Patrick Dunlevy - New Directing Attorney of PC's Consumer Law Project

"Public Counsel is pleased to announce the newest member of our leadership team: Patrick Dunlevy," said Hernán Vera, Public Counsel CEO.  "Pat leads our most litigation-intensive law project; and he leads a fine team of legal professionals, pro bono counsel and volunteers."

Patrick Dunlevy became a Staff Attorney in Public Counsel's Consumer Law Project (CLP) in September 2009 and became Directing Attorney for CLP in November 2010.  Since starting at Public Counsel, Pat has been busy litigating foreclosure rescue scam/home equity fraud cases.  Public Counsel is representing numerous homeowners who were allegedly defrauded by Timothy Barnett, a notorious con artist who is currently in county jail awaiting trial on fraud charges.  Public Counsel represents the homeowners in their efforts to unwind Barnett's fraudulent equity-stripping loans and save their homes from foreclosure.  Pat is also currently involved in Public Counsel's nationwide class action lawsuit that seeks to enforce Wells Fargo Bank's obligations under the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP).  HAMP is an Obama Administration program designed to help people save their homes from foreclosure. 

 

Pat began his legal career in 1992 as a staff attorney at the Inner City Law Center (ICLC) in Los Angeles.  While there, he worked primarily on lawsuits affecting the homeless or tenants living in slum apartment buildings.  In 1998, he became Director of Litigation at ICLC and continued in that capacity until 2003, when he left to join the Hadsell & Stormer law firm in Pasadena.  At Hadsell & Stormer, he worked on numerous high profile and impact cases.  These included a case against the California Highway Patrol (CHP) for discrimination in promotions; a case against Chevron for human rights abuses in Nigeria; a case against Unocal for human rights abuses in Burma; a case against the three major supermarket chains in California for wage and hour violations; and the South Central Farmers case, which involved destruction of the largest community garden in the United States.  In 2007, he left Hadsell & Stormer to become a Staff Attorney at the Western Center on Law and Poverty (WCLP).  Later that year, he became Deputy Director of Litigation at WCLP.  While there, he worked on a lawsuit involving discrimination against the elderly and disabled at the Alexandria Hotel in downtown Los Angeles and on a major slum housing lawsuit that he began working on in 2006 when he was at Hadsell & Stormer.  That lawsuit settled in 2009 and was among the largest per person settlements ever in a habitability lawsuit in Southern California.  Pat graduated from the UCLA School of Law in 1992.  A native of Minnesota, Pat received his B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.