Thursday, April 26, 2012

Matthew P. Linkie Has A Criminal Record!

Here it is, the criminal record of Matthew P. Linkie, former Mann Bracken attorney, now with the firm of Kramer, Linkie, and Taylor, where W. Christopher Bracken is a partner:

OK, it is just a traffic violation, but this could be a sign that there are yet more "secrets" to be unearthed about the man and his organization. Stay tuned!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Intern Leaves Kramer, Linkie, and Taylor for HOOTERS!

We could not make this up!

Tracy Johnson, a student, who expects to graduate in 2012, worked for 4 months as an accounting intern at Kramer, Linkie, and Taylor.

She left, and is now a Hooters Girl.

All things considered, leaving the secretive debt collection law firm (do not forget that Chris Bracken, of Mann Bracken fame, is a partner), was probably a wise move!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Warren Rosenfeld: More Secrets at Kramer, Linkie and Taylor Revealed!

Warren Rosenfeld is an "of counsel" attorney at Kramer, Linkie, and Taylor. A quick read of his LinkedIn page shows that he has a long history in collections. 
Is this something else Kramer, Linkie, and Taylor are trying to hide, such as the fact that Christopher Bracken is a member of the firm?

And, speaking of hiding, where's Rosenfeld's undergraduate degree? There's a gap between his high school graduation and admission to law school.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Chantel Espaillat: "Confidential" No Longer!

Chantel Espaillat is a legal assistant at Kramer, Linkie and Taylor.

Her LinkedIn page, shown here, confirms that and also makes mention of a position at a "confidential" company.

Well, the "confidential" company is the Atlanta law firm of Molden, Holley and Thompson. This is confirmed by nothing less than Ms. Espaillat's signature on a complaint filed that law firm!

Now, the question is, why did Espaillat choose to hide her association with Molden, Holley and Thompson?

Did she get fired?

Did she "jump ship" for the "greener pastures" of Kramer, Linkie and Taylor, leaving Molden Holley and Thompson in the lurch (this is a very good question, as Espaillat seems to have been an associate attorney at Molden Holley and Thompson, yet she is only (?) a "legal assistant" at Kramer Linkie and Taylor).

Transparency does not seem to be an issue for Kramer, Linkie and Taylor, since they are not exactly forthcoming about the fact that W. Christopher Bracken is also a partner in the firm!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Melissa Meggison: Demoted?

This is Melissa Meggison. She used to work for Mann Bracken. After Mann Bracken collapsed, she was a partner at Kramer, Meggison and Taylor (now Kramer, Linkie, and Taylor). Now, she's an associate at Johnson and Freedman, still doing collections work.

What happened? From partner in her own firm to an associate somewhere else?

Several possibilities:

  1. She just wasn't making any money with Kramer and Taylor.
  2. She wised up to the fact that the "Mann Bracken model" (very much alive at Kramer, Linkie, and Taylor) just doesn't work without the arbitration scam.
  3. Johnson and Freedman made her an offer she couldn't refuse.
There's probably a very interesting story here, one that may be told someday.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Mann Bracken Reborn: More Proof!

Here's something from the Commercial Law League of America (CLLA) May/June 2010 newsletter:

"Longtime CLLA Member Joins New Firm As Partner
W. Christopher Bracken, III, a member of the Commercial Law League of America for more than 30 years, has recently become a partner in the law firm of Kramer, Meggison and Taylor, LLC, with offices in Atlanta and Rockville, Md. Bracken had resigned as a partner in his prior law firm in 2008. 

Kramer, Meggison and Taylor represents creditors in both commercial and retail collection matters in Georgia, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Bracken’s new e-mail address is, and the firm’s phone number is 404-890-5822 or 877-745-9562."
It would really seem that Kramer, Linkie, and Taylor (which is what Kramer, Meggison, and Taylor is called now) is nothing more than a new version of the old Mann Bracken. 

Mann Bracken was forced into bankruptcy due to improper debt collection practices.

There's no reason to think that Kramer, Linkie, Taylor, and Bracken is going to be any different. Send them debt validation letters, demand proof of everything they say, answer their lawsuits, and ask questions if they take you to court. If you think they have done anything shady, complain to the Virginia, Maryland, DC, and Georgia Bar Associations.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Kramer, Linkie, Taylor and BRACKEN?

Yes, that's right, Bracken, as in Chris Bracken, as in Mann Bracken.

Scott Kramer, Matthew Linkie, and Keith Taylor are all former Mann Bracken attorneys, now with their own firm, since Mann Bracken declared bankruptcy.

According to Martindale, none other than Chris Bracken is also a member of the firm.

This is not reflected in the firm's name. Bracken is not on the firm's website.

This is not a surprise, though, given all of the horrible things Mann Bracken did over the years. 

It is probably safe to say that Kramer, Linkie, and Taylor can be viewed as the "bastard child" of Mann Bracken, and, since Bracken is involved, we can probably expect more funny business.

Be careful!