Frederick A. Haist


Mr. Haist’s practice emphasizes general business litigation, consumer financial services litigation, contract disputes, employment litigation (including discrimination claims), employer counseling and real estate litigation. He has represented several major banks, lenders and mortgage servicers involving issues relating to loan origination, wrongful foreclosure, wrongful eviction, wrongful repossession, the Truth-in-Lending Act (TILA), the Real Estate Settlement and Procedures Act (RESPA), the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA), the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), forbearance agreements, escrow accounts, loan repurchases, insurance and title insurance. His experience also includes governmental entity litigation, civil rights and section 1983 litigation, CEQA litigation, real estate transactions, construction law and insurance issues.

Mr. Haist has handled all pre-trial litigation procedures – from the initial complaint and motion to dismiss stage to submitting jury instructions. He specializes in written motions and briefs, having appeared and argued in state and federal court on hundreds of law and motion matters. He has obtained dismissal of many of the complaints against his lender and servicer clients on the pleadings. He also has successfully obtained summary judgments for several of his clients involving such topics as wrongful termination claims, sexual harassment, and wrongful arrest and imprisonment issues. He has prepared briefs submitted to the Courts of Appeal in California, obtaining a reversal of a trial court’s erroneous order in one such instance and has made oral arguments at the appellate level.


Mr. Haist obtained his Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of California at Riverside in History/Law and Society. Mr. Haist received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, School of Law. While in law school, he participated in the Environmental Law Clinic and was the Chief Managing Editor and Board Member of the UCLA Environmental Law and Policy Journal. He was involved in Moot Court, both as a participant and a Competition Judge. He interned with then Magistrate Judge Virginia Phillips and spent a semester at the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles. He also spent a summer litigating cases with the Public Defender’s Office in San Diego.

Honors & Awards

Mr. Haist graduated magna cum laude and was an active participant in the Honors program at the University. He was published in Cornerstone (the University of California at Riverside History Journal) and received the National Merit, Regents and AFL-CIO Scholarships. Mr. Haist was awarded the David Simon Scholarship at the University of California at Los Angeles, School of Law.

Professional Activities

Mr. Haist is a member of the California bar and is admitted to the Ninth Circuit and federal courts for California.

Also, Mr. Haist is an Eagle Scout and is currently an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 5 in Pasadena—the troop has been active for over 90 years. He is also an Associate Crew Advisor for Crew 5. He has participated in numerous community service activities with the Scouts.

Representative Matters

  • Drafted several appellate briefs in state and federal court, including a brief that led to a favorable, published decision in the Ninth Circuit (704 F.3d 661) involving a novel issue regarding lending.
  • Handled numerous cases involving fraud and compliance with federal and state regulations, including financial lending regulations and suggesting ways for client to revise policies and letters to satisfy regulations.
  • Obtained dismissal on the pleadings of a case involving forged tax return checks.
  • Litigated cases involving disability, racial and sexual harassment and discrimination under both the California Fair Employment and Housing Act and Title VII.
  • Obtained dismissal on the pleadings of lender client in a case brought by a borrower where the lender instructed the foreclosure trustee to postpone the sale, but the trustee sold the property to a third party.
  • Successfully opposed motion for preliminary injunction where the court denied the request, finding that the plaintiff committed perjury, a felony, due to the overwhelming evidence contradicting plaintiff’s declaration under penalty of perjury.