EDWARDS & CLARKSON, P.A.
412 N.E. 4th Street
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida 33301
February 4, 2012
The scathing rebuke by the “Report of Inquiry” of our investigations into abuses of Floridians in the wave of foreclosures overtaking the State is impossible to reconcile with our outstanding evaluations, awards and recognition bestowed on us by Bill McCollum, the former Attorney General, his Chief Assistant Bob Hannah, his Director of Economic Crimes, Mary Leontakianakos and the Prudential-Davis Productivity Award.
The report is ridiculous, as we all know the AG is free to fire employees at will. A truly independent inquiry would have looked into the allegations that the AG misused her power to fire employees based on her relationship with politically connected targets of our investigations. Sadly, this was not the case as the sham inquiry focused on messy desks. The vicious attack, claiming we conducted slow and shallow investigations pointedly ignores the undisputed results our investigations achieved, which included:
• exposure of “robo-signing” and other abuses in Florida, resulting in the beginning of the end of the era of the “foreclosure mill” law firms in the State of Florida;
• the first settlement in the United States regarding “robo-signing” when we negotiated a $2 million dollar settlement with the Law Offices of Marshall C. Watson, P.A.;
• bringing national attention to the many abuses of homeowners in foreclosure litigation as well as to the heart of the legal system and the country’s land records through fraudulent documents;
•creating a roadmap for the other states’ Attorneys General to investigate the deceptive and unfair foreclosure practices being perpetrated on consumers.
The chapter of our employment by the Attorney General of the State of Florida is now closed and we have opened a new chapter with the opening of our law firm, Edwards & Clarkson, P.A., in south Florida. We are comfortable relying on the people of the State of Florida reaching their own conclusions regarding the Report of Inquiry.
We will continue to help the citizens of the State of Florida in our private practice as well as future involvement with civic causes to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive practices and to support others in these same causes, regardless of political affiliation.
A copy of the report can be read here…