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Admitted to Practice

  • California, 2000
  • Washington, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 2005
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2013

Frederick Haist

Fred Haist’s practice emphasizes general business litigation, consumer financial services litigation, contract disputes, employment litigation (including discrimination claims), employer counseling, and real estate litigation. He has experience writing successful briefs at both the trial and appellate court level. 

Fred has represented several major banks, lenders, and mortgage servicers involving issues relating to loan origination, wrongful foreclosure, wrongful eviction, wrongful repossession, the Truth-in-Lending Act (TILA), the Real Estate Settlement and Procedures Act (RESPA), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), forbearance agreements, escrow accounts, loan repurchases, insurance, and title insurance. His experience also includes governmental entity litigation, civil rights and section 1983 litigation, CEQA litigation, real estate transactions, construction law, and insurance issues.

Fred has handled all pre-trial litigation procedures – from the initial complaint and motion to dismiss stage to submitting jury instructions. He has appeared and argued in state and federal court on hundreds of law and motion matters. Fred has obtained dismissal of many of the complaints against his lender and servicer clients on the pleadings. He also has successfully obtained summary judgments for several of his clients involving such topics as wrongful termination claims, sexual harassment, and wrongful arrest and imprisonment issues. Fred has prepared briefs submitted to the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeal and Courts of Appeal in California, and has made oral arguments at the appellate level.

He has also appeared in bankruptcy court on various issues, including adversary cases, motions to dismiss, motions for sanctions, and appeals to the district court. Fred also has advised clients on several bankruptcy matters.

Representative Experience

Fraud and compliance matters for lenders and mortgage servicers*

Handled numerous cases involving fraud and compliance with federal and state regulations, including financial lending regulations and suggesting ways for client to revise policies and letters to satisfy regulations. (2008-2016)

Lending matter for banking client*

Drafted brief that led to a favorable, published decision in the 9th Circuit (704 F.3d 661 (9th Cir. 2012)) involving a novel issue regarding lending. (2010-2013)

Wrongful foreclosure for banking client*

Obtained dismissal on the pleadings of lender client in a case brought by a borrower where the lender instructed the foreclosure trustee to postpone the sale, but the trustee sold the property to a third party. (2011)

Wrongful foreclosure for mortgage servicer*

Successfully opposed motion for preliminary injunction where the court denied the request, finding that the plaintiff committed perjury, a felony, due to the overwhelming evidence contradicting plaintiff’s declaration under penalty of perjury. (2011)

Employment matters for cities, counties, and private corporations*

Litigated cases involving disability, racial and sexual harassment, and discrimination under both the California Fair Employment and Housing Act and Title VII. (2000-2003; 2007)
* Denotes experience completed at a prior firm

Additional Qualifications

  • Intern, United States Attorney’s Office, Civil Division, Los Angeles, 1999
  • Extern, Hon. Virginia Phillips, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, Los Angeles, 1998

Professional & Community Activities

  • Eagle Scout; Assistant Scoutmaster
  • Fellow, Southern California Leadership Network