In Spring 2019, Timeshare Exit Team needed a law firm to represent thousands of timeshare consumers. Granite Spire Law Group was founded.
Granite Spire shares its office space with Oak Harbor Capital — a hedge fund that manages approximately six hundred million dollars in consumer debt.
Granite Spire has two owners — William Weinstein and Colin George.
William Weinstein has accumulated a vast fortune as a consumer-debt collector.
Weinstein is the owner of Oak Harbor Capital — a hedge fund that owns approximately $600 million in consumer debt.
Weinstein is also the owner of Weinstein & Riley — a law firm that focuses on consumer-debt enforcement.
Weinstein is one of two owners of Granite Spire Law Group — a law firm that claims to help clients “who have been treated unfairly by timeshare developers and debt collectors.”
Colin George is the firm’s other owner. George’s job is to conceal multiple facts from Granite Spire clients — including the role that William Weinstein plays in firm operations.
William Weinstein controls more than two floors of prime office space near Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market.
Weinstein’s offices are located in two adjacent buildings: The first building is 2001 Western Avenue, and the second building is 2003 Western Avenue.
Weinstein & Riley occupies much of the third floor and the entire fourth floor of the first building. Weinstein & Riley’s office address is 2001 Western Avenue, Suite 400.
Oak Harbor Capital is located in the second building. Oak Harbor Capital’s office address is 2003 Western Avenue, Suite 340.
Granite Spire’s office is also located in the second building. Granite Spire’s office address is 2003 Western Avenue, Suite 345.
Judging from their addresses, Oak Harbor Capital and Granite Spire appear to be neighbors in the same building. To a person standing in the third-floor elevator lobby, the door to Suite 340 and the door to Suite 345 appear to open into two different office spaces.
In reality, both doors open into the same office space. A person can access that office space through two separate doors: the door to Suite 345 (Granite Spire), and the door to Suite 340 (Oak Harbor Capital).
Oak Harbor Capital
There isn’t a single Oak Harbor Capital employee who maintains a desk or office in Suite 340, nor anywhere else in 2003 Western Avenue.
All Oak Harbor Capital employees work out of the building used by Weinstein & Riley — 2001 Western Avenue.
Neither Weinstein nor George offers a meaningful explanation for Oak Harbor Capital’s decision to (a) receive mail using the office space of a consumer-rights law firm, while (b) conducting business using the office space of a law firm that specializes in consumer-debt enforcement.
When asked about the issue during his August 2020 deposition, Colin George proclaimed ignorance. “I don’t know,” he testified.
William Weinstein and Colin George agree that the postal carrier delivers mail addressed to Oak Harbor Capital to the office space where Oak Harbor Capital employees actually work — the fourth floor of 2001 Western Avenue.
The postal carrier somehow knows to deliver the mail addressed to “Oak Harbor Capital / 2003 Western Ave., Ste. 340” to an office on the fourth floor of an entirely different building.
Colin George knows less than nothing about Oak Harbor Capital’s mail-forwarding arrangement:”The mail doesn’t come to [Granite Spire]. I think someone told me at some point, ‘Oh, yeah, the mail carrier, they know to just send that over. It gets forwarded to 2001.’ But I don’t know who told me that, and I don’t know whether or not it’s true.”
Concealing the Truth
Granite Spire’s website claims that Granite Spire was founded to help people who have been treated unfairly by timeshare developers and debt collectors. The website identifies one lawyer as being responsible for Granite Spire’s founding: Colin George.
Colin George knows both statements to be false.
During an August 2020 deposition, George acknowledged the truth: His role at Granite Spire began as a middle man between debt collector William Weinstein and Timeshare Exit Team founder and chief executive Brandon Reed.
In Spring 2019, Brandon Reed’s lawyer requested a meeting with William Weinstein. Colin George facilitated the meeting. At the time, George was working as Weinstein’s lawyer.
At the moment of Granite Spire’s founding, Colin George was working to accomplish the shared purpose of William Weinstein and Brandon Reed.
Today, Colin George continues working to accomplish the shared purpose of William Weinstein and Brandon Reed — by concealing the truth about Weinstein’s role at Granite Spire from the the firm’s clients.
Granite Spire clients are told nothing about William Weinstein.
Colin George represents to clients that he founded Granite Spire to fight on behalf of consumers who have been treated unfairly by debt collectors.
In fact, Colin George works for a debt collector. George has decided that Granite Spire clients don’t deserve to know that their lawyer regularly enforces debt against consumers.
Lawyers are supposed to be loyal to their clients — not to the companies that cheat their clients.
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