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Mark P. Stopa

Foreclosure Attorney at Tampa, FL

4.2   60 reviews
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Disbarred Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2019

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2019. See details

About Mark

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When I'm not practicing law, fighting foreclosure, or blogging about foreclosure-related issues, see , I love following sports. 

I'm a regular contributor to , both for fantasy football and fantasy baseball. 

I'm married with three great kids. 

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Stopa Law Firm
2202 N. West Shore Blvd
Suite 200
Tampa, FL, 33607-5749
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4700 Millenia Blvd
Suite 175
Orlando, FL, 32839-6015
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10151 Deerwood Park Blvd
Bldg 200 Suite 250
Jacksonville, FL, 32256-0566
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1560 Sawgrass Corp Pkwy
4th Floor
Sawgrass, FL, 33323-2858
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4.2 / 5.0
  60 customer reviews
Posted by Kenny Jimno | September 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mark served us well.
As a Client of Mark Stopa he has always done the right thing for us. Unfortunately The Bar did not allow any leniency for what could be considered a Mental Health issue. I have experienced Mark when he is trying to get his point across and in certain situations on his part he couldn't explain an issue clearly enough, I could tell he would get frustrated with himself and as a result he has lashed out. But he would always calm himself down in the moment or call back with an apology. I have seen his condition worsen over the years from when I first met with him from a separate case I had in 2005. The bar should have asked for a Mental Evaluation prior to making its decision.
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Posted by Patricia | August 26, 2018
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Foreclosure
Wonderful Person, Great Character All Around @ Would Definitely Recommend This Lawfirm, They Took The Time To Understand Our Situation
Posted by Jerry | April 24, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
I hired the Stopa law firm when i was served foreclosure papers. the firm was amazing and Mr Stopa got my case dismissed.He was terrific in the court room and was what i needed to get my life back in order.He was also able to get me a meaningful loan modification which saved my family. God bless you Mr Stopa and your firm.Kepp up the good fight.
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Posted by Janet | March 20, 2018
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Mark Stopa is the very best of the best!
For days I've been trying to decide what to say about Mr. Stopa. As a client, I've seen him in action and benefited greatly from his knowledge and expertise. It's rare for a family to feel "warm and fuzzy" about a lawyer but ours does. With all of his passion and determination, it is a given that opposing council will never feel that way about him. He has been our family's savior for approximately eight years. On behalf of his clients, he never gives up, he never backs down and he has no fear. Without a doubt, opposing attorneys must quake in their shoes when they find themselves facing him in court. He is absolutely in his element when in the courtroom. While in action, we felt that he could best be described as a cross between a Tasmanian Devil and a Fox. Not even the slightest detail escapes his purview. During our trial, both the Judge and the opposing council spoke of his intelligence. That's got to be an unusual occurrence in any court of law. What our family would have done without him is frighting to imagine. There are many lawyers in this world but I doubt there's another one with half as much knowledgeable in the field of foreclosure as Mr. Stopa. No matter where our paths take us in the future, we will be forever grateful for everything he has done for us.
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Posted by Jennell | January 31, 2018
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Amazing Foreclosure Defense Attorney
We cannot express how thankful and how much we appreciate all that Mark Stopa and his dedicated staff do for us, and so many others on a continuous basis. We had the opportunity to be in the courtroom with him during our trial. He is very sharp. And to watch him live in action is an amazing opportunity for us to see just how much he truly care and loves his clients. All the hard work and countless hours that is put in to these cases are appreciated more than words could ever express. We are truly blessed to have such an amazing attorney working hard for us. WE WON!!!
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Posted by Tom | July 8, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
FIVE YEARS AS A CLIENT
It all begins with filing an answer to the suit on time and being punctual with every single document from that point on. Mark Stopa has been the best attorney I have ever employed and I have a 35 year business career of hiring lawyers.
Posted by Fernando Silva | May 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
best law firm around
Best foreclosure defense layer around, his team is great I have 4 foreclosure with this firm, 2 of the successful results and 2 ongoing for the past 6 years
Posted by Theresa | March 1, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Mark's Great but Senior Paralegal Angela is Exceptional
In 2008 we fell prey to the collapse of Indymac Bank, our mortgage company who filed an illegal foreclosure on us despite having never been so much as a day late on any installment payment on our loan in 9 solid years. Mark Stopa was the third attorney we sought, after the first two local attorneys that we paid (lots) did nothing constructive for us whatsoever. The shock and depression of being in serious risk of losing our sentimental home due to the wrecklessness and fraudulent acts of a bank put a serious strain on our marriage as we watched our dreams crumble in front of us (we had put down our life savings on the property and worked hard to double up on our principal payments nearly every month in order to become debt free quickly, and suddenly our credit score of 802 plummeted to well below 500, resulting in a sad divorce and a looming sense of hopelessness). While Mark slowly worked his foreclosure magic for us over the next several years (he ultimately won our case late last year) his amazing paralegal Angela Schaefer regularly offered late night updates around my busy schedule, detailed instructions preparing me for court, patient and informative clarification of dozens of motions filed, and many considerate gestures of kindness and encouragement throughout the years as I believe she truly sensed my distraught frame of mind and growing sense of hopelessness. Angela is undoubtedly a tremendous asset to the Stopa Law firm. Her loyalty and dedication to Mark is unwavering and crystal clear. There were so many times when I thought to myself early on that "this girl has got to be a family member, she's always up late working on these cases, consisistently demonstating the ultimate professionalism and concern". I can't say enough good about Stopa Law, with Angela undoubtedly being as instrumental as Mark in helping to restore our family's hope.
