Banks, brokers, and other institutions in the financial services industry are experiencing an unprecedented level of scrutiny. Whether trying to comply with increasingly onerous regulations or seeking to successfully navigate government investigation, simply doing business is a minefield. Investors faced with complex investment options often have little choice but to rely on the recommendations and planning provided by investment professionals—reliance that is occasionally misplaced or induced by fraud. Preti Flaherty’s Financial Industry Litigation & Arbitration practice group offers vital representation in financial services disputes, securities litigation, and arbitration. Our trial lawyers represent investors, financial advisors, broker-dealers, registered investment advisors, banks, and other financial institutions on regulatory matters, litigation, arbitration, and compliance counseling.

Capitalizing on Experience

Our experience includes the full gamut of claims and a broad range of investments. We have handled claims of unsuitable investment recommendations, breach of fiduciary duty, churning, unauthorized trading, failure to supervise, elder abuse, negligence, and securities fraud.

Our track record in securities disputes speaks for itself:

  • Jury award of $7.5 million against national bank for failure to provide financial and investment advice to client, Fleet National Bank v. Mayeux, Docket No. CV-03-247
  • Settlement involving financial advisor’s abuse of power of attorney from a cognitively impaired senior investor
  • Award at arbitration for financial advisor’s unsuitable recommendation to mortgage the investor’s home to buy speculative stocks, Gregoire v. Morgan Stanley DW, Inc., NASD-DR No. 04-06425
  • Restitution from an insurance company for unsuitable sale of deferred equity indexed annuity to an elderly widow with few assets
  • Award at arbitration for unauthorized trading and weak data security procedures when investor’s family member gained online access to investor’s retirement account, Landry vs. Fidelity Brokerage Services LLC Co., FINRA Case ID 13-00523
  • Settlement involving insurance agent having induced an senior investor with dementia, to surrender high yield annuities to buy whole life insurance causing capital gains tax liability and income loss
  • Settlement involving brokerage firm responsible for recommending penny stocks and other speculative investments to senior investor
  • Award at arbitration in eight figure securities fraud claim against seller of substantial manufacturing company, Kingspan Holdings US, Inc. v. Daniel R. Baker et al., American Arbitration Association, Case No. 50 T 168 00487 1

Comprehensive Advocacy

We provide sophisticated counsel on a broad array of investment scenarios, including stocks, options, mutual funds, bonds, complex structured products, annuities, life insurance, REITs, private placements, variable life insurance, and variable annuities. We  also assist financial institutions with regulatory investigations and enforcement actions involving state regulators in Maine and New Hampshire.

Any highly regulated industry face challenges. But challenges should not be obstacles to success. They should be opportunities for creative strategy and action that results in long-term returns. Our attorneys know how to turn adversity into advantage. With a mix of diverse experience and innovative tactics, we have built our reputation on delivering for our clients, helping them to leverage every challenge into a chance to prosper.

Firm Highlights

Publication

Maine WC Appellate Division Addresses Refusal of Suitable Work and Notice

The Maine Workers' Compensation Appellate Division recently addressed cases dealing with refusal of suitable work and notice. Both decisions rely heavily on the specific facts of each case. In the context of a refusal...

News

Preti Flaherty Welcomes Government Relations Liaison Andrew I. Roth-Wells to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Andrew I. Roth-Wells has joined the firm as a Government Relations Liaison. Andrew will help manage legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts for the firm’s Government Affairs Team...

News

Preti Flaherty Attorney Benjamin S. Piper Promoted to Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that the firm’s partnership has named attorney Benjamin S. Piper as a partner. Ben is a member of the firm's Environmental, Litigation, and Media Law Practice Groups and works...

Event

Tony Manhart and Jason Howe Present Top Ten Construction Contract Tips for ABC of Maine

As part of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Maine Contractor Series, Preti Flaherty attorneys Tony Manhart and Jason Howe will present the Top Ten tips for AIA contracts. ABC is a national association with 72...

Publication

Bankruptcy Alert: Significant Implications of the New Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019

Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (H.R. 3311) On August 23, 2019, President Trump signed the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019 (H.R. 3311) (the “SBRA”) into law.  Lenders should be aware of the...

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Maine WC Alert: MAE Unit Publishes Guidance on Compliance with Recent Amendments

The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board’s Monitoring, Audit & Enforcement Unit has issued a document to provide guidance on complying with certain recent amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act in P.L. 2019, c. 344 (LD...

Press Coverage

Bangor superintendent blocked BDN reporter on Twitter after critical news coverage

In an apparent violation of the First Amendment, Bangor schools superintendent Betsy Webb temporarily blocked a journalist on Twitter following a report that news of a student suicide was announced over the loudspeaker at...

Event

Ken Rubinstein to Present at Boston Bar Association Brown Bag Lunch

2019 AIA A133 CM at Risk with a Guaranteed Maximum Price – Updates You Should Be Aware Of Ken Rubinstein will present an update on the provisions and implications of the new AIA form...

Publication

Maine WC Alert: Updated Version of Notice of Controversy (WCB-9) Must Be Used Effective February 1, 2020

Following the recent statutory changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act, the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board has updated the language in Box 22 of the Notice of Controversy. This new version should be used as...

News

David B. Van Slyke Named Preti Flaherty Managing Partner

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that, in a unanimous vote, the firm’s partnership has elected attorney David B. Van Slyke as its incoming Managing Partner. David is one of the preeminent environmental lawyers...