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  • « Our Godly Heritage: Not a thing of the past | Home | Action Update on “Christian Lawyers of America, Inc.” Consumer Warning »

    Consumer Warning: Christian Lawyers of America, Inc.

    By Stephen Bloom | March 2, 2010

    Be careful out there folks!

    Just because a company uses the phrase “Christian Lawyers” in its name doesn’t mean it will reflect genuine Christian ethics and professionalism.

    I’ve been getting research alerts on consumer complaints about a company called Christian Lawyers of America, Inc., a company that claims it “has the experience and the network to protect you legally against creditors, lenders and banks.”

    Well, the Better Business Bureau of the Southland (California, where the company in question is based) gives Christian Lawyers of America, Inc., a resounding “F” grade, warning consumers:  ”We strongly question the company’s reliability for reasons such as that they have failed to respond to complaints, their advertising is grossly misleading, they are not in compliance with the law’s licensing or registration requirements, their complaints contain especially serious allegations, or the company’s industry is known for its fraudulent business practices.”

    Question: Have you been scammed by a lawyer who claims to be a Christian? 

    Topics: Christian lawyer, scam alert |

    92 Responses to “Consumer Warning: Christian Lawyers of America, Inc.”

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    2. Burned By CLOA Says:
      March 10th, 2010 at 6:38 pm

      I tried to do my research about this company before hiring them. I contacted multiple staff members of the radio stations where they advertised last year, including speaking directly to Frank Pastore at KKLA who raved about Matt McCormick. We paid them a total of $7k for a Loan Modification and Debt Settlement. What we’ve experienced since has been nothing short of a nightmare.

      We have been shuffled from one lawyer to another (over a dozen). Spent months at a time without getting any calls back (where we are now). And using the tactics they instructed us to do with our creditors has ruined our credit so much more than if we’d have just gone 90 days late. Now facing foreclosure.

      No greater shame can there be than to put the word “Christian” in the name of a criminal company that takes advantage of trusting, Godly souls who wind up RUINED by their malfeasance.

      I’ve given Mr. McCormick EVERY OPPORTUNITY to avert the onslaught of exposure I’m about to unleash with every consumer news department of every TV station and newspaper in Los Angeles. I’m also gonna spread the word in every corner of online social networking so that others may be forewarned.

    3. Carmela Bozulich Says:
      March 11th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

      Dear Burned–my husband & I are right there with you. We’ve been in the midst of a void with them since April 2009. Paid them $3000 for debt settlement, now we’re having to file bankruptcy and my wages are being garnished. I sent letters to Terry Fahy & Frank Pastore of KKLA, and Mike McCormick promptly called me, made all kinds of promises that were never kept. I’m filing a complaint with the State Bar, and we may file a lawsuit.

    4. martha Says:
      March 16th, 2010 at 8:10 pm

      I’ve been through a similar situation. I’m close to reporting Mr. McCormick to the BBB and the Bar Assoc.

    5. Got Dupped Says:
      March 18th, 2010 at 5:12 pm

      I too was hung out to dry by these people, Matt McCormick, Deborah Harvey, and Charles Chen. Paid them $3500 for a home mod in Oct. 2009, sent them every docs that they requested and never received any kind of services except empty promises. Then came the foreclosure notices. These people are LYING THIEVES AND HAS NO RESPECT FOR ANYBODY EXCEPT THEMSELVES!!!!

      I was also convinced because of Frank Pastore, how he’d had raved about them. I’d totally trusted Frank and KKLA, guess I was wrong to. I think his show is partly responsible as well for selling CLA out to be the one who looks out for God’s people. To this day, I’m in foreclosure and facing a sale date on my home. I don’t trust Frank Pastore as I did before, no matter how he plays to be a Godly person… he’d never did talked about this on his show of the finding of fraud or helping us victims put a closure to all this but covering their own behinds.

      I should’ve been a better fruit inspector…

      But I blame Matt McCormick and his thugs at whole. Please continue to keep these posting alive and spread the words, I have already reported them to BBB, next it’s the state bar, and so forth.

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    7. Stephen Bloom Says:
      March 23rd, 2010 at 2:11 pm

      UPDATE - Received the following today from lawyer on staff at State Bar of California:

      The State Bar of California (the agency responsible regulating and disciplining attorneys admitted to the practice of law in California) has formed a Loan Modification Taskforce in order to deal specifically with attorney misconduct in loan modification cases. If you believe you have been the victim of illegal or unethical behavior by an attorney in a loan modification matter, you have the right to file a complaint with the State Bar against that attorney. If you choose to file a complaint, please do so as soon as possible because if you wait too long the State Bar may be barred from taking action against the attorney.

      The California State Bar’s website is www.calbar.ca.gov

      You can get further information on how to file a complaint and download a complaint form at http://calbar.ca.gov/state/calbar/calbar_generic.jsp?cid=10179&id=1144

    8. Linda Says:
      March 23rd, 2010 at 2:24 pm

      We are also victims of Christian Lawyers of America. We heard them from a Christian radio station and I went to their seminar at a church here in San Diego. We thought we can trust them because of the Christian name and their advise sounds good. I even referred several church friends to also get help from them on their debt problems. McCormick signed a contract with us to do our loan modification and debt settlement and we paid them $4500 last April-June,2009 . They only did the initial filing of cease and desist letter, and made few calls to our creditors. Then the people who works for McCormick just quit because they were not getting paid. After that, our have been transfered to different people and different law firms, but no progress in our case. Now our creditors are suing us. We are in deeper financial trouble than before.
      I hope this posting will warn other people especially the trusting Christians not to be a victim like us. Or maybe we can get a class action suit, if we can get enough people to file a complaint againts Christian Lawyers of America. Any real God fearing attorney who can help us?

    9. Lloyd Says:
      March 24th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

      My wife and I went to a Christian Laywers of America seminar Oct. 2009 and have given $5K to this point. At first we were able to contact someone and then it was only the answering service. CLA then had another law office contact us and after I sent the package to them I received a letter from that firm that stated that they would no longer represent us due to non-payment by CLA. How do we go about getting our money back? Please advise…

    10. Matthew McCormick Says:
      March 25th, 2010 at 1:43 am

      Mortgage modification has been taking longer than expected due to delays from the banks in processing the modifications. Most of the work on mortgage modifications is done at the beginning of process. The staff is left to wait for the bank to approve or disapprove the modifications. Christian Lawyers has resubmitted modification packages at no charge to clients when the lender disapproves the first modification application. We continually attempt to get our clients’ modifications completed. Sometimes when the bank does not approve the modification in the time frame the clients want, they become frustrated and take that frustration out on the law firm, not the bank. Modifications are voluntary negotiations with the bank and sometimes the bank takes longer than any of us would want. Our agreements do not specify a time frame because we are negotiating with the bank and the bank ultimately decides if the client is approved for a modification. This year we have focused our efforts on completing the processing of all active modifications.

      In debt settlement, the process takes time. We have never stated an absolute time frame in our agreements as negotiation with the creditors is also a voluntary negotiation. Sometimes our clients either choose not to pay their debts or are unable to. We continue to work on the debt settlment regardless of our clients choice. In the instances when our clients choose not to pay their debts, the banks sometimes choose to file litigation against them.

      Christian Lawyers of America still continues to work hard to serve our clients in both mortgage modification and debt settlement. We are not perfect. But let he who has not sinned or made mistakes cast stones at the firm or Matthew McCormick. Comments such as these have only made serving our clients more challenging, but as long as God gives us the ability to serve our clients, we will serve and we will not let this detract from our mission: serving the body of Christ through working to reduce their monthly mortgage payments and significantly reducing or eliminating their debts.

      I encourage all of you to let Christian Lawyers of America and Matthew McCormick complete their work for you and stop trying to damage them. CLA and its staff really do care about you and want to help you. Destroying the firm or Matthew McCormick will only make service far more difficult for the many families that we serve. You are talking about a man who has a wife and three children and is doing everything he can to to help assure that service continues to be provided for each client. Everyone who is communicating with us, continues to be served.

      We too have been damaged. Some of our clients have taken out their financial stress on the CLOA staff and Matthew McCormick directly. I urge all of you to contact Christian Lawyers of America and Matthew McCormick directly rather than spreading negative information on the internet. Let them continue to fulfill their mission.

      To any that feel that they have not been served in the time frame that they wanted to be served, we offer our sincere apologies. However, we will continue to help you with the issues you have brought to us. God bless you and your families.

    11. Joe Says:
      March 28th, 2010 at 10:24 pm

      Mr. McCormick, I have tried numerous times to contact you directly but either the number is no longer valid, is forwarded to another number, my certified letter directly to you have been also forwarded and the carlsbad office claims the letter has yet to be forwarded. It would be more “Godly” to confront your clients and speak to them rather than post something via website. By the way, I am still waiting for your personal response.

