4/19/2012 - Tom Fritzlen was elected to the
Legal League 100 Inaugural Advisory Board, and will Chair the Client
Relations Subcommittee. The announcement was made at the Legal League
100 Spring Servicer Summit in Dallas.
4/14/2012 to 4/18/2012 - Attorney Kevin
McManus, in his capacity as Missouri State Representative, will travel
to Brazil as a member of a Missouri trade delegation lead by Governor
Jay Nixon. The delegation hopes to expand new markets, increase
Missouri’s exports to Brazil, and expand cultural and educational
partnerships. Read the whole story
2/21/2012 to 2/24/2012 -
Berry F. Laws, III, Tom Fritzlen and Jane Woll attended the MBA’s
National Mortgage Servicing Conference & Expo in
FL. Tom spoke on the panel for
Litigation Update: Addressing the Challenges of HAMP and HAFA.
1/10/2012 - Berry F. Laws, III, Thomas J.
Fritzlen, Amy Wilson and Jane Woll attended and participated in the
Denver REO/Default Symposium put on by the Default Attorney Group. Tom
spoke on the panel for Foreclosure Basics for the REO Department, as
well as Emerging Municipal Regulatory Enforcement, Violations and
Liens & Property Preservation. Amy spoke on the panel for The Closing
and Issues Effecting Title/Closing.
11/3/2011 - Attorney Amy Ryan publishes two
articles in the August 2011 release of the USFN Report newsletter.
Click on a link below to view the article.
Tearing Down Invisible Walls Substantive Consolidation in Chapter 11
Claimant Standing: A Proposed Local BK Rule
10/12/2011 - KC Connections has named Desarae
Harrah as one of the 2011 top 40 professionals in Kansas City under
forty. Only Kansas City's top professionals were given consideration
for this honor. Desarae was chosen for her dedication to the
community, outstanding leadership qualities and charitable spirit!
9/27/2011 to 9/-30/2011 - Berry F. Laws, III
attended the Texas Mortgage Bankers Association Convention, which was
held at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas, TX.
9/21/2011 - Berry F. Laws, III, Thomas J.
Fritzlen and Beverly M. Weber recently attended the Default Attorney
Group training session in Columbus, OH. Beverly spoke on bankruptcy,
Tom spoke on foreclosures and both Tom and Berry spoke on Hot Topics.
9/15/2011 to 9/18/2011 - Berry F. Laws, III
and Tom Fritzlen attended the USFN Executive Servicer Summit held in
White Sulpher Springs, WV.
9/11/2011 to 9/13/2011 - Dallas, TX.
Berry F. Laws, III, Tom Fritzlen and Jane Woll recently
attended The Five Star Default Servicing Conference and Expo held at
the Hilton Anatole. During
the conference the Legal League 100 held a symposium, in which Berry
served on the panel for Current Housing Market and Economy - Is
Recovery on the Horizon?
Tom also was the facilitator for the panel entitled Foreclosure
8/28/2011 to 8/30/2011 - Berry F. Laws, III
attended the 39th Annual Western States Loan Servicing Conference in
8/17/2011 to 8/19/2011 – Berry F. Laws, Thomas
J. Fritzlen and Jane Woll attended the 2011 LPS Default Servicing
Conference in Denver, CO.
8/3/2011 to 8/6/2011 – Amy T. Ryan, Mindy
Maune and Carrie Mermis attended the NACTT Annual Meeting in Anaheim,
7/30/2011 to 7/42011 – Berry F. Laws, III and
Jane Woll attended the CoreLogic Conference and CitiFinancial Attorney
Summit in Orlando, FL.
8/19/2011 to 8/22/2011 – Berry F. Laws, III
attended the ALFN’s 9th Annual Leadership Conference in Bonita
8/23/2011 Sara Faubion has been selected to
participate in the 9th annual Kansas City Metropolitan Bar
Association's Bar Leadership Academy. The academy's purpose is to
solicit and select emerging bar leaders who represent a cross section
of the greater Kansas City legal community.
8/1/2011 Martin, Leigh, Laws & Fritzlen, PC
was recently featured on the Giants of Default web page. Visit
the webpage here.
7/15/2011 Martin, Leigh, Laws & Fritzlen, PC
is pleased to announce that Mandi R. Hunter has been named a Partner
with the firm. Mandi practices in the areas of business and commercial
litigation and will lead the Special Assets Group for the firm. She
has been with MLL&F since 2005.
View Mandi Hunter's profile here...
7/8/2011 We are pleased to announce the launch
of our premier issue of "In Session", a new quarterly newsletter from
Martin, Leigh, Laws & Fritzlen, P.C. We hope this newsletter will be
entertaining and useful in the day-to-day management of your business.
