A Tampa landlord says a Land O’Lakes attorney mishandled a foreclosure case, then wouldn’t stop negotiating the settlement after she got fired.
Two companies led by Anton Ludwig Philipp allege in a lawsuit that attorney Chandra Hosler provided incompetent counsel in a commercial foreclosure case.
North Tampa MHP previously hired Hosler to represent the company when creditors sued to foreclose on a mobile home park on 142nd Avenue in Tampa.
Over the course of that case, North Tampa MHP officials say Hosler delayed a resolution to the matter while pressuring the company to meet her own monetary demands. Philipp in January filed a complaint against Hosler with the Florida Bar.
A new lawsuit filed on behalf of North Tampa MHP and Sunbuild Phase I, another company headed by Philipp, says Hosler’s delays in the case cost the company and led to “severely excessive interest and fees.”
The complaint says after being fired, Hosler sent a $30,800 bill to the clients, and when that wasn’t paid, she refused to withdraw from the foreclosure case.
Moreover, she continued to participate in settlement discussions while running up more bills, the suit says. She eventually filed a lien on the North Tampa MHP property at the center of the case, and began “making rampant threats about legal actions and Florida Bar complaints” on opposing counsel, according to the suit.
Hosler has practiced law in Florida since 2002 and works as an in-house attorney for Geico. She remains a member in good standing with the Florida Bar and has a clean 10-year discipline history.
She’s also enjoyed appointments by Gov. Rick Scott to the Hillsborough County Civil Service Board, originally getting tapped to fill a vacancy in 2016, then being reappointed to the position for a full term starting in 2017.
North Tampa MHP and Sunbuild Phase I now seek damages from Hosler for malpractice, tortious interference and breach of fiduciary duty.