What they failed to realize during their witch-hunt is that it’s the homeowners who will suffer when they are unable to seek representation from an attorney during negotiations with the banks.
Irvine, Calif. (Vocus) December 3, 2009
Sean Rutledge tendered his resignation from United Law Group effective immediately. Citing concern for the peace of mind of the firm’s clients as his primary motivation for stepping down, Rutledge expressed disappointment that the California State Bar was continuing to target real estate attorneys whose practices included representing individuals during negotiations with banks and mortgage servicers.
“The State Bar targeted approximately 25 attorneys in their recent crackdown on lawyers involved in helping consumers that seek representation during negotiations with banks,” said Rutledge. “What they failed to realize during their witch-hunt is that it’s the homeowners who will suffer when they are unable to seek representation from an attorney during negotiations with the banks.”
The State Bar filed a complaint against Rutledge for attempting to help a consumer to prevent a foreclosure and collecting a $1,750 retainer for his efforts. Rutledge refunded the retainer to the client when the bank did not respond to the firm’s numerous attempts to contact them. The Bar’s complaint was filed 90 days after the refund was issued.
“There came a point when it felt that my presence was causing too much of a distraction to the clients who retained United Law Group,” said Rutledge. “Resigning was never my intention, however I feel I can better serve those in need by stepping down and letting the other attorneys focus on the work of helping our clients navigate their various legal challenges.”
Rutledge plans to take time to get his Type-1 diabetes under control and get his health back on track. He will continue to pursue the complaint he filed on July 27, 2009 in the United States District Court Central District against Tim Byer, Chief Counsel for the California State Bar, and the California State Bar, alleging violations of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (case number CV09- 5475 PSG (RCx)).
About United Law Group
United Law Group is a national law firm with offices in California, New York, Florida, Ohio, Nevada & Arizona. The firm represents consumers in complex litigation concerning abusive banking practices, breaches of contract and violations of state and federal laws. United Law Group also litigates cases involving bankruptcy, IRS settlements and debt settlements in state and federal courts across the nation. Employing a team of top-notch attorneys, United Law Group leverages leading-edge technology to manage cases, support investigative efforts and ensure accurate, frequent communication with its clients. It puts together class action lawsuits when necessary in order to provide the best legal counsel to individuals who might not be able to resolve their issues without representation.