Category Archives: Discretionary Trading

James Kearney-Former Raymond James Broker-Discharged for Trading Without Permission-Houston, TX

April 2020-Houston, TX

According to publicly available records of James Joseph Kearney (CRD#265734) ,  a  former stockbroker who last worked for Raymond, James & Associates,  discloses  a regulatory event,  3 customer disputes and a termination.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. FINRA requires brokers and brokerage firms to report customer complaints and disputes as well as regulatory sanctions. In addition brokers are required to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.

In December of 2019, FINRA  suspended  Kearney from the securities industry for 15 days and fined him $2,500 after finding that he exercised discretion by placing trades in customers’ accounts without written authorization from the customers and without acceptance of the accounts as discretionary by his member firm.

From 1993 to 2018, three customer disputes were filed against Kearney alleging among other things unsuitable investments, excessive trades, unauthorized trades, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, deceptive trade practices, breach of contract and negligence.   These cases were collectively settled in the amount of $117,000.

Kearney  was employed by Raymond, James & Associates, lnc.  from February 2013 until he was discharged in October 2018 after a customer alleged that he was trading the account without permission of the customer.    Prior to that time he was with Morgan Keegan & Compnay, Robert W. Baird & Co. and SG Cowen Securities Corporation.

If you had an account with James Kearney  that suffered losses, you may be entitled to collect damages from his prior employer. Call to discuss your options.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Kyusun Kim-Former Independent Financial Group Broker-Barred from FINRA-Discloses 19 Settled Customer Suits- Greenville, SC

June 2019- Greenville, SC

According to publicly available records, former Independent Financial and Sandlapper Securities  financial advisor Kyusun Kim,  discloses 19 settled and 4 pending customer disputes  and a termination from employment.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. FINRA requires brokers and brokerage firms to report customer complaints and disputes as well as regulatory sanctions. In addition brokers are required to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.

In June 2018 FINRA (FINRA case 2017052705001) permanently barred Kim from the securities industry to resolve allegations that he made unsuitable recommendations to numerous senior customers, who were retiring or had retired. Kim recommended that these customers concentrate their retirement assets and liquid net worth in speculative and illiquid securities, according to FINRA.   Kim failed to disclose to his customers the risks associated  and as a result of these recommendations, Kim’s customers suffered substantial losses.

From December of 2007 until June 2013, 15 customers of Independent Financial Group brought cases alleging that Kim  forged signatures, made unsuitable recommendation, misrepresentation, violated state and federal securities laws, committed elder abuse, and other wrongful conduct.   These cases were collectively settled for over $3 million.

Between December 2016 and February 2018, four customers of Independent Financial Group filed cases alleging wrongful conduct, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of written contract, violations of federal and state securities laws in connection with investments,  unsuitable investments, breach of oral and written contract. Total damages on these pending cases exceed 1 million.

Kim  was employed by Sandlapper Wealth Management  from March 2016 until August of 2018 when he was discharged.   Kim was employed with Independent Financial Group in San Diego, CA from February of 2006 until March of 2016.

If you have losses in an account handled by Kyusun Kim, call to learn how you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Michael Lackwood-Former Oppenheimer Broker-Subject of Recently Filed Customer Suit

May 2019 – Dallas, TX

We recently filed a FINRA arbitration claim on behalf of a resident of Carrollton, Texas, against Oppenheimer & Co. , which seeks damages for the mishandling of an investment account by former Oppenheimer financial advisor Michael A. Lackwood.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. FINRA requires brokers and brokerage firms to report customer complaints and disputes as well as regulatory sanctions. In addition brokers are required to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.

Suit Alleges Lackwood Made Unauthorized & Risky Trades

The arbitration suit alleges that Lackwood made unsuitable recommendations including short term trading and a risky option trading strategy that resulted in substantial losses. The claim seeks damages of between $100,000-$500,000.

According to FINRA records, Lackwood was registered with Oppenheimer from 9/2011-7/2018. He is currently registered with APW Capital whose main office is located in Rockaway, NJ. Earlier in his career Lackwood was employed by Merrill Lynch where he was discharged in 8/2011 for conduct in connection with loans made by certain clients to other Merrill clients and to third parties. Lackwood discloses a business affiliation with Spring Delta Asset Management in New York.

If you have questions about an investment account handled by Michael Lackwood contact us for a no charge consultation to learn about your legal options for recovery of damages.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870