Arizona Lawyer Who Sues Stockbrokers For Selling Away (Selling Unauthorized Investments)

Did James Michael Rapisarda Cause You Investment Losses? James Michael Rapisarda of Scottsdale, Arizona was fined $5,000 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in all capacities for a period of 15 business days. The sanctions were based on findings that he allegedly engaged in private securities transactions which was in violation of FINRA Rules 3280 and 2010. The suspension was in effect from September 8, 2020, through September 28, 2020. Rapisarda is not currently registered or associated with any FINRA member but remains subject to FINRA’s jurisdiction. From November 2017 to December 2018, James Michael Rapisarda was registered as a General Securities Representative and General Securities Principal with LPL Financial LLC. According to the FINRA findings, Rapisarda was a minority shareholder with another company while associated with LPL Financial LLC. The findings stated that he allegedly recommended that five individuals invest in the company, three of which purchased more than $10,000 in shares. Although Rapisarda assisted the individuals with their purchases, he did not receive any compensation. In addition, FINRA alleged that Rapisarda had failed to provide prior written notice to LPL in connection with the transactions. FINRA Rule 3280 requires that prior to participating in a private securities transaction, a person associated with a member firm shall provide written notice to his or her firm “describing in detail the proposed transaction and the person’s proposed role therein[.]” FINRA Rule 3280 defines a private securities transaction as “any securities transaction outside the regular course or scope of an associated person’s employment with a member[.]” A violation of FINRA Rule 3280 is also a violation of FINRA Rule 2010. Do You Need An Arizona Lawyer Who Sues Stockbrokers For Selling Away (Selling Unauthorized Investments)? Did your Arizona stockbroker or investment advisor recommend an investment that turned out to be an investment that was never reviewed or approved by their stockbrokerage firm employer? The stockbrokers who stoop to that level are usually insolvent or uncollectible. And so, the investor’s only recourse is against the brokerage firm employer. But stockbrokerage firms always claim ignorance of the stockbroker’s activities and deny liability for the sale of unauthorized investments which they call Selling Away as if that was an absolute defense. Not so! You will definitely need an experienced attorney who knows the securities laws and how to hold the stockbrokerage firm responsible for their employees Selling Away under legal principles of actual authority, apparent authority, estoppel and failure to supervise. If your attorney knows where to look he/she can often find Red Flags of the alleged unauthorized sales that the firm did not look for, missed, or saw and just ignored. Free Initial Consultation With Experienced Ponzi Scheme Lawyers Representing Arizona Residents in FINRA Arbitrations At The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A.  we represent investors in all kinds of securities, commodities, and investment law disputes in FINRA, AAA and JAMS arbitration and mediation proceedings. Attorney Pearce and his staff represent investors throughout Arizona, and across the United States on a CONTINGENCY FEE basis which means you pay nothing – NO FEES-NO COSTS – unless we put money in your pocket after receiving a settlement or FINRA arbitration award. Se habla español For dedicated representation by Attorney Pearce with over 40 years of experience and success in all kinds of securities, commodities, and investment law disputes serving Arizona citizens, contact the firm by phone at 561-338-0037, toll free at 800-732-2889 or via e-mail. 

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Arizona Attorney Who Sues For Failure to Supervise Stockbroker

Did Melissa Ann Strouse Cause You Investment Losses? Scottsdale, Arizona-based First Financial Equity Corporation (First Financial) and the firm’s Chief Compliance Officer (CCO), Melissa Ann Strouse, were named in a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) complaint alleging that they failed to establish and maintain a proper supervisory system with respect to the appropriateness of fee-based accounts and the monitoring of accounts for potential churning and excessive trading. According to the FINRA complaint, First Financial Equity had inadequate written supervisory procedures (WSPs) with respect to the appropriateness of fee-based accounts for the firm’s customers and had no system in place to address situations where excessive fees may have been charged. Furthermore, the Complaint alleges that First Financial failed to maintain and enforce a supervisory system related to its options business and that the firm allegedly had no WSPs for the supervision, approval and sale of exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The Complaint alleges that Melissa Strouse failed to ensure that the WSPs covered all required areas and were amended as needed. Arizona has thousands of stock brokerage firms and investment advisory offices.  With so many stock brokerage firms comes the potential for a stock brokerage firm to fail to supervise its stockbrokers, financial advisors and investment advisors from engaging in misconduct which violates Federal and Arizona securities laws and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rules and the stock brokerage firm’s policies and procedures.  Experienced Lawyers Who Handle Failure to Supervise Stockbroker Claims In FINRA Arbitrations Throughout Arizona and Nationwide. Are you an Arizona investor who has suffered significant losses in your stock brokerage and investment accounts?  Did your Arizona stockbrokerage or investment advisory firm where you do business fail to supervise the stockbroker who recommended bad investments and otherwise mismanage your investment account? If so, you will need to hire an experienced, highly-rated and nationally recognized FINRA securities arbitration lawyer— an attorney who knows how to handle these failure to supervise cases as well as other complex legal issues.  By hiring a top rated attorney like Robert Wayne Pearce with over 40 years of experience with failure to supervise claims by practicing securities law on both sides of the table in FINRA arbitration proceedings, you will clearly see that Attorney Pearce doesn’t just handle cases—he aggressively represents investors and is one of the best lawyers to recover your investment losses due to a stockbrokerage or investment advisory firm’s failure to supervises its registered representatives in FINRA arbitration proceedings! At The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A., we represent investors with failure to supervise claims and all kinds of securities law and investment disputes in FINRA arbitration and mediation proceedings. We handle a wide range of practice areas such as fraud and misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, churning, theft, forgery, margin account abuse and unsuitable recommendations to purchase, sell or hold securities or recommend unsuitable investments strategies.  Attorney Pearce and his staff represent investors throughout Arizona, and across the United States on a CONTINGENCY FEE basis, which means you pay nothing – NO FEES-NO COSTS – unless we put money in your pocket after receiving a settlement or FINRA arbitration award. Se habla español Free Initial Consultation With An Attorney Experienced In Failure to Supervise Stockbroker Disputes Serving Arizona Residents In FINRA Arbitrations The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A.  are highly experienced lawyers who successfully handle failure to supervise claims and other securities law matters and investment disputes in Arizona, and who work tirelessly to secure the best possible result for you and your case.  For dedicated representation by an attorney with over 40 years of experience and success in failure to supervise and all kinds of securities law and investment disputes serving Arizona citizens, contact the firm by phone at 561-338-0037, toll free at 800-732-2889 or via e-mail. 

