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
Jan 13, 2000 C3A990050 Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. Jim Newcomb Disciplinary Decision
Jan 30, 2001 C07000023 Hearing Panel Decision as to Respondent Redacted Decision
Mar 27, 2003 C3A010036 Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. Castle Securities Corp., Michael Studer, and Respondent 3 Disciplinary Decision
Aug 10, 2006 C07050029 Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement vs. Anthony Cipriano Disciplinary Decision
Oct 11, 2016 2015044379701 Melissa M. Velasquez Disciplinary Decision
Nov 6, 2015 2014041319201 APPEALED: Miguel Ortiz Disciplinary Decision
May 13, 2009 2007010306901 Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. FCS Securities and Respondent 2 Disciplinary Decision
Jun 14, 2012 2009019369302 Amended Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. Jeff Ng Disciplinary Decision
Jun 25, 2014 2012034211301 Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. Success Trade Securities, Inc. and Fuad Ahmed Disciplinary Decision
Dec 3, 2009 2006007544401 Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. M. Paul De Vietien Disciplinary Decision
Nov 17, 1998 C02980025 Order and Decision Granting Enforcement's Motion for Summary Disposition in Department of Enforcement v. Roger Harry Chlowitz Disciplinary Decision
Dec 2, 1998 C8A980012 Department of Enforcement, Complainant v. Respondent Redacted Decision
Mar 8, 2001 C9A000027 Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. Luther A. Hanson Disciplinary Decision
Jun 9, 2006 E0220030425-01 Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement vs. Geoffrey Ortiz Disciplinary Decision
May 2, 2016 2014040968501 APPEALED: Ahmed Gadelkareem Disciplinary Decision
Dec 14, 2017 ARB170025 Matthew Grady Expedited Decision
Jan 4, 2013 2010023349601 Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. Denise M. Olson Disciplinary Decision
Sep 20, 2010 2005000171202 Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Market Regulation v. Respondent Redacted Decision
Jan 6, 2005 C01040010 Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement vs. Patrick Orvil Nugent Disciplinary Decision
Jun 27, 2000 C02990052 Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. Shailesh B. Patel Disciplinary Decision
Oct 3, 2002 DFC020014 NASD Treasurer, Complainant, v. Respondent Expedited Decision, Rule 9530 Suspension Decisions
Aug 10, 2006 C07050050 Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement vs. Stephen P. Dunbar Disciplinary Decision
Sep 20, 2016 2015044960501 APPEALED: Avenir Financial Group, Michael Todd Clements, and Karim Ahmed Ibrahim Disciplinary Decision
Jun 9, 2009 2008012026601 Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. CMG Institutional Trading, LLC and Shawn D. Baldwin Disciplinary Decision
Nov 3, 2014 20110273503 Richard A. McGuire Disciplinary Decision

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