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Barbara Luna, PhD, CPA
Senior Partner
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CA USA
phone: 818-981-4226
fax: 818-981-4278
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Expert witness testimony for complex litigation involving damage analyses of lost profits, reasonable royalties, lost earnings, and lost value of business, forensic accounting, fraud investigation, investigative analysis of liability, marital dissolution, and tax planning and preparation. Excellent communicators with extensive testimony experience. Prior Big Four accountants. Specialties include: accounting, antitrust, breach of contract, business interruption, business dissolution, construction defects, delays and cost overruns, fraud investigation, asset tracing, intellectual property including patent, trademark and copyright infringement and trade secrets, malpractice, marital dissolution, personal injury and employment litigation, product liability, real estate, securities, spousal support, taxation, unfair advertising, unfair competition, valuation of businesses, and wrongful termination.

Experts:
    Business Litigation and Valuation
    Barbara Luna, PhD, CPA, CFE, ASA,
        CVA, ABV, CGREA, CCRA, CREA
    Dean Atkinson, CPA, CFE, ABV, CAC, CFF
    John Luna, JD/MBA, CPA, ABV, CFF
    David Turner, CPA, ABV, CFF
    Drew Hunt, MBA, CPA, ASA
    Personal Injury / Employment Litigation
    Barbara Luna, PhD, CPA, CFE, ASA,
        CVA, ABV, CGREA, CCRA, CREA
    Venita McMorris, MA
Dr. Barbara Luna is the partner in charge of the commercial litigation department of White Zuckerman. She has been providing Forensic Accounting, Economic Damages, Valuation, and Expert Witness Services for the past 30 years and has testified in court over 450 times. She has a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Harvard University with application to Physics and Finance and a BA in Physics from Wellesley College. Barbara is a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner, an Accredited Senior Appraiser in Business Valuation, a Certified Valuation Analyst, Accredited in Business Valuation, a Certified General Real Estate Appraiser, and a Certified Financial Forensic. She previously was a partner with Coopers & Lybrand and has taught working capital management, business finance, forensic accounting and intermediate accounting at UCLA Graduate School of Management, California State University at Northridge and Pepperdine University.

Dean Atkinson is a partner in the commercial litigation practice of White Zuckerman. He has testified as an expert witness in Commercial Litigation and Family Law Matters and has been involved in Resolution and Settlement Negotiations since 1987. He holds credentials from the AICPA as a Certified Public Accountant, Accredited in Business Valuation and Certified Financial Forensics and from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Dean is experienced and has qualified as an expert in business valuation, business litigation and family law matters.

John Luna is a partner in the commercial litigation practice of White Zuckerman. He analyzes Financial, Accounting, Economic Damages, Business, Real Estate and Valuation issues and testifies as an expert witness on his findings. He has been an investment banker with Macquarie Capital, GCA Savian and Lazard. John has a JD from UCLA School of Law (Order of the Coif), an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management (Edward W. Carter Fellow), and an AB in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Accredited in Business Valuation, a Certified Financial Forensic and a member of the California Bar.

Venita McMorris is a partner and an Economist in the Personal Injury and Employment practice of White Zuckerman. She has been providing economic damages and expert witness services for over 20 years and has testified extensively in court. She has a Master of Arts degree in Economics from California State University, Fullerton and a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Diego State University. She previously was a manager with Coopers & Lybrand and an economist with a medical malpractice trust in Southern California. Venita has taught macroeconomics and microeconomics to college students at Pasadena City College as a full-time tenured instructor and at Glendale Community College as a part-time instructor.

    Los Angeles
    15490 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 300
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
    Phone: (866) 981-4266 or (818) 981-4226
    Fax: (818) 981-4278
    Email: expert@wzwlh.com
    Website: www.wzwlh.com
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Keith Underwood, MBA
FX Expert Witness
315 Madison Ave, 24th Fl.
New York NY 10017
USA
phone: 917-860-0208
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Keith Underwood is a respected 25-year veteran of the Global Foreign Exchange market where he earned a reputation as a formidable FX derivatives portfolio manager and business architect. He is an expert in market practice and in the institutional structure and widespread trading strategies commonly employed by traders.

Background Experience - Mr. Underwood has managed spot, forward, option, and NDF traders globally. In the course of building customer franchise businesses for US investment banks and European commercial banks, his endeavors carried him to every major trading center in the world. He spent 17 years in the London FX market and eight years in New York. He is a dual citizen of the US and the United Kingdom.

