Attorneys who represent lenders bringing foreclosures are “an easy target for criticism” in the current economic climate, says Steven J. Baum, who runs by far the largest New York state firm offering services to what its website calls the “default industry.”

Indeed, Baum and his firm, Steven J. Baum, P.C., have faced increasing criticism with a surge in foreclosures sought by client lenders, who have been struggling to mop up the financial debris from the burst housing bubble.