclosures recorded each day in San Diego County alone and unfortunately good legal help for any reasonable cost is quite difficult to come by. Anyone interviewing an attorney should insist that the attorney in question provide a list of several cases they have actually won! Our ongoing investigation into wrongful attorney practices reveal that many attorneys who have wonderful predatory lending web-site but are really interested in acquiring your property and their real business is their real estate brokerage.

The sad news is a majority of attorneys charge hefty retainers and have never or seldom actually won a case or even assisted the homeowner to negotiate with their creditor. To make matters worse there any a number of people including attorneys selling quick fixes through filing commercial liens and other instant rescue systems, none of which work and all of which drain the homeowners pocket book. There seem to be far more predatory attorneys and predatory rescue scams than true remedy.

The bad news is there are a multitude of homeowners currently reporting that they are enticed into default by loss mitigation specialists who work for the servicer or the bank. The good news is some judges are considering loan mod fraud as valid grounds for taking affirmative action and in a few cases have found the bank instead of the homeowner to be at fault.
Anyone who can provide us with the name(s) an attorney(s) who have achieved settlement or won a trial against a foreclosing creditor in one case or more please provide us with case #, and contact information for our special list of attorneys who can actually provide remedy, in exchange for a retainer.

Kokopelli Workshop Project is actively involved in large analysis and statistical study of how judges review cases where homeowners pursue affirmative against banks for wrongful foreclosure and which cases settle out of court, and we study which cases actually win, and why. Here is our  list of qualified attorneys who have won or settled one or more predatory lending cases; and no complaints!

THEODORE E. BACON (CA Bar No. 115395)
tbacon(âAlvaradoSmith.com
SCOTiJ. STILMAN (CA Bar No. 120239)
sstilman(âAlvaradoSmith.com
NANETtE B. BARRGAN (CA Bar No. 240116)
nbarragan@AlvaradoSmith.com
AL V ARADOSMITH
A Professional Corporation
633 W. Fifth Street, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Tel: (213) 229-2400
Fax: (213) 229-2499Law Offices of Kenneth Graham
(925) 932-0170
1575 Treat Blvd. #105, Walnut Creek,
California  website, www.elaws.com.
Attorney Barry Mills
3588 4th Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 295-5000

Attorney John E. Mortimer 

44489 Town Ctr Way #D-466
Palm Desert, California 92260

Phone: 1-951-330-0063


ALAN L. GERACI, ESQ.
Geraci & Lopez, Attorneys at Law (619) 231-3131
817 W San Marcos Blvd
San Marcos, CA 92078

Karen S. Spicker, SBN 127934 Doan Law Firm, LLP 2850 Pio Pico Drive, Suite D Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 450-3333
L. Quintana, Esq. (SBN 157291) and Victoria Carry, Esq. (SBN 256872) QUINTANA SARTE REYNARD LLP 101 W. Broadway Suite 1050, San Diego, CA 92101 Tel: 619.231.6655
ARBOGAST & BERNS LLP, Jeffrey K. Berns (SBN 131351), David M. Arbogast (SBN 167571) 6303 Owensmouth Avenue, 10th Floor, Woodland Hills, CA 91367-2263 Tel: 818.961.2000
Powell and Powell, Attorneys at Law
402 West Broadway, Suite 400
San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 232-6363 Office

