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|
|October 29, 2018||FPI180004||Jessica Bower Blake||Expedited Decision|
|October 17, 2018||2015044782401||APPEALED: Robbi J Jones and Kipling Jones & Company, Ltd.||Disciplinary Decision|
|October 11, 2018||2012030731802||APPEALED: William H. Murphy & Co., Inc., and William H. Murphy||Disciplinary Decision|
|October 08, 2018||2016048912703||Order Denying Bruce Meyers’ Motion to Compel||Disciplinary Order|
|October 04, 2018||2013037401001||Stanley Clayton Niekras||Disciplinary Decision|
|October 03, 2018||2012033832501||Matthew David Rubin||Disciplinary Decision|
|October 02, 2018||2014042291901||APPEALED: Gopi Krishna Vungarala||Disciplinary Decision|
|September 14, 2018||2014039775501||James Randall Clay||Disciplinary Decision|
|September 10, 2018||FPI180002||APPEALED: TMR Bayhead Securities||Disciplinary Decision|
|August 21, 2018||2016050938301||Order Permitting Parties to Serve Pleadings||Disciplinary Order|
|August 17, 2018||SD-2151||Jesse B. Shelmire, IV with Stonegate Capital Markets, Inc.||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|August 07, 2018||2016050924601||APPEALED: Bradley C. Reifler||Disciplinary Decision|
|August 01, 2018||SD-2180||State Street Global Markets, LLC||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|August 01, 2018||2016050025401||Order Granting Motion for Leave to File Second Amended Complaint||Disciplinary Order|
|August 01, 2018||SD-2179||State Street Global Advisors Funds Distributors, LLC||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|July 20, 2018||2014041724601||APPEALED: Scottsdale Capital Advisors Corporation, John Joseph Hurry, Timothy Brian DiBlasi, and Darrel Michael Cruz||Disciplinary Decision|
|July 17, 2018||2016050025401||Order Granting, in Part, and Denying, in Part, Respondent’s Motion for a More Definite Statement||Disciplinary Order|
|July 16, 2018||2015047069701||Leslie George Markus||Disciplinary Decision|
|July 16, 2018||2015047154001||Kris Lynn Lewis||Redacted Decision|
|July 05, 2018||2015046631101||APPEALED: Robert R Tweed||Disciplinary Decision|
|July 05, 2018||2015048362402||APPEALED: John Anthony Vedovino||Disciplinary Decision|
|June 25, 2018||SD-2183||David Girton||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|June 18, 2018||2016047565702||APPEALED: Bruce Martin Zipper and Dakota Securities International, Inc.||Disciplinary Decision|
|June 14, 2018||2014039174202||APPEALED: Steven E. Larson||Disciplinary Decision|
|June 13, 2018||2016049085401||APPEALED: Robert Charles McNamara||Disciplinary Decision|