We Set the Gold Standard for Fair and Ethical Business Practices

  • We charge the same one-time upfront fee for everyone regardless of their home’s value
  • We do not charge an application fee
  • We do not accept or pay commissions or referral fees
  • Our contract prohibits us from being our clients’ trustees, guardians, executors, or beneficiaries
  • We have no arbitration or class action waiver provision in our contract
  • Our contract allows clients to bring actions against us in their home states
  • We cannot hide behind attorney-client privilege

Why do we work so hard to be fair? Because scammers and predatory institutions work so hard not to be.

If you, your attorney, or your financial advisor can find a way for us to be more fair, transparent, or accountable, tell us and we will amend our standard contract.

Leadership & Advisors

Roger Gordon Co-Founder & President

Roger began developing SafetyDeed while leading a San Francisco nonprofit that helped entrepreneurs qualify for SBA-guaranteed loans. He attended MIT and Boston University and holds an MBA from Kellogg and a law degree from Georgetown.

Roger has clerked for the House Judiciary Committee and the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. In college, he interned as a complaint mediator in the Consumer Protection Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office.

In 2014, Fast Company named Roger to its list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business for creating Food Cowboy, a technology company that helped food companies route surplus fresh produce in the supply chain to charities instead of to landfills.

Mark Johnston Co-Founder & VP, Technology

Mark is a cybersecurity expert who focuses on protecting financial institutions. He holds a B.S. in Aeronautics & Astronautics Engineering (MIT), an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering (MIT), and an MBA (American University). His designs are flying in the Bombardier CRJ-70, the Lockheed F-117 Stealth Fighter, and the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet. They are also used to make V8.

Mark is also a Certified Information Systems Auditor. He has developed systems to protect FDIC PII data based on NIST’s Cybersecurity Framework and implemented them on the Azure Government Cloud. He serves on the board of the Washington Baltimore chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum.

Eric Burger Co-Founder

Eric is Research Professor of NextG Security and affiliate Research Professor of Public Policy at Virginia Tech and Research Director of the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative. His research spans distributed ledger technology, secure communications, intelligence sharing, wireless systems, and technology policy. Prior to Virginia Tech, he was Research Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University.

Eric served as the Assistant Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and before that as the Chief Technology Officer of the FCC. He has been a C-level executive of several network equipment and enterprise software companies—ranging from top-tier VC-backed start-ups to NASD and NYSE listed companies—and has had five corporate exits. He holds over 20 US Patents and has published more than 20 international standards.

Kurt Eggert Advisor

Kurt is a Professor of Law at Chapman University Law School and Director of its Elder Law Clinic. His scholarship has focused on  predatory lending, consumer credit and elder abuse. He has testified to Congress on predatory lending issues and is a former member of the Federal Reserve Board's Consumer Advisory Council. From 1990 to 1999, he was a senior attorney at Bet Tzedek Legal Services, where he specialized in complex litigation, including consumer fraud and home equity fraud.

John Pottow Advisor

John is a Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School and an internationally recognized expert in bankruptcy and commercial law. He focuses on the issues involved in the regulation of cross border insolvencies and on consumer financial distress.

He is a frequent commentator on NPR, CNBC, CNN, C-SPAN, and the BBC and has litigated bankruptcy cases before the United States Supreme Court.

Dr. Woody Chang Advisor

Woody is a private practice geriatrician working in the California Bay Area. He received a BA in Molecular Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley. He completed his MD at Stanford Medical School and went on to do his Internal Medicine residency and Geriatrics fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is interested in the use of technology that improves the lives of the geriatric population. He has published papers on topics ranging from bioethics in the media to the effect of telehealth on the health of elderly veterans.

Ibrahima Wagne Advisor

Ibrahima is a healthcare informatics professional who focuses on developing insights, implementing systems, and optimizing workflows to give healthcare providers strategies for enhancing patient safety. He holds an M.S. in Nursing and an M.Sc. in Biochemistry and was formerly Professor of Biology at the University of Mauritania. Ibrahima is fluent in English, French, and Arabic.

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