Know Your Stock Attorney
Attorneys can practice many types of law simultaneously so they are not required by the State of Florida to disclose any particular area of practice. This can make it quite confusing when determining who to choose if you find yourself the victim of investment fraud. Call any attorney’s office in Florida, and you may well be told that they can help you. This is unfortunate because if you have been taken advantage of by a disreputable broker or brokerage firm, the last thing you need is to end up in the hands of someone who does not have a real ability to help you recover your losses. Picking up the phone and playing dial-a-lawyer is probably not the best way to select someone when you need to have your best interests addressed. The area of stock law is a very narrow field indeed, and any attorney you choose to represent you needs to have an intimate knowledge of investment practices and securities law. You should find out as much about the stock attorney you are considering hiring as you can. Consequently, I’d like to share my background with you.
I am originally from New York City. I lived there and in the South Florida area for so long that I should be considered native to both areas. Always having an interest in law, I was motivated to study Criminal Justice at the University of Florida in Gainesville. This ignited a desire to learn more, so I then spent time studying the legal structure of third-world nations and the varying securities laws in many other countries. These countries include South America, Africa, India, Malaysia, China, Taiwan, and Japan.
I became a stock and commodities broker and worked at the Commodity Exchange in the World Trade Center when it still existed. It was during this time that I became exposed to the practices of some brokerage firms that I felt were either unethical or just plain negligent. Time and again I would see or hear of investors losing their life savings due to these egregious practices. This was the impetus that I needed to pursue a law degree.
I went on to become an arbitrator for NASD Dispute Resolution, Inc., now known as FINRA, which is the forum where approximately 90% of all securities disputes are resolved. It was while assisting in the adjudication of hundreds of cases at NASD that I learned the ins and outs of securities arbitration. I moved on from there to work for one of the largest law firms in the world which represents brokers and brokerage firms. After just a short time in that position, I felt compelled to represent investors who have suffered investment losses due to the unfair actions of such brokerage firms.
I began aggressively representing aggrieved investors in 1997. My specific purpose was to help those investors who have been the target of investment fraud with a primary focus on practicing Securities Arbitration and Litigation. With a host of attorneys, paralegals, and staff, Blum Law Group has handled over $1 billion in investors’ claims over the course of nearly two decades. We have done so with such a high level of success that we have been featured in national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Investment News. Additionally, many of my cases have been featured on television shows such as CNN, Inside Edition, CNBC, and in many news reports.
My background provides me with the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed to go after the “big boys” of the investment industry. I have been counsel in numerous securities arbitration cases against such brokerage firms as Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Wells Fargo, Securities America, Oppenheimer, UBS and many others. I have also had the honor of being a guest lecturer and speaker on legal matters. Additionally, I have experience as an Editor for the Law Review, and I have authored many articles which include Punitive Power: Securities Arbitrators Need It and NASD Mediations: PLI Securities Update.
I have recovered over $100 million in investor losses. We have represented clients at both the state and Federal level and in arbitration through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the National Futures Association, and the American Arbitration Association. We work on a contingency fee basis and provide our clients with a free case evaluation. We have locations in both Florida and North Carolina, and we are able to represent investors anywhere in the United States and overseas.
If you have suffered losses due to the inappropriate actions of an investment firm, recovering those losses is too important to leave to a lawyer who lacks clear insight into the investment industry. Contact us at 877-STOCKLAW or stockattorneys.com for your free case evaluation.