Lauren G. Raines

Legal Assistant
Patsy Skidmore
P: 813.559.5510

Lauren Raines focuses her practice on representing financial services institutions in civil litigation and compliance matters as part of her litigation and financial services practice. Her litigation experience includes a diverse range of issues facing financial institutions and mortgage servicers, and representation of clients in consumer and commercial litigation. Lauren routinely defends her clients in a wide array of claims arising under state and federal regulations, including the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), and the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), as well as regulations arising under the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) and claims regarding unfair and deceptive trade practices and fraud.

Lauren has successfully handled countless contested commercial and consumer mortgage foreclosure trials for financial institutions and mortgage servicers across the state of Florida, as well as defended lender liability claims, usury actions, and lien priority claims. In addition, she regularly represents merchant cash advance companies in enforcement actions and bankruptcy litigation and defends clients against usury, RICO, preference, fraudulent transfer and lien avoidance claims.

On the transactional side, Lauren handles loan assumptions, defeasances, loan workouts, debt restructurings, and forbearances, and regularly advises clients on Florida documentary stamp tax issues related to complex lending transactions.