    12. Lloyd Says:
      March 30th, 2010 at 1:02 am

      Joe, I agree with you. A simple phone call Mr.Mc Cormick like the one you made to me in December 2009, explaining to me personally (or one of your staff) what direction we are going in. All I ask is to be in the “loop”. If anything you and your staff have been so elusive that it is so easy to feel as if we have been taken advantage of. What recourse do we have when you and your staff are so “unreachable”? Help us to understand why you and your staff do not return calls, emails, and text messages. Like my last text to you stated, “GOD knows my heart and yours and he sees all that is going on”. Make it right with your clients and communicate with us. Praying for you, Lloyd

    13. Mary Sue Says:
      March 31st, 2010 at 12:52 pm

      I would like to respond on behalf of the company called christain lawyers of america. ive been with the company since it started. ive watched it barely begin to expand to a broad space of new development. Every company, every situation has a clay that needs to be whipped into shape. Matthew Mccormick has invested his personal and professional time to secure his company and get it to the place that he is striving for. There are employees that were giving incorrect information to clients, promising what they could not deliver. which ultimately caused the downfall of so many consumers, and there situations.. there are 10 new employees that have been carefully selected by a mortgage professional that has been in the business for over 20 Years. I would like to personally speak on the behalf of this company in a whole, and defend matthew mccormick and say that He is the root of christian lawyers of america, we had to shake some leaves to Get some that will never blow away. God bless anyone and everyone that has dealt with our company, and has not gotten the results that they had hoped for… New Hopes.New Dreams. New Results

    14. Ken Says:
      March 31st, 2010 at 7:53 pm

      Beware all. I was referred to a company called Freedom Law Center, headed by Matthew McCormick. There was no mention of Christian Lawyers of America in my contract. About two weeks after I signed up, my debt settlement case was transferred to another law firm and that’s when I learned CLA was involved. I have had the same difficulties as all other bloggers above, paying $2944 up front and having no contact with McCormick. A spokesman, Paul Hernandez, repeatedly told me everything was going fine. But I decided to stop the case. I refused to sign onto the lawyer referred to me, and he has dropped the case. I sent a letter to McCormick discharging him and his firm from the case. That was nearly a month ago, but have had no communication since. I am now demanding a refund of the base fee.
      Is it possible we might all form a class-action suit?
      Ken

    15. Lloyd Says:
      April 4th, 2010 at 2:19 pm

      Mary Sue & Mark, As you can see, paint the picture how ever you want, we all are wanting you to communicate with your clients. This seems to be a reacurring theem in our bolgs concerning your firm. Matt, you state that you are working on the files of your clients, PROVE IT! Start by picking up the phone and making appointments with those of us who have given you money we do not have, and show us what you have done on our behalf. STEP-UP, BE A MAN AND ADDRESS OUR ISSUES AND CONCERNS. AWAITNG YOUR LONG OVERDUE REPLY. BETTER YET, TELL ME WHEN TO CALL YOUR PHONE (THE ONE YOU DO NOT ANSWER) AND WE WILL TALK.

    16. Susan Says:
      April 5th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

      I also have been scammed by the CLA. My case was transferred to Donald Green and Associates. Unfortunately, I received a letter from Mr. Green stating that he could not take my case. I have contacted CLA several times and have not gotten a call back. I don’t believe they are trying to help clients. T too got acquainted through with them through the Frank Pastore show last august and gave them fees upfront for my debt settlement. CLA also made false claims that they could negotiate the debt settlement not affecting my credit. That was a lie. I want a refund. If I don’t get it, I am willing to be involved in a class action lawsuit. Matt should be disbarred.
      Matt, how do you sleep at night? So you shall sow, So you shall reap.

    17. Paul Says:
      April 7th, 2010 at 12:42 pm

      I two have been shuffled from lawyer to lawyer. I paid
      44k to negociate $300k my loans I could have used the
      money to settel them myself I get no calls from Matt Mc Cormick I may loose my home and have
      to claim bankrpcy, which is what Christian Lawyers said they will prevent. this has been going on for about a year. I guess the only thing I can do now is find a lawyer to sue Matt Mc Cormick.

    18. Joe Says:
      April 8th, 2010 at 6:50 pm

      Mary sue-what do you mean about God bless anyone and everyone etc… New Hopes, New dreams New Results? What are YOU guys going to do to resovle this unethical practice? Don’t profess your allegiance to our Lord when YOU and this company you work for is hurting everyone. I have not heard either a phone call, email or letter. I HAVE SENT 2 REGISTERED LETTERS-in the past 2 weeks and the first was forwarded to another address and the Carlsbad address was returned. so if you had hired 10 new employees, where are the return phone calls? I would think Mr. McCormiok should have “some” compassion and guilt trip for EVERYONE that has been financially affected-shouldn’t he then have one of those new employees try and put out the enormous fire? This company ripped me off $6200 without any actions, creditors calling me left and am now in worse finances that before. Mr. McCormick you stated that everyone who is communicating with you-continues to be serve?! Will you please tell what form of communication are you using because I haven’t received not one phone call, no letters in the mail, and I check my email everyday. My patience is wearing thin and no one should have to go through this-YOU MUST PROVE YOUR INTENTIONS.

    19. Zaya R Says:
      April 11th, 2010 at 8:33 pm

      Mr. McCormick. Your words are meaningless and (still) without merit as you mock us with an appeal for your family and comfortable existence. We are the same people who, in good faith, have paid you for services that remain undelivered and yet you wish to silence us for the cause of those clients you say you’re actually working for? The bigger picture is the loss of potential and future clients for you and it is to those poor souls we cry out!

      Your Bible reference to John 8:7 was spoken by Jesus Christ THE Lord and Savior who knows the hearts of men. It was not written as a defense for poor behavior. The God that we serve calls us to forgive you and you to return sevenfold what you have taken.

      What you are doing is wrong and hopefully criminal. If we are denied our day in court with you, so be it…then our cases will be heard and tried in the court of public opinion.

      Repent Mr. McCormick and make rightful restitution. The shroud of deceit that you are operating under is about to see the light…

      Now to our fellow prisoners of this nightmare – we are grieved to hear so many people going through the same hell that we are. We are ashamed to admit that we are in this mess because we took our eyes off of God in the first place, but we are confident He will see us through.

      JOIN WITH US to stop this from happening to even one more person. As soon as we can save the money (and borrow a credit card) we intend to put up a websight. Pray for that. For now, bless the BBB for providing a forum for victims to speak out.

      In the meantime, let your voices be heard too.

      Senator Gilbert Cedillo and Speaker of Assembly John Perez hold the district seats in Los Angeles where Freedom Law Center is currently doing business. Speaker Perez’s focus is to help homeowners, prevent foreclosures and secure federal funding…how ironic that a large cause of this is coming from his own backyard…Call them, write them, go visit at the district office.

      Senator Dennis Hollingsworth and Assembly Member Joel Anderson hold the district seats for the La Mesa office that Shawn Murphy was supposedly working out of. By the way, the Clerk for the City of La Mesa was surprised to hear CLA was doing business in the area as they have no record of issuing a business license. Senator Hollingsworth sits on the Labor and Industrial Relations Committee as well as the Transportation and Housing Committee. Assembly Member Anderson’s work in office has earned him “Legislator of the Year Awards” from the CA State Sheriffs Assoc. and the San Diego Deputy District Attorney’s Office.

      Senator Fran Pavley and Assembly Member Bob Blumenfield hold the district seats for the Woodland Hills address. Senator Pavley is a huge advocate for consumer protection. Assembly Member Blumenfield sits on the Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media Committee.

      The State Bar Association is very concerned in the ethical behavior of the attorney’s they license. The FBI takes interest in the use of the internet for fraudulent purposes and particularly when the activities cross state lines. The FCC has interest in the use of cell phones for fraudulent activity. The Secretary of State’s office maintains proper business filings for businesses operating in CA. The California Attorney General’s office is interested in fraudulent, unfair and illegal activities that victimize consumers and the U.S. Attorney’s Office takes interest when these activities cross state lines.

      Join us and speak up!

      Let all that is said, be said in truth and let the sifting begin….

    20. Laura Ramirez Says:
      April 11th, 2010 at 10:13 pm

      I also am a victim of Christian Lawyers of America. I too paid for a loan mod in January 2009 after listening to a Frank Pastore radio program. They did great at first, called me regularly and I had a loan mod in February 2009. I was so happy that in March I scraped up enough to get debt settlement help. Everything seemed to being going well with the loan mod but I heard absolutely nothing on the debt settlement until Sept. 2009.

      That is when I was contacted by their Woodland Hills office. I received a welcome letter in September and spoke to a lawyer on the phone one time. After that, I never received a response.

      My story is over a year long with 6 months of attempts to get help from CLA via emails, phone calls, upon phone calls only to receive no response. I finally filed complaint with BBB who attempted to contact CLA and received no response from CLA.

      BBB closed my complaint as unresolved and suggested I file a complaint with the state bar, which I did. I contacted KKLA in an attempt to get help from Frank Pastore. I was able to get the direct email of Matthew McCormick and began emailing and phoning him.

      Once Mr. McCormick heard that I had filed a complaint with the state bar, he called me immediately and asked to speak to me. I gave him my direct phone and he never called me back. I tried again to contact him directly and he only responded by email telling me to call the number that I had been calling for months with no return calls.

      I received a letter from the State Bar letting me know that they have opened up an investigation regarding my complaint.

      My mother died in January and left me just enough money to pay off my debt. When I called the bank to pay off my debt, they indicated to me that the only contact they received from CLA was a cease and desist letter in October of 2009, seven months after I paid the retainer.The bank received no other contact from CLA.

      My last email to Matthew McCormick was a demand for a refund of the 3500.00 retainer I paid for a debt settlement I never received any help on since March of 2009. He has not responded nor given any indication that he plans to.

      In addition, I have filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

      Mr. McCormick-I am only speaking the truth. All who have shared in these comments have not damaged CLA, CLA has damaged itself with the lack of responding to its many clients. How can you possibly say you are doing a ministry when you will not return frantic calls from your clients who need your help. Even if you mistakenly took on more clients than you can handle, the LEAST you could have done was call us and let us know what the situation was and you did not do that.
      I gave you more than enough chances to do that and your firm and you did not do that.

