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Overview of the SEC's enforcement activities

Many financial professionals in the Los Angeles area, basically all of those who trade in regulated stocks, bonds and other securities, may find themselves under investigation by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC.

We fight back when brokerage firms take advantage of others

Many people in the Los Angeles area have some extra money to invest. For example, Californians often are looking to invest money so that they can further shore up their retirement savings or work on building a legacy for their loved ones.

Robert J. Girard II to present at PIABA mid-year meeting

A founding partner of Los Angeles, California-based Girard Bengali, APC, Robert J. Girard II has 18 years of experience practicing in the area of complex securities litigation. As a result of his background, he has been asked to deliver a presentation at an upcoming conference sponsored by the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, which is to take place on April 4 in Washington, D.C.

Are laws curbing elder financial abuse working?

California residents may not be aware that the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. Rule 2156 went into effect in February 2018. As per this rule, broker-dealers can put a hold on an elderly client's disbursements if they believe that their client is being financially abused. According to representatives of Finra, they will begin conducting examinations to look into firms' compliance with the new rules.

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.

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