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Daniel Lee McGookey

Foreclosure Attorney at Sandusky, OH

3.9   12 reviews
  • Licensed for 44 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1979
    Active No misconduct found

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About Daniel

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After graduating from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Toledo School of Law, Dan began his legal career over 36 years ago. Over his many years of practice, Dan has achieved outstanding results for thousands of people having a variety of legal problems. Since the housing market crash of 2008, Dan has become a recognized leader in defending homeowners against the abusive tactics used by mortgage companies.

Dan is licensed to practice in all courts throughout Ohio and is a prolific writer on the subject authoring Foreclosure Stories and Consumer Mortgage News, which are published weekly.

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McGookey Law Offices
225 Meigs Street
Sandusky, OH, 44870
McGookey Law Offices
124 Middle Avenue
Suite 500
Elyria, OH, 44035
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3.9 / 5.0
  12 customer reviews
Posted by Patti | April 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best foreclosure defense ever
We called McGookey Law office when our mortgage servicer started returning our mortgage payments & blocked us from getting a refinance. We did everything we were instructed to do on the CFPB website & the credit counselors on the paperwork provided by Ocwen (5 complaints to the CFPB, contacted the State Attorney General, etc). Dan & Kate stepped in and understood that we were being wrongfully sued for foreclosure. We kept all of the documents & provided it all to our attorneys, this information was crucial in getting Ocwen to admit that the statements sent to us were full of errors, among other things. The staff made us feel at ease and its obvious they work as a team to assist their clients. This case is still ongoing, but we are sure we called the right attorneys to get this wrongful foreclosure matter taken care of. We would recommend this firm to anyone being victimized by their mortgage servicer.
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Posted by anonymous | March 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Helped with Contractor issue.
Daniel McGookey and his staff were very professional and prompt with resolving our issue we had with a dishonest contractor.
Posted by Ann | August 28, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
client on a foreclosure action
McGookey Law has been especially helpful in taking our personal needs and goals into account as we work towards a win on this action. When we've had questions about what is likely to happen as the next step or two, they've provided us simple explanations and likely timelines without making promises which they cannot do. sigh........ promises would be impossible to keep as we cannot predict what they court will do and thus are working towards a settlement with the bank.
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Posted by anonymous | July 19, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Upton & PHH Mortgage
Mr. McGookey and his team handled ALL communications between PHH Mortgage and myself. PHH had over a period of more than year having me the 'run around' concerning my mortgage after I had gotten behind a couple of payments. One specific thing they had done was take the electricity from my property out of my name and then failed to pay the bill. To this day the house is sitting full of mold. Mr. McGookey and his team were able to get us out from under the house AND is having our credit restored back by having all of the late payments removed back to the original missed payment.
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Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Saving my Home
Dan McGookey Law Firm were the upmost professional team that I have dealt with. They were able to assist me in keeping my home from foreclosure and were willing to work with me to understand the process. His staff seem liked they were very detailed orientated and pleasant. Not only was I taken care of but they also have a bilingual staff that was very useful. Definitely would recommend them to anyone in need. Thank you Dan and his team.
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Posted by Tracy | June 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My husband and I had been fighting for our home for 7 years, we couldnt get anywhere with Chase Bank and Fannie Mae, everytime we thought we were getting somewhere, we would get thrown back into forclosure. So we hired Dan Mcgookey and his firm, and Thanks to them we are on our way to keeping our home we have fought so hard for.Thanks Dan McGookey & Assc. for helping us fight this battle..
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Posted by Gary | June 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Saving My Home
I was at the end of the line. I contacted McGookey law. After a consultation, I hired them. At this time my house was up for Sheriff sale. That was stopped. My mortgage company was very subborne. The end result was that McGookey law saved my house and also lowered my payments by 30%. I had tried many other options, but they failed. I was very pleased with them. If you are having trouble with your mortgage, I highly recommend McGookey Law.
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Posted by anonymous | May 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Positive Comment
McGookey Law Offices did a fantastic job in saving my home, succeeded in lowering our interest rate.
Posted by Tony | May 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Positive outcome.
Everyone was great to deal with (thanks for everything!). While the outcome was not exactly what we were hoping for, it was still pretty good.
Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Not a good listener
We consulted with Dan. He is doesn't stop to listen. He jumps to conclusions and even when I tried to course correct he just over talks you. He was going down the totally wrong path. We were more then willing to pay him for his services but he never drew the line on consultation vs hiring. He made me feel as though I was abusing his time and looking for free legal advice. That was not the case. He became very rude. He needs to work on listening to his clients and developing a better transition from consulting. I walked away from the conversation in total disbelief.
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Posted by Michael | April 18, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Less than impressed
I spoke to Mr. McGookey and actually had to ask him to listen. His assumptions were incorrect and direction was not where I needed it to go.
Posted by anonymous | September 25, 2014
Foreclosure Defender in name only
This lawyer touts that he is knowledgable about foreclosures when really all he does is take a retainer fee and do nothing. He uses the same boiler plate complaints for the majority of his cases and does nothing to actually help the homeowner. You are better off doing the legal work yourself than hiring this man and his firm. You will for sure have a better chance of keeping it. I'm still seeking over $13,000 in fees returned for work he didn't do. Avoid.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • McGookey Law Offices
  • 2008 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Private Practice
  • 1979 - 2016


