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Arbitration, How to Find a Lawyer Specializing in Securities

Aug. 23, 2010

If you need help in finding a lawyer who specializes in resolving securities complaints, you may want to try the following:

  • If you already have a lawyer, consult with him or her about your options and whether you need a lawyer who specializes in securities.
  • You may want to call several bar associations to obtain a varied listing of lawyers in your area. Many lawyers will offer to consult with you initially for free or charge a minimal fee.
  • Broaden your list of potential securities lawyers by consulting directories of attorneys. The Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory can be found at many libraries or at their website. It lists lawyers by state and jurisdictions. Some state and local bar associations also compile directories and may list attorneys according to specialty.

For your convenience, we have listed below the names of two national bar associations that may provide you with referrals in your area. This is not a complete list and you may want to check with your state, county or city bar associations. We cannot endorse or recommend a specific lawyer to you, vouch for the competence of any lawyer recommended to you by a bar association or referral service, nor recommend the services of one bar association over another.

American Bar Association

321 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone:   (312) 988-5522
Toll free:   (800) 285-2221
Fax:   (312) 988-3284

The American Bar Association will not refer you directly to an attorney. They will, however, provide you with the name, address, and phone number of a referral service in your area. This is a free service.

Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA)

2415 A Wilcox Drive
Norman, OK 73069
Phone:  (405) 360-8776
Toll free:  (888) 621-7484
Fax:  (405) 360-2063

This national bar association limits its membership to lawyers who specialize in representing individual investors in arbitration and other legal actions. Most PIABA members offer a free initial consultation either by phone or in person.

Learn more about arbitration and how investors in in California, Florida, Illinois, New York, and Pennsylvania can use arbitration/mediation clinics.

We have provided this information as a service to investors.  It is neither a legal interpretation nor a statement of SEC policy.  If you have questions concerning the meaning or application of a particular law or rule, please consult with an attorney who specializes in securities law.

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