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Point Pleasant Beach New Jersey Securities and Commodities Law Attorney

Point Pleasant Beach is a borough in Ocean County, New Jersey 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, Douglas Finlay Jr. of Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey submitted a AWC to FINRA under the allegations that he recommended and effected an unsuitable transaction in a customer’s account. FINRA alleged that Finlay recommended and executed an unsuitable transaction in the account of a Cadaret Grant customer by over-concentrating the client’s assets in an illiquid real estate investment trust (REIT) and failed to adequately disclose information to the customer in regard to the REIT. In 2009 Finlay allegedly recommended to a client that she invest 100% of her retirement funds in a REIT. The client was 55 years old, had an investment objective of “growth and income” and had a moderate risk tolerance. FINRA alleged that Finlay failed to disclose information in regard to the REIT, including that the investment was illiquid and highly speculative. At the time, procedure at Cadaret Grant limited the amount of a customer’s assets that could be invested in REITS to “10% of the investor’s net worth”. In July 2009, the customer invested nearly $116,625 which constituted 100% of the client’s retirement funds and nearly 100% of her liquid net worth, in the REIT. Finlay received $6,639.23 in commissions from the customer’s investment. FINRA further alleged that Finlay falsified the clients account form. FINRA claimed that Finlay handwrote on the account form that the client’s net worth was $1,355,000 and that her annual income was $150,000. However, the client’s actual net worth was approximately $135,000 with an approximate annual income of $70,000. FINRA found that Finlay’s recommendation to invest her retirement savings in a single REIT was unsuitable for her moderate risk tolerance and investment objectives. For his alleged violations, Finlay was ordered to pay a fine of $15,000, pay disgorgement in the amount of $6,639.23 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in any and all capacities for a period of 18 months.

Representing Clients in Point Pleasant Beach, Throughout New Jersey and Nationwide

Are you a Point Pleasant Beach-based investor who has had significant losses in your investment accounts? Did your Point Pleasant Beach investment advisor make unsuitable recommendations or otherwise mismanage your investment account? Are you a stockbroker, commodities broker, financial advisor or individual from the Point Pleasant Beach 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 40 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 Point Pleasant Beach, throughout New Jersey, and across the United States.

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Attorney Serving Point Pleasant Beach and All New Jersey Investors

Attorney Pearce is a highly respected Point Pleasant Beach investors rights advocate, known as a fierce and tireless litigator throughout New Jersey and nationwide. Read his Investors Rights Blog and see the knowledge that can only be gained from over 40 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 New Jersey

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 Point Pleasant Beach-based stockbrokers, financial advisors and/or representatives.

Attorney Pearce’s trial lawyer defense skills are highly regarded in Point Pleasant Beach, throughout New Jersey 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 Point Pleasant Beach New Jersey 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 40 years of experience and success in all kinds of securities and commodities law and investment disputes serving Point Pleasant Beach citizens, contact the firm by phone at 561-338-0037, toll free at 800-732-2889 or via e-mail

Client Reviews
Robert Pearce is part of that unusual breed of lawyers that are able to create empathy with clients and thoroughly adopt their cause. No half efforts here. He and his group of professionals are outstanding strategists that can execute with precise fervor and unyielding determination. Theirs is a huge wave of facts, research, precedents and preparation, that has impressed me in its thoroughness and creativity, and most importantly with the results. No stone goes unturned and no effort is ever spared. In my book, he and they are those of a very rare kind that one wants to keep for a very long time. Ramon F.
This law firm is the real deal. We were so lucky that they took our case as they have so much experience in securities and all the wrongdoing that happens in these investment companies where they mislead you and your money (as in our case) into schemes that are not what you think they are. Mr. Robert Pearce is one of the best lawyers around, a truly professional who will fight for you and will tell you as it is all the time. Astrid M.
Mr. Pearce is a great professional and attorney. He led me through every step of the process in a clear, direct and straightforward manner. I highly recommend him as a securities attorney. Rey S.
Just like the song from HAMILTON, it's so nice to have Bob Pearce on your side. He is the consumate plaintiff's lawyer: smart. dedicated, fully able to try a case but a great negotiator in a mediation. He did a wonderful job for us, fully supporting us through the process and more than holding his own against a large national law firm. Maurice Z.
No lawyer except Bob said I had a chance of winning. When Ubs lawyers laughingly offered me zero to settle the dispute, Bob became even more determined to prove everybody wrong. Bob was extremely prepared, and always a step ahead of the opposing attorneys throughout the arbitration. In the end, Bob and I had the last laugh when the arbitrators awarded me almost 6 million dollars. J. Blanco