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Thomas A. Cox

Maine Attorneys Saving Homes
Volunteer Program Coordinator
Portland, ME, USA

Thomas Cox is retired from the private practice of law where a substantial portion of his practice included the representation of lenders in residential and commercial loan litigation matters. Clients included major regional and national lenders as well as the FDIC. For the past three and one half years he has played a substantial role in the Maine Attorney's Saving Homes (MASH) program of the Maine Volunteer Lawyer Project as a volunteer lawyer screening mortgage foreclosure cases, handling referrals to volunteer lawyers on the MASH panel, co-counseling on select cases, and acting as a consultant to Maine foreclosure defense lawyers. He has been instrumental in the start-up of in 2009 of Maine's foreclosure mediation program, providing training and consultation to lawyers representing homeowners in foreclosure mediation. He has also acted as a consultant to Pine Tree Legal Assistance in managing the litigation strategies of its Foreclosure Prevention Program. In addition he has acted as a consultant to lawyers nationally regarding residential foreclosure issues with particular regard to issues relating to GMAC Mortgage, LLC and Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc.

Cox is credited with exposing the foreclosure "robo-signing" scandal with his deposition of GMAC Mortgage's "limited signing officer", Jeffrey Stephan, last year and his subsequent and successful efforts to force GMAC to halt its improper foreclosure practices. In addition, he has recently participated in five appeals of key Maine foreclosure issues to the Maine Supreme Court resulting in decisions of national significance.  In December 2010 he was a presenter before the House Judiciary Committee on its hearing devoted to the topic: "Foreclosed Justice: Causes and Effects of the Foreclosure Crisis." He has been a speaker at numerous conferences including those of the American Bar Association, the National Consumer Law Center and various state organizations. He is the recipient of the 2011 Howard Dana Award presented by the Maine Bar Foundation for outstanding services to pro bono clients, and an honorary recipient of a 2011 Empire State Counsel Award from the State Bar of New York. He is a 1966 graduate of Colby College and a 1969 graduate of the Boston University School of Law.

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