To all this, William Daniels (teamworker@msn.com) would add:
Pines just got out of jail on bail and is trying to raise money for his case.
I heard that Paul Nguyen’s ‘win’ was because the bank defaulted and that was only temporary as they appealed and, last I heard, Paul is still fighting the case – they’ve had no other wins that I know of . . . 
To all this I would just like to reiterate that I expressed my reservations about Paul Nguyen and Michael T. Pines, but included direct PACER-derived links showing the actual history of their cases.  I now strongly suspect that EVERYTHING connected with A. Howard Matz’ Court in the Central District of California should be regarded with the UTMOST suspicion.  Chase Bank’s default in that case almost seemed, itself, to me to be engineered by Matz—the whole thing in Matz courts—and others—appears to be the effect of a what was called in the days of Josef Stalin’s USSR a “SHOW TRIAL”—what Joseph Zernik, Ph.D., has recently started calling “Simulated Litigation”—thus avoiding the ugly, but probably accurate, implied historical connection between Soviet Communist Practice in the 1920s-40s and the mortgage/foreclosure/eviction litigation now practiced throughout the United States, but especially in California and other Western States (even though it now appears it was invented in Massachusetts….almost exactly 100 years ago….)
Jennifer Lee wrote to after midnight on June 12, 2011 (Pentacost Sunday):
Thanks Charles
As for Paul Nguyen he stole 4 k from my mom and promised an adversarial complaint and never did it and I could give you a list of horrible things he did to her including a chapter 11 bankruptcy that he botched so badly and abandoned her when she had paid in full to him. He then told us he has 100 customers and can’t possibly help them all so he had to pick which ones he is going to let loose and he doesn’t care less if they loose and get evicted. He told us he chose us to loose as our case was more difficult and he doesn’t care. I just spoke to a lady I saw tonight who told me he did the same to her and many more people she knows and she has someone who is going to go after him for her. I was given advice of how to report him. I have been too busy but I really need to report him to the bar and judicial review. Don’t remember off hand the place.he is a con man. Diane beall was upset to hear what he did to us but she told me she was losing all her cases so she needed to learn from him and she needs money even though she didn’t want to be there and she was sick to watch what he did to mom. She tried to confront him for what he did to us and she got in trouble for it.

One response to “Kokopelli Community Workshop (Catherine Bryan’s) List of “Recommended Attorneys” in Southern California

  1. This post comes from Catherine Bryan; the negative statements regarding certain practices of the parties – above- were copied out of a private email- and never intended by me to be posted as a public blog;- enough said!
    For those seeking reputable attorneys who win cases for their clients- check out Consumer law attorneys at Golden & Cardona-Loya, LLP; (619-476-0030)

    3130 Bonita Road, Suite 200B
    Chula Vista, CA 91910
    Fax: 775-743-0307
    It is a matter of public record that they won and settled numerous cases as follows

    C. C. v. 1st Credit of America
    Type of Case: FDCPA
    Location: San Francisco, California
    Outcome: Won at trial
    Description: We sued a debt collector for harassing phone calls. After a jury trial, we were awarded a judgment that totaled $102,164 which included attorneys’ fees.

    F. A. v. The City of San Diego
    Type of Case: Employment / Labor
    Location: San Diego County, California
    Outcome: Won at trial. Jury awarded client $1,325,000.
    Description: Police Officer was the victim of retaliation. After a two week trial the jury found for our side on all counts and awarded him $1,325,000. The case made national news and attorney was featured on the cover of Lawyers Weekly USA.

    Atlantic Credit & Finance, Inc. v. D. A.
    Type of Case: Debt Collection Defense (credit card)
    Location: Riverside County, California
    Outcome:Won at trial.
    Description: A debt collector sued our client for a debt that was not his. We won this case at trial and the judge ordered the other side to pay our attorneys’ fees.

    Becks Creek Industries v. A.M.
    Type of Case: Debt Collection Defense (credit card)
    Location: San Diego County, California
    Outcome: Won at trial.
    Description: A debt collector sued our client for a credit card debt. We prevailed at trial and the court awarded our firm $7,817 in attorneys’ fees.

    S.J. v. OCFI
    Type of Case: TILA and mortgage fraud
    Location: Sacramento, California
    Outcome: Settlement
    Description: Homeowner was fraudulently induced into an unfavorable adjustable-rate mortgage. Plaintiff received a $63,000 settlement from the original lender and the mortgage brokers.

    Asset Acceptance v. J.T.
    Type of Case: Identity Theft
    Location: Los Angeles County, California
    Outcome: Settlement
    Description: A debt collector sued our client for a debt that was not his. We got the case against him dismissed and then turned around and sued the debt collector. The case against the debt collector was settled for a confidential amount.

    M.G. v. Crown Diamonds
    Type of Case:Harassing debt collector / Rosenthal Act
    Location: Los Angeles County, California
    Outcome: $50,000 settlement with debt collector
    Description: Debt collector called my client at work and harassed him. The case was settled before trial for $50,000.