Your feedback is both appreciated and welcome. To subscribe to the
7/5/2011 Robert D. Kroeker - Over the past
twenty years Martin, Leigh, Laws & Fritzlen, P.C. has enjoyed
substantial success in representing lenders both as plaintiffs and as
defendants. Most recently, one of our partners, Robert D. Kroeker, was
victorious in his defense of a bank in a "lender liability" suit filed
by a commercial real estate developer seeking over $23 million in
damages in Kansas state court. The plaintiff filed claims against the
lender, including breach of contract, breach of implied covenant of
good faith and fair dealing, negligent and fraudulent
misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference
with prospect business advantage and duress.
After extensive discovery Mr. Kroeker filed a
motion for summary judgment and ultimately prevailed on all counts.
Among other things, the court confirmed that there is no stand-alone
cause of action for duress in the state of Kansas. Duress can be
raised only as a defense. The court also held that any agreement to
lend money in the future, e.g. to keep renewing a promissory note, is
a credit agreement and is required to be in writing under the Kansas
statute of frauds. The court further acknowledged that a
lender-borrower relationship does not constitute a fiduciary
relationship barring special circumstances.
Over the past several years commercial
borrowers have been severely impacted by our distressed economy.
Lenders have experienced and can expect to continue to face lender
liability suits raising novel and creative theories of recovery.
Frustrated borrowers are looking for some way to recoup their losses
and some will bring such suits to pressure the lender into financing
or otherwise settling with the borrowers to avoid lengthy and costly
litigation. These attacks should be defended vigorously and
aggressively. For further information, call Bob Kroeker at
6/27/2011 Desarae Harrah (Kansas City –
Business/Real Estate Litigation) has been elected to the Kansas City
Centurions' Steering Committee. Sponsored by the Kansas City Chamber
of Commerce, the Centurions Leadership Program's two-year prepares a
representative cross section of the community's emerging leaders for
their role in shaping the future of Kansas City.
Miss Harrah will be responsible for
establishing specific Committee goals and responsibilities, managing
the standing committee assignments, performing the initial review of
special projects and situations that require consideration by the
active members, and facilitating continued focus on how Centurions can
become more engaged in service and leadership roles.
primary goal of this role is to work with The Greater Kansas City
Chamber of Commerce to foster an environment in which the membership
has significant opportunity to effectively learn, serve and lead in
the Greater Kansas City area. Centurions currently has over 70 active
members who represent corporations, government agencies, not-for
profit organizations, and area universities.
5/19/2011 and 5/20/2011 Berry F. Laws, III,
Tom Fritzlen and Desarae Harrah recently attended the Default Attorney
Group's 2nd Annual Jacksonville Training in Jacksonville, FL.
Berry co-paneled Hot Topics, while Tom spoke on the panel for
Foreclosure 101 and Desarae Foreclosure 102.
The training also covered bankruptcy and other trends in the
very well attended.
5/9/2011 to 5/11/2011
Berry F. Laws, III and Tom Fritzlen attended HousingWire's 2011
REthink Symposium, which was held in Pinehurst, NC.
5/14/2011 Richard Martin attended CoreLogic's
2011 Worm Burn charity golf tournament in Austin, TX. The tournament
raises money for organizations such as the Capital Area Food Bank, the
American Red Cross, and the American Cancer Society to name a few.
Richard's team finished nine under par, and the winners finished 15
4/7/2011 and 4/8/2011
Berry F. Laws, III and Jane Woll attended the Legal League 100
Symposium held in Dallas, TX.
Berry was a co-moderator for the session on New World Order:
Governments Role in Mortgage Banking.
3/30/2011 Berry Laws
was interviewed by KMBC 9 news about a funeral home receivership that
See the interview here…
Attorney Group announces the induction of two new law firms.
Read the article here…
3/27/2011 Attorney David P. Renovitch
published an article in The March/April edition of REOMAC magazine.
The article is titled, "The Rise in Sanctions for E-Discovery
to 3/25/2011 Berry F. Laws, III, Thomas J. Fritzlen and Jane Woll
attended the USFN’s Loan Management Conference in
3/20/2011 to 3/24/2011 Desarae Harrah attended the Independent
Community Bankers of America Annual Convention in
San Diego, CA.
3/14/2011 to 3/17/2011 Berry F. Laws, III
attended the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association’s West
Conference in New Port Beach,
2/22/2011 to 2/25/2011 Berry
F. Laws, III, Thomas J. Fritzlen, Desarae Harrah and Jane Woll
attended the MBA's National Mortgage Servicing Conference and Expo,
which was held in Dallas, TX. Desarae
Harrah spoke on the panel regarding Litigation Updates.
Pictured are Tom Fritzlen and Jane Woll working the Default
Attorney Group (DAG) Booth in the Exhibit Hall.