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Arizona Stockbroker Fraud Attorney

Did John Anthony Waszolek Cause You Investment Losses? Former Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and UBS Financial Services, Inc. broker John Anthony Waszolek, of Scottsdale, Arizona, submitted an Offer of Settlement in which he consented to, but did not admit to or deny, the FINRA findings that he took unfair financial advantage of an 81-year-old customer who had twice been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and suffered from dementia and memory loss. According to FINRA, Mr. Waszolek gained appointment as successor trustee and residual beneficiary of the client’s trust. Upon the elderly client’s death, FINRA found that Waszolek attempted to inherit more than $1.8 million from the estate. FINRA’s findings state that Waszolek failed to disclose to both UBS and Morgan Stanley that he had been appointed as a beneficiary to his customer’s trust or that he had received a healthcare power of attorney over the elderly client. Additionally, Waszolek neglected to obtain either UBS or Morgan Stanley’s approval to act in a fiduciary capacity to his client. Consequently, John Waszolek was barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity. Arizona has thousands of stock brokerage firms and investment advisory offices.  With so many stock brokerage firms and investment advisory offices, comes the potential for their stockbrokers, financial advisors, and other representatives to engage in one or more kinds of stockbroker fraud. They could make misrepresentations about investing in securities (stocks, bonds, options, mutual funds, REITs, Junk Bonds, Hedge Funds, Structured Products, etc.) they are selling. Unsuitable recommendations of the strategies they recommend (margin, short selling, option) is another kind of stockbroker fraud.  They can engage in many other kinds of stockbroker fraud and stockbroker misconduct which violates Federal and Arizona securities laws and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rules and stock brokerage firms policies and procedures.  Experienced Stockbroker Fraud Lawyers Who Handle FINRA Arbitrations Throughout Arizona and Nationwide. Are you an Arizona investor who has suffered significant losses in your stock brokerage and investment accounts?  Did your Arizona stockbroker or investment advisor, misrepresent facts about the securities, investments or strategies they were recommending or otherwise mismanage your investment account? If so, you need representation by an experienced, highly-rated and nationally recognized FINRA arbitration lawyer — an attorney who knows FINRA rules and procedures and how to handle these FINRA arbitration cases as well as other complex legal issues.  By hiring a top rated stockbroker fraud attorney like Robert Wayne Pearce with over 40 years of experience on both sides of the table in FINRA arbitration proceedings,  you will clearly see that Attorney Pearce doesn’t just handle cases—he aggressively represents investors and is one of the best securities attorneys to recover your investment losses for all types of stockbroker fraud and stockbroker misconduct in FINRA arbitration proceedings! At The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A., we represent investors with securities misrepresentation claims and many other kinds of securities law and investment disputes in FINRA arbitration and mediation proceedings. We handle a wide range of practice areas besides securities misrepresentation and stockbroker fraud claims such as stockbroker breach of fiduciary duty, stockbroker negligence, failure to supervise stockbrokers, and unsuitable recommendations by stockbrokers.  Attorney Pearce and his staff represent investors throughout Arizona, and across the United States on a CONTINGENCY FEE basis, which means you pay nothing – NO FEES-NO COSTS – unless we put money in your pocket after receiving a settlement or FINRA arbitration award. Se habla español Free Initial Consultation With An Experienced Stockbroker Fraud Lawyer Serving  ResidArizonaents in FINRA Arbitrations The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A.  are highly experienced lawyers who successfully handle securities misrepresentation, stockbroker fraud, stockbroker misconduct and other investment disputes in FINRA arbitration proceedings, and who work tirelessly to secure the best possible result for you and your case.  For dedicated representation by an attorney with over 40 years of experience and success in all kinds of securities law and investment disputes in FINRA arbitrations serving Arizona citizens, contact the firm by phone at 561-338-0037, toll free at 800-732-2889 or via e-mail. 

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