Roy Oppenheim spent about one hour on the phone with The New York Times real estate reporter David Streitfeld talking about what it’s like to be a foreclosure defense attorney. Although Oppenheim has been practicing real estate law including foreclosure defense since 1989 starting out on Wall Street, there is no doubt the past two years have been the busiest helping homeowners fashion their own bailout. Oppenheim’s strategy includes an educational component by hosting monthly foreclosure defense workshops since October 2008.
Read Sunday’s New York Times cover story Oppenheim contributed to Taking on a Second Mortgage to Pay the Foreclosure Lawyer and below is an excerpt
“Until recently, foreclosure defense would have been considered the lowest of the low — below the divorce guys, below ambulance chasers,” said Mr. Oppenheim, who practices in Weston, Fla. “The idea was inconceivable that you might have legitimate defenses when your client did not pay the bank that had lent them a sum of money.”