Daytona is a city in Volusia County, Florida with over 50 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 fraudulent and unlawful behavior which violates securities and commodities industry rules and procedures. In the last five years the Unites States Attorney’s Office, 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 a large number of disciplinary actions and/or complaints against Daytona-based stockbrokers, financial advisors and/or representatives.
For example, Lawrence Ford of Daytona, Florida is alleged to have been a part of a Ponzi scheme that took more than $21 million from more than 200 investors. Mr. Ford was president and Chief Financial Officer of Heritage Funding Group and used his status to acquire the trust of many investors. Mr. Ford and the defendants allegedly told investors that their funds would be used to invest in Real Estate Fund and Heritage Funding Group to invest in real estate and secured car loans. For a time, they made those investments for clients. However, when the company didn’t have enough funds due to the excess commission they agreed to pay the salesmen (22% instead of the 10% they told investors) they allegedly resorted to a Ponzi scheme to pay off older investors. Later, instead of investing clients’ monies, Mr. Ford allegedly used the funds on a lavish lifestyle and to repay older investors in a classic Ponzi scheme. Mr. Ford and the defendants allegedly lied to investors about their activities and hid the substantial commissions they received. In agreement with the SEC, Mr. Ford was ordered to disgorge $200,000 in alleged ill-gotten funds. Mr. Ford was also ordered to pay prejudgment interest in the amount of $38,917 and a civil penalty of $6500 for a total of $245,417 to be paid to the court.Representing Clients in Daytona, Throughout Florida and Nationwide.
Are you a Daytona-based investor who has had significant losses in your investment accounts? Did your Daytona investment advisor make unsuitable recommendations or otherwise mismanage your investment account? Are you a stockbroker, commodities broker, financial advisor or individual from the Daytona 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 Daytona, throughout Florida, and across the United States.
Attorney Pearce is a highly respected Daytona investors rights advocate, known as a fierce and tireless litigator throughout Florida 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 the Daytona Area
Attorney Pearce’s trial lawyer defense skills are highly regarded in Daytona, throughout Florida 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 Daytona 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 serving Daytona with over 35 years of experience and success in all kinds of securities and commodities law and investment disputes serving Daytona, contact the firm by phone at 561-338-0037, toll free at 800-732-2889 or via e-mail. We can also arrange a meeting with you at offices located in Daytona, Florida and elsewhere if we believe you have a viable case or defense.