Just Say “Moe”

Posted July 21st, 2007 by Joe Kaiser

Between you and me, Rob, I gotta tell ya, the smart money is on Moe.

Dear Rob,

For the last dozen years I’ve had an amazing attorney, Moe Birnbaum, working along with me.

He’s a real estate specialist and when it comes to solving complex legal issues regarding real property, Moe’s THE BEST in the business.

And that’s not just me talking, his reputation speaks for itself.

Moe in my corner

Foreclosures come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, and understanding how specific statutes impact foreclosures in our state is not something you learn in a year or two.

No problem, Moe knows foreclosures.

I happened upon the WA State Bar website earlier today and pulled up his info from the online directory:


Notice he’s been at it since 1976, and “real estate land use” and “foreclosure” are his chief areas of practice?

My kind of guy.

Oh, Cheryl

Just for fun, I pulled up former AAG (and person formerly leading this investigation) Cheryl Kringle’s information.


Cheryl, it turns out, has been in practice since 2002, having just recently had her five year anniversary as a licensed attorney in the state of Washington.


Wait a minute . . .

Real estate experience?

If I do the math in my case (it began sometime around 2004 or 2005), it appears Cheryl, with a couple years experience at most, took charge of a complex and technically challenging real estate centered investigation with absolutely no real world experience.

Did she know anything at all about real estate?

Please tell me she wasn’t the AAG in the room for the earlier settlement hearing who didn’t know what equity was, (as my former attorney in this case related to me some time ago).

Just a hunch here, but I’m guessing Moe could explain the concept of equity to her.

Take your pick

Cheryl says our approach to tax sale investing (“overage plays” and “partial interest plays”) is somehow wrong.

Moe says otherwise.

Rob, who are you going to believe, Moe or Cheryl?

Moe, a wise, grizzled and highly respected real estate attorney with unquestionable ethics (and Vietnam war hero), running a law practice focused on land use and specifically, foreclosures, (and having done so for decades), with in-the-trenches experience telling us the tax sale statutes say one thing . . .

Or fresh-faced Cheryl Kringle, with NO known real estate experience, having shown a Chicken Little-like propensity to shout “consumer protection violation!” where none exists, screwing up the PHC matter and moving directly on to my case, (again with the bogus consumer protection claims), telling us the statutes say something entirely different.

Between you and me, Rob, I gotta tell ya, the smart money is on Moe.

Not a hard call

Rob, it’s really simple.

Moe is 100% right and Cheryl is 100% wrong.

Her moving on to private practice was a good thing.

In our limited encounters, she demonstrated extremely poor instincts and a wide-eyed naiveté that made her unsuitable for any role in this investigation.

The question remains, do you really want to roll with Cheryl’s opinion here?


Joe Kaiser

2 Responses to: “Just Say “Moe””

  1. adrian w. responds:
    Posted: July 21st, 2007 at 11:45 am

    Giving a person with inexperience a large amount of power and authority can backfire. It’s like giving a kid the lethal power of a gun. Wielding it incorrectly can cause accidents not only to themselves but to the innocent people around them…..
    I must say, I’d be questioning the leadership that allows this sort of thing to happen, but thats just my opinion…

    Adrian w.

  2. Joe Kaiser responds:
    Posted: July 22nd, 2007 at 5:30 pm

    Thanks Adrian, your opinion counts here.


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