February 5, 2018

Over the years, a significant number of people, both clients and others, have requested if Mr. Barnes, who is a former teacher and professor, provides classes to students in college who are interested in becoming litigators. Many students who are “pre-law” express an interest in learning about the litigation process including drafting of lawsuits, motions, and discovery, and also arguing motions and trying a case, but do not have the opportunity to obtain this type of experience while in college.

Litigation Academy of Florida, Inc. was formed today in response to this request. Mr. Barnes, who will be conducting the course, has been a career litigator for almost thirty (30) years, and developed curricula while a teacher before becoming an attorney. He has also given numerous CLE seminars to attorneys which have been accredited by The Florida Bar and the Supreme Court of Ohio, and also recognized for CLE credit in Pennsylvania.

The one-week course is designed for college students who are interested in pursuing a career as litigators. The course will take the students through the various court systems, drafting of lawsuits and motions, serving discovery, and actual argument of a significant motion (such as a Motion to Dismiss or for Summary Judgment) or a simple trial. The students will be grouped into teams who will argue against each other, and so that all students will be able to observe the presentation and argument of a significant motion or a simple trial.

Classes are anticipated to be held in June and August, 2018, after the time when college students are finished attending their regular classes so as to not interfere with college studies and exams. The classes will begin at 8:30 a.m. on a Monday and run through 5 p.m. on the Friday of the scheduled week, with oral argument for motions and trial(s) being held on the Friday. Written materials will be provided, and participants who complete the course will be issued a Certificate as well.

In view of the intensive nature of the one-week course, class size is limited to twenty (20) students per session (either June or August). The course will be held in the Atrium Building at 1515 North Federal Highway, Boca Raton, Florida 33432.

Those who are interested in the course may inquire by going to the “Contact Us” link on this website, or e-mailing Mr. Barnes at Classes are limited to college students who are “pre-law” or who are genuinely interested in pursuing a career in litigation.

Jeff Barnes, Esq.


This Monday, January 22, 2018, Mr. Barnes was successful in saving an apartment house in New York from foreclosure and sale. The effort took many months and several motions prepared by Mr. Barnes to vacate the Final Judgment and bring the case back to a posture of defense on the merits.

The homeowner’s prior attorney withdrew the client’s affirmative defenses and a previously filed opposition to U.S. Bank’s Motion for Summary Judgment at the summary judgment hearing without any notice to or consent of the homeowner client. The Court noted this withdrawal in its prior Order granting the MSJ, which was followed by the entry of a Final Judgment.

Mr. Barnes and local NY counsel Oliver Budde, Esq. successfully had the Final Judgment vacated after two separate hearings, as NY law provides that defenses cannot be withdrawn by an attorney without consent of the client, and that the actions of the prior attorney constituted those which amounted to ineffective assistance of counsel. US Bank vigorously opposed the Motions prepared by Mr. Barnes, who has been admitted pro hac vice into the case.

Mr. Barnes has prepared an Amended Answer which will now be filed and extensive discovery which will to be served upon US Bank, as the case has been restored to active litigation status.

Jeff Barnes, Esq.,


January 19, 2018

There appears to be no slowdown of foreclosures despite the recent rumors of the economy “recovering”. Foreclosure filings in Maricopa County, Arizona (Phoenix) have risen 1000% over last year; more than 600 new foreclosure cases have been filed in Lee County, Florida; and foreclosures in New York (with over 11,000 pending cases in Kings County (Brooklyn) alone) continue to increase.

Prior to the end of 2017, Mr. Barnes’ Firm was retained in a number of new foreclosure actions in Tennessee, New Jersey, New York, and Washington state as well. FDN has brought on new local counsel in Washington to assist with the cases pending there.

Jeff Barnes, Esq.,


December 26, 2017

We are issuing a caution to any homeowner who is dealing with Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC in connection with a loan modification application. In several cases we have involving Ocwen and loan mods, Ocwen has proven, in writing, that it has lied as to receipt of both loan mod applications and trial mod payments, apparently in an effort to manufacture a “default” to permit a foreclosure to proceed.

Most states presently have a mechanism which prevents “dual-tracking”: that is, permitting a foreclosure to proceed while a loan mod application is pending. The procedure, either by statute or rule or court procedure, prevents a foreclosure case from continuing while a loan mod application is being processed.

In one case where Mr. Barnes is representing the homeowner, Ocwen approved a trial modification and the borrowers have been sending in the trial mod payments by Fedex with a signature required upon receipt. Although Ocwen signed for and accepted the client’s December, 2017 trial mod payment, Ocwen sent the client a statement DENYING RECEIPT OF THE DECEMBER PAYMENT AND THREATENING A DEFAULT.

In another series of cases where Mr. Barnes is representing the owner of contiguous properties both involving Ocwen as the servicer, Ocwen signed for and accepted the client’s loan mod package, yet has told its attorney that it HAS NOT RECEIVED THE PACKAGE AND THE ATTORNEY IS REFUSING TO STOP THE FORECLOSURE CASE.

