We defend the securities industry.
Our group of experienced securities attorneys represent broker-dealers, registered representatives, investment advisors, and other financial professionals in Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitrations, American Arbitration Association (AAA) arbitrations, as well as state and federal court litigation. Our attorneys are not only skilled trial attorneys but are intimately familiar with the securities industry. Constantly monitoring regulatory changes, claim trends, market performance, and the evolution of securities products, our lawyers are able to quickly and intelligently evaluate the complex factual issues embedded in securities disputes and to guide clients through their dispute.
Our group of attorneys has experience handling the following litigation matters:
- Customer disputes – involving Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), Tenant-In-Common investments (TICs), Oil & Gas investments, Direct Participation Programs (DPPs), Limited Partnership, Business Development Companies (BDCs), promissory notes, private placements, variable annuities, universal variable life insurance policies, 1031 and 1035 exchanges, churning, options trading, fraud, selling away, Securities Act claims, and Ponzi-scheme allegations, financial theft, among others.
- Intra-industry disputes – involving the enforcement of restrictive covenants, trade secrets, and TRO proceedings.
- Regulatory investigations/enforcement brought by the Ohio Division of Securities.
- Regulatory investigations/enforcement brought by FINRA.
- Regulatory investigations/enforcement brought by the SEC.
- Expungement of customer disputes or Form U-4 disclosures.
This group also represents clients in regulatory investigations and enforcement actions, whether led by FINRA, the SEC, or state departments of securities. These representations include responding to FINRA 8210 letter-requests, representing clients during FINRA On-the-Record examinations (OTRs), negotiating Acceptance Waivers and Consents (AWCs), defending clients in the context of SEC subpoenas for documents and/or testimony, and all other aspects of a regulatory investigation or enforcement action.
Our clients have trusted our attorneys with representation across 33 states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin).
- Obtained defense verdict on behalf of FINRA registered representative in FINRA arbitration hearing.
- Successfully defended FINRA broker-dealer through hearing with panel awarding less than 4% of Claimants’ requested $3.5M.
- Obtained defense verdict on behalf of securities Broker-Dealer in FINRA arbitration involving claims under the Indiana Securities Act, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, unsuitable recommendation of variable annuities, and more.
- Obtained dismissal of FINRA arbitration against FINRA registered representative.
- Obtained dismissal of all claims on behalf of financial services company in case involving Ohio Consumer Sales Practices Act (CSPA).
- Obtained dismissal of all claims on behalf of financial services company in case involving Ohio’s Transfer to Minor Act (UTMA).
- Represented founder of crowdfunding platform in defense of enforcement action brought by Ohio Department of Securities alleging securities fraud.
- Successfully defended company in dispute involving alleged breach of fiduciary duty and mismanagement of Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).
- Successfully defended and resolved intra-industry dispute between FINRA Broker-Dealers involving claim of more than $1 million for alleged violation of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, conversion, and violation of Trade Secrets.
- Defended lawsuit involving alleged damages in excess of $10 million against investment professionals and wealth management firm involving claims under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, the Ohio Securities Act, fraud, conversion, among others.
- Successfully defended financial planner in CFP Board investigation, resulting in finding no wrongdoing.
- Successfully defended FINRA registered representative in FINRA investigation and OTR examination.
- Cambridge Investment Research, Inc.
- Cetera Financial Group/Cetera Advisors Networks
- Glenmede Trust Company, N.A.
- Lincoln Financial Group
- Lincoln Investment
- LPL Financial Holdings
- MML Investors Services, LLC
- Press Release, Nov 19, 2020
- Zachary B. Pyers Receives Outstanding Young Lawyer Award From the Ohio Association of Civil Trial AttorneysPress Release, Nov 26, 2019
- Press Release, Nov 28, 2018
- Press Release, Apr 26, 2018
- Press Release, Dec 6, 2017
- 2020 Third Annual Current Issues in FINRA Arbitration and Enforcement Regional CLEFort Lauderdale, FL, Feb 20, 2020
- Updates and Trends in Accounting Malpractice, Securities Litigation and Banking DisputesWebinar, Jan 21, 2020
- Rogue Brokers – Issues and Strategies for Risk OfficersLos Angeles, CA, Dec 4, 2019
- Compliance and Regulatory Issues Confronted by Securities Compliance Professionals and In-House CounselColumbus, OH, Oct 25, 2019
- Recent Trends: Insurance Agent and Broker Error & OmissionsCleveland, OH, Apr 14, 2019
- Webinar, Mar 20, 2019
- Proposed ‘Best Interest’ Standard for Brokers: What Is It and Why You Need to KnowWebinar, Nov 9, 2018
- Mutual Fund Due Diligence and theSupervision of Dually Registered RepresentativesAmelia Island, FL, Oct 16, 2018
- Suing and Collecting from Insolvent Broker‐Dealers: Interplay Between Bankruptcy and FINRA CasesBonita Springs, FL, Oct 11, 2018
- Concentration Limits: How Much is Too Much?Los Angeles, CA, Aug 15, 2018
- Supervising Dually Registered RepresentativesLos Angeles, CA, Aug 14, 2018
- Ethical, Practical, and Legal Considerations for Litigating Against Pro Se Parties in Securities ArbitrationsSep 2017
- Financial Services Practice Group E-Blast, Mar 25, 2020
- Securities Litigation Newsletter, Oct 24, 2019
- Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal - September 2018, Sep 2019
- ABA Securities Litigation Journal, Mar 8, 2019
- Crain's Cleveland Business, Feb 18, 2019
- Financial Services Professional Liability E-Blast, Feb 6, 2019
- Ohio Securities Bulletin Newsletter, May 2018
- Indiana Court of Appeals: Continuous Representation Doctrine Does Not Apply to Financial ProfessionalsFinancial Services Professional Liability E-Blast, Mar 15, 2018
- Financial Services E-Blast, Feb 7, 2018
- Expungement Update 2014Ohio Securities Conference, Oct 2014