Litigation - When a case is not to the point where an expert needs to be designated, clients and attorneys often benefit from consulting with an expert in order to gain a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of their case. Our firm offers services in these early stages, allowing the attorney to consider key questions, such as whether or not the case has enough value for litigating, potential settlement value, and often times forming the framework for discovery requests. With our in-depth experience in banking and real estate, we have been able to help our clients identify key issues to investigate in a deposition, consider different complexities of a case, and assist in fact development by suggesting documents or information to request. When we work in this consulting capacity, our communication is covered by the attorney-client privilege, so our clients and attorneys are free to discuss trial strategy without the worry of discoverability. This has allowed us to add value by performing preliminary analyses to assess the viability of different strategic directions for the case.
Bank Negotiation - Situations may arise where you could benefit from the knowledge and experience of an unbiased party in a financial situation. Whether you need help negotiating a short sale on your commercial property, working with the SBA, or renegotiating an operating line of credit with your bank, we can help. Our many years in the banking industry have given us the knowledge and contacts necessary to help you through the transaction. For these situations that require a greater depth of experience than you may have on staff, JBH Real Estate Experts can do the job on a project basis.
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Jay Hibert is a licensed Real Estate Broker CA BRE #01523075 . He is happy to assist your existing broker, or he can represent you in a transaction. Jay's expertise is in negotiating transactions between buyer and seller, identifying purchase opportunities for 1031 exchange, contract review, and arranging financing.
During his four decades as a financial problem solver, Ted Phelps has built a reputation for integrity, diligence, and leadership.
Phelps is skilled in the fields of insolvency, reorganization, and restructuring. As a court-appointed fiduciary, he has completed dozens of business receiverships, many of which involved fraud and shareholder oppression issues.
A forensic accountant and testifying expert in the areas of Fraud, Business Valuation, and Economic Damages, Phelps excels in following the money – no matter where the trail leads.
Although it is a necessity in many litigated matters, forensic accounting can be time-consuming and expensive. Experience and sound judgment matter. “I separate gossip from fact,” Phelps says of his work. “I listen to the parties, and I strain out the extraneous and irrelevant. In the end, I come up with a road map showing the detours that led to the problems and the route to their solutions.”
As the founder and president of FVLS Consultancy, Phelps developed and taught a forensic accounting course at California State University, Los Angeles. He currently teaches classes in Accounting and Fraud Investigation at Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash.
Phelps earned his M.B.A. from Whitworth University and his B.S. in Accounting from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. He also studied Engineering at the United States Naval Academy. He is a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.
In addition to founding and leading his own company, Phelps has held leadership positions with several publicly traded and privately held companies, including as Director of Corporate Reorganization at Price Waterhouse. Phelps serves on the board of Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Santa Clarita, Calif., and he is a life member of MENSA and the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association.
Frederick J. Fisher, JD, is the President of Fisher Consulting Group, Inc. and was the Founder of E.L.M. Insurance Brokers, a Wholesale & MGA facility specializing in Professional Liability and Specialty Line risks. He is a Member of the Editorial Board for Agents of America; a Faculty Member of the Claims College, and Member of the Executive Council, School of Professional Lines sponsored by the Claims & Litigation Management Association and a course designer and webinar Instructor for the Academy of Insurance.
Consulting - Since his career began, Mr. Fisher focused on one vision: providing financial security to the client. The result was a successful 40 year career in Specialty Lines Insurance which have resulted in substantial cost savings for clients. He provides consulting and audit services in all areas of Professional Liability, D&O, and EPLI Insurance. This includes Processes, Underwriting, Claims, and Product Distribution.
Background - In 1975, Mr. Fisher began his career on the service side, as an Independent E&O claims adjuster. In 1982, he bought the Company and increased annual billings by 400% in only 4 years. In 1995, he formed what is now known as ELM insurance Brokers, a firm that has acted as an MGA and Wholesale Broker of Professional Liability Insurance and Specialty Lines. From nothing, the firm grew rapidly to a $30 Million dollar facility when sold in 2008.
