What’s the deal with KEL Attorneys?
It’s rare that I talk openly about other foreclosure defense attorneys or bankruptcy firms, especially in a manner that could be construed as negative. I respect the foreclosure defense industry a great deal, as I do most of the attorneys in it. That said, I’m exceptionally concerned about some things I’ve seen in recent days from Kaufman, Englett & Lynd PLLC, a.k.a. KEL Attorneys.
First, there was this article, which explains how KEL has been banned from practicing bankruptcy law in the Middle District of Florida. Banned! I don’t know the particulars, but I have to imagine there were some serious offenses here to cause a judge to take such an extreme measure.
Meanwhile, I am suing KEL Title Insurance Group on behalf of a client. The case has nothing at all to do with mortgage foreclosure; it’s a title insurance issue. Apparently, however, KEL Attorneys have parlayed me being opposing counsel in this lawsuit into the mistaken belief that I am somehow an existing client of KEL on a pending foreclosure case.
To illustrate, in recent days, I hae received multiple email solicitations from KEL Attorneys, including one trying to solicit me for credit repair and another trying to solicit me for a lawsuit under the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act. In a third email, KEL gave me a login and password to my own, personal page on their website, where they were supposedly storing confidential information about my pending foreclosure lawsuit. The emails are such that KEL clearly believes I am an existing client of theirs in a pending foreclosure case.
I don’t have a foreclosure lawsuit against me, and I certainly don’t have KEL Attorneys representing me in such a lawsuit. I can only speculate that KEL believes otherwise because I’m opposing counsel in a lawsuit against their title company. Respectfully, though, it’s quite a stretch to think I’m an existing client in a pending foreclosure simply because you got my name as opposing counsel in a pleading in a non-foreclosure case. Is that a mistake? Undoubtedly. But in my view, that’s a pretty big – and pretty careless - mistake.
I’ve seen KEL advertise a lot – TV, radio, etc. It seems that Matt Englett, their managing partner, does nothing except advertise. Respectfully, it seems to me like KEL should be doing a little less advertising and pay a little closer attention to their files. That sounds harsh, but they have a lot of cases, and Florida homeowners deserve better.