Kramer and Kaslow: Reports Show Foreclosures Lead to Rise in Home Defense Crimes

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Philip Kramer weighs in on reports that show increase in home defense crimes as foreclosures become more common.

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According to Philip Kramer, lead attorney for the Law Offices of Kramer and Kaslow, home defense crimes may be on the rise. The attorney cites a May 19, 2011 New York Times article. The article reports that, “on Jan. 19, 63-year-old Tanya Dennis hired a locksmith and broke into her South Berkeley home.” This practice has come to be known as home defense. “Home defenses are on the rise,” Anthony Panarese, an organizer with the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, a coalition of community groups, is quoted in the article.

Industry analysts further explain in the New York Times piece, “The situation is exacerbated by California’s dual-track foreclosure law, which allows a lender to negotiate with a homeowner while also continuing the foreclosure process. In a lot of situations, the bank doesn’t realize the homeowner has a modification pending or even approved, and the bank is continuing its foreclose process,” said G. Marcus Cole, a Stanford University law professor.

California-based, consolidated plaintiff litigation attorney Philip Kramer, senior partner in the law firm of Kramer & Kaslow observes, “I understand the impulse. The situation is chaotic and unfair. Ultimately, this has to be resolved in the courts.”

More of Philip Kramer’s analysis can be found at the Law Offices of Kramer and Kaslow blog.

PHILIP A. KRAMER is the senior partner of the Law Office of Kramer & Kaslow, in Calabasas, California. Kramer & Kaslow is Martindale Hubbell “AV” rated. Mr. Kramer is a perennial recipient of the prestigious “Southern California Super Lawyer” award.

Mr. Kramer received his undergraduate degree from Ohio State University and his Juris Doctorate from the Catholic University of America, in Washington, DC. His practice emphasizes commercial litigation and trial advocacy, with a concentration on business litigation, and real property matters. He has prosecuted and defended cases for over twenty five years.

Mr. Kramer is a licensed real estate broker and has spent considerable time providing legal services in connection with real estate issues relating to loan modification and loss mitigation, land use and zoning, environmental issues, easements, construction and development, finance, and landlord tenant matters.

Mr. Kramer is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of California, the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Military Appeals. Mr. Kramer has tried in excess of 200 cases. He has appeared on nationally televised programs regarding pre-trial procedure and trial strategy and has appeared as a guest lecturer on topics ranging from constitutional law to trial practice, and Mr. Kramer frequently lectures on a broad spectrum of various legal and business issues.

Mr. Kramer also serves as a Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court and as a Mediator.

Mr. Kramer is also a past president of the Los Angeles West Inns of Court, a national organization dedicated to bringing professionalism and civility back into the legal profession. He also serves on numerous Boards of Directors and serves as an officer in many companies. For more information call (818) 224-3900 or visit


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