Author and Speaker - Frederick Fisher has lectured extensively on professional liability issues since 1978, and authored over 64 articles in trade journals and periodicals. He is the author of BROKER BEWARE, Selling Real Estate within the Law. Mr. Fisher remains a Special Materials Expert for several RPLU courses and is the Senior Technical Advisor for The Professional Liability Manual, first published by the International Risk Management Institute in 1990. He has taught over 100 CE classes and lectures. Mr. Fisher can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The article was consistent as to the general duties that have been decided throughout most of the United States. The article stated that the a duty of an insurance broker is generally limited. The general standard requires the agent / broker to use reasonable care and diligence to procure the coverage requested by client. Most courts have examined the scope of a broker obligations and have concluded that the duty does not include recommending specific types or limits of coverage.
The basis for many of the “absolute” exclusions is that the excluded exposure is supposed to be covered under other policies or not at all as to the insured’s conduct. In other words, if you have an E&O policy, insureds should not look to the policy to cover them for typical directors and officers exposures, employment practices liability exposures, or even technology exposures
Insurance defense attorneys inhabit a confusing world in which even the "routine case" may need an expert witness for trial or a consultant to help with an early evaluation for settlement purposes. The legal precedents, regulations, and such don't often say what the profession's standard of care in the community is in the exact situation.
Rarely are clients immediately aware of the wrongful or erroneous actions of the "professional" they trusted to perform specific duties or services; mainly because "professional" acts or errors do not or only seldom cause immediate injury. A "professional's" wrongful acts or errors may not manifest in client injury until long after the act is perpetrated or the error is committed.
Two mutually exclusive goals are beginning to result in apparently unintended results within the executive and professional liability markets. The quest for underwriting profits and the desire to develop clear (to whatever extent possible) coverage language have rapidly changed the coverage landscape within these two lines of coverage.
The 35-year history of the claims-made policy form has not brought it stability or standardization. In fact, claims-made forms have begun to incorporate with increasing frequency additional and exclusionary language that is unfavorable to the policyholder.
The claims audit is the anathema of day-to-day claim operations. Nothing is more disruptive. Yet, if properly defined, nothing is more informative and helpful in improving a claim management program. This article will examine the need for a regular auditing program and provide a recipe for a three-dimensional approach to the process in order to maximize the accuracy of the audit results.
Professional liability claim management is a unique area of insurance claim responsibilities. Indeed, there are as many ways to supervise, manage, and investigate professional liability claims as there are different lines of professional liability coverage. This article will address the key issues that are involved in the investigation and resolution of nonmedical and non-D&O claims under professional liability policies.
Evidence Solutions, Inc., (ESI) is a premier forensics company founded in 1982. The goal at ESI is to help clients obtain, understand, and utilize all the Data and Information available to them.
ESI can analyze cell phones, computers, hard drives, EDRs, reconstruct accidents, provide trucking standard of care consulting, recover digital data, and provide consulting services in their many areas of expertise. Their team of experts can help you understand what needs to be done, what should have been done, and what to do next.
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For over 35 years, Scott Greene has been helping owners, CEO’s, managers and IT departments understand data. Mr. Greene Collects, Analyzes and Explains Complex Electronic Evidence in Plain English.
Mr. Greene was the founder of Great Scott Enterprises, Inc, which provided superior computer consulting services. The array of services included: custom programming, database design optimization, administration of databases, evaluation of existing systems to ensure optimal efficiency, profitability analysis, as well as design and implementation of knowledge base systems.
Today, Scott is an Affiliated Professional Member of the American Bar Association and works with Law Firms, Businesses, and Private Individuals. His extensive and diverse experience allows him to be an expert in many facets of computer and digital technology. He is a sought-after speaker and educator and travels throughout the country presenting to local, regional, national and international organizations.
Areas of Expertise:
Accounting and Medical Billing System Forensics
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Black Box, ECM, ECU, EDR, DDEC, Download & Analysis
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Cell Phone Carrier Forensics
Cell Phone Forensics & Mobile Device Forensics
Data Fabrication Forensics
Digital Camera Forensics / Digital Photo Forensics
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Digital Photo Forensics
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David Friedler, LMHC, MPH Is an expert in the regulatory standard of care in Nursing Facilities, Psychiatric, Alcohol/Substance Use Rehabilitation Facilities as well as Group Homes for the disabled. He has worked in clinical and administrative roles in these environments over four decades. He has extensive experience with survey compliance, Federal and State regulation, JCAHO and CARF accreditation, OSHA compliance and policy and procedure development.
