Pro Bono Victory Against Notorious Notario
After an illegal notario filed for bankruptcy to avoid paying his victims-many of them NLSLA clients-we co-counseled with Morrison Foerster to force him to pay the money he stole while pretending to be an attorney and preying on the poor.
Jesus Lozano has been practicing law without a license, taking money from vulnerable, low-income immigrants, falsely claiming to be an attorney who could represent them in a variety of court proceedings. Lozano had not only taken their money fraudulently, but he managed to lose the clients their legal rights in the process.
In order to avoid paying his many victims back, Lozano filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. After several persistent attempts, Lozano managed to obtain a bankruptcy to discharge his debts, including the judgment obtained by NLSLA and orders for victims’ restitution.
That’s when two talented associates from MoFo stepped in. Vincent Novak and Dina Kishner, attorneys experienced in bankruptcy matters and equally devoted to helping those in need, worked hard to prevent Lozano from using the bankruptcy court to deny justice.
Recently, NLSLA received the final orders and judgments finding that our clients’ claims against Lozano are not discharged in his bankruptcy. Because of MoFo’s excellent work, Lozano’s victims are closer to obtaining close to $100,000 in judgments that were saved from bankruptcy discharge, including NLSLA’s fees. NLSLA is now poised to continue to collect on these judgments for our clients.