    21. Doris Bennett Says:
      April 12th, 2010 at 1:14 pm

      I too was scammed by Christian Lawyers of America. One of their employees left the company and said that the Christian Lawyers was a big scam I paid them $3500 and received nothing but unreturned phone calls and no modification. I plan to file a complaint with the District Attorney’s office to try to recover my money. They are a big lying scam. Mathew McCormick should be disbarred for his fraudulent business practices..\

    22. Got Dupped Says:
      April 12th, 2010 at 7:46 pm

      First off Mr. McCormick, the devil quotes scriptures as you do, OUT OF CONTEXT. Don’t try to make it like you’re doing us any justice when clearly you aren’t. You’d talked about your family, what about our family? What about the family whose houses are already in foreclosure and facing a sale date? How many family have you deliberately destroyed?

      So DON’T try to imply that we’re lying and out to damage you and your firm, when you know very well we are speaking the TRUTH, it’s all been a SHAM. Why all the hiding then? Pick up that phone and start dialing, or maybe you can put on another seminar for Q and A? Refund? Don’t hold your breath people.

      Mr. McCormick, despite of your effort to paint yourself as honest and noble, IT’S NOT WORKING. People here knows what you and CLA are really about now. We will continue to speak out and report you or any scammers to the appropriate agencies.

      This was never about your family, it’s about you, your integrity… a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Stop hiding behind your family and make right for your mischievous behavior.

      God’s mercy be upon you.

    23. victor hernandez Says:
      April 13th, 2010 at 5:52 pm

      I paid Christian lawyers of America 7k. I never got any resolution to my modification. I was told that the modicifation would take about 90-120 days. It took 120 days just to get my package summitted to the lender. By then I was in default and going into foreclosure. I was forced to short sale the property. when I called to inform the modification person I was assigned to and that I was cancelling I was then passed on to someone else that said they actually worked at the bank I was trying to modify from and that they would be able to get the modification done. I didn’t have any more time. I asked for a refund which I was able to get in my original contract, but even like this I have not gotten a return call or check in the mail. My four month process wound up being 14 months to finally get the property sold. Please stay away from this firm.

    24. Matthew McCormick Says:
      April 14th, 2010 at 8:12 am

      Christian Lawyers of America is currently working hard to complete all files that we have for modification and debt settlement. Despite this, we have been attacked, which makes our job much more difficult. Attacking the firm in any manner is not the answer here, we are helping many families. CLA is working to complete the existing files, not to bring in new clients. If attacks are made, resources have to be used to defend against those attacks and valuable time is used to defend that should be used on completing the work on the client files. Just because the work is not done yet, does not mean that it is not in the process of being done. I urge all of you to forgive and to let us complete the work that we need to for our clients.

    25. Fernando and Ana Torres Says:
      April 16th, 2010 at 1:01 am

      Att: Matthew McCormick
      From Fernando and Ana Torres

      Dear Sir,
      We are listeners of the Frank Pastore show in the afternoons on KKLA (99.5FM). On March 2009 we started having difficulties paying some credit cards because Fernando was forced to retired early due to the impact of the economy in the industry he was working in. Fernando is the only breadwinner at home. Frank Pastore was advertising and recommending the Christian Layers of America as a team of Christian Lawyers who were able to help families like us that had credit card debt. He was advertising Mr. McCormick as the CEO of the experienced attorneys specialized in debt settlement and mortgage modification.
      We called CLA at the La Mesa California offices, Geordan Rupp took our application on March 15, 2009 and a cashier’s check for $3,500.00 was mailed via express mail on April 9, 2009, plus a $500.00 discount coupon printed out off of KKLA’s advertising.(attention to Mark 858-433-1822) Other credit card authorization were signed too. As Geordan Rupp instructed us, were to keep track of every creditor that called us. We were giving thanks to God to be represented and protected by one of the most trusted legal firm in the country that offered more than loan modification.
      Geordan Rupp (account executive) emailed us that Bob Ree’s (858-605-4599) was going to be the lawyer who will take care of our case. After some time trying to contact and communicate with Bob Ree’s, Fernando was able to talk to him. He told Fernando that he was going to represent our case with the credit card companies and flag our file.
      Passing some time and not able to communicate anymore with Bob Ree’s, we found out that neither Mr. Rupp nor Mr. Ree’s were no longer working for Christian Lawyers for America. After us calling CLA offices in San Diego for several days, we found out that the file for our case had been moved to the Woodland Hills office. When Fernando called CLA in Woodland Hills, he spoke to Joanna a couple of times. She told him that Liberty was going to handle our case. On a later day, Joanna told him to call James Reuels (858-779-9207). When Fernando called, James gave him the run around on the phone and had not knowledge of the case neither where the file was. We had to send him copies of all the paper work that was previously submitted to CLA in San Diego via fax.
      On Sept. 25, 2009, we received an email from Mercel Sweiss and Stephen Bellairs (debt file managers) with attached debt settlement credit info.
      Also James Revels (858-779-9207) send us another debt settlement credit info list we signed dated 9/29/09 and faxed it back to him.
      On January 27, 2010, we received a letter from the Law Offices of Donald A. Green saying that the Christian Lawyers of America transferred our case to them. On March 17, 2010, we received another letter from the Law Offices of Donald A. Green informing us that after receiving our case they were not able to be of any assistance to us. Therefore our file was been returned back into CLA offices in San Diego. Also the letter stated that Mr. McCormick was and has always been our attorney in our case. In addition, it showed a carbon copy sent to Mr. McCormick in San Diego, Cal.
      Wanting to let you know we have received a final notice from FIA card services (Bank of America cards ending 9841, 2298, 0561) that it will be send to third party collection agency and legal action on March 30, 2010. Is our file flagged?
      Also in the debt settlement info list, sign on 9/29/09, there were the three credit cards from Chase written again (ending in 4108, 6983, 1386).
      Mr. McCormick, We are trying to contact you as the attorney in our case. Please call Fernando at 626-434-0322 to give us a solution to this case. We used to have a very good credit and it has suffered in this process. We are trusting in your legal expertise and integrity to represent out debt settlement as it was advertised on KKLA.

      All the above was sent to you through email. If it’s true that you are working on the existing cases then communicate with the ones that have paid you for it or please return the money because we need it to solve this problem.

    26. Got Dupped Says:
      April 16th, 2010 at 6:06 pm

      Mr. McCormick, forgiveness is given but the repercussion of that sin will follow you. In REAL CHRISTIAN term “SOWING AND REAPING.”

      What about us who PAID you up front of 2009 in sum of $3500 or more excepting representation from your firm, whom are now in foreclosure and a sale date?

      Will you do the honorable thing and issue a refund to those whom had been hurt through your firm? Modification doesn’t help when you’re about or already lost your home. I don’t get it.

      What’s the new phone number to your office? All the ones I have are no longer in service. Woodland HIlls, San Diego office are NO longer there, so how do we contact you or are you going to keep making excuses/blog some more? All communication from your office STOPPED since my check cleared and that was in 2009 PAID IN FULL.

      Out of the blue you’re telling us that you’re working on the our modification? WHAT MODIFICATION?!!! My house is in the brink of being sold and I’d hired the CLA back in October 2009 without a peep from you and your firm since my check cleared.

      These posting aren’t attack, we are speaking truth through our experiences with you and the Christian Lawyers of America.

    27. Zaya R Says:
      April 18th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

      Mr. McCormick:

      By all account of the details written here, you and your associates have been negligent with not only our contracts with you – it is clear that there are other victims as well. We no longer authorize you to speak on our behalf and have contacted the following agencies to ensure that this (clearly) fraudulent activity will be address by the proper authorities.

      We have composed complaints with the following to speak on our behalf:

      California Department of Justice
      California State Bar (bar # 182543)
      California District Attorneys Office
      Secretary of State
      Better Business Bureau
      Federal Bureau of Investigation
      Federal Communications Commission
      Internal Revenue Services
      U.S. Attorneys Office
      U.S. Department of Justice

      We have also composed letters to the following:

      Senator Gilbert Cedillo
      Senator Dennis Hollingsworth
      Senator Fran Pavley
      Speaker of the Assembly John Perez
      Assembly Member Joe Anderson
      Assembly Member Bob Blumenfield

      Anyone interested in knowing if this business practice is legal need contact them as well – MANY are waiting to collect more information.

      For those frustrated by disconnected contact information the California State Bar lists Mr. McCormick under Freedom Law Center, 333 S Grand Avenue, 25th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90071 (888) 788-4446 and matthewmc@cox.net.

      For additional details you are welcome to contact us at stopchristianlawyersofamerica@yahoo.com

      Let all that is said, be said in truth and let the sifting begin….

    28. Almost Dupped Says:
      April 19th, 2010 at 6:43 pm

      Thanks to all of you who posted info, I was prepared to retain the services of Matthew McCormick. I’m grateful I made phone calls instead of just using the links provided in the email I was sent. I posted what info I have received, maybe it can be of some assistance in contacting him. Good Luck to you all.