Areas of Expertise:
Long Term Care
Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation
Behavioral Health / Psychiatric Care in Drug Treatment Facilities
David D. Gibbons & Company, LLC provides Banking and Bank Regulation Litigation Consulting and Advisory services. Their business serves a diverse clientele, ranging from banks and bankers to lawyers and litigators, to bank regulators, to other financial service organizations. Their knowledge, expertise, experience, and services cover a broad spectrum of banking, bank regulation, and enforcement matters, from safety and soundness to compliance and conduct.
Regulatory Risk Advisory Services:
Enterprise Risk Management
Culture and Tone at the Top
Governance and Structure
Risk Assessment, Identification, Measurement, Reporting, and Mitigation
Audit and Other Assurance Functions
Board Risk Reporting
Commercial and Retail Credit
Portfolio Credit Risk Management and Credit Administration
Risk Analysis and Evaluation
Risk Recognition and Ratings
Credit Risk Accounting Matters/Nonperforming, TDRs Impairment, etc.
Problem Asset Management
Credit Risk Review
Rehabilitation and Resolution
Policies, Plans, and Frameworks
Problem Asset Management
Liquidity and Contingency Funding
Capital Adequacy / Capital Restoration
Crisis Management and Recovery
Allowance for Loan Losses Regulatory Relations Management
David D. Gibbons, President, has 45 years of experience in Banking, Risk Evaluation and Risk Management, and Bank Regulation. He is widely recognized as an accomplished financial services executive with unique perspectives as a Former Chief Risk Officer HSBC, former Senior Bank Regulator (both policy and supervision), Chief Risk Officer, Deputy Comptroller for Credit Risk and Troubled Banks at Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and Banking Consultant (shadow regulator).
Mr. Gibbons leverages his experience with financial services organizations, ranging from community to regional to systemically important. He has demonstrated credit and enterprise risk evaluation and management expertise. He has extensive knowledge of industry regulatory policies and practices, including risk assessment, examination, and enforcement. With proven regulatory issue, and troubled bank, remediation and resolution expertise, he is effective both as an individual contributor or in a team leadership role.
CMC Advisors Inc. (CMC) provides expert Insurance Consulting and offers clients the upper hand in managing their assets and liabilities. They assist clients in managing investment portfolios by helping to determine if current Financial Retirement plans such as IRA, Roth IRA, Rollover IRA, 401(K), Keogh Plans, Pensions and Profit Sharing Plans are meeting retirement goals.
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Wayne Citron has 45 years of experience as an expert in Forensic Reconstruction of Insurance Transactions. He is an insurance expert and consultant.
Mr. Citron established the Citron Agency and CMC Advisors Inc. in 1972, where his duties included executive and managerial responsibilities, sales, service, compliance with all insurance matters as well as securities laws and regulations. Both firms are leaders in life, health, disability and property and casualty insurance.
Mr. Citron has served as an instructor for Prudential Insurance Company Brooklyn Agency (1973) educating personnel in general insurance matters, underwriting, and insurance law. He has worked with companies including Prudential Insurance Company, United States Life Insurance Company, North American Company for Life and Health Insurance, American General Life Insurance Company, William Penn Life Insurance Company, American Life Insurance Company, Chubb Insurance Company, Travelers Insurance Company, Mass Mutual Insurance Company, John Hancock Insurance Company, and American International Group (AIG), among other.
Mr. Citron recently volunteered for Ocean County Long Term Recovery Group (OCLTRG) to reopen Super Storm Sandy flood claims and examine National Flood Insurance Policies, as well as deal with FEMA in these matters (2015 & 2016).
For the first time, end-of-life issues and the impact of the loss on the insured is the topic. Most of my writings concern insurance in one form or another. I have discussed the many types of insurance, what to look for in each policy, what coverages are available. I've written about what to expect from an insurance company, an agent, or a broker.
It's a daunting decision, whether or not you need to pay for an insurance expert when you have an insurance claim. Typically, you would just contact your broker to handle things. And while this might be the right and necessary decision, your broker represents the insurance company. That means they work for them, not you. If you're in a fender bender, then calling your broker or agent is most likely the best first step. The truth is that you may be able to handle the matter yourself. Once you make the call and file the claim, the insurance company's adjuster will come out, take note of the damage, assign a value and pay you. If your body shop disagrees with the claims adjuster, they can call the adjuster, file a subsequent claim, and handle the matter for you.
