It's been a very long time since I've visited this board, but was just reviewing some of my notes from it whereupon I saw this post.
I am a CFE and a grad of Max' foreclosure defense bootcamp and only have the upmost respect for him. I've met him and have several conversations with him and he is straight as an arrow. Unfortunately, this is rare to see with individuals in this area of law. It is his goal to train an army of attorneys who can then work with their clients to achieve a resolution. He exposes record keeping/altering fraud in the servicer's databases.
Be aware that the list of grads on his website is largely those who attended his bankruptcy bootcamp unless it specifically states they attended the foreclosure defense bootcamp. While some of the material overlaps they are different. Unfortunately, there is no area of the website that lists those grads of the foreclosure defense bootcamps (who did not attend the bankruptcy bootcamp). I am told they are working on this.
He is very concerned about pro se folks utilizing piecemeal information gleaned from around the internet and creating bad precedents. He is very much aware of the perversion of the truth and wingnut theories out there.
Also, as some have referred to in earlier posts these graduates are attorneys and by no means angels. I have had very serious ethical issues with some of the graduates that clearly show that lining their pockets are the ONLY motive. The site is not an endorsement of the graduates. Surely, should you have problems with any of the graduates you need to inform his office as he won't know otherwise. I know that many of the graduates either do not feel comfortable enough with their mastery of the training or feel that they have jurisdictional issues that simply won't allow them to implement his principles fully. There's alot of frustration out there even with trained attorneys. It takes a creative attorney to navigate the local rules and find a way to put his training to work. This of course is true for every attorney, not just Max's graduates.
The take away is this: Finding an attorney to defend you is crucial. A good place to start is to find a Max Gardner grad, but check him/her out. Find out how many cases they've handled and what the results were. A volume practice is not what you're looking for, but the results. This may not be an easy task depending on your local court's technology capabilities. If you have an attorney that isn't comfortable with foreclosure defense and live in an area with a shortage of otherwise competent attorneys, consider hiring an out of area attorney as a consultant. Some of these attorneys are willing to travel and appear pro hac vice or otherwise will coach your attorney when they get stuck.
If you can't afford an attorney, well you have your work cut out for you. If you have the time go hit the courts, pull local cases, find out where even other attorney's have erred. Judges state in their decisions exactly this. Of course, you may not have alot of time depending on where you live.
What may appear to work in one state (or county even) does not necessarily work in others. You may feel that you have evidence (robosigning, etc) but your court's local rules may not allow you the opportunity to present it because theirs is motion driven. Oral argument may or may not be made until the late stage of litigation-- if you make it there. This is why you need to build a solid record from the beginning.
I travel around the country assembling information from "our side" and "the other side" and using this for a personal project of mine that I don't care to discuss here nor am I seeking/soliciting business from any readers of this forum. I don't care to take part in blasting each other on this board so take from this what you want.