  • University of Toledo College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • University of Notre Dame
  • B.B.A
  • 1975

Sample of Legal Cases

  • U.S. Bank vs. George
  • Summary Judgment Reversed
  • U.S. Bank vs. Zokle
  • Summary Judgment Reversed
  • U.S. Bank vs. McGinn
  • Summary Judgment Reversed
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  • Lorain County Bar Association
  • member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1979 - Present
  • American Bar Associations, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • 1992 - 2000
  • American Bar Associations,Tort and Insurance Practice Section
  • Member
  • 1992 - 2000
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America,Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section
  • Member
  • 1992 - 2000
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1979 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016


  • Sandusky Register-on line
  • Foreclsoure Stories
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (10)
Endorse Daniel
Foreclosure Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. As a result of both of our passions for saving our neighbors homes I have had an opportunity to meet with Dan on a number of occasion. He is very passionate about the area of Law and I believe is innovating defenses for homeowners based on the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) rules on Mortgage Servicing. I must say his passion is infectious. Dan gets results."
Real estate Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Several years ago, Dan and I tried a case together. It was probably the most complex legal matter that I had ever been involved in during 30 years of my career. There were roughly 14 different lawyers involved in this claim,11 of them represented the various Defendants. Defense counsel were from all over Ohio and also from out of state. We litigated this matter to a verdict that was extremely favorable to our clients. Dan is an incredible intellect and an aggressive litigator. I would gladly have him on my side again. He was a pleasure to work with and our litigation styles complimented one another's skill sets so to get the best result possible for our clients. He is forward thinking and detail oriented. What more could anyone ask for from their legal representative."
Foreclosure Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Dan for many years. I've worked with him and also had Dan as "opposing Counsel" in matters. Dan has always zealously protected his clients interests, yet conduced himself with professional decorum."
Foreclosure Attorney | Jul 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I am an attorney and business law professor in Washington State and learned about Dan McGookey via a national network of foreclosure defense attorneys. As author David Dayen writes in his book "Chain of Title", "Nobody goes to law school to learn about foreclosures." Yet your home is the biggest investment most people will make in their lifetime. Dan McGookey is one of the few trial attorneys who understands the complexities of foreclosure, securitization and defenses. Dan is a nationally recognized leader in foreclosure defense. I frequently call upon him for his perspective on constantly evolving foreclosure issues. Dan and his terrific staff have always been very professional and gracious. As a practicing attorney for over 30 years myself, I highly recommend Dan McGookey."
Foreclosure Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Attorney McGookey for over 15 years. He is a fellow lawyer in our town and I have always found him to be competent and a passionate advocate for his clients. I endorse Attorney Dan McGookey."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Dan Always represents his clients zealously."
Foreclosure Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Sandusky Foreclosure Lawyer Daniel Lee McGookey
Daniel Lee McGookey
Foreclosure Attorney
Sandusky, OH
Licensed for 44 years
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