Crystal Lake

Crystal Lake Illinois Securities and Commodities Law Attorney

Crystal Lake is a city in McHenry County, Illinois 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, FOG Equities LLC of Chicago, Illinois, Scott Epstein, and David Spack submitted a (AWC) to (FINRA) for allegedly failing to establish, implement and maintain an adequate supervisory system and written supervisory procedures for the FOG's low-priced securities business that were reasonably designed to achieve compliance with Section 5 of the Securities Act of 1933. FINRA investigators found that FOG, Epstein, and Spack failed to establish, maintain and implement anti-money laundering (AML) procedures reasonably designed to detect and report suspicious transactions related to low-priced securities transactions. Between May 2014 and February 2015, the Respondents failed to detect and investigate ''red flags" indicative of potentially suspicious account activity in violation of FINRA Rules 3310(a) and 2010. Epstein who was the designated principal for FOG, was responsible for the daily supervision of the firm and ensuring proper policies and procedures were in place while Spack was responsible for maintaining the firm's procedures. FINRA found that FOG's procedures were not designed adequately to assess whether securities were registered or appropriately exempt from registration with the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC). FINRA alleged that due to this lack of supervision, penny stock liquidations FOG facilitated occurred without any review for compliance with Section 5. The investigation further revealed that Epstein and Spack relied on their customers to do all due diligence with respect to penny stocks investments. Without admitting or denying the FINRA allegations, the Respondents, in submitting an AWC accepted the sanctions. FOG was ordered to pay a $60,000 fine. Epstein was fined $5,000 and suspended from association with any FINRA member for 30 days. Spack was ordered to pay a $5,000 fine as was suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for 15 days.

Representing Clients in Crystal Lake, Throughout Illinois and Nationwide

Are you a Crystal Lake-based investor who has had significant losses in your investment accounts? Did your Crystal Lake investment advisor make unsuitable recommendations or otherwise mismanage your investment account? Are you a stockbroker, commodities broker, financial advisor or individual from the Crystal Lake 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 Crystal Lake, throughout Illinois, and across the United States.

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Attorney Serving Crystal Lake and All Illinois Investors

Attorney Pearce is a highly respected Crystal Lake investors rights advocate, known as a fierce and tireless litigator throughout Illinois 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 Illinois

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 Crystal Lake-based stockbrokers, financial advisors and/or representatives.

Attorney Pearce’s trial lawyer defense skills are highly regarded in Crystal Lake, throughout Illinois 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 Crystal Lake Illinois 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 Crystal Lake citizens, contact the firm by phone at 561-338-0037, toll free at 800-732-2889 or via e-mail

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