Throughout his career, Mr. Underwood has held several managing director positions at global FX banks including Lloyds Banking Group, Standard Chartered, Credit Agricole, Lehman Brothers, and Morgan Stanley.

Litigation Support - Keith Underwood provides expert witness services to top multinational law firms on cases involving Loss Attribution, Product Identification, Derivative Pricing, and Trader Reasoning. His services include detailed written reports and testimony when needed. Mr. Underwood's specialized knowledge is available to attorneys representing both Plaintiff and Defendant.

Areas of Expertise:
  • Currency, Product, and Trade Detail Identification: Investigations and forensic deal deconstruction
  • Valuation and Pricing: Expertise in the pricing of derivatives and historical pricing
  • Data Solutions: Consolidate and mine key historical trade and market data for analysis
  • Trade Blotter Analysis: Identify abnormalities, off-market prices and practices, or inconsistencies in connection with trading activity
  • FX Market Speak: Translate industry language and provide clarity to complex market practices
  • FX Best Practice: Providing best practice global guidelines from the foreign exchange committees worldwide

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5/13/2016 · Finance
Between the Delloite 2016 Global FX Survey and the FIREapps Q4 2015 Currency Impact Report, it appears that treasurers and CFO's have resigned themselves to accepting emerging markets currency risks. A deeper dive into the surveys reveals that the FX exposures to hedge (if known because its too expensive to track) can't necessarily be trusted (can't verify hedging numbers), and the high volatility price of EM currency pairs makes it difficult. My advice to those with responsibility for hedging currency exposures is to budget for currency exposure reporting software for 2017, put in place a hedging policy and procedure document that is board approved, and ensure that zero cost collars are utilized to hedge EM exposures.

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Patrick Chylinski, MAFF, CVA, CFE
515 South Flower Street 41st Floor
Los Angeles CA 90071-2201
USA
phone: 213-330-4605
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RSM US, LLP is the 5th largest Accounting and Consulting Firm in the country, with over 85 offices across the United States. Our litigation consulting and financial forensics practice focuses on assisting counsel and clients in the areas of business and commercial litigation matters, forensic and fraud investigations, contract compliance matters, and royalty inspections.

Our professionals have extensive experience assessing and quantifying damages in a variety of matters including contract disputes, post-closing and post-acquisition disputes, breach of fiduciary duty matters, real estate disputes, fee disputes, partnership disputes, as well as conducting analysis in forensic and fraud matters.

Industry experience includes, among others, technology, manufacturing, hospitality, government and public sector, banking, consumer products, real estate, financial services, and entertainment. Our team of consultants has qualifications, certifications, and educational experience that include Certified Public Account (CPA), Master Analyst in Financial Forensics (MAFF), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), MBA, and JD.

Our professionals have experience testifying at deposition, arbitration, and trial and have experience working in the following types of matters:
  • Economic Damage Analysis
  • Fee Disputes
  • Billing Disputes
  • Breach of Contract Matters
  • Post-acquisition Disputes
  • Earn-out Disputes
  • Fraud Investigations
  • Forensic Investigations
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty Matters
  • Business Interruption Matters
  • Construction Claims
  • Covenant Not To Compete Matters
  • Business Valuations
  • Contract Compliance / Royalty Investigations
  • Health Care Litigation Matters
  • Insurance Claims & Coverage Disputes
  • Intellectual Property Related Matters
  • Marital Dissolution Matters
  • Purchase and Sale Disputes
  • Securities Litigation Matters
  • Patrick Chylinski Economic Damages Expert PhotoPatrick Chylinski, MAFF, CVA, CFE is a principal and the West Region Practice Leader for RSM’s Litigation Consulting and Financial Forensics practice. He has extensive experience managing and directing engagements relating to complex commercial litigation, business disputes, investigations of fraud and financial misconduct, and business valuations. He has been designated as an expert in numerous cases, and has testified as an expert in litigation matters relating to contract and fee disputes. Mr. Chylinski has experience serving clients across various industries including healthcare, financial services, real estate, construction, insurance, gaming, entertainment, and technology.

    Past experience includes roles as a Director of the Litigation Consulting and Forensic Accounting Services practice group for a top-25 national accounting and consulting firm, as well as a leadership position at a top regional firm. Earlier in his career, Patrick worked in the Financial Advisory Services group at Deloitte & Touche, focusing on dispute consulting.

