How A Securities Attorney Can Help You

Securities attorneys or securities litigators represent companies, registered entities, investors, and securities industry professionals in connection with disputes involving stocks, bonds, mutual funds and other types of securities.  A securities attorney may also help people or companies that are involved with investigations being conducted by:

  • the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”)
  • the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”)
  • a U.S. Attorney’s Office (“USAO”)
  • a State securities regulator or State prosecutor
  • a self-regulatory organization (“SRO”) like FINRA or the NYSE
judges law gavel on a chess board, from aboveSome securities attorneys defend clients in lawsuits brought by the SEC or State securities regulators, in criminal prosecutions brought by federal or state prosecutors, and/or in disciplinary proceedings brought by self-regulatory organizations such as FINRA.  A securities attorney may also represent clients in courtroom trials or in arbitrations against other individuals or companies.

Certain securities attorneys (also known as SEC whistleblower attorneys) represent people who want to provide information about possible securities violations to the SEC in accordance with the SEC’s whistleblower award program.  If the SEC’s requirements are satisfied, a qualified whistleblower(s) can receive a monetary award of between 10% – 30% of the monetary sanctions that the SEC collects in a covered action and any related actions. For additional information about the SEC Whistleblower award program, please click here.

In addition, if a company has reason to suspect that a violation of the securities laws may have been committed by one or more of its employees, that company may want to hire a securities attorney to conduct an internal investigation to try to uncover the details of what may have occurred.

Mr. Pickholz has handled many cases in the field of securities law, on both the whistleblower side and the defense side.  For example, he is one of the first securities attorneys ever to win an SEC whistleblower award for a client.  He is also the first securities attorney to successfully convince the Securities and Exchange Commission to grant his client an SEC whistleblower award over an initial recommendation by its staff to deny any award. This was the first time in the history of the SEC Whistleblower Program that the Commission overruled an adverse Preliminary Determination by its Claims Review Staff (see official SEC Award here), and was named by Inside Counsel Magazine as one of the “Five milestones in the Dodd-Frank whistleblower reward program“.  On the defense side, Mr. Pickholz was counsel in the first anti-money laundering case brought by FinCen and the NYSE together against an NYSE member firm, was counsel in the first disciplinary case brought by FINRA, and was counsel in two cases that Crain’s New York Business referred to as among the largest stock fraud cases of the early 21st century involving New York-based companies.  In addition, Mr. Pickholz is a Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation, an elected honor that is limited to 1% of the New York State Bar Association membership.  For additional examples of some of the cases that Mr. Pickholz has been involved in, please click on the “Sample Matters” link on the right side of this page.

If you would like to speak with Mr. Pickholz, please call our offices at 347-746-1222.  Your initial consultation of up to one hour’s time is free of charge, and you are under no obligation to hire The Pickholz Law Offices when your initial consultation is concluded.

 

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