Prior to attending law school, Mr. Kara-Lopez was a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley, where he advised high net worth clients in the areas of principal growth, wealth preservation, and insurance.  His experience as a financial advisor gives him greater insight into how to handle complex securities, commodities, and other investment dispute issues in arbitration and mediation proceedings before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and JAMS Dispute Resolution.

Mr. Kara-Lopez was born and raised in Miami, Florida and is fluent in oral and written Spanish. He is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida.

    Areas of Practice
    Courtroom Litigation, Arbitration and Mediation Proceedings Involving:

  • Federal and State Securities law
  • Federal Commodities Futures, FOREX and Leveraged Precious Metals law
  • SEC, CFTC, FINRA, NFA, FL-OFR Rules, Regulations, Practices and Procedures
  • The Prudent Investor Rule, Undue Influence and Interference law governing Wills and Trusts
  • Stockbroker Form U-5, Promissory Note, Forgivable Loan, Contract, Defamation, Discrimination and Employment Law
  • Financial Abuse of Elderly law
  • Business Fraud law

    Awards and Recognition

  • Mr. Kara-Lopez was a Daily Business Review’s 2013 Most Effective Lawyers finalist in the Arbitration and Mediation category for a $2.75 million arbitration award won on behalf of a client.


  • Spanish

    Past Employment

  • Morgan Stanley, 2000 - 2005
$21,000,000 Final Judgment for Civil Theft
$8,500,000 Stockbroker Bond Fraud Settlement
$8,200,000 Stockbroker Margin Account Liquidation Settlement
$7,800,000 Stockbroker Option Fraud Settlement
$6,000,000 Stockbroker Bond & Bond Fund Fraud Settlement
$5,800,000 Arbitration Award for Stockbroker Fraud
$5,500,000 FINRA Arbitration Settlement
$4,300,000 Federal Court Class Action Settlement
$3,500,000 Florida State Court Settlement
$3,350,000 FINRA Arbitration Settlement
$3,200,000 FINRA Arbitration Award
$2,750,000 FINRA Arbitration Award
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