      Jay Van Zandt
      Legal Assistant to Matthew McCormick Attorney At Law

      Toll-Free: 877.808.0529 Ext. 1485

      Local Line & eFax: 949.382.1485

      Email: jvanzandt@thefreedomlawcenter.com

      Website: http://www.thefreedomlawcenter.com

      *****BBB- http://www.bbb.org/san-diego/business-reviews/attorneys-estate-planning/law-offices-of-matthew-m-mccormick-in-san-diego-ca-30001204/

      http://www.bbb.org/san-diego/business-reviews/attorneys-estate-planning/law-offices-of-matthew-m-mccormick-in-san-diego-ca-30001204/#cmpl

    29. CLA Client Advocate Says:
      April 20th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

      As a former staff member at CLA, my deepest apologies go out to those who have been taken for their money or, even worse, their homes. Please understand and believe that the staff at CLA were by and large good, honest people who believed in the owner and the products that were being offered just as much as you clients did. Most files would have been completed, or at least would still have work being done on them if the owner would have simply paid his staff. Many of us worked for weeks or months on partial pay or with no pay at all even while the company was bringing in hundreds of thousands every month. Most of us stayed simply because we hoped that he would have a change of heart and realize the ramifications of his not paying the staff. We knew if we all left nobody would be left to work on you poor soul’s files so we stayed as long as we could until, finally, each person had to make the choice to stay and not feed his/her family or seek income elsewhere at the expense of the clients. It was a sad thing to leave you all to the owner’s mercy, of which he has none. Only God knows what he did with all of the money that was supposed to be held in a client trust account as an attorney may not spend unearned fees. Since many files have had absolutely nothing done on them I’m sure we can all agree that that would be unearned. I encourage all of you who have paid with credit cards to cantact your credit card copanies and try to “charge back” based on fraud. For those of you who paid with checks, file a complaint with the State Bar as they will likely refund you at some point in the future and take it out of the attorney’s hide. For all who are in desperate need of help, if this site allows me to post this, you may contact me at scammedbycla @ hotmail.com. Perhaps I can help you save your homes or protect you from wage garnishment and may be able to instruct you as to how to get your money back. For those of you who do not contact me, God bless you ion your pursuit of refunds and retribution.

    30. Joe Says:
      April 20th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

      Mr. McCormick,
      No doubt you have the time to write on this blog: I have an idea-how about taking the time to answer all of our questions and get back by phone to each and everyone one of us! Also, the last time I checked, when I am being asked to forgive, it would be because there is something that needs to be forgiven. WHO ARE WE FORGIVING??? If the answer is YOU, you are already admitting guilt for any wrong doing. I am willing to always forgive but that doesn’t mean I am willing to let my case be by gone. If you would only answer us, we can find a closure in these matters. I haven’t received not even one phone call from you. These are not attacks Mr. McCormick-you and your company have practiced unethical practices-if you were in our shoes-what would you do?

    31. Betty Hittenberger Says:
      April 21st, 2010 at 1:19 pm

      I, too, have some financial dealings with Matt McCormick..and I want to encourage you( I am assuming that many of you are Christians) to keep praying for him…he wants to help people, but he certainly is no administrator! I want to give you Philippians 4:4-8. I am wondering if you could fax a letter to Jay Van Zandt…949-382-1485, summarizing why you went to Matt; anything he did for you;any money you paid; and what the final word you had on your case..besides “wait”, was. I would think he would put it in a file and Matt would try to resolve them one by one..I will be praying for all of you, who have had contact with Mr. McCormick..Romans 8:28 “And we know..that all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purposes”. This may be of little consolation..but keep believing in God and pressing upward to His high calling. <

    32. Caleb Says:
      April 22nd, 2010 at 9:00 am

      I too was scammed by CLA. My family and I paid money we didn’t have for help that never came. We logged calls for 9 months, and when we tried to close the cases, our cease and desist letters were nowhere to be found.

      Mr. McCormick contacted me a few times with one sentence emails and a couple of phone calls promising to help find those letters, but no real time or effort was made. We were transferred to a lawyer that appears to be helping us now, but we are still “out” the money that we paid, we have no cease & desist letters, or anything. I was foolish to believe that he would actually try to help… but who wants to believe that they’ve been scammed?

      I’ve tried to find Geordan Rupp and Bob (Ree?) but to no avail…

      I feel like I’ve let my family down by getting into this, and I am struggling with forgiving myself. I also feel that McCormick doesn’t care at all about my family, or else he would’ve helped by now.

    33. STOP CLA Says:
      April 22nd, 2010 at 9:49 am

      If you are interested in starting a class action lawsuit, please email me… let’s see if we can get enough people to get this going and spare more people from the same fate

    34. STOP CLA Says:
      April 22nd, 2010 at 9:50 am

      Sorry, my e-mail is

      CLAcomplaints@yahoo.com

    35. CLA Client Advocate Says:
      April 22nd, 2010 at 5:04 pm

      Betty, he had you mortgage 2 properties to the hilt that were nearly free and clear, promising dividends from his upstart company, of which you have seen none. Dan recently refied you, making the payments somewhat more bearable. I commend you for your ability to forgive, but please tell everyone what your scenario was from start to finish.

    36. Monica Kasberg Says:
      April 23rd, 2010 at 9:44 pm

      I too got taken by Matthew McCormack, why all his associates refer to him as Mr. amazes me. He deserves no respect and I did not address him in that manner. He is protected, cant get him on the phone. However, I knew he was greedy when he cashed the check for $4,500 intended for him to stop the sell date. I am disabled, company refuses to pay my benefits, I about ready to go on a campaign sgainst corporate america and the attorneys they created.

      I did reach him, I had the debt consolidation arm set up a conference call, I tld him that I was having a hard time giving him my debt business since he managed to lose my home in less than 2 wks. Told him that I hoped he had a resolution to fix this mess, fines up to 10K and year prison.

      I think this man needs to be stopped, I hired him under the name of Relief Law Center, Ca has forced him to cease business as of April 6 2010> However, he has started another company already, the name,Loans.org is the new name.

    37. Monica Kasberg Says:
      April 23rd, 2010 at 9:50 pm

      Just an idea, I am working with my bank to get the monies credited back. I was told if fraud was involved there could be a way for you to get your bank or credit card company to reverse the charges.

      I cant see this man paying anyone back. Court, have you seen the number of people who have filed against him. It will be a long wait, I do like the idea of a “Class Action Suit”.

      Try working with the institution you paid them the money from. May be successful, I am sending copies of of blogs, all the wonderful things people have to say about this man.

      I never fall for any company that uses religion to get business. They are not Religious, whenever you see people trying to make money by way of religion, clear sign they are not walking the walk. I too do my research, I thought,he keeps changing the name of comapnay he is working under, never got name of my attorney until after I had paid.

    38. Susanne Harris Says:
      April 23rd, 2010 at 10:24 pm

      Were do we begin…we wished we had this web site when we hired CLA. With continued faith we were sure they couldn’t possible take advantage of us..This just couldn’t be true. Christian Radio was where we heard Mr McCormick. We still have faith in believe there are GOOD CHRISTIAN PEOPLE he didn’t tarnish our Faith. Mr McCormick will face his demons and Commander in Chief when the time comes. He took us for alot of money. We are loosing our home our credit is shot and we have a BIG BIG Mess to clean up. God will take care of us I know he will. I cannot say enough bad things about CLA or Mr McCormick and really choose not to. I am just glad that people are voicing their options and hopefully he will never be able to take advantage of others again. We did file a claim with the Attorney General and will be following up with the BBB and the Bar. We also have filed small claims suite against him and go to court on May 10th,, if he shows?? Has anyone taken him to court yet? If so please feel free to email me at harrissusanne@netscape.net I would love to hear from you. I think a letter to the President and Congress is in order also,, I just might do that to stop this type of abuse of good people. God Bless All you and we are his children he will provide and take care of us, stand tall and shine GOD…Susanne Harris, Sacramento California.

    39. Susanne Harris Says:
      April 23rd, 2010 at 10:54 pm

      Okay..Mr McCormick I was soooo excited to find this website I posted a comment before I read everyone else comments. Each situation is IDENTICAL to ours and I am sure you know this. It seems to be you MO. Everytime I began to read another one the situation, contacts, the names, the lack of communication, and D. Green I still wonder if he even exsists.. I cant believe my eyes that some many people have been taken advantage of in exactly the same way EACH TIME. Even down to your requesting to talk to clients who were going to file suit against you and then you never call. You are really a piece of work. I am fully committed to do what ever it takes to pursue the legal and ritious crash of your abusive empire. You have not changed any of my love for Christian people only my debth of pure Pity for you that you must take such advantage of God’s gift to you. I laught at this and say I hope I see the falling. I have already begun to see the Blessing because God has led me to this web site. Please others STOP and fight this CLA, Mr McCormick, CEO dont let him further advantage of anyone else. I know our God will see us and the others through this, just as he will see you. And for those of you who feel bad about the loan modification of $3500, consider the 19,000 he got from us for various transactions and didnt produce a single thing…Nothing, Couldnt even give us a call when asked. Smile Mr.Mcormick I am, as I have Jesus on my team..Anyone interested please feel free to call me (916)689-9394 email:harrissusanne@netscape.net …Oprah if you are out there you might want to read this!!

    40. Cristina Says:
      April 25th, 2010 at 9:24 pm

      I am just another person taken in by Matthew McCormick. I had not seen anything negative on-line before I went to the conference in Claremont that was advertised on the Frank Pastore show in Aug. 2009. I’m a single mom with 3 kids and I was looking for help. I suppose I also had more confidence in the organization because of the Christian affiliation, and I learned the hard way, like all of you, that I need to be more wary! I gave him $3000 from one of my credit cards for debt settlement and started getting suspicious after I made a follow up call a month later and found out the lady who signed me up no longer worked there. Steve Vellairs advised me to stop paying so that I would have more activity on my call logs & negotiation would be expedited. My journey with CLA has been identical to others who have posted on this blog. I now have a bad credit rating & I finally woke up to the truth when I received the rejection letter from Atty. Donald Green on 03/17/10. I was horrified to find all the negativity posted online & the F-rating by the BBB. Monica Kasberg, 4/23, posted that she will try to get monies back by claiming fraud. I have been trying to work with my credit card companies to resolve this as well. Susanne Harris on 4/23 mentioned filing a Small Claims Suit, and I plan to do the same. At the very least we should get our money back since we have to pay off the debt anyway.