    P. C. v. Midland Credit Management, Inc.
    Type of Case:FDCPA and Credit Reporting
    Location: San Diego County, California
    Outcome: Won case on summary judgment, then settled
    Description: Plaintiff was the victim of identity. Debt collector was reporting a debt that was not hers on her on her credit report. We sued the debt collector and filed a motion for summary judgment. The judge awarded us a judgment on summary judgment and then defendant settled the case for $25,000 and agreed to remove the negative information from client’s credit report.

    CACH, LLC v. P.G.
    Type of Case: Debt Collection Defendant (credit card)
    Location: San Diego County, California
    Outcome: Debt collector dismissed case against our client
    Description: A debt collector had sued our client for $15,000. After we served discovery the debt collector dismissed the case against our client.

    Unifund CCR Partners v. A.G.
    Type of Case: Debt Collection Defendant (credit card)
    Location: Fresno County, California
    Outcome: Debt collector dismissed case against our client
    Description: Debt collector obtained a judgment against our client and garnished her wages. We got the judgment cancelled, the wages returned and the case dismissed.

    Y.C v. Wachovia Dealer Services
    Type of Case: Harassing Debt Collector / Rosenthal Act
    Location: Los Angeles County, California
    Outcome: $36,475 settlement with debt collector
    Description: Debt collector called my client at work and harassed her. It also disclosed details about her debt to her family members. The case was settled before trial for $36,475.

    D.G. v. First Tennessee Bank, N.A.
    Type of Case: Harassing Debt Collector / Rosenthal Act
    Location: San Diego County, California
    Description: Debt collector called client to collect mortgage payments.
    Outcome: Settlement included reduction of principal balance on a second loan from $248,291.88 to $175,000.00; interest rate reduced to 0% for the life of the loan; and the repayment term was extended to thirty (30) years

    The following creditors and debt collectors/buyers have dismissed cases in the face of opposition by the attorneys at Golden & Cardona-Loya, LLP:

    CACH, LLC; Capital One Bank; Bancard Portfolios; Asset Acceptance; FIA Card Services; Security Credit Services; First Resolution Investment Corp.; Unifund CCR Partners; Equable Ascent Financial; Erin Capital Management; Sallie Mae; CACV of Colorado; LVNV; Ford Motor Credit; Persolve; Arrow Financial Services; Cavalry Portfolio Services; Capital Financial Credit; Midland Funding; Thornton Financial Services; Real Time Resolutions; Dodeka, LLC; NCO; Resurgence Financial; US Collections West; North Star Capital Acquisitions; Bank of America; Palisades Collection; Worldwide Asset Purchasing; EMCC Investment Ventures, LLC; ACA Receivables; GCFS, Inc.; Harvest Credit Management; Velocity Investments; IDT Carmel, Inc.; Fortis Capital; ARC; Professional Collection Consultants; ANJ Corporation; JD Consumer Three, LLC; Thornton Financial Services; American Express; Tri-Cap Investment Partners; MBNA; Crown Asset Management; Discover Card; Lagniappe Growth & Income Fund, LLC; ARA Receivables; Great Seneca Financial Corp.; Credigy Receivables; and MRC Receivables Corp.

    Case Results

    Disclaimer: Although we are proud of our accomplishments, there is no guarantee we can obtain similar results for you. The results obtained occurred when attorneys were working at current or previous firms.

    Here’s a sample of some of our work. We have represented hundreds of other clients in addition to the ones below.

    C. C. v. 1st Credit of America
    Type of Case: FDCPA
    Location: San Francisco, California
    Outcome: Won at trial
    Description: We sued a debt collector for harassing phone calls. After a jury trial, we were awarded a judgment that totaled $102,164 which included attorneys’ fees.

    F. A. v. The City of San Diego
    Type of Case: Employment / Labor
    Location: San Diego County, California
    Outcome: Won at trial. Jury awarded client $1,325,000.
    Description: Police Officer was the victim of retaliation. After a two week trial the jury found for our side on all counts and awarded him $1,325,000. The case made national news and attorney was featured on the cover of Lawyers Weekly USA.

    Atlantic Credit & Finance, Inc. v. D. A.
    Type of Case: Debt Collection Defense (credit card)
    Location: Riverside County, California
    Outcome:Won at trial.
    Description: A debt collector sued our client for a debt that was not his. We won this case at trial and the judge ordered the other side to pay our attorneys’ fees.

