Eighteen months ago, we made the official call: "B of A has become the poster child for foreclosure dysfunction." Of course, we were way late in throwing that flag, but unless we could belabor the obvious, we'd be out of blogging material.
The incident that prompted our banal observation was the sweet foreclosure by a wrongfully foreclosed-upon Florida couple upon a Bank of America branch, a theatrical performance engineered by an attorney only eight months out of law school. It turns out that the lawyer, Todd Allen, has turned his fifteen minutes worth of fame into a potential career in Hollywood.
Allen said his life has changed quite a bit. He never anticipated getting nationwide attention.
"After that, my career took off," said the 35-year-old East Naples resident who is originally from Utah. "I started getting a lot more business and a lot more referrals."
Allen, of the Naples firm Goede & Adamczyk, is voluntarily taking more free cases and quickly became a national media source for the foreclosure crisis.
What surprised Allen the most was receiving calls from people out of the state all facing foreclosures, he said.
In summer 2011, Allen and the Nyergeses signed with a producer in Los Angeles and entered into a contract to make a movie.
"The idea is being shopped around to movie houses but nothing has happened yet," Allen said.
Allen said he doesn't have a preference of which company decides to do the film as long as the scope of the foreclosure crisis and the impact it has on people is accurate.
When asked who he wants to play his part, the married father of three children said he really doesn't care.
"I just want it to be funny," he said of the movie.
I'm sure it will be funny Todd, although The Daily Show "report" on the incident will be difficult to top.