Office of Hearing Officers

The Office of Hearing Officers is an office of impartial adjudicators of disciplinary cases brought by FINRA’s Department of Enforcement against FINRA members.

The Office of Hearing Officers maintains strict independence from FINRA's regulatory programs and is physically separated from other FINRA departments.

Hearing officers are not involved in the investigative process. Employment protections exist for hearing officers to further ensure their independence; they may not be terminated except by the FINRA Chief Executive Officer, with a right to appeal to the Audit Committee of FINRA's Board of Governors.

View:  Orders and Decisions Chronologically  |  Orders by Topic  |  Orders by Rule
Date of Decision Proceeding No. Title Type Order No.sort descending
Mar 30, 2012 2008015934801 Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. Alan J. Davidofsky Disciplinary Decision
Feb 9, 2004 C02020057 Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. Alvin W. Gebhart, Jr. and Donna T. Gebhart Disciplinary Decision
Aug 27, 2001 CAF000030 Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. Manuel M. Bello Disciplinary Decision
Mar 9, 2015 2012030724101 APPEALED: Fox Financial Management Corporation, Brian A. Murphy, and James E. Rooney, Jr. Disciplinary Decision
Aug 4, 2016 FPI160002 Robert DePalo Expedited Decision
Mar 23, 2004 CAF030014 In the Matter of Department of Enforcement, Complainant vs. Respondent Disciplinary Decision
Mar 24, 2002 FPI010004 Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. Toni Valentino Expedited Decision, Rule 9540 Suspension Decisions
Oct 30, 2005 C9B040098 Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement vs. Scott Epstein Disciplinary Decision
Mar 14, 1999 CAF980086 Hearing Panel Decision Redacted Decision
Oct 2, 2015 2011025679201 MSC – BD, LLC and Paul J. McIntyre Disciplinary Decision
Mar 16, 2017 ARB160047 J. Thaddeus McGaffey Expedited Decision
Oct 15, 2007 C11040006 Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. Justin F. Ficken Disciplinary Decision
Jul 8, 2014 2009020465801 Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. Keith D. Geary Disciplinary Decision
Sep 5, 2000 C05990026 Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. Christopher M. Block, Jeffrey S. Burke, and Jennifer L. Gonzalez Disciplinary Decision
Dec 15, 1998 ARB980006 Non-Summary Suspension Proceeding ARB980006 Expedited Decision, Non-Summary Proceeding
Apr 23, 2008 E102003025201 Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. Robert Conway and Kakit Ng Disciplinary Decision
Jul 3, 2001 C3A000007 Hearing Panel Decision as to Respondent Redacted Decision
Mar 17, 2015 2011027271901 Richard Blair Disciplinary Decision
Oct 5, 2016 FPI160009 Donald Shelby Toomer Expedited Decision
Dec 8, 2010 2007007151101 Hearing Decision in Department of Enforcement v. Merrimac Corporate Securities, Inc. Disciplinary Decision
May 21, 2003 C07010099 Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. Rooney A. Sahai Disciplinary Decision
Apr 18, 2001 CAF000015 Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. Josephthal & Co., Inc. Disciplinary Decision
Oct 29, 2015 2011025444501 APPEALED: Wood (Arthur W.) Company Disciplinary Decision
Oct 22, 2015 20100215720-01 eBX, LLC Disciplinary Decision
Aug 9, 2006 E9A2004001901 Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement vs. Douglas J. Toth Disciplinary Decision

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