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You may have read that Matthew Thomas Jennings of Johnston, Iowa was permanently barred by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) from working in the securities industry because he failed to comply with FINRA Rule 8210.

Do You Need a FINRA 8210 Defense Attorney?

In May 2017, Matthew Thomas Jennings joined Edward Jones and became registered as a General Securities Representative. The firm later filed a Uniform Termination Notice (Form U5), disclosing that he had been terminated due to alleged misconduct. According to the findings, FINRA sent a request to Jennings for documents and information in connection as to whether he introduced clients to an investment not offered by his firm. The findings state that Jennings responded to FINRA through email stating that he allegedly received, acknowledged, and refused to provide the requested information. Although Matthew Thomas Jennings is no longer associated with any FINRA member firm, he remains subject to FINRA’s jurisdiction.

Under FINRA Rule 8210(a)(1), FINRA staff may require a “person associated with a member, or any other person subject to FINRA’s jurisdiction to provide information orally, in writing, or electronically . . . with respect to any matter involved in [an] investigation.” FINRA Rule 8210(c) similarly provides that “[n]o member or person shall fail to provide information . . . pursuant to this Rule.” A violation of FINRA Rule 8210 is also a violation of FINRA Rule 2010, which requires associated persons to “observe high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade.”

Unfortunately, Matthew Thomas Jennings might have avoided that FINRA 8210 bar from the securities industry with a skilled and experienced FINRA 8210 defense attorney. It is important, early on, to have a FINRA defense attorney advise you on how not to make matters worse and resolve the dispute with the least amount of sanctions which could range from censures to fines, suspensions, permanent bars, and/or referrals to federal or state prosecutors. You will need an experienced FINRA defense lawyer who not only has knowledge of FINRA rules and procedures, the securities laws and the appropriate sanction for the alleged misconduct but also has an excellent reputation and credibility with the FINRA attorneys to negotiate the best outcome.

Free Initial Consultation With FINRA 8210 Defense Attorney Serving Financial Advisors Throughout Iowa And Nationwide

The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. understands what is at stake in FINRA securities law matters and works tirelessly to secure the best possible result for you and your case.  Attorney Pearce’s FINRA defense skills are highly regarded throughout Iowa and across the nationFor dedicated representation by an attorney with over 40 years of experience and success in all kinds of FINRA disputes serving Iowa citizens, contact the firm by phone at 561-338-0037, toll free at 800-732-2889, or via e-mail

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Robert Wayne Pearce of The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. has been a trial attorney for more than 40 years and has helped recover over $125 million dollars for his clients. During that time, he developed a well-respected and highly accomplished legal career representing investors and brokers in disputes with one another and the government and industry regulators. To speak with Attorney Pearce, call (800) 732-2889 or Contact Us online for a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION with Attorney Pearce about your case.

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