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Michael R. Pfeifer Joins Smith Dollar as Partner
California Mortgage Banker’s Association General Counsel to Head Firm’s Orange County Office
Mr. Pfeifer has over 35 years of experience representing clients in the financial services industry, with particular emphasis on lender liability defense, financial fraud investigation and recovery, regulatory compliance, and creditor representation in bankruptcy. He is currently General Counsel, a member of the Board of Directors, and the Chair of the Quality Assurance Committee for the California Mortgage Bankers Association. Mr. Pfeifer has been ranked AV-Preeminent for legal ability and ethical standards by his peers for over 25 years. He is an accomplished author and has published articles in a variety of leading trade journals including Mortgage Banking Magazine, Mortgage Finance, Mortgage Matters, Servicing Management, and publications of the American Bar Association. Mr. Pfeifer is also a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars sponsored by various industry organizations, including the CMBA, MBA and American Conference Institute, on the subjects of lender liability defense, mortgage fraud recovery, repurchase disputes, predatory lending, and regulatory compliance.
“I am really excited about the strength and support that my new relationship with Smith Dollar will allow me to provide for my clients,” said Michael Pfeifer. “I look forward to continuing a long, successful relationship with my existing clients and feel that this new connection will allow us to serve them and prospective new clients even better.”
“I am extremely pleased to have Michael Pfeifer join our firm” said Rachel Dollar, “his knowledge and experience will complement our existing team of experienced litigators and allow us to handle additional complex litigation matters for our financial services clients.”
Also, joining the Orange County office are attorneys Annabelle de la Mora and Libby Wong. Ms. de la Mora has over 25 years of experience in complex civil litigation matters and was formally Vice President and Associate Counsel at Fidelity National Title Insurance Company. Ms. Wong has over a decade of experience in mortgage banking and commercial litigation with an emphasis on lender liability defense, mortgage fraud recovery, and construction defect.
The Orange County office will be located at 765 The City Drive South, Suite 380, Orange, California. With the opening of this office, the firm now has two locations in California as well as offices in Florida and Texas.
“With the firm’s expansive growth in 2012, we knew that Southern California was our next move,” said firm co-founder Glenn Smith. “We are pleased to have these experienced lawyers join our firm, and be able to offer our clients even more of a geographical range.”
Smith Dollar PC is a premier AV-rated, woman-owned financial services law firm that provides counsel, transaction support, and litigation representation to financial institutions, mortgage companies and other industry participants. With offices in California, Florida, and Texas, Smith Dollar provides representation to clients nationwide.