Clarity Concepts, Inc. provides risk consulting and training services that help develop businesses into a high-functioning organization through specially designed consulting and training programs that suit both individual and corporate needs.
Clarity Concepts, Inc.'s Services:
Enterprise Risk Management
Outsourced Risk Management
Insurance Program Analysis
Claims reduction through Risk Control
Corporate Governance Consulting and Training
Organizational / Group Training
Teambuilding for Organizational Effectiveness
Strategic Innovation Training
Crisis Management Planning
Principal, Jane Marie Downey, M.Ed, ARM, has over 35 years of experience in Risk Management and Property, Casualty, and Professional Liability Insurance. A well-known risk management consultant, leadership trainer, and frequent public speaker, she provides risk consulting, insurance broker management, outsourced risk management, as well as leadership and team training. Her risk management clients have included Schott Corporation, Carl Zeiss, Inc., Main Line Health Systems, Genencor International, Entech Creative Industries, Saint-Gobain Corp., Commerce National Insurance Services, Napco and CIGNA International.
Background - Ms. Downey’s corporate experience includes risk management positions with IU International, PaineWebber Group, Inc., and The West Company. She also worked as an Account Executive in insurance brokerage with the Hobbs Group, now part of Willis.
She taught Risk Management at Temple University's Fox School and Crisis Management at Penn State's Graduate Program. She currently teaches Continuing Educations courses for brokers and agents for the Institute of Strategic Educational Parners.
I have been retained as an Insurance Expert or Insurance Arbitrator to confirm the proper calculation of insurance premiums, based on actual exposures, completed by the insurer at audit. In the first case, a large Hotel bought out their partner and inherited a large Wrap-Up Program of Insurance.
Phillip G. Cantrell is a nationwide provider of Consulting Services for the Mortgage and Banking Industry. He has 45 years of experience in his field. Mr. Cantrell is a former advisor for the Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA) and has done work for the FHLMC. He consults with State and federal agencies and possesses in-depth knowledge in all areas of operations of the mortgage industry.
Mr. Cantrell is uniquely qualified to assist in evaluating income and financial needs. He has served on both state and national MBA committees, been a speaker at regional conferences, and served as a consultant and expert witness to federal and state fraud enforcement agencies.
In 2000, Mr. Cantrell founded Capital Lending, Inc. As President and CEO, where he was responsible for all lending activities, including residential, underwriting, construction, commercial, and the purchase and sale of loans. In 2014, he assigned his NMLS license to McGowin King Mortgage. Mr. Cantrell currently originates traditional and reverse loans and brokers to McGowin King for processing, underwriting, and closing support.
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.
Did you hear of the case out of Wisconsin that involved a younger couple and their neighbor, a 92-year-old retired teacher who never married and had dementia? After befriending the woman, the couple took control of her home and nearly $2 million of her savings before they were eventually found out.
When you approach your financial planner, a term that most of you might have heard from him/her would be "asset allocation." In this article, you will learn about asset allocation, the importance of asset allocation, different asset allocation strategies and the benefits of asset allocation in portfolio management.
Older American adults are at an increased risk of becoming a victim of financial fraud or exploitation and criminals don't want you to know it. An estimated $36 billion is lost to these con artists each year. They gain the trust of our loved ones and use it against them in ways that leave victims emotionally and financially devastated.
Iconic singer Aretha Franklin had it all: respect, talent, fame and fortune, but what she didn't have was a prepared estate. Reports indicate that the Queen of Soul didn't have a will or trust set up before her death from cancer in August. Now her fortune might be in limbo for her survivors.
Financial planners begin their initial client meetings with a discussion of money goals, attitudes, and risk tolerance. Why? Well, it's because all investors are not created equally. Open individuals crave adrenaline-spiking adventures, always looking for thrilling activities. Most of the time, they are curious about information and knowledge about financial planning and investment decisions. These individuals enjoy researching and finding out about finance topics of interest.
With the aging of the U.S. population, financial exploitation and abuse of seniors is a serious and growing problem. According to the FBI, scammers tend to target the aging population because they are more likely to have excellent credit and substantial savings.