    In addition to his work experience in professional services, Patrick has extensive industry experience, having worked as a Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis for what was one of the largest mortgage banking and financial services firms in the country. Patrick also worked in commercial real estate, performing financial analysis and mergers and acquisition due diligence at a commercial real estate investment firm. He also has experience in the securities industry, at one time holding NASD Series 7 and 63 licenses.

    Litigation and Dispute Services:
    • Contract Disputes
    • Fee Disputes
    • Damage Analysis
    • Lost Profit Analysis
    • Partnerships and Real Estate Disputes
    Forensic and Investigative Services:
    • Licensing and Royalty Disputes
    • Purchase Price / Earn-out Disputes
    • Forensic Analysis
    • Fraud Investigations
    • Contract Compliance
    8/20/2014 · Forgery & Fraud
    When many people think about fraud, their thoughts usually turn to banks, investment firms and large businesses. But don't be fooled. Not-for-profit organizations – including many charities, colleges, religious entities and trade groups – are often easy targets for sophisticated fraud schemes.

    Business acquisitions and dispositions are often highly complex transactions which can possess an increased potential for disagreements-disagreements that can eventually lead to contentious and costly litigation. Various types of disputes can arise from the purchase or sale of a business, and these post-closing or postacquisition disputes can delay or even derail what may otherwise appear as obvious "win-win" transactions.

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    Gontran de Quillacq
    Securities Consultant / Quantitative Portfolio Manager
    NY / NJ
    USA
    phone: 732-533-9066
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    Gontran de Quillacq has over 20 years of Securities experience specializing in Portfolio Management, Equity Derivatives Trading, Proprietary Trading and Investment Research. He has worked with top-tier banks and hedge funds in both London and New York.

    Background Experience - A proprietary and derivatives trader, Mr. de Quillacq traded derivatives, from vanillas to exotics. As a portfolio manager, he researched and managed investment strategies, delivered both in hedge fund and in structured note formats. He actually initiated the distribution of investment strategies with derivatives, an activity now called 'portable alpha' and 'smart beta'. For five years, Mr. de Quillacq then ran due diligence on investments strategies and selected senior investment personnel for some of the world’s most famous and most demanding hedge funds and asset managers - portfolio managers, analysts, quants, CIOs, CROS. In 2017, he co-founded a quantitative fund deploying the latest machine learning techniques in global long/short equities.

    Litigation Support - Mr. de Quillacq's investment experience and cross-sectional review of other professionals give him unique experience on what can be done, what should be done, what should not be done, and the grey areas in-between. During a personal case against HSBC, his legal team was so impressed by his wide and thorough knowledge in finance, his capacity to explain complicated ideas in simple terms, and his strong performance on the stand, that they strongly recommended he expand his litigation support services.

    Mr. de Quillacq's services are available to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant and include written reports, deposition, arbitration, mediation, and trial testimony as needed.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • Investments and Trading: Securities and derivatives (stock options, swaps, exotics...), structured products, complex financial instruments, benchmarks manipulation (Libor, FX, indices), liquidity management, statistical arbitrage and algorithmic trading, portfolio construction and risks, management fees, broker dealers, hedge funds
    • Recruitment and Employment: Front-office personnel, portfolio managers, traders, quants, analysts, broker-dealers, compensation, due diligence, U5
    • Supported Practice Areas: Financial fraud & litigation, commodities & securities manipulation, white-collar crime, broker-dealers, hedge funds, investigations, enforcement, whistleblowing, alternative dispute resolution, FINRA arbitrations


    Education / Training:
    • HEC Paris, MBA Finance, 1995
    • US Berkeley, visiting scholar, differential algebra, 1993
    • Ecole Superieure d'Electricite, doctoral degree (DEA), 1993
    • Stanford Research Institute, international fellow, atomic physics, 1992
    • Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon, MS theoretical physics, 1992
    • Ecole d'Application du Train, lieutenant, 1990<
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    Michael B. McDonald, PhD
    Financial Economist
    76 English Lane
    Shelton CT 06484
    USA
    phone: 203-302-0367
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    Michael B. McDonald, PhD, is a professional Financial Economist with a PhD in finance, and a significant background working in finance. His consulting clients and professional work experience includes engagements for Fortune 500 companies, government regulators, and institutional investors.

