Brandywine is a census designated area in Prince George’s County, Maryland with scores of registered stock and commodities brokerage firms and investment advisory offices. With so many brokerage firms comes the potential for stockbrokers, financial advisors, and representatives who may engage in conduct which violates securities and commodities industry rules and procedures.
For example, Joseph R. Butler, a former representative with Woodbury Financial Services, Inc. was permanently barred by FINRA for taking advantage of an elderly, dementia suffering customer’s bank accounts, converting her money for his own use, and naming himself as her annuity’s beneficiary, falsely representing that he was her son. FINRA states that Mr. Butler admitted that his 75 year old, widowed customer who suffered from dementia was dependent on him and trusted him to take care of her. It was then that Mr. Butler allegedly began withdrawing money from her accounts. According to FINRA’s findings, between September 2009 and December 2010, Mr. Butler wrote nine checks from his customer’s accounts totaling $105,646.158. Eight of the nine checks were made payable to himself or cash, and the ninth check he used to pay his Federal income taxes. FINRA alleges Mr. Butler arranged to have the customer’s account statements delivered to his home address rather than hers and, in the same month, wired $5,000 from her accounts to his own, claiming that it was a “test,” according to FINRA. Further, Mr. Butler sent a change request form for his customer’s $453,000 annuity in which he removed the granddaughters as beneficiaries and named himself, falsely representing on the form that his relationship to the customer was “son.” Joseph Butler was barred from association with any FINRA member and ordered to pay $170,408.18, plus interest, in restitution to his former customer. This decision was upheld by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) following appeal of a National Adjudicatory Council (NAC) decision.Representing Clients in Brandywine, Throughout Maryland and Nationwide
Are you a Brandywine-based investor who has had significant losses in your investment accounts? Did your Brandywine investment advisor make unsuitable recommendations or otherwise mismanage your investment account? Are you a stockbroker, commodities broker, financial advisor or individual from the Brandywine area who is the subject of a government or industry regulatory investigation or lawsuit? If so, you will need to have representation from an experienced, highly rated and nationally recognized securities and commodities law attorney—an attorney who knows how to handle these complex legal issues. By hiring an attorney with over 35 years of experience practicing securities and commodities law on both sides of the table, you will clearly see that Attorney Pearce doesn’t just handle cases—he represents clients!
At The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A., we represent clients on all sides of securities and commodities law and investment disputes in courtroom litigation, arbitration and mediation proceedings, and in a wide range of practice areas such as fraud and misrepresentation, breach of fiduciary duty, failure to supervise, and unsuitable recommendations. Attorney Pearce and his staff represent clients in Brandywine, throughout Maryland, and across the United States.
Attorney Pearce is a highly respected Brandywine investors rights advocate, known as a fierce and tireless litigator throughout Maryland and nationwide. Read his Investors Rights Blog and see the knowledge that can only be gained from over 35 years of legal experience. As your stockbroker, commodities broker, and investment fraud dispute lawyer, Mr. Pearce knows all of the available options for your case and will pursue them vigorously to secure the best possible outcome for you and your case. He has earned the distinguished AV Preeminent peer rating through Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating possible, and he is one of Thomson Reuters Florida Super Lawyers for Securities Litigation. Attorney Pearce has won numerous million-dollar awards and settlements for his clients, earning him membership in The Million Dollar Advocates Forum and The Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum as one of the Top Trial Lawyers in America TM.Experienced SEC, CFTC, FINRA and FL-OFR Defense Trial Lawyer Serving All of Maryland
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and Florida Office of Financial Regulation (FL-OFR) have filed many disciplinary actions and/or complaints against Brandywine-based stockbrokers, financial advisors and/or representatives.
Attorney Pearce’s trial lawyer defense skills are highly regarded in Brandywine, throughout Maryland and across the nation. He began his career with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 1980. Thereafter he moved to Fort Lauderdale and has expanded his nationwide SEC defense law practice to include commodities law and the defense of United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and Florida Office of Financial Regulation (FL-OFR) investigations and enforcement proceedings, including registration issues, expungement proceedings, and Form U-5 abuses and defamation.
Attorney Pearce is one of the few attorneys who has not only single handedly beat the SEC's team of lawyers, but recovered his clients' attorney fees and litigation costs incurred in the defense of the government's flawed investigation and enforcement action.Free Initial Consultation With Securities, Commodities and Investment Dispute Lawyers Serving Brandywine Maryland Residents
The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. understands what is at stake in securities and commodities law matters and investment disputes, and works tirelessly to secure the best possible result for you and your case. Mr. Pearce provides a complete case review, identifies the strengths and weaknesses of your case, and fully explains all of your legal options. The entire law firm works to ensure that you completely understand the ins and outs of the legal process to give you complete peace of mind knowing that you have chosen the best possible representation for your case.
For dedicated representation by a law firm with over 35 years of experience and success in all kinds of securities and commodities law and investment disputes serving Brandywine citizens, contact the firm by phone at 561-338-0037, toll free at 800-732-2889 or via e-mail.