    Becks Creek Industries v. A.M.
    Type of Case: Debt Collection Defense (credit card)
    Location: San Diego County, California
    Outcome: Won at trial.
    Description: A debt collector sued our client for a credit card debt. We prevailed at trial and the court awarded our firm $7,817 in attorneys’ fees.

    S.J. v. OCFI
    Type of Case: TILA and mortgage fraud
    Location: Sacramento, California
    Outcome: Settlement
    Description: Homeowner was fraudulently induced into an unfavorable adjustable-rate mortgage. Plaintiff received a $63,000 settlement from the original lender and the mortgage brokers.

    Asset Acceptance v. J.T.
    Type of Case: Identity Theft
    Location: Los Angeles County, California
    Outcome: Settlement
    Description: A debt collector sued our client for a debt that was not his. We got the case against him dismissed and then turned around and sued the debt collector. The case against the debt collector was settled for a confidential amount.

    M.G. v. Crown Diamonds
    Type of Case:Harassing debt collector / Rosenthal Act
    Location: Los Angeles County, California
    Outcome: $50,000 settlement with debt collector
    Description: Debt collector called my client at work and harassed him. The case was settled before trial for $50,000.

    P. C. v. Midland Credit Management, Inc.
    Type of Case:FDCPA and Credit Reporting
    Location: San Diego County, California
    Outcome: Won case on summary judgment, then settled
    Description: Plaintiff was the victim of identity. Debt collector was reporting a debt that was not hers on her on her credit report. We sued the debt collector and filed a motion for summary judgment. The judge awarded us a judgment on summary judgment and then defendant settled the case for $25,000 and agreed to remove the negative information from client’s credit report.

    CACH, LLC v. P.G.
    Type of Case: Debt Collection Defendant (credit card)
    Location: San Diego County, California
    Outcome: Debt collector dismissed case against our client
    Description: A debt collector had sued our client for $15,000. After we served discovery the debt collector dismissed the case against our client.

    Unifund CCR Partners v. A.G.
    Type of Case: Debt Collection Defendant (credit card)
    Location: Fresno County, California
    Outcome: Debt collector dismissed case against our client
    Description: Debt collector obtained a judgment against our client and garnished her wages. We got the judgment cancelled, the wages returned and the case dismissed.

    Y.C v. Wachovia Dealer Services
    Type of Case: Harassing Debt Collector / Rosenthal Act
    Location: Los Angeles County, California
    Outcome: $36,475 settlement with debt collector
    Description: Debt collector called my client at work and harassed her. It also disclosed details about her debt to her family members. The case was settled before trial for $36,475.

    D.G. v. First Tennessee Bank, N.A.
    Type of Case: Harassing Debt Collector / Rosenthal Act
    Location: San Diego County, California
    Description: Debt collector called client to collect mortgage payments.
    Outcome: Settlement included reduction of principal balance on a second loan from $248,291.88 to $175,000.00; interest rate reduced to 0% for the life of the loan; and the repayment term was extended to thirty (30) years

    The following creditors and debt collectors/buyers have dismissed cases in the face of opposition by the attorneys at Golden & Cardona-Loya, LLP:

    CACH, LLC; Capital One Bank; Bancard Portfolios; Asset Acceptance; FIA Card Services; Security Credit Services; First Resolution Investment Corp.; Unifund CCR Partners; Equable Ascent Financial; Erin Capital Management; Sallie Mae; CACV of Colorado; LVNV; Ford Motor Credit; Persolve; Arrow Financial Services; Cavalry Portfolio Services; Capital Financial Credit; Midland Funding; Thornton Financial Services; Real Time Resolutions; Dodeka, LLC; NCO; Resurgence Financial; US Collections West; North Star Capital Acquisitions; Bank of America; Palisades Collection; Worldwide Asset Purchasing; EMCC Investment Ventures, LLC; ACA Receivables; GCFS, Inc.; Harvest Credit Management; Velocity Investments; IDT Carmel, Inc.; Fortis Capital; ARC; Professional Collection Consultants; ANJ Corporation; JD Consumer Three, LLC; Thornton Financial Services; American Express; Tri-Cap Investment Partners; MBNA; Crown Asset Management; Discover Card; Lagniappe Growth & Income Fund, LLC; ARA Receivables; Great Seneca Financial Corp.; Credigy Receivables; and MRC Receivables Corp.

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