    Litigation Support - Dr. McDonald is also a university professor of finance, a FINRA arbitrator, and a frequent expert witness in the field of Forensic Economics. He prides himself on being:
    • Adept at bringing dry material to life
    • Proficient with using sophisticated statistical analysis in securities and valuation matters to objectively and effectively make your point in court
    Dr. McDonald specializes in working on cases related to business disputes, economic loss, bankruptcies, spin-offs, and unfair business practices. He has done past consulting work in the following areas:
    • Accounting Fraud
    • Bank Analysis
    • Bankruptcy
    • Business Appraisal
    • Business Analysis
    • Business Economics
    • Business Litigation
    • Business Valuation
    • Corporate Finance
    • Corporate Governance
    • Damage Analysis
  • Damage Models
  • Economic Analysis
  • Economic Forecasting
  • Financial Forecasting
  • Financial Analysis and Assessments
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Municipal Bond Analysis
  • Municipal Distress
  • Risk Assessment
  • Securities Valuation / Litigation
  • Tax Planning
  • Author - Dr. McDonald writes a regular column on valuation in oil and gas markets for OilPrice.com. His writing is often syndicated to TIME Magazine, Yahoo Finance, Business Insider, Seeking Alpha and been cited in the Wall Street Journal, Marketwatch, Bloomberg, and dozens of other financial publications. Dr. McDonald has authored extensive research studies on investments, corporate debt, rates of return to investors under various scenarios, and valuation of tangible and intangible assets.

    Dr. McDonald has authored numerous studies on which he has received various awards from professional organizations like the Academy of Economics and Finance, and the Association of Business and Behavioral Finance.

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    7/22/2016 · Finance
    In many bankruptcies the choice of how to proceed with a case turns critically on the level of debt the firm has and the sustainability of that debt. Effective negotiations with creditors or arguments in court require marshalling a cogent line of reasoning regarding the ability of a firm to handle the debt that it is carrying. This guide is intended to help attorneys understand the basic financial metrics that objectively determine whether a business can sustain its proposed debt load upon exiting bankruptcy.

    6/15/2016 · Finance
    Abstract: This paper investigates whether firms vary the debt side of their capital structure, based on changes in investor demand for bonds. Examining asset flows into various asset classes over the last 30 years reveals that companies respond to recent increases in demand for bonds from investors by altering their capital structure towards greater use of debt. Firms are more likely to issue debt as demand for bonds rises, and their use of debt increases (decreases) in periods when demand for bonds is high (low) compared to periods when demand is not significantly changed. Firms use more (less) debt when spreads between corporate yields and Treasury rates are low (high), consistent with efforts by managers to adjust their debt issuances based on relative debt costs. These results hold after controlling for seasonality, firm effects, and macroeconomic conditions. These findings suggest that investor demand for debt needs to be taken into account when examining the capital structure puzzle.

    5/6/2016 · Finance
    Let me tell you a sad story; Joe owned a marketing company and earned a prosperous living for several years. Joe's business was growing rapidly and all seemed right with the world. Then a trusted employee left Joe's firm, taking with him half of Joe's customers in violation of his non-compete agreement. Joe's business slowly suffered and lost customers until eventually his firm declared bankruptcy.

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    Larry Stewart
    Chief Forensic Scientist
    793A E. Foothill Boulevard, #200
    San Luis Obispo CA 93405
    USA
    phone: 805-595-1333
    fax: 805-595-3333
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    California Main Office:
    793A East Foothill Blvd., #200
    San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

    Global Forensic Services, LLC (GFS) is a Forensic Consulting, Laboratory and Investigative Firm offering over 37 years of experience and training in a wide range of forensic science and private investigation disciplines.

    Larry Stewart has personally examined tens of thousands of individual items of evidence from sources such as state, local, and federal agencies (e.g. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Secret Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Central Intelligence Agency, and others), and foreign governments. On several occasions he has examined cases involving international disputes between governments.

    Mr. Stewart has testified as an Expert Witness in state, federal and military courts of law, as well as in foreign court systems to include; Austria, Australia, Canada, Germany, Sri Lanka and Thailand. He has also testified at The Hague in the Netherlands and three times as an expert before the U.S. Congress.