Divided into four sections, the 12 tips in the book are designed to help readers:
* Know how they actually think about wealth (you may surprise yourself)
* Know how to better understand what messages they’ve been sent by parents, media, and society about wealth — some of which may be keeping them from actually being wealthy
* Know how the wealth management world works
* Know how to balance love, money — and their increasing wealth
I am the owner of Birken Law Office. I'm a lawyer and I help nonprofits solve problems so they can quit worrying and get back to what matters most – their mission. I’m not like most attorneys, I actually have an outgoing personality, and – like you – I like to think outside the box. Most of my clients are passionate and have an entrepreneurial spirit. I’m like that too. My goal is to help you crush it. Getting bogged down in the minutia sucks the joy out of the important work. My clients want to do The Work – not the paperwork.
BA, Sociology, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (2001)
JD, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Magna Cum Laude (2007)
MA, Nonprofit Management, Hamline University (2010)
I am the former CEO & Managing Partner at Urban Birken PLLC, a boutique firm that focused on serving the nonprofit community. I have worked with nonprofit organizations for most of my career.
Before becoming a private practice attorney, I spent four years inside a national nonprofit organization, Pheasants Forever. In that role I managed about $50M in state and federal government grants and worked on hundreds of conservation real estate deals. I also gained a deep knowledge of just what it's like to work inside a nonprofit - not just tell people what to do. My strength in that role was working with staff, volunteers and government stakeholders to keep complex projects moving and maintain a zero defect environment for audit time.
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Since that time, I have run my own firms. I’m now the owner of Birken Law Office a firm designed to help nonprofits. Ideal Client Engagements are nonprofits looking for a strategic partner who will give pragmatic advice and keep business operations on track so the mission work stays a priority. I love working with organizations that understand that 'nonprofit' is a tax status - not a business model. My work experience entails largely business and compliance needs of nonprofit issues around:
Here’s the thing: I wish my clients understood that a nonprofit's public charity status is NOT everything. It might be necessary and important, sure. It helps communicate to donors that the nonprofit is a public charity....But it’s certainly not the end-all, be-all of a successful nonprofit.
Working with nonprofit organizations, I deal with a LOT of people problems. And it makes sense, right? When you ask a group of people passionate about a cause (aka, the board of directors) to come together to make collective decisions…disagreements and confrontations are inevitable.
Feeding Our Future (FOF) was a Minnesota food assistance nonprofit that was awarded millions in federal grant funds in the past few years. FOF passed those funds through to other small organizations and businesses to provide food to children, primarily BIPOC and immigrant children in the Twin Cities and beyond.
So, what does this have to do with nonprofits, you ask? Well, as a lawyer for nonprofits, I've seen lots of organizations go through the process of selecting new leaders – and not all of them do it right, especially when an insider is involved. This Jeopardy host situation reminded me of those cases.
Dissolution can be a happy occasion (yay, we accomplished our mission!) or it can be very sad and emotional. But no matter what brings a nonprofit to that point, the decision to dissolve is a big one. And, to the surprise of some folks, that decision is just the very beginning of what can be a very long process
As schools are called off for the rest of the year, toilet paper flies off the shelves, and shelter-in-place orders are announced, anxieties are high. Everyone is worried about money, jobs, health, how to stay sane in the coming weeks – or at least I'm pretty sure it's not just me! And then there's another layer of worry – the worry that comes with running a small nonprofit in the midst of an international crisis.
Lately I've been noticing a lot of chatter on the internet about how you know which charities to donate to. There seems to be a general suspicion that nonprofits of all sizes who are seeking donations are swindling people out of their hard-earned money. Or at least that you can't trust these organizations and that it's easy to make the wrong decision.
I work with a lot of nonprofit founders, and all of them have a certain kind of pride in their work. And they should! Lots of people have ideas, but there's not that many people out there who are willing to put their time, effort, knowledge, and money into it. We need entrepreneurial founders in the nonprofit sector.
The reality is, starting and running a nonprofit is more than just the mission-driven work. Taking the time to understand the organizing documents, the Articles of Incorporation and the Bylaws, will help the organization going forward.
BHK Associates, Inc. (BHK), is a Banking / Finance firm comprised of former bank presidents, chief executive officers, chief creditor officers, and chief lending officers. BHK clients include banks, credit unions, title companies, financial institutions, and insurance companies.