    41. Carol Says:
      April 26th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

      I am saddened to hear that there are so many out there going through what my and my husband have. My heart goes out to each of you and I pray we can find a resolution to all this that ensures justice and what our Lord would expect of us.
      We hired CLOA to help us with a loan modification in Aug 2009, and as of April 16, 2010, NOTHING has been done. We have had contact with Mr. McCormick and with a few people including Deborah Harvey. We have been asked to produce documents that we already submitted, with Ms. Harvey claiming they were not signed. They were, and I have the document with signatures and a fax cover sheet as proof. They also claimed we had not submitted a form that outlined our financial situation for the lender, which was also untrue since a hardship letter and the lender packet in question was part of the first paperwork we submitted to them.
      At least after reading everyone’s comments, I have an explanation for why the person on our case (Bonnie Butterworth) may have left. Bonnie, if you are out there, I am sorry we lost you on our case, and if you were not getting paid, I don’t blame you for leaving. We were happy with your services and could at least count on an email to let us know that our lender had not contacted you. It was reassuring to have at least an update now and then.
      Mr. McCormick has tried to claim not only in posts I have seen here, but in direct emails with us, that the banks are the hold up. We have begun discussions with a new company to get our loan modified and through a conference call with our lender directly on April 5, we found out CLOA has not been in touch with the lender since November 2009, right after Ms. Butterworth left. I have now taken action to dispute the charges on my credit card and will be contacting my bank directly to inform them that NO ONE from CLOA is to have access to my information any longer.
      I have printed off the complaint procedure to the State Bar as of today and plan on following through with it this week. This man has gotten away with playing with people’s lives long enough and does not seem to understand that the “Please be patient and wait” message is not good enough. We cannot wait until we lose our homes and our credit. We have already given the benefit of the doubt since December, and enough is enough.

    42. Jason Says:
      April 27th, 2010 at 1:54 pm

      I handled McCormick’s books for I period of time. I know what he did with all of your money. I was present when he took $400,000 out of the company to put a down payment on a house instead of paying his employees. I have witnessed outlandish parties and seen the ridiculously huge checks he has had to pay to people just to keep them quiet. The worst part is that he feels no remorse for what he has done. We have all funded his gluttony in the name of God.

    43. David Sterling Says:
      May 1st, 2010 at 10:53 am

      I went to the seminar a year ago. They said they would do a credit card settlement and loan mod for a total of 5K if I paid in advance. They even said to charge it on a credit card, then enter that credit card into debt settlement. That raised huge red flags.
      They advertised on KFAX. I am a Christian, but that doesn’t mean SQUAT. I could pay money to Kfax to advertise anything.
      After calling them to ask more questions, they conveniently avoided my phone calls. I guess they do not like due diligance.

      What they suggested about charging their fees in advance, and then entering that card into settlement is FRAUD. Clear and simple.

      Just remember people, they are still attorneys, which in my book, are all ambulance chasers.

      When they emailed me later and asked me if I had any more questions, I told them what I thought about fraud. Never heard from them again.

      The so called debt settlement guy is a smoothe talkerr at the seminar. They look so cool, but, they are still Attorney’s, nothing changes that.

      I happened to find another attorney, who was honest, and he settled 75 k worth of debt for 33K over 6 months. He charged me a total of 1200.00. Thats right, $1200.00. I also had to keep on him the whole time. I could talk to his negotiator anytime I want.

      Mind you, an attorney cannot stop a lawsuit, or stop all the collection calls, even with a cease and desist.

      But, in the back of my mind, I always knew, he was an attorney. Some of them have ethics to a degree, most of them ….

      Tread softly and carry a big stick

    44. Natasha Says:
      May 3rd, 2010 at 10:56 pm

      I am really concerned about our debt settlement with Matt McCormick. Like many of you, we have had very little contact with anyone at CLA, except to email our call logs and collection letters to the Woodland Hills office. We started our debt settlement in May 2009 after I received my lay-off papers from work. We were desparate to do something about our credit since my husband only works part-time in retail. We, too, received an email on Jan. 27th that our file was transferred to Donald Green and then in March received another letter from Donald Green indicating he could no longer help us. I promptly emailed anyone I had an email address for at CLA and received a reply from the office manager that she would forward the email to Matt McCormick. He returned my email on March 24th with this response “We are still negotiating your debt settlement. We are reassigning your case to a new negotiator and will contacting you shortly.” We have not heard back from anyone at CLA and have not been able to reach anyone by phone ever since and my emails come back undeliverable. I’m afraid to find out how much my debt has gone up, since interest rates have probably doubled. I just pray that I can find someone who can help us, since I do not expect to hear from Matt McCormick.

    45. Betty Hittenberger Says:
      May 5th, 2010 at 1:37 pm

      Proverbs 3:5,6 (Ampl. Bible) Lean on, trust in and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own understanding.In all your ways know, recognize and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. >

    46. Susanne Harris Says:
      May 5th, 2010 at 11:18 pm

      All I can say is STOP CLA…..There were people who tried to help like Adriana E. and Steven Bellairs, Bless Them. But even they also left. Jason on 4/27 stated employees were paid to keep quiet. I can believe this as I have emails where at one moment employees were helpful and the next..they were told not to talk to the clients as Mr mcCormick stated this was part of the process.. I continue to read and each new situation is the same terminology as the last. This man has this DOWN PAT.. Steer clear and cut your loses. None of my creditors were ever contacted, Mortgage company was never contacted and Student Loan Company was never contacted. As for Ms. Harvey well I think she may be right there with them. She is rude and not helpful. You cannot work with this many complaints and not realize there is problem. Maybe she is being bought off too? Everyone who has called me and everyone who has emailed. I am trying to get things together and will post after court on Monday. STOP CLA…

    47. joan silver Says:
      May 6th, 2010 at 7:30 pm

      We too are being scammed and we just want our money back at this point. does someone have an HONEST lawyer to give us our legal rights as what we are suppose to do?
      Thank you!

    48. Ursuela Says:
      May 7th, 2010 at 1:09 pm

      I am a single mother who believed in this company to help me with a loan modification. Involving myself with this company has to be the WORST mistake of my life!
      I also heard his commercials on KKLA’s Frank Pastorie show and attended a workshop in Claremont, in August 2009, presented by Mr. McCormick. I was assured by Mr. Charles Chen that it would take about 4 months to complete the modification. I signed up in September. I paid (was duped out of) $3595. Up to this point communication was great. I was assigned Britney Tarkington as my processor then NOTHING. I called and called, emailed and emailed, left numerous messages with the call center, which apparantly is no longer in service. In March of 2010, I was finally able to speak with Deborah Harvey, who emailed me with the name of a new processor, Alex Dawson. I was able to communicate with him 2 or 3 times through email. I requested a face to face meeting to discuss my case, deliver sensitive documents, and to answer the tons of questions that I have. No response.
      In my last email, which I sent to Mr. Dawson, Mr. Chen, Mr. McCormick and to Ms. Harvey(her email address may not be valid anymore) I expressed my extreme dissatisfaction with this company that calls itself “christain”, the miscommunication and NONcommunication I have experienced and requested a total refund of the $3595 fee. No response.
      As far as I’m concerned, Mr. McCormick is a con artist who doesn’t give a damn about people or there situations. He needs to be ashamed of using christianity to mislead those of us who are hard working people needing assistance in this crazy economy.
      Matthew McCormick needs to be sued.

    49. Hamilton Says:
      May 11th, 2010 at 3:49 pm

      I too went to Christian Lawyers of America (CLA) in August 2009 for a home loan modification. My story is idential to many of these and I would like to participate in a class-action lawsuit against Matthew M. McCormick. I paid roughly $3500.00 to have CLA perform a loan modification for my home. Recently I received a letter from my lender saying that my loan modification was denied. I have notified Matthew M. McCormick and CLA of my desire to terminate my contract with them and I have received no confirmation of this. I have confirmed that Matthew M. McCormick works at Freedom Law Center at 333 Grand Ave in Los Angeles, CA. I have gone to the Woodland Hills office several times and interviewed the neighbors of that office. The building management says that CLA vacated the building. The neighbors say that many people have come looking for CLA and have not found them. I am going to file a complaint with the California State Bar and notify the authorities listed above.

    50. Hamilton Says:
      May 11th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

      Beware that in order to file a small claims suit against Matthew M. McCormick, you must deliver the subpoena directly to him or one of his employees who is in direct contact with him. This can be done by hiring private investigators for a fee.

    51. Nory Gainaru Says:
      May 17th, 2010 at 2:42 am

      I regret the day I referred CLA to my family for our loan modification process.This was recommended by Frank Pastore on his radio talk show at KKLA. Although they used the name “Christian”, they were mostly unethical and non-professional with their dealings with us. We should have known better when we were passed around from one rep to another due to frequent resigning of employees.

      We are not yet done with our modification process with them and now that I need to contact them , all their phone lines are not working numbers anymore and my emails for my contact:Deborah -operations manager have all been failed to deliver lately….have they closed shop totally? What can I do now? I paid 4k for a service undone…Our contract says, if I am not satisfied, there is a 70% money backa guarantee …that would not help if i lose my home now?!

