Supervising Attorney, Housing Preservation Project
When the Housing Preservation Project wanted an attorney to represent homeowners caught up in the foreclosure crisis, the St. Paul organization needed someone who could take on a lot of responsibility right away.
From a slew of candidates, the nonprofit chose Jane Holzer, a 2010 graduate of William Mitchell College of Law. Holzer was a self-starter who had experience working in the state Senate before going to law school. Tim Thompson, the president of the organization, said Holzer proved to be a strong researcher, very articulate and well-prepared.
In her first case that went to trial, Holzer won a dramatic ruling in an
equity-stripping case in which the judge nullified the mortgage and awarded the home to Holzer’s client free and clear.
Holzer is now pursuing a class action challenging efforts by loan servicers to skip certain steps before foreclosing. She is also working on several cases seeking to establish that homeowners may enforce their rights to affordable loan modifications.
“She is a pleasure to work with,” Thompson said. “She’s always very positive, cooperative, eager to do her share and more, and is a real asset around here.”
Holzer has also been busy trying to improve relations among consumer and business attorneys. She and Alan Maclin, president of Briggs & Morgan, co-founded the Consumer Litigation Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association in June 2011.
The section, which has more than 150 members, encourages consumer and business lawyers to get to know one another in a professional setting. It put on four CLEs last year and plans more for this year.
Holzer also serves on the board of Project 515, which lobbies the state Legislature to bring about equality for same-sex couples and their families.
“We are focusing our energy this year on defeating the [anti-gay-marriage] amendment,” Holzer said. “Once this amendment is defeated, we’ll really be able to come out swinging.”