Robert J. Girard II and Omar H. Bengali, founding partners of Girard Bengali, APC, have once again been recognized by their peers for their professional accomplishments. Mr. Girard and Mr. Bengali have been selected for inclusion in the 2024 list of Super Lawyers, a designation given to no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in California.
This is Mr. Girard’s tenth straight year being named a Super Lawyer. He was previously named a Rising Star for three straight years.
This is Mr. Bengali’s second straight year being named a Super Lawyer. He was previously named a Rising Star for six straight years.
Girard Bengali, APC, a firm specializing in securities arbitration and employment litigation, represents institutional and individual investors, along with financial professionals, in securities litigation in both state and federal courts, as well as in securities arbitrations before FINRA and other forums. The firm represents victims of elder financial abuse, and investigates and pursues claims involving a broad range of financial and investment products, such as stocks, bonds, options, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), private placements, mutual funds, hedge funds, variable annuities, derivatives, and commodities.
Girard Bengali is one of the few experienced firms on the West Coast that represents financial advisors and securities industry professionals in employment-related disputes against major Wall Street firms. Girard Bengali’s employment practice extends well beyond the securities arena. Our lawyers regularly represent executives and employees throughout California who have experienced mistreatment in the workplace. Girard Bengali provides pragmatic advice and aggressive advocacy to efficiently resolve employment law disputes and violations, including discrimination, harassment, failure to provide equal pay, whistleblower claims, wage and hour violations and sexual assault in the workplace.
ABOUT ROBERT J. GIRARD II
Robert J. Girard II, a founding partner of Girard Bengali, APC, has more than 21 years of experience in the areas of securities litigation, securities arbitration and employment disputes. He represents clients in Los Angeles, California, and throughout the state. Mr. Girard advocates for institutional and individual investors in their legal disputes. He has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of his clients from a majority of the biggest Wall Street brokerages. He also represents securities professionals in their employment disputes with broker-dealer firms. His representative matters have included wrongful termination cases, unfair business practices claims and FINRA regulatory matters. In one such case, Mr. Girard secured an award of $1.8 million for an elderly couple who were victims of elder financial abuse, with over $1 million of the award representing punitive damages. In another matter, Mr. Girard secured a $3.7 million arbitration award against a FINRA member in California on behalf of individual brokers.
ABOUT OMAR H. BENGALI
Omar H. Bengali is a Founding Partner of Girard Bengali. Mr. Bengali’s primary practice areas include labor and employment litigation and securities arbitration. Mr. Bengali began his career representing a wide array of companies in state and federal court. Having founded Girard Bengali, he now specializes in representing executives and employees in all aspects of employment law. Mr. Bengali places particular focus on claims brought by female employees who have been discriminated or retaliated against on the basis of pregnancy, sexually harassed at work or denied equal pay. Mr. Bengali’s employment practice extends into the securities arena, including the representation of financial professionals against broker-dealer firms in FINRA arbitrations, as well as successfully counseling clients through FINRA regulatory and enforcement inquiries.
ABOUT SUPER LAWYERS
Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country.