Adjudication and Decisions

When FINRA determines that violations of securities rules have occurred and formal disciplinary action is necessary, the Enforcement Department or Market Regulation Department files a complaint with the Office of Hearing Officers (OHO).

The Office arranges a three-person panel to hear the case. The panel is chaired by a hearing officer who is an employee of the Office of Hearing Officers. The Chief Hearing Officer appoints two industry panelists, drawn primarily from a pool of current and former securities industry members of FINRA's District Committees, as well as its Market Regulation Committee, former members of FINRA's™ National Adjudicatory Council (NAC) and former FINRA Governors.

At the hearing, the parties present evidence for the panel to determine whether a firm or individual has engaged in conduct that violates FINRA rules, SEC regulations or federal securities laws. In reaching its decision, the hearing panel also considers previous court, SEC, and NAC decisions to determine if violations occurred. The NAC is the national committee which reviews initial decisions rendered in FINRA disciplinary and membership proceedings.

For each case, the hearing panel will issue a written decision explaining the reasons for its ruling and consult the FINRA Sanction Guidelines to determine the appropriate sanctions if violations have occurred. FINRA also, when feasible and appropriate, can order firms and individuals to make restitution to harmed customers.

Appeals Process

Under FINRA's disciplinary procedures, a firm or individual has the right to appeal a hearing panel decision to the NAC, or the NAC may on its own initiate a review of a decision. On appeal, the NAC will determine if a hearing panel's findings were legally correct, factually supported and consistent with FINRA's Sanction Guidelines. While a panel decision is on appeal, the sanction is not enforced against the firm or individual.

Unless FINRA's Board of Governors decides to review the NAC's appellate decision, that decision represents FINRA's final action. A firm or individual can appeal FINRA's decision to the SEC and then to federal court.

Date of Decisionsort ascending Proceeding No. Title Deciding Body Type Order No.
Jun 4, 2015 2011025444501 Order Denying Respondent's Motion to Strike Portions of Enforcement's Post-Hearing Appendix Office of Hearing Officers (OHO) Disciplinary Order 15-10
May 6, 2015 2009016317701 The Dratel Group, Inc. and William M. Dratel National Adjudicatory Council (NAC) Disciplinary Decision
May 4, 2015 M00010006 Appealed:In the Matter of the New Membership Application Firm X National Adjudicatory Council (NAC) Redacted Decision
Apr 29, 2015 2009017195204 Merrimac Corporate Securities, Inc. National Adjudicatory Council (NAC) Disciplinary Decision
Apr 16, 2015 2007011413501 Appealed:Brookstone Securities, Inc., Antony Lee Turbeville, Christopher Dean Kline and David William Locy National Adjudicatory Council (NAC) Disciplinary Decision
Apr 8, 2015 2010024522103 Order Denying Motion Pursuant to FINRA Rule 9234 Office of Hearing Officers (OHO) Disciplinary Order 15-09
Apr 8, 2015 2011025622001 Order Denying Respondent's Motion for Leave to Permit Expert Testimony Office of Hearing Officers (OHO) Disciplinary Order 15-08
Apr 2, 2015 2013036217601 Order Granting In Part and Denying In Part Enforcement’s Motion for Partial Summary Disposition Office of Hearing Officers (OHO) Disciplinary Order 15-07
Apr 2, 2015 2012034045101 Charles H. Melvin, Jr. Office of Hearing Officers (OHO) Disciplinary Decision
Mar 31, 2015 2011027666902 Appealed:Merrimac Corporate Securities, Inc. and Robert Nash Office of Hearing Officers (OHO) Disciplinary Decision
Mar 30, 2015 2011025785602 Anthony Warren Thompson and TNP Securities, LLC Office of Hearing Officers (OHO) Disciplinary Decision
Mar 30, 2015 2011025675501 Appealed:Kimberly Springsteen-Abbott Office of Hearing Officers (OHO) Disciplinary Decision
Mar 25, 2015 SD-2025 ConvergEx Execution Solutions, LLC Member Regulation Statutory Disqualification, Approvals
Mar 19, 2015 20100215720-01 Order Denying Respondent’s Motion for Permission to Seek Additional Party Discovery Disciplinary Order 15-06
Mar 18, 2015 DFC140002 Order Granting Complainant’s Motion to Dismiss Hearing Request Office of Hearing Officers (OHO) Disciplinary Order 15-01
Mar 17, 2015 2011027271901 Richard Blair Office of Hearing Officers (OHO) Disciplinary Decision
Mar 16, 2015 2006006705601r John M.E. Saad National Adjudicatory Council (NAC) Disciplinary Decision
Mar 12, 2015 FPI140011 Alex Lubetsky Office of Hearing Officers (OHO) Expedited Decision, Rule 9550 Expedited Decisions
Mar 10, 2015 2011026788801 Keith Geary Office of Hearing Officers (OHO) Disciplinary Decision
Mar 9, 2015 2012030724101 Appealed:Fox Financial Management Corporation, Brian A. Murphy, and James E. Rooney, Jr. Office of Hearing Officers (OHO) Disciplinary Decision
Mar 9, 2015 2011025899601 David and Sian Harari National Adjudicatory Council (NAC) Disciplinary Decision
Mar 3, 2015 20110269351 John Cherry, III National Adjudicatory Council (NAC) Disciplinary Decision
Feb 27, 2015 2011028061001 Keilen Dimone Wiley National Adjudicatory Council (NAC) Disciplinary Decision
Feb 26, 2015 SD-2024 G-Trade Services LLC Member Regulation Statutory Disqualification, Approvals
Feb 23, 2015 2010024522103 Order Denying Respondents’ Motion Pursuant to Rule 9251 Office of Hearing Officers (OHO) Disciplinary Order 15-02

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