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Zuckerman Spaeder LLP to Donate Funds from Sanctions Award to Reservoir ‎Hill

April 5, 2011

Families in the Reservoir Hill neighborhood of Baltimore will be the beneficiaries of funds received as legal sanctions against Wells Fargo Bank and Long and Foster. The law firm Zuckerman Spaeder LLP was recently awarded $10,000 as sanctions against the mortgage lender and the real estate company for their misconduct in Minter v. Wells Fargo Bank, et al., an ongoing case in federal court in Baltimore. Zuckerman Spaeder will donate the award to the Reservoir Hill Improvement Council (RHIC) to support renovations of a community playground in Reservoir Hill.

“The Minter case alleges bad behavior by mortgage lenders, so we decided these sanctions should go where they could do the most good and help out a neighborhood on the rise,” said Cy Smith, the Zuckerman Spaeder partner responsible for the Minter case. RHIC is a nonprofit group that works to improve housing and continue the revitalization of the neighborhoods south of Druid Hill Park.

“It’s the commitment and passion of community leaders like Cy Smith and his partners at Zuckerman Spaeder that turn dreams into reality. This generous donation will help us to build the playground that the kids and families of Reservoir Hill deserve,” said Rick Gwynallen, associate director of RHIC.

Zuckerman Spaeder’s Baltimore office is committed to public service. The firm’s lawyers are involved in numerous cultural and charitable organizations in the Baltimore community. The office invests in the youth of Baltimore through programs such as the Public Justice Center, which helps secure education and health care for homeless and indigent children; and the Baltimore Urban Debate League (BUDL), which provides competitive public policy debate instruction and college access programs to elementary, middle, and high school students in the city’s public schools.