Matthew Abad is a Senior Attorney at Kluever & Platt and Director of Default Operations. He joined the firm in 2013, and is responsible for the oversight and management of the day-to-day operations of the default practice, including supervision of the paralegal and staff attorneys for the foreclosure, bankruptcy and eviction departments.
With over eighteen years of experience in mortgage foreclosures, Matt has an intimate, firsthand knowledge of every facet of the field, including judgment, sale, service of process, and all applicable consumer lending statutes and governing regulations. His work is a unique hybrid of legal expertise and project/process management, with the consistent goal of moving matters from referral to disposition in as error-free and efficient a manner as possible. In addition to experience in virtually every applicable state and Federal regulatory framework, Matt also has an in-depth knowledge of a broad range of relevant areas of law. He has counseled clients on commercial and consumer mortgage foreclosures, creditor protection in bankruptcy, deed-in-lieu, eviction, REO closings, general litigation, class action litigation, title claims and clearance, collections and replevin in Illinois.
Matt is also a well-known authority on industry issues, and a frequent presenter. Having represented creditors since 1998, including a role as in-house counsel for both a national bank, and a national creditor’s rights firm, Mr. Abad has extensive experience both in-house and as a practicing attorney. From this unique vantage point, he has delivered over fifty presentations, seminars and talks to industry groups and judicial conferences all over the country, on topics ranging from judicial activism to reviews of significant cases.
As a manager of Kluever & Platt’s default operations, Matt has implemented a process-oriented approach to the firm’s practice, while assisting in the introducing a number of significant innovations. These have included:
- Developing, documenting and refining workflow, process and procedures, including the implementation of training and quality control procedures, and an internal compliance and audit regimen.
- Establishing a Communications Department responsible for processing, monitoring and incorporating client, federal, state and municipal requirements into the default practice group’s processes and procedures; and.
- Improving the firm's use of technology, both internally and in concert with client systems to maximize efficiencies.
- Residential Default & Lender Services
- Default Foreclosure Litigation
- Marquette University Law School, J.D., 1998
- CALI Award - Pre-trial Practice, Spring 1998
- CALI Award - Alternative Dispute Resolution, Spring 1997
- University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.S., 1992
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
- United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
- “Foreclosure Best Practices: For Better or Worse,” Legal League Quarterly, Spring 2011
- “Clouded in Confusion – The Second Rendition of PTFA Is a Law That’s Clearly Unclear,” DS News, September 2010
- “Servicing Mortgage Backed Securities Vs. the Federal and State Courts. A Climate Change Convergence with the Essence of Ability,” Servicing Management 2009, Contributing Author
- Mortgage Bankers Association – Default Super Session, February 2012
- American Legal and Financial Network
- American Legal and Financial Network - Hot Topics Webinar Series
- Legal League 100 - Fall 2010
- Legal League 100 - Spring 2010
- Legal League 100 - Fall 2009