Ponte Vedra Beach
Ponte Vedra Beach is a city in St. Johns County, Florida with over 60 registered stock and commodities brokerage firms. 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 Ponte Vedra Beach-based stockbrokers, financial advisors and/or representatives.
For example, Henry Thomas Hammond of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida was indicted for $6.2 million in fraud schemes. Mr. Hammond was alleged to have constructed three schemes (Blackberry Development, Wire Fraud, and False Seal) that yielded over $6,000,000. Mr. Hammond allegedly promised investors an exorbitant rate of return on their investment, when in fact those investments were used for Mr. Hammond’s personal expenses.
The first alleged scheme involved the Blackberry commercial development in Liberty, Missouri. Mr. Hammond, as the general contractor, was responsible for paying the subcontractors but instead manipulated the process and received the funds himself. He received approximately $1.2 million which he used on vacations and a luxurious lifestyle. The second scheme occurred during a 27 month period when Mr. Hammond is alleged to have used wire fraud schemes to pay for his personal expenses of over $5 million, including a one million dollar lake house and over $300,000 on a hunting excursion. The third scheme was a bankruptcy fraud. Mr. Hammond is also alleged to have fraudulently used the Department of Justice Seal and “U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legislative Affairs” letterhead to convince investors to turn over control of their funds.
The federal indictment charged Mr. Hammond with two counts of bank fraud, four counts of wire fraud, one count of bankruptcy fraud, four counts of money laundering, and one count of using the seal of the Department of Justice on a fraudulent letter.Representing Clients in Ponte Vedra Beach, Throughout Florida and Nationwide.
Are you a Ponte Vedra Beach-based investor who has had significant losses in your investment accounts? Did your Ponte Vedra Beach investment advisor make unsuitable recommendations or otherwise mismanage your investment account? Are you a stockbroker, commodities broker, financial advisor or individual from the Ponte Vedra 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 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 Ponte Vedra Beach, throughout Florida, and across the United States.
Attorney Pearce is a highly respected Ponte Vedra Beach 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 Ponte Vedra Beach Area
Attorney Pearce’s trial lawyer defense skills are highly regarded in Ponte Vedra Beach, 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 Ponte Vedra Beach 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 Ponte Vedra Beach with over 35 years of experience and success in all kinds of securities and commodities law and investment disputes serving Ponte Vedra Beach, 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 Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and elsewhere if we believe you have a viable case or defense.