    Areas of Expertise Include:
    • Questioned Documents
    • Crime Scene Evaluation
    • Trace Evidence
    • Ink Analysis
    • Age Determination
    • Authenticity
    • Fraud Investigations
    • Fingerprints
  • Handwriting
  • Daubert and Cold Case (consultant) Investigations
  • Indented Writing
  • Striations
  • Typewriting
  • Erasures
  • Office Machines
  • Tracing
  • Larry F. Stewart
    This book can be purchased directly from the author, It covers the Document Examination profession, tools of the trade, documents defined, interviewing, examination, handwriting analysis, covert and overt investigations, and other related areas.
    Larry F. Stewart
    This book can be purchased directly from the author, It discusses the Identity Theft problem we face, the victims, usual suspects, detecting loss and other related issues.
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    W. Timothy Finn
    Managing Partner
    483 Emerald Hill Road
    Russell Springs KY 42642
    USA
    phone: 270-866-2566
    fax: 270-866-4624
    Financial Management Consulting Group is an affiliation of well-experienced consultants serving banking interests throughout the country. Our years of experience, as bankers, as bank consultants, and as regulators provide valuable insight into case matters.

    We can assist both from the industry perspective and from the regulatory perspective, offering a comprehensive assessment and well supported opinion. We have qualified as experts in numerous State and Federal jurisdictions, and on numerous banking related matters. We are dedicated to providing clients with quality, results-oriented service.
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    Michael K. Smith, NFA, FINRA
    Bozeman MT USA
    phone: 630-531-1000
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    Michael K. Smith, NFA, FINRA is a highly experienced Financial Services Executive and Finance Professional with over 40 years dedicated to high-end client representation and large-scale regional management.

    As Managing Director and as Regional Manager since 1997, Mr. Smith was responsible for all aspects of the securities and banking activities within the Midwest region for three major firms: Lehman Brothers, Barclays Wealth and Citi Private Bank. He was responsible for supervising more than 50 registered representatives.

    From 1982 to 1997, Mr. Smith was a dedicated Top Producer accustomed to results-based rewards for services provided to Morgan Stanley’s ultra high net worth clients (UHNW). He specialized in developing and executing solutions to meet complex financial objectives. This period was highlighted by providing substantial agency, principal and fiduciary related transactional and investment management business for top-tier clients with $25MM - $10B net worth.

    Mr. Smith offers substantive experience and expertise in the following:
    • Options
    • Futures
    • Commodities
    • Common Stock, Preferred Stock
    • Municipal Bonds
    • Corporate Bonds
  • Hedge Funds
  • Margin & Lending
  • Derivative Securities
  • Limited Partnerships
  • Mutual Funds & ETF's
  • Discretionary Managed Assets
  • Litigation Support - Michael Smith has distilled his 40 year career in Securities and Banking into a focused expert practice. His nationwide services are requested when a client is contemplating filing an arbitration claim or after an arbitration claim or suit has been filed. He acts as an expert witness for plaintiffs or defendants involved in the following claims:
    • Misrepresentation
    • Unsuitable Trading
    • Breach of Fiduciary Duties
    • Failure to Supervise
    • Omission of Facts
    • Negligence
    • Churning
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    Charles Porten, CFA
    CFA, President
    9 Little Fox Lane
    Weston CT 06883
    USA
    phone: 203-454-4615
    fax: 203-227-2763
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    Charles Porten, CFA, is a Registered Investment Advisor, Chartered Financial Analyst, and investment expert with more than 30 years of experience in portfolio management of trust and advisory accounts, brokerage accounts, hedge funds and mutual funds, due diligence procedures, and compliance issues. His clients include attorneys, individuals, banks, investment advisors, broker-dealers, corporations, and the SEC.

    Background Experience - Mr. Porten has an extensive background within broker-dealer, investment advisor and bank trust environments and overseeing organizations staffed by as many as 100 personnel in managing asset bases as high as $20 billion. He has been an analyst, research director, portfolio manager, chief investment officer, business manager, and registered representative at four leading financial institutions. He has also been a guest lecturer at Harvard Law School and serves as a FINRA arbitrator.

