I see dead people. No, I mean I see people in and out of my office whose financial hopes, aspirations, and dreams are dead or have become dormant; people who placed their trust in financial service “professionals” who not only simply failed to do what they promised, but were instruments of the securities industry whose “gotcha” business plan did not include the financial welfare of their clients.
Some of these victims are your clients. After you have been successful in obtaining compensation for those who have been injured through the negligence or misconduct of others, your clients were referred to a financial professional who added financial insult to their injuries.
You now have the power to make things right for these victims. While the SEC “studies” whether the current Arbitration system is “fair” to investors, and whether they should have the choice of our public justice system, or private industry influenced arbitration, you can make a difference in the lives of your clients by serving as a FINRA Public Arbitrator. FINRA (the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) has agreed in its latest proposal that investors can chose an all-public Arbitrator panel instead of the present regime, which requires that every Arbitrator panel have at least one arbitrator that is a member of its trade organization.
Justice is supposed to be truth in action (two words, not “inaction”). FINRA, which is really just a trade organization, has the Arbitrator application and other information and on-line training available at FINRA.org. I urge you to take action by applying to be a Public Arbitrator today. You can help members of the public like your clients keep the money that’s rightfully theirs. As a trial lawyer, you are uniquely qualified to restore someone’s hopes and dreams. I urge you to do so.