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Girard Bengali, APC Attorney Omar H. Bengali Named a 2018 Southern California Rising Star

Girard Bengali, APC is proud to announce the inclusion of partner, Omar H. Bengali, in the list of 2018 Southern California Rising Stars. Mr. Bengali was previously selected for inclusion in the 2016 and 2017 list of Southern California Rising Stars, a designation earned by less than 2.5% of attorneys under the age of 40. This is his third time receiving this honor.

Girard Bengali, APC Attorneys Named to Super Lawyers

Los Angeles, California, March 5, 2018 - Robert J. Girard II and Omar Bengali, founding partners of Girard Bengali, APC, have been recognized again by their peers for their professional achievements. Mr. Girard has been selected for inclusion in the 2018 list of Super Lawyers, a designation given to no more than 5% of the attorneys in California. This is Mr. Girard's fourth straight year being named a Super Lawyer. (Mr. Girard was previously named a Super Lawyer Rising Star for three straight years.) Mr. Bengali was selected for inclusion in the 2016 and 2017 list of Southern California Rising Stars by Super Lawyers, a designation earned by less than 2.5% of attorneys under the age of 40. This was Mr. Bengali's second time receiving this honor.

Introduction to FINRA Arbitration for Investors (Part 1 of a Series)

Arbitration is a form of dispute resolution frequently used as an alternative to a traditional lawsuit. Instead of a judge or jury deciding the matter, one or more arbitrators are selected as neutral third parties to decide the dispute. The arbitrators read the parties' written submissions, listen to witness testimony, review evidence, and ultimately issue a written decision, commonly referred to as an "award" (as opposed to "judgment"). The award is usually final and binding on all the parties: while a party can challenge a final award in court, it is extremely difficult to get it overturned. In California, courts are required by law to give deference to an arbitrator's decisions and can overturn an award only under very limited circumstances.

Girard Bengali wins $1.8 million FINRA award

Hailed as a victory in the fight against financial elder abuse, Girard Bengali, APC obtained a FINRA arbitration award for over $1,800,000 against Wedbush Securities, Inc. In issuing one of the largest FINRA awards of the year, the three-member arbitration panel specifically found that Wedbush engaged in elder abuse and unauthorized trading, assessing over $1,000,000 in punitive damages.

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