Adjudication & 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.
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 Decision||Proceeding No.||Title||Type|
|September 29, 2015||SD-2029||Bret M. Shapiro with Dawson James Securities, Inc.||Statutory Disqualification, Denials|
|September 25, 2015||2012032950101||APPEALED: Joseph R. Butler||Disciplinary Decision|
|September 25, 2015||2012034211301||APPEALED: Fuad Ahmed||Disciplinary Decision|
|September 21, 2015||20080148227-02||Order Granting Respondents’ Preclusion Motion||Disciplinary Order|
|September 15, 2015||2012033508702||APPEALED: Wall Street Securities, Inc., Gary Savage, Sr., and Louis Karl Kittlaus||Disciplinary Decision|
|August 27, 2015||2012034934301||Wedbush Securities Inc.||Disciplinary Decision|
|August 13, 2015||2011025622001||SWS Financial Service, Inc.||Disciplinary Decision|
|August 10, 2015||SD-MCDC-026 et al.||Goldman, Sachs & Co., J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., RBC Capital Markets, LLC, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc.||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|August 10, 2015||SD-MCDC-031 et al.||Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Raymond James & Associates, Inc.||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|August 10, 2015||SD-MCDC-014 et al.||B.C. Ziegler and Company, Benchmark Securities, LLC, Bernardi Securities, Inc., BOSC, Inc., Central States Capital Markets, LLC, City Securities Corporation, The Baker Group, LP||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|August 10, 2015||SD-MCDC-022 et al.||First National Capital Markets, Inc., L.J. Hart and Company, Inc., Loop Capital Markets LLC, Martin Nelson & Co., Inc., Siebert, Brandford, Shank & Co., LLC, Smith Hayes Financial Services Corporation, Wells Nelson & Associates, LLC||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|August 10, 2015||SD-MCDC-018 et al.||BMO Capital Markets GKST Inc., BNY Mellon Capital Markets, LLC, Dougherty & Company LLC, George K. Baum & Company, Hutchinson, Shockey, Erley & Co.||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|August 10, 2015||SD-MCDC-021 et al.||Davenport & Company LLC, Piper Jaffray & Co., Robert W. Baird & Co., Incorporated Stephens Inc., Sterne, Agee & Leach, Inc., William Blair & Company LLC||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|August 07, 2015||20090208031-02||Paul Charles Dotson||Disciplinary Decision|
|August 06, 2015||2013036217601||Kenneth Brownlee||Disciplinary Decision|
|July 28, 2015||2009016159102||Warren Forest||Disciplinary Decision|
|July 27, 2015||2011027993301||APPEALED: Michael Earl McCune||Disciplinary Decision|
|July 23, 2015||2012030527503||APPEALED: Thaddeus James North||Disciplinary Decision|
|July 23, 2015||2009016317701||James E. Rooney, Jr.||Disciplinary Decision|
|July 17, 2015||2012034936101||APPEALED: Jeffrey D. Noard||Disciplinary Decision|
|July 16, 2015||2012032997201||APPEALED: Stephen Grivas||Disciplinary Decision|
|July 10, 2015||2009017440201||APPEALED: Louis Ottimo||Disciplinary Decision|
|June 30, 2015||2012033128703||APPEALED: Brian Michael White||Disciplinary Decision|
|June 29, 2015||20110263957-01||Jack Lawrence Howard||Disciplinary Decision|
|June 26, 2015||2011030072301||Audra Lynn Lalley||Disciplinary Decision|