Advisory Services - BHK Associates, Inc., provides a broad range of advisory services to the financial industry and its clients, involving a number of disciplines: Banking Industry Standards & Best Practices, Strategic Planning and Performance Reviews, Banking Operations, Construction Lending, Due Diligence Reviews, Merger & Acquisition Reviews, Troubled Debt Restructuring, Real Estate Appraisal Issues, and more.
Special Credits & Loan Workouts - Their experts have years of experience advising in the areas of special credits, loan workouts, and collection. Specific areas of expertise include: Problem Loan Review & Classification, Problem Loan Workout Strategies, Negotiating Loan Workouts & Forbearance Agreement, Asset Disposition and Loan Sales, Intra-bank disputes, Problem Asset Valuation, Loan Quality Assessment and Analysis, etc.
Brian H. Kelley, Founder and Principal, is a seasoned Banking Executive, Lender, and Attorney with over 30 years of experience in lending, top management, and legal positions for both regional and larger commercial banks in California, Arizona, Washington, and Oregon. He has served as the CEO of three successful community banks and the head of a Multi-Billion Dollar lending group with a large international bank.
Mr. Kelley earned his BA and JD from Brigham Young University. He has been admitted to the CA, UT, and HI Bar Associations. He also has extensive professional course experience in loan underwriting, credit analysis, corporate finance, and lending practices. Mr. Kelley has been a featured speaker and panelist for various industry groups, including the Mortgage Bankers Association and the National Hotel Finance & Investment Conference.
Bedford and Main Financial Consulting provides services primarily catering to the Broker-Dealer and Registered Investment Advisor communities. Founded in 2012, our fundamental areas of expertise are: Operations, Compliance, and Management. Our core services focus on traditional consulting projects, anti-money laundering (AML) testing and compliance, and expert witness litigation and testimony.
Bedford and Main is listed in the FINRA Compliance Vendor Directory
We enjoy supporting broker-dealers of all shapes and sizes. Our client list includes introducing brokers, correspondent clearing brokers, clearing firms. prop trading firms, Fintech brokers and new broker-dealer start-ups. Our testimonial page speaks for itself: www.BedfordandMain.com/testimonials.
Operations and Compliance Expertise: Our experience is both deeply rooted, yet freshly relevant. With 40 years of hands-on senior experience, our management has been actively building, growing and restructuring broker-dealers. While based in the metropolitan Philadelphia area, Bedford and Main's client base is global. Our “bread and butter” Operations expertise focuses on conversions and project management. While on the Compliance side, we specialize in areas related to Supervision, Anti-Money Laundering, and Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) settlements.
Bedford and Main is a supporter of SIFMA and the Financial Services Institute.
Broker-dealer Start-ups – FINRA New Membership Application Process (NMA)
Selling “Shell” Firms and other Mergers & Acquisitions Activity
Our clients appreciate how valuable it is to work with a consultant who has held Series 3, 7, 24, 27 and 63 licenses, and is a FINRA Dispute Resolution Arbitrator and a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS). Moreover, the insights we provide resulting from our securities expert witness engagements often prove invaluable.
As a consulting firm that focuses on broker-dealers (B-Ds), we often have discussions with clients, particularly new start-up firms, who are looking to understand the big picture of what makes up the industry. This paper will attempt to expand on some of the particular points noted by FINRA and to provide more color on industry trends related to the makeup, business models, and structure of the current broker-dealer environment.
Barrington Capital Management, Inc. provides customized financial solutions for unique financial challenges and objectives. Their expertise is in the development, implementation and ongoing management of a customized and diversified investment strategy. Barrington's mission is to assist in building, enhancing, and protecting personal wealth and maintaining financial security.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Bob Lawson, has over 35 years of financial services experience as an Investment Advisory and Insurance Agency Executive, Securities Principal, and Options Principal. Bob proudly serves as an industry arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the National Futures Association (NFA), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), ERISA (3)-21 Fiduciary, Master Registered Financial Consultant, and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary. In addition to teaching advanced investment strategies and Retirement Planning classes throughout the year.
Bob Lawson has special expertise in stock options and has presented the following Options Industry Council (OIC) seminars to retail and industry professionals throughout the United States:
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.
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.
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.