Securities Fraud

Investor Claims

Our Cleveland Securities Fraud practice helps people who have suffered financial loss at the hands of trusted financial advisors. Hugh and his team fight to recover our clients’ investment losses from careless, incompetent, or dishonest stockbrokers, registered investment advisors, life insurance agents, and anyone else who sells investments or claims to give expert investment advice.

Our team members have more than 25 years of combined experience representing investors in securities and investment fraud litigation and arbitration, and have handled virtually every kind of investment dispute that can arise from the investment fraud, negligence, or malpractice of stockbrokers and financial advisors. Some typical types of financial advisor misconduct we handle include the recommendation of unsuitable investments; misrepresentation or omission of facts; excessive trading (i.e., “churning”); failure to diversify portfolios; theft and other criminal activity; ill-advised recommendations of badly designed or risky products; hedge fund fraud; unauthorized margin trading; stockbroker or financial advisor breaches of fiduciary duties; money manager/investment advisor misconduct; and abuses in the sale of variable and universal life insurance policies. We also represent investors who choose to opt out of investment-related class action lawsuits in order to pursue individual recoveries, an approach that can net an investor who suffered a large loss a substantial recovery, rather than pennies on the dollar.

If you lost money in your brokerage accounts or life insurance policies and don’t understand why, or if you feel that you may be a victim of any one the above kinds of abuse, our Investor Claims team can help. At the very least, and at no cost to you, we will review your situation and tell you whether we think you have a winnable claim. If we believe you have a good case, you can hire us to pursue a recovery on your behalf. We’ll offer to represent you for a contingent fee, meaning we’ll work in exchange for a percentage of whatever we recover for you. If we don’t recover money for you, we will not charge you a fee. To learn more about your rights and our Investor Claims services, please contact our investment fraud and stockbroker misconduct attorney, Hugh Berkson, paralegal Laurie Wilde, or visit and send a message through their comprehensive securities website,


Excessive or Unauthorized Trading

Fraud, Including Theft, Forgery, and Ponzi-schemes

Inadequate Diversification

Life Insurance Losses and Scams

Losses from Fixed or Variable Annuities

Losses from Structured Products

Unauthorized Margin Trading

Unsuitable Investment Recommendations

Unsuitable Options Trading

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