Subject: File No. SR-FINRA-2013-003
From: Robert Savage, Esquire
Affiliation: Visiting Assistant Clinical Professor, Florida International University College of Law

February 7, 2013

I support this proposed change to the definition of "public arbitrator" to more narrowly define that term in order to properly classify those arbitrators who may have some unconscous bias toward the financial industry at the expense of the investing public.

This proposed incremental change will help improve the perception held by the public and by FINRA Dispute Resolution participants of the neutrality of the decision makers in arbitration.

Any opportunity that FINRA can take to improve the arbitrator definition and thereby bolster the perception and perhaps the reality of decision maker neutrality should be taken.