Some of the lawyers who have followed Bridgeport businessman Louis Roman’s 13-year foreclosure battle respect him for being "smart, diligent and genuine."

"He’s done a really good job, and he’s not even a lawyer," says Lamya Forghany, a foreclosure lawyer who represented Roman in 2010 and 2011. She stopped when it became too costly for both of them, she says. "He comes up with all these theories and all these briefs and motions," said Forghany. "Unfortunately, people aren’t taking him too seriously. I think he’s a good role model for people facing the same situation in this economy."