Michael L. Schack

Telephone: (714) 698-0601, ext. 102
Facsimile: (714) 698-0608
Email: michaels@plagerschack.com
LinkedIn Profile

Legal Areas of Emphasis:

Business
Real Estate
Finance
Regulatory Compliance
Creditors Rights
Receivables
Loan Servicing
Litigation 

Professional Profile

Mr. Schack formerly served as Senior Vice-President and General Counsel to a conglomerate of national leading companies in the industry of auctions of real estate and homesite sales. Mr. Schack established more than 20 subdivision entities and merger of subsidiary entities into parent entities, negotiated Loan Facilities totaling in excess of $200 Million and interacted with Lenders on Loan Management; was responsible for Oversight of Regulatory Issues, including compliance with Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act, Truth- In-Lending Act, RESPA, and other Federal and State statutory and regulatory requirements involving real estate sales, financing and marketing; prepared Finance, Transactional, and Consumer Documents and Contracts; established and managed the companies’ Internal Consumer Bankruptcy System; and had Oversight of Litigation and Management of Outside Counsel (including handling of in-house litigation work, intellectual property, human resources, and insurance matters). While in private practice Mr. Schack served as Judge Pro Tem in Orange County and Los Angeles Superior and Municipal Courts, Traffic Court, Small Claims Court, Small Claims Appeals and Mandatory Settlement Conferences.

Admissions/Qualifications

Admitted to the New York and California Bars

U.S. District Courts
- Central, Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of California
- Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Professional Memberships & Affiliations 

Orange County Bar Association, Business Litigation Section
Orange County Bar Association-Administration of Justice Committee (1997-2000, 2003)
Delegate to the California State Bar Conference of Delegates (2001-2005)
Group Chairman, Orange County Bar Association-Resolutions Committee (2003-2005)
National Land Council
Association of Corporate Counsel

Representative Clients

Vulcan Materials, Inc., National Recreational Properties, LandAuction.com, Real Estate Disposition Corp., Obesity Research Institute, LLC, Continuity Products, LLC, Touchstone Communications, Inc.

Representative Actions

Alan Solomon vs. Jake Vandersluis
Orange County Superior Court Case Number 02CC06645
Court trial in action conversion and claim and delivery (among other claims) relating to Client- Plaintiff’s 1956 Ford Thunderbird taken to Defendant for restoration and never returned. Judgment for Client for $71,000.00 plus punitive damages of $50,000.00.

The Bailey Group vs. Lantel Enterprises
San Bernardino Superior Court Case Number VCVVS 019191
California Court of Appeals, Fourth District, Division Two Case Number E027663 Appellee obtained a judgment against Client. Long after the time passed to set aside judgment, Client contacted my office and we filed an action to Set Aside the Judgment as being void. Appellee prevailed on demurrer. Client appealed and the Court of Appeals reversed and remanded the matter holding that the judgment was substantially void.

Luis and Nancy Bueno Mendez vs. Rainbow Steel, Inc., Craig Swanson, Pagano Construction
Orange County Superior Court Case Number 01CC08913
Personal injury case/insurance defense matter in which an employee of Pagano fell from the Swanson’s third story window. Extensive discovery was conducted and several parties, including Pagano filed motions for summary judgment, following which the case was settled.

Stanley A. Knapik vs. United Family Associates, Inc.
Orange County Superior Court Case Number 693409
Fifteen (15) day jury trial in which Plaintiff asserted claim of constructive wrongful termination.

Angie Yu v. Malvern Creek Homeowners Association
Orange County Superior Court Case Number 78 17 62
Plaintiff sued Client on claim that water was intruding into a condominium unit bought from Client. Successfully defeated all claims (including fraud) on summary judgment.

Publications and Presentations 

How To Evict A Tenant, A Landlord’s Guide, 15th Edition (1999)

Education 

Southwestern University School of Law
State University of Arts and Science, Potsdam, New York