    52. Annie Says:
      May 19th, 2010 at 10:47 am

      I paid to the CLOA $2,500 for a LOAN MODIFICATION over 1 year ago and I have not received what I was promised back. I talked to different people at the company and they have been forwarding me to different people and I feel that I’m going in circles. I have been calling since last year and it has been hard for me because they didn’t have the same address and number that they gave me in the beginning of the CONTRACT. So I spent a lot of time searching trying to get the right information and numbers and of course it was very difficult because nobody wants to help and they are not willing to give me my money like they promised to me 1 year ago. It has been extremely hard and frustrating up to this point. I am losing my home because what they promised me, the only thing that I want is my MONEY BACK LIKE THEY PROMISED plus all interest and expenses that I have made. It’s only fair since they promise 100% money back and 99% satisfaction winning cases. I’ve been really sick since last year because I went through my second surgery and it is hard for me trying to deal with this incompetence, especially because I am going to my treatments and most of the time I’m sick. I am losing my house, and now looking for a place to live.
      I M ONLY ASKING FOR THE REFUND LIKE THEY PROMISED IN THE CONTRACT without having to wait any longer because it has already been over a year. I am only asking what is my right, and I Think is fair.
      my number is: 209-380-0601
      just in in case Mr. MCCORMICK HAVE THE TIME TO CALL ME!!!!!!!! I ALREADY CALL FOR 1 YEAR!!!! TAKE YOU TIME AND CALL ME!!! AND YEA!!! A BIG LAW SUIT IS WHAT WE SHOULD DO FOR SURE!!!! AND GO TO ALL IMPORTANT MEDIA IN CALIFORNIA AND USA JUST IN CASE SOME BODY ELSE IS THINKING TO DO THE SAME THING!!!!!

    53. Annie Says:
      May 19th, 2010 at 11:01 am

      To:
      Matthew McCormick
      CC:
      1. California Department of Justice
      California State Bar (bar # 182543)
      California District Attorneys Office
      Secretary of State
      Better Business Bureau
      Federal Bureau of Investigation
      Federal Communications Commission
      Internal Revenue Services
      U.S. Attorneys Office
      U.S. Department of Justice
      AND
      Senator Gilbert Cedillo
      Senator Dennis Hollingsworth
      Senator Fran Pavley
      Speaker of the Assembly John Perez
      Assembly Member Joe Anderson
      Assembly Member Bob Blumenfield

      Dear: Matthew McCormick
      I have paid your company $2,500 for a loan modification over a year ago and I have not received my refund like I was promised.
      This is a formal Demand letter for you to refund all money paid by me for the LOAN MODIFICATION and failure to do so will result in a law suit against all parties involved. In addition, I will be filling a complaint with the BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU and any interested Government Agency.
      Please immediately refund the amount of $2,500 plus interest and all the expenses I made.
      I will not tolerate any further delay, if I don’t receive the refund by MAY 31, 2010. I will immediately proceed with the action referred to above.
      Sincerely,
      Annie V. Garwood

    54. Adam Says:
      May 19th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

      Anyone know what happened at the court hearing???

    55. Burned By CLOA Says:
      May 20th, 2010 at 3:46 pm

      Okay, I got the info packet from Christine (Deputy Trial Counsel with State Bar of California, 213-765-1162). She was very helpful. I am in the process of gathering all the information needed to file a complaint and request reimbursement from the State Bar’s Client Security Fund.

      If anyone has a REPUTABLE ATTORNEY (I know, contradiction in terms) who would be interested in filing a class action lawsuit, Christine said that one could be fairly easily filed and probably successful. Hopefully, we could all see some punitive damages out of this sheister.

      Please add me to any prospect list which comes up. Email pedrosnows@yahoo.com

    56. Eric Johnson Says:
      May 21st, 2010 at 2:20 pm

      Thank you so much!!!!!
      You saved me from spending $3,036 with the FREEDOM LAW CENTER!!!
      It appears that (maybe because of this website and because of all of the horrible things that the Christian Law Center allegedly did to their clients), Matthew Michael McCormick, David Hernandez and Daniel Ardon are now operating another Loan Modification business named the Freedom Law Center in Los Angeles.
      Please let people know that Michael McCormick is now operating the FREEDOM LAW CENTER!!!
      Thanks!

    57. Susanne Harris Says:
      May 22nd, 2010 at 8:44 pm

      Went to small claims and won the action.. does anyone out there who worked for them know where they bank? I would love to attach his accounts. What bank were CLA paychecks drawn on. We go back to court on the other two matters in June. Will update you all then… For now we have a judgement from small claims (or course CLA didnt show up, and I didnt expect them to) collecting it will be another process. I will not stop until I have recieved some form of Justice. Everyone needs to contact the California State Bar and Consumer Affairs with all complaints.

    58. Monica Kasberg Says:
      May 23rd, 2010 at 2:29 am

      I really wish everyone would stop addressing this man with respect, Mr. McCormick is formal, sign of respect. In my opinion he does not deserve that respect and I refuse and when I did trick, and had the debt guy set up a conference call . Matt call a piece of my mind. I told him that I had paid him $4k,the company I worked for disabled me, then refused to pay me my STD?LTD benefits I paid for.

      I told Matt, unless he could explain to me how he was going to get my house back, you my house did get sold at auction, I was told the sell date had been stopped. I had to call them, AND INFORM THEM THEY LOST MY HOUSE. I could of lossed my house for free, I just needed to buy another 30 to 60 days. My company is making me an offer on Monday, but Matt took my $4,500 and lost my house in less than 2 wk.

      I encourage you all to go back to your bank, if you paid via check, they send them electronicly. The bank can reverse those charges just like the credit companies can. i know AMerican Expres is very good, they refund first, then investigate, I have a good shot of getting my money back. With bank, it takes longer, this is the only way
      we are going to be able to get to him.

      Since CLA, he has started two other comapanies, The Relief Law Center, which is the company I paid. However, Idaho put a cease and dismiss, he could not operate there anymore, they shut him down.

      He now has a company called Mortgage Relief Center

      So Please, Post where ever you can, warning people that this man is now operating under Mortgage Relief Center. There is also another company called USA Loan Auditors. We have to stay in front of him,or he will continue to operate throughout the us and he is going to get away with it. He keeps changing the companies name, but you will not find his name anywhere.

      he is very cleaver, trust he is going to fall very soon. We all need to stay on it, if we can all pull together and get these names out, we can deminish his income, and a lot of you will have success in geting your money returned if you complain and file a claim with the credit card comepnay, Even if you paid with a check, they are done electronicly and can be reversed. hopefully, his accounts will stary to dwindle, and soon enough us will win, to cause him financial hardshipe and slow him down so we can catch him.

      I Trust in God and I know and have seen the universe take care of thes doing wrong. And as the bible it will be greater than Threefold, he will regret the day he crossed the line. with any luck, God will put his fanny in jail. I rest well at night knowing that.

      please post these companies names, they are Matts comapnay. Please stop addressing him as Mr. Mc
      Cormick he has done nothing to derserve that respect.

      I called Matt, and told him I had no intention of giving him my debt business, he lost about $10K, it was the only way I could get him on the phone. sometimes you have act like a snake to catch one, he is sliver, slippery long, skinny snake that will soon have his day. Hope he had good time, I will not stop until he is caught.

      I hope I have few,others that will be helping me

      So
      Stay away from

      The Relief Law Center

      USA Loan Auditors

      As of March, 2010 his replacement company for Relief Law Center.
      Mortgage relief law.

      he kept the logo saved a few bucks.

      Call and wrk with the creditors, enough us will win to make a dent in his bank accts.

      God bless

      Monica

    59. Annie Says:
      May 24th, 2010 at 6:44 pm

      law suit!!! if you guys are doing IT together!!!
      ANNIE V
      209-380-0601

    60. Mike Says:
      May 25th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

      I have also been burned by Matt McCormick. Does anyone know if he is a member of a church? If so, which one? He advertised himself as “Christian.” His elders (church leadership) should be aware of his sinful behavior and abuses of other Christian brothers and sisters. If anyone finds out where he is a member please let me know. I plan on bringing formal charges against him through the Church, which is frankly the process that should happen before any lawsuits are pursued (1 Corinthians 6:1-8). If his church leadership refuses to hear the case or to exorcise church discipline, only then would I be in favor of pursuing him through the secular courts.

    61. Feeshy Says:
      May 25th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

      I just looked this up on the CA Bar website. It looks like McCormick still has a clean record. Does this mean that nobody has filed a complaint?

      My question is: WHAT ARE YOU ALL INDIVIDUALLY WAITING FOR?

      Forget class actions. They only make the attorneys rich and keep individuals from taking action. What needs to happen is for EVERY PERSON WHO WAS SCAMMED to fill out the complaint form at http://calbar.ca.gov/state/calbar/calbar_generic.jsp?cid=10179&id=1144 and file it right away! Otherwise he will keep changing law firms and keep doing what he did to you. Don’t wait for anyone else to do it first.

      Matthew Michael McCormick - #182543
      Current Status: Active

      This member is active and may practice law in California.

      Profile Information

      Bar Number 182543
      Address
      Freedom Law Center
      333 S Grand Ave 25th Fl PMB #353
      Los Angeles, CA 90071
      Phone Number (888) 788-4446
      Fax Number (888) 785-1113
      e-mail matthewmcc@cox.net
      District 7
      Undergraduate School Univ of California Berkeley; Berkeley CA
      County Los Angeles
      Law School Thomas Jefferson SOL; San Diego CA

      Status History
      Effective Date Status Change
      Present Active
      1/18/2000 Active
      1/1/1999 Inactive
      6/7/1996 Admitted to The State Bar of California

      Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law

      Disciplinary and Related Actions
      This member has no public record of discipline.
      Administrative Actions
      This member has no public record of administrative actions.

    62. Anon Says:
      May 26th, 2010 at 3:51 pm

      Matt McCormick also does business as “Avenger Law Firm” he does business in many different names to appeal to everyone. He focuses on marketing because that is all he does. Brings people in then forgets about them. Don’t trust him. He sucks money out of you and then passes you off to another firm once you are forced into bankruptcy.

      If you can’t pay your bills go straight to a bankruptcy firm and save yourself some money.