    Litigation Support - Mr. Porten has testified over 75 times in court, depositions and arbitrations. He has been qualified to testify as an expert witness for both plaintiff and defendant on matters including:
    • Fiduciary Duty
    • Hedge Funds
    • Mutual Funds
    • Trusts and Estates
    • Variable Annuities
    • Investment Advisor
    • Brokerage Accounts
    • Portfolio Management
    • Due Diligence
    • Supervision
  • Standards of Care
  • SEC
  • Exchange Funds
  • ETF's
  • ERISA
  • IRA's
  • Securities Fraud
  • Acquisions
  • Suitability
  • Compliance Issues
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    Bob Lawson, CFE®, AIF®, RFC®, LUTCF®
    Securities & Insurance Expert Witness | FINRA Arbitrator
    3800 American Boulevard West
    Suite 1110
    Bloomington MN 55431-4460
    USA
    phone: 800-741-0704
    fax: 952-835-1504
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    Securities ExpertCertified Fraud ExaminerMr. Bob Lawson, AIF®, CFE®, RFC®, LUTCF, is a Securities & Insurance Expert Witness retained for FINRA arbitration, mediation, and federal/civil court litigation. Mr. Lawson possesses over 30 years of experience within the securities and insurance industries. In 1988, Mr. Lawson founded Barrington Capital Management, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisory firm and Insurance Agency, and currently serves as the President and Chief Compliance Officer.

    In addition, Mr. Lawson presides as a FINRA & NFA Dispute Resolution Arbitrator for disputes concerning public and private investors, financial services professionals, broker-dealers, and dually-registered investment advisers. Claims often arise regarding breach of fiduciary duties, employment disputes, conflicts of interest, churning, unsuitable investments, and failure to supervise, among others. Mr. Lawson also serves as a public mediator and is a Qualified Neutral under Minnesota Rule 114 of Standard Practice in Mediation and Arbitration.

    His breadth of experience includes managing and supervising FINRA broker-dealer branch offices as a Registered Securities Principal, Options Principal, and Chief Compliance Officer. Mr. Lawson also has considerable experience with insurance products including variable annuities, fixed and indexed annuities, long term care, and life insurance. Mr. Lawson possesses numerous accolades and is certified as an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE®), Registered Financial Consultant (RFC®), and a Life Underwriter Training Council Fellow (LUTCF®).

    Retaining Mr. Lawson as an Expert Witness and Litigation Consultant will clarify and address relevant issues pertaining to your case from an insider's point of view. Upon a thorough examination and analysis of the case material, Mr. Lawson’s conclusions and opinions are impartial, objective, and predicated upon years of industry expertise and experience. Expert testimony and reports are supported by thorough and detailed research through case-specific analysis.

    Areas of Expertise:
    • FINRA & SEC Regulations
    • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
    • Promissory Notes
    • Securities Fraud Investigations
    • Ponzi Schemes
    • Options, Stocks & Bonds
    • Due Diligence
    • FINRA Arbitration
    • Professional Malpractice
    • Economic Damages & Losses
    • Employment Discrimination & Termination
    Services:
    • Litigation Consulting
    • Unbiased Case Analysis
    • Discovery Review & Recommendations
    • Portfolio Risk Reports
    • Securities Fraud Investigation
    • Damage Calculations
    • Expert Testimony
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    7/11/2017 · Securities
    In the securities brokerage industry, "selling-away" refers to the prohibited practice of an Associated Person effecting or soliciting the sale of securities or investment products not held or approved with whom the broker is affiliated without prior written consent. FINRA regulators have seen a steady flow of selling-away cases over the years involving registered representatives who are being targeted by issuers, promoters and marketing agents to sell their nontraditional investment products to their retail customers. In many instances, promoters of these products are marketing them as non-securities products that do not have to be sold through a broker-dealer by a registered person. In a significant number of cases, associated persons have sold these investments to their customers away from the broker-dealer and without firm approval as required by FINRA Rule 3270. Selling-away often occurs in an independent branch or a satellite office, where Associated Persons are removed from the day-to-day oversight and supervision of their brokerage firm's compliance department.

    9/23/2015 · Finance
    I receive phone calls throughout the year from attorneys who have taken on their first FINRA case and they frequently are unaware how the FINRA Dispute Resolution process differs from other venues. I thought it would be helpful to provide a quick overview for new participants and a refresher for those more experienced securities attorneys on how the FINRA Arbitration and Mediation process works.

    8/26/2015 · Finance
    In FINRA-related cases many attorneys see discovery requests objected to by opposing counsel. Typically, opposing counsel objects to discovery requests citing that items requested are either "overly broad, vague, or ambiguous", or "impermissible per FINRA's Code of Arbitration Procedure". However, despite opposing counsel's reasoning, many objections to discovery requests are irrelevant and do not hold up in regard to FINRA's Code of Arbitration Procedure. Attorneys should not be intimidated or discouraged by these objections, but rather should understand that FINRA's guidelines concerning arbitration allow for most applicable and reasonably obtainable discovery information to be delivered.