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A few really important things make us different from other lawyers you could hire.
We provide more for free than the typical free initial consultation.
Almost every law firm will tell you it provides free initial consultations. This usually means they will listen to your story, tell you how much they charge, and maybe offer to handle your case. That is not the kind of consultation you want or need, and it is not the kind you will get from us. The free services we provide before you hire us go well beyond an initial consultation. We do an entire preliminary work up of your case. That is the only way you and we can know whether you have valid claimsÂ the only kind of claims we handle. When you reach out to Stockmarketloss, we do not just interview you about your investment loss. We also carefully analyze your trading history and account records, research issues of law and fact potentially applicable to your claims, and sometimes even have one of our outside industry experts provide input in particularly complex cases. If after all that we think you should pursue compensation, we will tell you why, and we will also tell you how the arbitration or litigation process will unfold, how long it will take, how we get paid, and what we think we can do for you. If we do not feel your case is legally, factually, and financially justified, we will tell you why and we will also identify other lawyers who could give you a competent second opinion. What do we charge for this comprehensive preliminary evaluation? Not a cent.
Most law firms who do this kind of work, or claim to, will hand your file off to one of their attorneys.When you hire us, you get the whole Stockmarketloss team three senior lawyers (all long time partners of HC&S) and our amazing support staff. We all work on every case, each of us taking charge of what he or she does best. This team approach ensures that each of us is invested in your case, constantly sharing ideas and information and minimizing the chance that something important could slip by. In other words, we do not just give you our all. We give you all of us, and we do it at no extra cost to you.
Hugh D. Berkson obtained a business degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989, and is a 1994 graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Barristers and received both the American Jurisprudence Award, National Mock Trial in 1993 and the Jonathan M. Ault Mock Trial Prize for 1993-1994. Hugh has served as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at the CWRU School of Law, where he began teaching trial practice in 1995. After gaining extensive trial experience in both business and personal injury litigation, Hugh decided in 2000 to join Tony and Jay in the representation of injured investors. He tries securities cases, both on his own and in tandem with Tony, and does a significant amount of research and writing. He is a member ofÂ Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA), and in addition to being an active member of PIABA committees, is a featured speaker at PIABA's annual meeting/seminar. He also is a faculty member and speaker in the Practicing Law Institute's "Securities Arbitration 2008: Evolving and Improving," presented in New York City and webcast to a nationwide audience.
Honors: Member, Order of the Barristers
Honors: American Jurisprudence Award, National Mock Trial, 1993
Honors: Jonathan M. Ault Mock Trial Prize, 1993-1994
Jay H. Salamon graduated Magna Cum Laude from Kent State University in 1977 and is a 1980 graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Jay researches the complicated and ever-changing issues of law that arise in securities litigation and writes the briefs, memos, and other documents that are filed on the client's behalf. He has been engaged in complex legal research and writing on an exclusive basis for nearly thirty years and often has been retained by other lawyers and law firms to assist them with strategy and to prepare memoranda on complicated legal issues. His securities practice is devoted exclusively to the representation of investors injured by stockbrokers, investment advisors, financial planners, insurance agents, and other investment professionals. He is a member of PIABA (Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association), and has served as a member of the Board of Editors of the PIABA Bar Journal, a nationally distributed quarterly compilation of scholarly articles relevant to the practice of securities arbitration, authored by legal practitioners, experts, mediators, arbitrators, and law school professors, He also has served terms on several of PIABA's most important committees. He is the author or co-author of a number of articles, including "The Broker's Duty to Monitor Accounts and Recommend Protective Measures" and "Brief Spotlight -- Resisting a Motion to Exclude Expert Testimony in Arbitration," both published in the PIABA Bar Journal.
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Anthony J. Hartman is a 1965 graduate of Ohio State University and received his law degree in 1968 from Case Western Reserve University School of Law where he was elected to Order of the Coif, a law school equivalent of Phi Beta Kappa. Since entering the practice of law more than 40 years ago, firstÂ with a large Cleveland law firm and then with HC&S, Tony has tried hundreds of cases involving all types of business disputes. He has represented every type of client, from individuals to huge corporations. In years past, he has engaged in securities litigation on behalf of both individual investors and large brokerage firms.Â But today, his securities practice is devoted to the representation of investors seeking to recover losses caused by the misconduct of stockbrokers, investment advisors,Â planners, insurance agents and other investment professionals. In addition to representing clients, Tony has been a lecturer to other lawyers and to trade groups. He has spoken at securities law seminars and is a member of the Cleveland Bar Association Securities Law Committee.Â He also is co-author (with his partner Jay Salamon) of "The Broker's Duty to Monitor Accounts and Recommend Protective Measures," published in the PIABA Bar Journal.
Honors: Order of the Coif
Created On: 09/21/2012
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