It has been widely posted and is public knowledge that Ocwen has been cited for numerous fraudulent foreclosure practices and has had to pay millions of dollars in fines in connection with its wrongful conduct. The two examples above prove that Ocwen has learned nothing, and will continue to commit fraud with the apparent goal of assisting its clients (including securitized mortgage loan trusts) in stealing homes, with the fines assessed against Ocwen being nothing more than a “cost of doing business”.

The bottom line is that if you are dealing with Ocwen on a loan mod, YOU MUST DOCUMENT EVERYTHING; HAVE EVERYTHING SIGNED FOR BY OCWEN; AND KEEP SCRUPULOUS DOCUMENTATION AS TO EVERY EVENT, as you are dealing with what numerous people have already suggested to us to be a criminal enterprise which engages in lying and misrepresentation for what appears to be the intent of stealing homes under fraudulent pretenses.

Jeff Barnes, Esq.,


December 17, 2017

Mr. Barnes has recently been retained in a case where a known foreclosure mill foreclosed on the client’s property in a lawsuit which was filed against a different borrower. The mill put the wrong legal description into the foreclosure case (that of the client, and not the named homeowner defendant), and the client’s home was sold to the Bank of New York as securitization trustee after a “default”, which the client obviously knew nothing about as she was not named as a Defendant in the case. The foreclosure mill refused to correct the mistake. Mr. Barnes is thus initiating litigation against the foreclosure mill and its client (Bank of New York as a securitization trustee) for quiet title and significant damages.

In a separate case, Citibank as the securitization trustee had, since 2014, claimed to be the “holder” of the clients’ Note and Deed of Trust, and substituted itself in to the foreclosure case. Although the party which was substituted out (U.S. Bank as securitization trustee) submitted a credit bid at the sale, Citibank purchased the property and was issued a trustee’s deed and certificate of purchase and thereafter initiated eviction proceedings which Mr. Barnes has consolidated into a separate foreclosure challenge case which he had previously filed.

Mr. Barnes took the deposition of Citibank’s designated representative (from Ocwen), who testified under oath that Citibank NEVER had ANY interest in the loan; should not have filed the foreclosure case or the eviction case, and that the loan was never, ever, placed into a Citibank securitization trust. Mr. Barnes has filed an action to this reverse the entire foreclosure and for damages against Citibank.

Jeff Barnes, Esq.,


November 28, 2017

Mr. Barnes’ free foreclosure seminar will take place this Friday, December 1, 2017 in Brooklyn, New York as we previously posted. The seminar will begin at 5:00 p.m. and run until 7:00 p.m. The start time was chosen so that it would not interrupt with the normal workday.

The location is 16 Court Street, 7th Floor, Suite 711, Room 2 in Brooklyn. To enter the building, enter 16 Court and show your identification to the receptionist. Take the elevator to the 7th Floor. Turn right as you exit the elevators. Suite 711 will be on your right.

Written materials will be distributed to those who confirm that they will attend. We ask that those who plan to attend to e-mail us at so that we may prepare the appropriate number of materials packets.

Additional details as to directions, space, and the door code can be found at

Jeff Barnes, Esq.,


November 22, 2017

Today, the Florida Second District Court of Appeal affirmed a Final Judgment in favor of the homeowner which was entered after a full trial. Jeff Barnes, Esq. represented the homeowner at trial and in the appeal.

The loan was originated by WaMu, and was then allegedly transferred to JPMorgan Chase and later to multiple LLCs, ending with Ventures Trust 2013-I-NH by MCM Capital Partners. At trial, Ventures attempted to introduce an “acceleration letter” on the letterhead of WaMu dated seven (7) months after WaMu had filed for bankruptcy. Ventures’ sole trial witness presented no evidence as to how WaMu could have generated the subject letter given the bankruptcy.

After trial, the Court took the matter under advisement and later entered Final Judgment in favor of the homeowner on his “paragraph 22” defense (as to the failure of proof given the suspect acceleration letter). Ventures appealed. The Florida Second District Court of Appeal today issued a¬†per curiam affirmance of the Final Judgment.

Jeff Barnes, Esq.,


November 14, 2017

Mr. Barnes and local Tennessee counsel Andrew Farmer, Esq. have today entered into a branch office relationship whereby W. J. Barnes, P.A. now has a branch office in Sevierville, Tennessee with Mr. Farmer, who is a multi-term Tennessee state representative. The office, located at 121 Court Avenue in Sevierville, will handle foreclosure cases anywhere in the State of Tennessee.

Mr. Barnes and Mr. Farmer have worked together since 2010 on foreclosure cases in Tennessee. Mr. Farmer’s office is approximately 45 minutes SE of Knoxville. Foreclosure victims anywhere in Tennessee may thus contact Mr. Farmer’s office directly, or inquire via the “Contact Us” link on this website.

Jeff Barnes, Esq.,