    63. Annie Says:
      May 27th, 2010 at 10:15 am

      I DID FILE A COMPLAIN WITH THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA AGAINST MR MACCORMIC, AND I M IN THE PROCES OF LAW SUIT!!!!!!

    64. Len & Eileen Charles Says:
      June 1st, 2010 at 9:36 pm

      We also were deceived and scammed the same as all the comments we read about matt mccormick.
      On May 22nd 2009 we went to the Double Tree Hotel in Orange, Ca. to the seminar. Frank Pastore was live brodcasting in the hallway. A processor Anthoney Batarse met us before the seminar talked with us telling us how CLA would definetly be able to help us, because of my husbands disability and fixed income. Anthoney had us go in to sit down and then brought a Paul Gauhn over to meet us (legal assistants I believe. Paul was supervisor) They looked over our financial paper work and said we were ideal canidates for home modifications (2 homes) and debt settlements. They seen my credit card line on one of the cards for 11,700.00 and called to see if it was available. Anthoney immediately filled the paperwork out and had me sign and said we will use this for the retainer. We were very vaulnerable and in great need for help because we did not want to be late on our mortgages and all our debts were in excellent standing. Credit scores from 782 and 805. I had been calling the bank for months to help us get a lower mortgage payment because our 2nd home was unable to sell because of the economy crises. The second home we purchased in 2008 was to turn and pay off all debts with the profit. We never expected the home depreciation crises causing the house not to sell. We depleted all monies to hang on and knew in two months we would snowball so our minds were overwhelmed and frightened of what would happen. So in good faith we trusted what they told us. We did all the things with sending paper-work, as I kept record of fax, email, phone calls, etc.
      Donald Green (debt settlement attorney) also, sent us a letter –of not handling our case, he said he e-mailed us a debt settlement pkg. in Feb. 2010 I called and told them I never received any e-mail from him and asked to send me a copy. He went on to tell me he received 250 files,and sent them back because of no payment from matt mccormick. I mentioned to him what has been going on with us concerning matt, he said he is not going to take any thing to do with matt mccormick. Well— it is over a year no communication from them, I have phoned them E-mailed him and sent a certified letter, if he was on top of our files he would know we had two auction sale dates in the month of March and a letter of a summons for a credit card debt. I thought things were fishy not hearing from them for so long and 7 people quitting there company that we had delt with — some of the same people in the comments we read about working with CLA, I decided to call B of A about our modification (2/2/10) only to find out our window of modification time frame expired and closed. So
      the B of A agent took all my finances over the phone and said we might be able to open up another window with new information. As we called in 3 time a week to check in on the status it was in review. We found out the name of the B of A negotiator and called faithfully until we heard a mod. package was to be sent out (with-out any help from CLA-matt mccormick). At 12 noon 3/19/10 our house was in auction and at 2:45pm we received a standard-conventional loan at a slightly lower payment with some up from fees. The morning of the sale we called BofA talking to the agents–we nevered received any modification offers at all and are to receive one and the agents said they will cancel the sale date — so the last minute the sale date was cancelled.
      Needless to say we have been put into dire stress resulting in loss of faith of Christian Lawyers of America and anything that would represent matt mccormick. We would have had a loan modification in 3 months handling it our selves and working with the banks on the loans. But as CLA tells you do not communicate with the banks or creditors because we may say something to slow the process. IF — we did not communicate with B of A when we received notice of sale date our home would have been sold. The good Lord kept watch over us and prompted us to take action on our own behalf.. Yes I sent the notices of Trustee Sale to Denise Benton CLA., getting no response or action to prevent the sale as we communicated with B of A to find out they hadn’t called since October 2009 — That is when Chris quit Christian Lawyers. So much has gone on with this nightmare we could write a book. We are handling our own matters.

      Our credit card went to Residential Law. I disputed it once in Nov.2009 when matt mccormick found out within days we received a phone call from him and he talked so nice and said to reverse it and he will give us “red carpet” treatment and all will be taken care of in two weeks and a debt attorney will call in 3 days…that never happened. We believed him and still desperate to have the help needed.
      Still to this date with nothing being done I called the credit card co. to dispute the charges of 11,700.00 for the second time and sent all proof showing contract and phone calls and inform. showing no service from CLA/matt mccormick. The bank said we cannot dispute this a second time. When I called the Credit card co. they told me to send records and statement to why I need to dispute it again — only to receive a reply of “denied”.
      The Lord knows and sees all!!! Satan will not win!! Our prayers for all that has been deceived by CLA — matt mccormick
      We could all meet at the radio station KKLA Frank Pastore (he said at the meeting “if CLA doesn’t hold to what they promised, let me know, because my name is on the line”

      Let’s do what is Christ like in order to protect others from this nightmare.

    65. Jean M Says:
      June 8th, 2010 at 1:15 am

      I too have gotten a letter from Donald Green just this week, stating that he has not received payment from Matthew McCormic for my credit card debt settlement, I too have paid $4,500 and now Green wants me to pay him $1,500 + other fees or he will drop my case. If I had that kind of money I would be able to make my credit card payments. My husband was laid off for 14 months. If anyone goes for a lawsuit, add me to your list. I will try contacted anyone and everyone to see what I can do, Have bookmarked this site for future reference. God help us all.

    66. cindy Says:
      June 8th, 2010 at 5:55 pm

      Hello everyone,
      I am just sick to my stomach, I do not know if I should cry or be infuriated. I too went to CLOA because I heard about them on Frank Pastore’s show. I have to say that I hired CLOA back in Aug. 09. I was transferred to the law office of Donald Green who did work on my case. It has now been 10 months and I have just received a letter from Mr. Green saying he has not been paid by the CLOA and that I must pay the fees.
      I have tried to contact Steven Bellairs, but his e-mail is no longer in existence neither are the phone numbers. I have not paid my credit cards since September and do not know if I could dispute the charges as fraud. Since Mr. Green has been in contact with them. I noticed that although I signed up with CLOA the paperwork said Residential Law Center.
      I am glad that I found this website because I just contacted Christine and will be sending my complaint to the Bar immediately.
      Has anyone worked with Mr. Green? David Sterling may I have the name and phone # of the person you used?

    67. Bradley Says:
      June 9th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

      What avenues is Matthew Mccormick using to advertise Freedom Law Center in Los Angeles????? Does anyone know???

    68. Hamilton Says:
      June 9th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

      Hey Susanne Harris, where/how did you serve McCormick the notice for your small claims suit?

    69. Moe Says:
      June 11th, 2010 at 11:09 am

      If you what to go after Matthew McCormic for you money owed to you contacted the BAR. The person to contact is Souhrada, Christine
      Subject: State Bar Complaint
      # (213) 765-1162
      They will help you with no cost to You.
      You can go afters Matt bond & increances.
      GOD bless all

    70. Moe Says:
      June 11th, 2010 at 11:11 am

      You may obtain additional information about the complaint process and download the same complaint form at http://calbar.ca.gov/state/calbar/calbar_generic.jsp?cid=10179&id=1144

      You can also call the Attorney Complaint Hotline at (800) 843-9053 if you are within California or (213) 765-1200 if you are outside of California.

    71. Laura Ramirez Says:
      June 16th, 2010 at 9:01 pm

      I filed a complaint with BBB, the Federal Trade Commission and the California State Bar in January 2010.

      The State Bar sent me a letter in February indicating they reviewed my complaint and forwarded my complaint to the enforcement unit for further investigation and prosecution if warranted. I was assigned a new case number. A deputy Trial Counsel and an Investigator has been assigned to review my case. I am sure they are inundated with other complaints.

      I urge everyone to do the same. I am due a full refund of my 3500.00 as nothing was done on my case whatsoever just like everyone else, my story is verbatim.

    72. Johnny Says:
      June 25th, 2010 at 2:35 am

      I deeply feel sad for everyone that has appeared to have been mishandled by CLA’s lack of service. I recently met Matt McCormick as well, I am not way trying to defend the man, there obviously is a lot of disappointed clients here. I can only speak from what actions I have seen from Matt. For what its worth, Matt has tried to hand over most if not all of CLA’s clients in debt settlement to my company for servicing. I believe its fair to say that Matt got in way over his head, I don’t think he had the proper infrastructure and staff to support the clients he was taking on. Unfortunately there was little I could help with the clients because to my understanding there should have been a SPA (trust) account set up on behave of every client where monies are held and saved and clients should have complete control on their savings. My company is a back end processing company, we normally don’t deal with client directly. Our clients are company’s that sell debt settlement to the end user (retail), we do all the back end work with customer service, processing, negotiating/settling. I have told Matt that I could start helping with settlements, but I can’t do it without accumulated funds from clients. I am willing to help settle and I am willing to do it on performance based (contingency), meaning you don’t pay until I reach a settlement with creditors. For those of you that are in the debt settlement program with Matt, feel free to email me and let me know how much advanced fees you have paid and I will try my best to get in touch with Matt. If he agrees to work with me and has not spent you upfront retainer then we have a great chance of settling some accounts. He reached out to my company for a reason, I hope he finds it in his heart to do the right thing. Again I absolutely have no affiliation or interest with Matt McCormick or any of his entities for that matter. I am a separate company that he has tried to do business with. For the record I have not done any work for Matt, I have to be honest I am somewhat wary myself to engage with him, but he came to me for help. I’ll try my best to do that. I hope everyone gets the resolution they are asking for. Matt, you need to do the right thing. My partners have questioned about your open/unresolved complaints, you need to make this right if you intend to build any type of business relationship with us.

      -Johnny Vu
      Alliance8
      johnny.vu@alliance8.com

    73. Henry Says:
      July 12th, 2010 at 3:08 pm

      Has anyone contacted this supposedly mediator (Johny Vu)? I want you to share your experience with us as we pursue our case with CLA.

