Marguerita M. Cheng, CFP®, CRPC®, RICP®, CDFA™, Chief Executive Officer at Blue Ocean Global Wealth, is a Certified Financial Planning Expert with 18 years of experience. Prior to co-founding Blue Ocean Global Wealth, she was a Financial Advisor at Ameriprise Financial and an Analyst and Editor at Towa Securities in Tokyo, Japan. Ms. Cheng is a past spokesperson for the AARP Financial Freedom Campaign and a regular columnist for Investopedia & Kiplinger. She is a CFP® professional, a Chartered Retirement Planning CounselorSM, a Retirement Income Certified Professional® and a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst. As a Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) Ambassador, Ms. Cheng helps educate the public, policy makers, and media about the benefits of competent, ethical financial planning. She served on the Financial Planning Association (FPA) National Board of Directors from 2013 – 2015 and is a past president of the Financial Planning Association of the National Capital Area (FPA NCA).
Marguerita Cheng CNBC Interview on Social Security
Awards and Honors - Ms. Cheng is a recipient of the Ameriprise Financial Presidential Award for Quality of Advice and the prestigious Japanese Monbukagakusho Scholarship. In 2017, she was named the #3 Most Influential Financial Advisor in the Investopedia Top 100, a Woman to Watch by InvestmentNews, and a Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise (MBE®) by the Capital Region Minority Supplier Development Council (CRMSDC).
Litigation Support - Ms. Cheng serves as a Women’s Initiative (WIN) Advocate and subject matter expert for CFP Board, contributing to the development of examination questions for the CFP® Certification Examination. She also volunteers for CFP Board Disciplinary and Ethics Commission (DEC) hearings. Services to attorneys representing plaintiff and defendant include financial due diligence, thorough reporting, depositions, and trial testimony as needed.
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John T. Foster calls upon his deep and broad senior level experience, gained through a 35 year career in the broker-dealer industry, to provide uniquely relevant securities expert witness services. Uncommon in the “expert” field, Mr. Foster continues today to be actively engaged in the field as a specialized consultant for broker-dealer firms. He currently serves as the President and CEO of Bedford & Main Financial Consulting. Mr. Foster worked for many years in a senior management role for a large, multi-national self-clearing firm. He also served as the President and CEO of an independent broker-dealer where he was responsible for ensuring compliance and regulatory requirements were properly implemented to support a retail-based business. He is very familiar with financial services expert witness issues related to fundamental FINRA compliance regulations such as: suitability, supervision, senior issues, churning, complex products and written supervisory procedures (WSPs). He is also proficient in matters related to client and firm interactions with financial advisors, which frequently are subjects of FINRA arbitrations. Mr. Foster believes that in order to maintain ethical standards a high degree of selectivity is required when reviewing specific issues and determining his ability to provide a meaningful expert opinion. As such, he is happy to review a claim (“On my own time and expense of course!”) to determine if he has the proper background and agreement to support a case. Areas of Expertise:
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Mr. Bob Lawson, AIF®, CFE®, MRFC®, LUTCF®, is a Securities & FINRA Expert Witness retained for FINRA arbitration, mediation, and federal/civil court litigation. Mr. Lawson possesses over 35 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 and President of Barrington Financial Consulting Group, Inc, as a Securities Expert Witness and Consulting Experts.
In addition, Mr. Lawson serves as a FINRA Mediator and presides as a FINRA & NFA Dispute Resolution Chairman 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®), Master Registered Financial Consultant (MRFC), 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.
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Arthur B. Kagan, FSA, EA , is one of the most qualified Actuaries and Pension Plan consultants in the country. In his over 40 year career, he has helped thousands of plan sponsors with the management of their company’s retirement plans, as well as hundreds of thousands of plan participants with their pension benefits.
Litigation Support - Since selling his firm, Mr. Kagan has been involved in approximately 10 expert witness cases for attorneys in various specialty areas, including class actions. He specializes in qualified and non-qualified retirement plans under ERISA law. With an FSA, the highest educational designation for actuaries, and an EA, an enrolled actuary which allows certification of pension plan valuations, he can serve as an expert witness in the following areas:
Degrees / Certifications - FSA, Fellow Society of Actuaries, EA Enrolled Actuary, FCA Fellow Conference of Actuaries in Public Practice, Members of ASPPA, NIPA, and Western Pension and Benefits Conference, FINRA securities license, and life / health insurance agent license with State of California.