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Posted by anonymous | February 28, 2017
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Ferocious Defender
Our journey with Attorney Stopa and his staff began several years ago. Throughout the process his team has been accessible while providing peace of mind and direction. My wife and I went from hopelessness about our rights to our home to confidence in confronting all of our options head on. I would more than recommend Mark Stopa as a guidance through all anxieties when facing the loss of your home.
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Posted by JIM | February 17, 2017
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Successful Foreclosure Case
We hired Mark Stopa and his team in 2011 at the start of a Foreclosure suit that threatened our home ownership. For a reasonable yearly fee allowing 5-6 hours of service each year. We were satisfied that the suit had been postponed for over 6 years by the plaintiff bank. Also, Stopa's law firm is not for people who need a lot of hand holding by an attorney. My wife and I continued our life and our career during this interval, putting money aside for other things. On Valentine's Day 2017, we finally had our day in court with Mark Stopa himself representing us. He won the case for us giving us our house back free and clear. I can't say enough about Mark and his staff attorneys and his office team. He is a class act and his team is a reflection of his integrity and dedication. If you need a foreclosure attorney with talent and skill for the task., Mark Stopa has what you need.
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Posted by Timothy Riney | December 20, 2016
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Recomendation
Did exactly what I wanted done
Posted by Thomas | October 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
My experience as a client for the past four years
Most of the time as a law firm client you will be dealing with staff on routine mundane matters. Every single individual with whom I have come into contact with in Mark Stopa's office has been courteous, competent, and thorough. I am convinced that the staff reflects the qualities of Mark Stopa, and this firm deserves a five star rating.
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Posted by Andy | September 28, 2016
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Case dismissed!!!
Just got our 4 year old case dismissed. The Stopa team is the BEST! Thank you...thank you...thank you!!!!
Posted by William jewtraw | August 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Mark Stopa IS the BEST of the BEST Foreclosure Attorney
My family is so GREATFUL we found an attorney like Mark Stopa. We are just like most ppl live paycheck to paycheck. Marks fees were more than affordable than any other attorney & Mark Stopa will fight for you til the end. Like it states in his paperwork, If you dont hear from Stopa Law Firm things are going good. All i can say if there was 10* stars, Mark would be a perfect 10. He has treated my family AWESOME!!!!!
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Posted by James Boyd | August 23, 2016
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Stopa law beats Citimortgage / US Bank
When no one believed that citimortgage had committed fraud by changing my loan from a fixed rate to one that escalates and then sold it too US Bank to prosecute a foreclosure; Stopa law fought for me and won a dismissal. (August 2016) Means allot when you've been fighting for some one to listen since 2012. I highly recommend Stopa law.
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Posted by David | August 23, 2016
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Foreclosure
I have never been so impressed with an attorney. I showed up to see him in action, It was like watching TV. His knowledge of the law was incredible. He has bought me time to get back on my feet and the foreclosure was actually dismissed. And they have to start over, buying me even more time. I have been scammed trying to save my home. Mark Stopa is the real deal. You need time he is the man
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Posted by Stanley | August 1, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, Committed, Tactical, and Strategic.
I hired this firm to defend the foreclosure suit filed against me. The cost was incredible low, the service Excellent, and the representation beyond my wildest dreams.His legal team gave me the assurance to be resolute and calm when the Mortgage company was was lying to me in an effort to have me vacate the property and gave them possession and was also sending out scouts weekly to knock on my door to see if I was still in the property or serve as a means to intimidate me. In the end Mark did what was beyond my expectation and had the case DISMISSED. Thanks , Thanks, Thanks to Mark and his staff for the great, honest and supportive work. I see this as Professionalism at its best.
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Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2016
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Mark Stopa is Amazing
Mark Stopa is amazing at what he does. In my case that was defending me in my foreclosure. He & his office tell you exactly what to expect all the way through. Long story short he represented me & fought for over 3.5 years. When our day came in court he argued our case & he won. I do not usually write reviews however when someone is amazing at what they do & goes the extra mile to fight for me, I feel obligated to support them the way they supported me.
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Posted by John | July 7, 2016
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Thank You Team Stopa
Thank you Team Stopa, You have given me the time i need to get back on my feet and get my business going again.I just got a great loan mod with a principle reduction that i can afford.Mark,Dave,Angela,Ashley,Tyrone, Thanks For all your Help.Dont believe the hype this guy is the best in the business.He has gotten over 1000 dismissals no one has won that many cases.Keep on Keeping on.
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Posted by Steve | July 5, 2016
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Highly recommend Stopa Law
Stopa Law has represented me on ten cases. I am very pleased with their representation. Read his blog and be impressed. David Weintraub, a para-legal at the firm was always available to answer my questions. I recommend the Stopa Law firm for foreclosure defense.
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AVVO RATING 1.0 (Extreme Caution)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2019.

