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June 2020 Member Moves + News

Posted By USFN, Monday, July 6, 2020


McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC (USFN Member - AL, CA, CT, FL, GA, IL, MS, NV, NJ, NY, OR, TX, WA) (“MRLP”), one of the largest and most respected default firms in the country, is continuing to expand its industry footprint, launching new offices in Washington, Oregon and Texas.

Ms. Wendy Lee, the newest addition to the management team will assume the role of Managing Partner of Oregon and Washington Foreclosure and Litigation Practice.  Ms. Lee brings over 17 years of experience and default servicing knowledge to the MRLP family.  Marty Stone, the Managing Partner and CEO of MRLP said, “We are honored to have Wendy join our team.  As we have carefully decided to grow our firm for the future, we have been open to strategic talent and partnerships with industry leaders.  Wendy has been a friend of the firm for many years and we have always experienced a close relationship and common mindset in responding to the industry’s changes.  We feel that Wendy is a perfect match for the MRLP family.”

Ms. Lee commented, “Despite all the negative news and impact of the pandemic and the state of emergency, this opportunity is a welcome change and a tremendous opportunity to extend the MRLP positive and diverse culture in the default servicing space in the Pacific Northwest.  Building a new foreclosure practice, on a state-of-the-art case management workflow system, supported by one of the longest tenured firms in the industry, will allow us to help clients in the most efficient manner possible when the moratorium lifts.”

Furthermore, MRLP is proud to announce it will now offer its full complement of legal services throughout Texas from its Dallas “Uptown” office.  Mrs. Melody Jones Rickels, the managing partner of MRLP’s non-judicial states, and one of the most respected and recognized women in mortgage servicing, said, “Today, executives and business leaders of banks and non-bank servicers have increasingly made Dallas their center of operations in the US.  I am thrilled at the opportunity to expand into the Lone Star state.  MRLP has a history of successful, responsible expansion.  Texas will be no different.  We look forward to providing exceptional service to our clients in Texas.”

McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC’s offices are located in Roswell, GA; Birmingham, AL; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Hartford, CT; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Iselin, NJ; Las Vegas, NV; Long Beach, CA; Orlando, FL; Jackson, MS; New York City, NY; Portland, ME; Portland, Oregon and Bellevue, Washington[1]


[1] McCalla Raymer Liebert Pierce, LLP will be the corporate entity operating law firm practices in Washington State and Oregon.



Orlans (USFN Member - DC, DE, MA, MD, MI, NH, RI, VA) announced that Founder & Executive Chair Linda Orlans was named an award winner of the inaugural #NEXTPowerhouseAward honoring the most influential women in the mortgage industry. The winners are celebrated for being technologically innovative, sharing new ideas and pushing the limits to keep their companies and the industry moving forward.

Linda has been recognized for numerous accomplishments throughout her career. A few highlights include becoming the first woman Chair of the Board of Trustees, Michigan State University College of Law, the inclusion of Orlans PC as a member of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF)—a highly selective organization of minority and women-owned law firms, being a current member of the United States Supreme Court Bar and the State Bar of Michigan, and the co-founder of Women Executives in Banking (WEB) an organization dedicated to furthering the personal and professional growth of women executives in the banking industry.

A self-made business leader, attorney, pioneer, philanthropist, and influencer, Linda Orlans has built multiple businesses with innovation and compassion at the center. Throughout her career, she has revolutionized the real estate and legal worlds. Well before it was common, Linda introduced the flat fee model and a paperless workflow process that incorporated electronic records into her law practice. Her companies have also been early adopters of time and money saving technology like Remote Online Notarization and eTITLE’s eZTRACKER and eZESCROW, resulting in a better customer experience. As an early adopter of lean methodology and technology, she implemented Lean Six Sigma training for her entire staff resulting in increased process efficiencies and a five-star customer experience.

Linda is an active philanthropist in the community and has established a social responsibility across her companies – actively helping the underserved, as well as championing gender equality.

“I am thrilled to receive this award It is an honor to be recognized with such an esteemed group of successful career driven women e ach of whom strive s to make a positive impact in our companies, communities and the industry," said Orlans.

Orlans also announced that Julie Moran, Senior Executive Counsel, was named an award winner of the inaugural #NEXTPowerhouseAward honoring the most influential women in the mortgage industry. The winners are celebrated for being technologically innovative, sharing new ideas and pushing the limits to keep their companies and the industry moving forward.

Julie is an innovator and trailblazer in the mortgage and legal industries. She began her career as an attorney at a Boston law firm concentrating in transactional real estate. She developed a mortgage banking practice that became one of the largest sources of firm and client growth. As a partner at the firm, she had the privilege of working with some of the nation’s largest banks and loan servicers. Julie was elected as the firm’s first female managing partner at a time when there was only one other female managing partner in Boston.

In 2005, she co-founded WEB (Women Executives in Banking) with fellow industry executives Linda Orlans, also of Orlans PC and Miriam Moore of Servicelink. WEB helps women advance their careers through education, coaching and peer support.

In 2007, Julie joined with Linda Orlans to launch Orlans Moran PC, a 100% women-owned law firm where she oversaw operations as well as the legal and regulatory compliance practice. Under Linda and Julie’s innovative leadership, the firm quadrupled its market share and number of clients by applying Lean Six Sigma concepts to the foreclosure legal process.

Julie is an industry leader and has served on a number of regulatory task forces on mortgage banking issues. She is co-chair of the Legal Issues Committee of the USFN, co-chair of the Financial Services Pac of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) and member of the Board of Directors of the MA Real Estate Bar Association. Julie is a frequent author of topical articles of interest to the industry and a speaker on regulatory compliance and current legal issues at both local and national conferences.

“I am honored to receive this esteemed award from an organization that is focused on advancing women in their careers and professional growth," said Moran.


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