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Banking Litigation and Consumer Finance Defense

Banking Litigation and Consumer Finance Defense


We represent national and regional banks, and other financial institutions in litigations throughout the United States, involving banking law, commercial foreclosures and asset recovery, fraud and business torts, debtor-creditor disputes, lender liability, inter-creditor disputes, and Uniform Commercial Code issues. The following are some highlights that distinguish us from other firms practicing in these areas of the law.

Experience and Results. Our team of experienced trial lawyers has successfully recovered well over one hundred million dollars on defaulted loans and foreclosed and obtained title to many, highly-valued commercial properties. We also have defended clients in hundreds of banking and consumer finance defensive litigations throughout the United States. In the past two years alone, we defended over 150 actions in Florida, North Carolina, Maryland, Kentucky, Connecticut, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Vermont and Minnesota, with nearly all claims expeditiously dismissed with no payment by our clients. In fact, we recovered more money from debtor-claimants than our clients paid out in settlements in these defensive litigations.

Efficiency, Effectiveness and Economy. We recognize that litigation arises within a business context. True success in litigation, therefore, requires obtaining favorable results quickly, which limits the cost of the conflict. To this end, we use smaller teams with deeper knowledge of the facts and applicable law in each case. We attack each new case and devise aggressive, phased strategies designed to maximize benefits, minimize exposure for our clients, and achieve very favorable resolutions without protracted litigation. We are committed to the objective of achieving superior results with strong cost discipline and offer innovative pricing structures for the management of multi-state litigation portfolios with success criteria.

Preparation and Knowledge. Being prepared is paramount. The source of skillful action is knowledge. We conduct regular audits of the online court dockets to determine the latest litigation practices being used by debt reduction and consumer law firms, and proactively develop pre-litigation protocols and tailored litigation plans to protect our clients and quickly dispose of these claims. To that end, we receive docket alerts for any filings against banking institutions.

Reputation. We are known for our persistence, determination, and skill in the pursuit of remedies for our clients and defense of claims against them. Our attorneys have the experience and respected business acumen necessary to devise and implement practical, creative solutions needed to expeditiously and cost-effectively secure the maximum recoveries for our clients under difficult circumstances. Our attorneys have earned a reputation, among many of the law firms that file the highest volume of consumer litigations against banks and other financial institutions, as tough, talented, and tenacious litigators, who tirelessly protect our clients and aggressively pursue dismissal of claims on the merits, with no payment in settlement.

March 5, 2021Michael Saffer featured in Patch Article on his More Than $8M Settlements in the past 12 months


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March 7, 2019Michael Bevacqua and Brian Block Receive Favorable Judgement on Behalf of National Bank Client

We are pleased to announce that attorneys Michael Bevacqua and Brian Block recently prevailed in the New York Appellate Division, First Department, on behalf of their national bank client. The appeals court affirmed summary judgment in favor of the bank, resulting in the complete dismissal of the plaintiff general contractor's six-figure claim against the bank for payment of two checks related to a construction project in New York City....

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February 28, 2019Michael Bevacqua and Brian Block Co-authored Article for NJLJ Entitled "Insureds' Misrepresentations in Coverage Litigation Do Not Count"

Michael Bevacqua, Co-Chair of the Firm's Banking Litigation and Consumer Finance Defense Practice and Brian Block, an Associate in the group, co-authored an article for the New Jersey Law Journal entitled "Insureds' Misrepresentations in Coverage Litigation Do Not Count."...

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13 Feb2017 Mandelbaum Barrett Year in Review

We are pleased to share our 2017 Year in Review which highlights some of the Firm's notable successes during the last year. We are thankful to our clients who have allowed us to continue doing what we love. We continue to expand our practice areas and bench to reflect our clients needs....

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8 NovMandelbaum Barrett Receives High Rankings in Best Law Firms by U.S. News and World Report for 9th Year in a Row

Mandelbaum Barrett has once again received high rankings in the 2018 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms." The firm received "Metropolitan Tier 1" rankings in Real Estate Law and Securitization and Structured Finance Law; "Metropolitan Tier 2" Rankings in Litigation - Banking & Finance; and "Metropolitan Tier 3" rankings in Commercial Litigation, Banking & Finance Law, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Environmental Law and Litigation - Real Estate....

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15 AugSeven Mandelbaum Barrett Attorneys Recognized By Their Peers In Best Lawyers in America 2018

We are proud to announce that 7 of our attorneys were selected to The Best Lawyers in America© 2018 edition*. Inclusion on this list of the top practitioners in various areas of practice across the United States is an honor as it is bestowed by fellow attorneys. Best Lawyers* is regarded as one of the most respected peer-review publications in the legal profession....

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