    74. Hamilton Says:
      July 13th, 2010 at 9:53 am

      To Everyone, I received a case petition file from the California State Bar that outlines some serious allegations, some of them criminal such as fraud. The case number used by the state bar is 10-TE-06302. I would urge everyone to call the Major Fraud Division
      Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office
      201 N. Figueroa St., Suite 1600
      Los Angeles, CA. 90012
      Phone: (213) 580-3200

      If you get the receptionist, ask to be transferred to an investigator, leave a message if they don’t answer and they WILL return your phone call. When you call or leave a message, tell them that you were a victim of a scam or ponzi scheme or fraud by Christian Lawyers of America and Matthew M. McCormick. Tell them that you have complained to the California State Bar and that the State Bar has alleged criminal behavior in their petition; state that you are wondering if there are any actions you can take to help prosecute Matthew M. McCormick. May the Lord bless you all.

    75. Hamilton Says:
      July 13th, 2010 at 9:57 am

      Everyone who has been burned by Matthew M. McCormick and CLA needs to call the LA County District Attorney’s Office to prosecute. The District Attorney needs to see the massive scheme Matthew McCormick has done and they need to know your story. CALL CALL CALL, DO NOT GIVE UP!! The walls of Jericho fell due to persistence and diligence of God’s people. The DA’s office needs to be overwhelmed with all of our complaints and stories. CALL CALL CALL! Most of all keep praying!!

    76. About to get dupped? Says:
      July 15th, 2010 at 3:26 pm

      I received a piece of mail that you tear off the sides and then the top to open. It looked pretty professional so I called the number. I spoke with Paul Hernandez from Freedom Law Center and he too promised me he could free me from debt and lower my mortgage payments if I could come up with 3500 retainer for the attorney. I couldn’t and he offerd to lower it to 2500. Reading all of this tells me that I should forget it!

    77. S Says:
      July 27th, 2010 at 10:01 am

      Matt McCormick will be in court on Friday, August 6th at 9:45 am in LA to see what his diciplinary results wll be. I’m praying that he shows up and realizes what he has done. May God forgive Matt! I do.

    78. Sheri Says:
      August 2nd, 2010 at 1:05 pm

      My husband and I were also scammed by Matt McCormick and Christian Lawyers for $4500. We signed up with him September 09 and it appears that nothing was done. We also heard from Don Green in Jan and again in March when he informed us he couldn’t do anything for us. Due to being in school and preparing for a major move, I didn’t get my complaint filed with the Bar Association. However, I am filing that today. We might be open to participating in a Class Action suit if others think it will do any good. Who else do we need to contact or what else do we need to do? We will need our $4500 to file bankruptcy to get out from under the debt that was exacerbated by following Mr. McCormick’s advice.

    79. Hamilton Says:
      August 5th, 2010 at 4:23 pm

      I just spoke to Christine from the Cal State Bar, Matthew McCormick has agreed to settle out of court. The condition of the settlement is disbarment. Also, he has agreed to repay a multitude of people back the money he stole from them. The hearing tomorrow in LA will not likely take place. People will not likely be able to collect from Matthew McCormick; however, everyone needs to file claims with the Client Security Fund. Also, everyone needs to contact the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and alert them of your situation. Disbarment is the furthest that the Cal State Bar can go as far as punishment. Matthew McCormick is accused of, what I call, a ponzi scheme (Bernie Madoff sound familiar?) and has stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars from many people. He has used this money to build his home, make lavish purchases, and has done nothing in return for that money. He needs to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The case number used by the state bar is 10-TE-06302. I would urge everyone to call the Major Fraud Division
      Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office
      201 N. Figueroa St., Suite 1600
      Los Angeles, CA. 90012
      Phone: (213) 580-3200

    80. Adam Y Says:
      August 5th, 2010 at 4:31 pm

      I read on posting #77 Matt mccormick will be in court…. Can someone please update us on the result of that Hearing….Thanks…

    81. BA Says:
      August 5th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

      Just received the email below regarding Matt’s court date and disbarment.

      Dear Complainant,

      This e-mail is being sent to inform you that Mr. McCormick has agreed to be disbarred and therefore the hearing scheduled for August 6 has been cancelled.

      Disbarment is the highest level of discipline that State Bar has jurisdiction to pursue against any attorney. It means that Mr. McCormick will lose his law license and will no longer be able to be an attorney.

      The stipulation which Mr. McCormick signed agreeing to be disbarred has been submitted to the State Bar Court. The stipulation must then go to the California Supreme Court for final approval. The stipulation will not become effective until it is approved by the California Supreme Court.

      The stipulation and the final decision of the California Supreme Court will be posted on the State Bar’s website (http://www.calbar.ca.gov ) under Mr. McCormick’s profile.

      If you believe you are owed a refund from Mr. McCormick, the Client Security Fund (“CSF”) may be able to reimburse you. If you have not already submitted an application to CSF, you may download an application from the State Bar’s website at http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/LawyerRegulation/CSF.aspx

      CSF is separate from the Office of the Chief Trial Counsel (“OCTC”), OCTC does not handle CSF applications, and you must contact CSF directly to obtain a status on your application and reimbursement.

      Christine Souhrada
      Deputy Trial Counsel
      Office of the Chief Trial Counsel - Enforcement
      State Bar of California
      1149 South Hill Street
      Los Angeles, CA 90015
      Phone: (213) 765-1162
      Fax: (213) 765-1319

    82. BA Says:
      August 8th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

      FYI-

      Dear Complainant,

      This e-mail is being sent to inform you that Mr. McCormick has agreed to be disbarred and therefore the hearing scheduled for August 6 has been cancelled.

      Disbarment is the highest level of discipline that State Bar has jurisdiction to pursue against any attorney. It means that Mr. McCormick will lose his law license and will no longer be able to be an attorney.

      The stipulation which Mr. McCormick signed agreeing to be disbarred has been submitted to the State Bar Court. The stipulation must then go to the California Supreme Court for final approval. The stipulation will not become effective until it is approved by the California Supreme Court.

      The stipulation and the final decision of the California Supreme Court will be posted on the State Bar’s website (http://www.calbar.ca.gov ) under Mr. McCormick’s profile.

      If you believe you are owed a refund from Mr. McCormick, the Client Security Fund (“CSF”) may be able to reimburse you. If you have not already submitted an application to CSF, you may download an application from the State Bar’s website at http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/LawyerRegulation/CSF.aspx

      CSF is separate from the Office of the Chief Trial Counsel (“OCTC”), OCTC does not handle CSF applications, and you must contact CSF directly to obtain a status on your application and reimbursement.

      Christine Souhrada
      Deputy Trial Counsel
      Office of the Chief Trial Counsel - Enforcement
      State Bar of California
      1149 South Hill Street
      Los Angeles, CA 90015
      Phone: (213) 765-1162
      Fax: (213) 765-1319

    83. julio Says:
      August 9th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

      wow , i found this by accident. i also hire mr
      McCormick. i have paid him the sum of $5.700 and so
      far hes missing. i found his info and call him he does not return my call. thank you for this information. God bless you all.

    84. Burned By CLOA Says:
      August 23rd, 2010 at 1:01 am

      So, as of 8/19/2010, Matt McCormick has been disbarred:
      Matthew Michael McCormick - #182543
      Current Status: Not eligible to practice law (Not Entitled)
      http://members.calbar.ca.gov/search/member_detail.aspx?x=182543

      But is that it? Families ruined, lives destroyed, Christians defrauded and he’s NOT GOING TO PRISON???

      Where is the media on this?

    85. Lloyd Says:
      August 23rd, 2010 at 3:42 pm

      YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! This is definetely great news…Now if we can only get our money back…Does anybody know where Matt is????

    86. Scammed by McCormick Says:
      August 26th, 2010 at 6:14 pm

      So is there any plans to go forward with a class action lawsuit or other type of suit to try and recoup our money?

    87. Scammed by McCormick Says:
      August 27th, 2010 at 2:30 pm

      Has anyone had any luck with getting assistance from the LA District Attorney’s office? My husband phoned them earlier today as we have been advised by postings on this site. He was told there wasn’t anything that they could do because the amount that we were scammed was only $4500 rather than several hundred thousand! He as advised to speak to the local police in the area where Christian Lawyers had their office.

      There has to be a way to hold him accountable for his actions!

    88. Henry Says:
      September 2nd, 2010 at 3:40 am

      Lloyd, did you get information as to his whereabouts? Or anyone got the latest information on how to get our money back?

    89. William Harlan Says:
      September 2nd, 2010 at 1:37 pm

      On April 3, 2009 I wrote a letter to KKLA and Frank Pastore that they were on notice that there were problems with the company that they were endorsing. I did not receive a response from Mr. Pastore, but the marketing person from KKLA informed me that he personally meets with the advertisers, and the loan modification company was totally legitimate.

      If any person wants to bring a negligence suit against KKLA I would be more than willing to give you a copy of my correspondence, that will help show they were on notice of the potential problem in April of 2009.

      As a Christian Attorney, I deplore the conduct of companies, attorneys, and those who knowingly allow beleivers to be given false hope.

      I beleive that Justice is God’s, but the only way for people to stop this abuse is to bring lawsuits against those who help crooks prosper.

    90. Andrew Says:
      September 16th, 2010 at 4:48 pm

      Has anyone gotten their money back from Matthew Mccormick or by the State Bar????

    91. Samantha Says:
      September 22nd, 2010 at 5:41 pm

      I am in the process of suing Matthew Mccormick…. Does anyone else want to be named in the suit…Please let me know….

    92. Hamilton Says:
      September 24th, 2010 at 12:38 am

      Samantha, I do.

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