Disbarment issued in FL, 2019
updated on 01/02/2020

This is the most serious penalty for a lawyer. If this attorney is currently practicing law, you should contact the Florida Bar to understand the reasons for this disbarment.

Suspension with Conditions issued in FL, 2018
updated on 11/15/2018

This means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Public Reprimand issued in FL, 2014
updated on 02/12/2015

Public reprimand means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar warns the lawyer in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

Public Reprimand issued in FL, 2014
updated on 08/06/2014

Public reprimand means the attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The Bar warns the lawyer in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

Work Experience

  • Trial Attorney
  • Stopa Law Firm
  • 2008 - Present
  • Trial Attorney
  • BRDW
  • 2002 - 2008

Education

  • University of Florida College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Wake Forest University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (2)
Endorse Mark
Foreclosure Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark's AVVO rating is a reflection of a questionable disciplinary proceeding. He has been a target of the judiciary because he speaks truth to power, but it has to be done. In fact, Mark Stopa may be the best foreclosure litigator in the entire state. I have seen him do some truly legendary things. I never hesitate referring possible clients to Mark because I know they will be in excellent hands."
Foreclosure Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The AVVO rating score Stopa received is due to a formual used by AVVO that lowers ratings for any bar discipline. Stopa is a lawyer who pushes back. He called out a judge on the record when the jduge was sending and receiving tect messages in tghe middle of a foreclosure trial. At least one Judge pushed back against Stopa with a complaint to the bar. This rating does not reflect the hundreds of cases Stopa won by summary judgment or at trial. It does not reflect that he has won more foreclosure appeals for consumers than any lawyer in Florida...I would not hesitate to refer family member to him.. Stopa is a talented, exceedingly hardworking, and effective foreclosure defense lawyer with tenacity and guts. I have personally watched him argue complex foreclosure issues and have read his published orders. When I get calls from prospective clients with cases in Tampa, St. Pete, or Sarasota, (counties that I do not practice in), Stopa is one of three or four I regularly recommend."
Foreclosure Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is a strong advocate for homeowners facing foreclosure. Mark is not afraid of a challenge and has a strong presence in a courtroom. I endorse this lawyer."
Foreclosure Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"It doesn't get much better than Mark Stopa when it comes to litigation and appeals. He's smart, aggressive and he deeply cares about his clients and their cases. I highly recommend him."
Foreclosure Attorney | Jul 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark Stopa is an exceptional attorney who fights hard for his clients. His knowledge of the mechanics of foreclosure defense and his passion for defending the rights of those facing foreclosure is unsurpassed."
Foreclosure Attorney | Dec 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mark is an excellent attorney who works hard representing people who are often facing their most challenging times. I am happy to refer clients to Mark and often give his information to my own clients when they need to deal with a difficult lender."
Real estate Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is an exceptional lawyer who fights hard for his clients and stands up for what he believes in. In these troubling times, you need a tough lawyer ready to fight for you....Mark is certainly someone you want on your side!"
Foreclosure Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Aggressive and smart. I would recommend Mr. Stopa to my own friends and family."
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Tampa Foreclosure Lawyer Mark P. Stopa
Mark P. Stopa
Foreclosure Attorney
Tampa, FL
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2019. See details