Paralegal Positions in Foreclosures Go Wild

Talk about capitalizing on someone else’s misery!  According an article in the The Tampa Tribune, law firms are scrambling for more staff, particularly paralegals, in an effort to meet the wave of foreclosures in hard-hit areas of the country.

One Tampa law firm, Florida Default Law Group, filed more than 400 foreclosure lawsuits in Hillsborough County in February alone, according to a Tampa Tribune review of Hillsborough County Clerk of Court records.

Foreclosure firms have ramped up their hiring. Jim Albertelli of Tampa-based Albertelli Law, estimated that the biggest firms in Florida have grown to as many as 200 clerks, paralegals, lawyers and other staff, based on the wildly increasing number of foreclosures coming across the transom.

Apparently, law firm efficiency has been tested by the increase in volume.  Outsourcing firms have risen to assist law firms, and I would assume that this causes even more positions to be created.

Typically, clerks, paralegals and other support staff do much of the legwork for foreclosures, such as setting the court hearings and, if necessary, coordinating a foreclosure sale of the property. A small number of lawyers typically oversee them.

For example, Albertelli Law of Tampa has about 30 people working on foreclosures in Tampa. Five of them are lawyers, though they get help from lawyers in the firm’s other offices in Florida. In February, Albertelli filed 61 foreclosure lawsuits in Hillsborough County Circuit Court, according to clerk of court records.

Albertelli said he’s hoping to increase staffing in his Tampa office on Harbour Island to 100 employees in the next several months to deal with his huge new caseload. Given the size of the foreclosure crisis in the country, I really can’t think of a better classic example of "I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news." 

4 Replies to “Paralegal Positions in Foreclosures Go Wild”

  1. On the flip side we see a loss of opportunites within firms doing non-foreclosure based real estate law.

    I finally got sick of the roller coaster and struck out on my own. A little capital to stake me and the same effort I would have put into a career change/job search and now I trade currency and do quite well working for myself.


  2. i am an inexperienced entry level paralegal in miami. where can i take a class on foreclosures. i think it a profitable skill to have now.
    Any suggestions?

  3. There are tons of seminars out there for attorneys on how to do foreclosures. Go to those. From those seminars you will meet people in the business and learn about foreclosures. There’s always something you can take away from the seminar that will apply to paralegal assignments.

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