“Marshall Craig Watson, P.O. Box 460862, Fort Lauderdale, suspended for 91 days, effective 30 days from a May 30 order. Between 2006 and 2011, Watson’s company handled thousands of foreclosure cases on behalf of banks, lenders and financial institutions. The Bar received numerous complaints against Watson during that time from four members of the judiciary as well as defendants in foreclosure actions. (Case No. SC12-2731)”
Marshall C. Watson, one of the original “robo-signing” attorneys, has been suspended for three months as part of an agreement with the Florida Bar.
Watson was one of 11 attorneys in South Florida disciplined in the latest action by the Florida Supreme Court. Another attorney Luis Musa of Coral Gables, was suspended for six months after being arrested on cocaine charges. A third attorney, Howard Michael Scheinberg of Davie, was suspended for two years for private communication with a judge during a criminal trial — 949 cell phone calls and 471 text messages.
Watson agreed to plead guilty in a proposed consent judgment that accused him of failing to supervise or train his employees in foreclosure-related work. Watson also paid $30,000 for a record-keeping analysis by the Bar, plus $5,931 for its investigation.
Watson ran a so-called foreclosure mill – Law Offices of Marshall C. Watson – where it became common practice to rush thousands of foreclosures through with quick review and sign-off to attest to accuracy of documents, leading to the coining of the phrase “robo-signing” in the media.
Copies of the suspension docs below….
More to come on this…