The federal securities laws set out in Title 15 of the United States Code detail a voluminous number of securities laws, both civil and criminal. If you are involved in a securities dispute, you will need an attorney's full knowledge and understanding of these laws, especially if you wish to engage in litigation.
Most of these laws were originally enacted in 1933 and 1934 by Congress as a result of the 1929 stock market crash and resulting depression that lasted until World War II. These laws passed by Congress created many new offenses and crimes in an effort to prevent the investment practices that Congress believed caused the market crash.
Before the passage of these securities laws, the prevailing idea was caveat emptor, or let the investor beware. After the passage of these securities laws, caveat emptor was abandoned and the investor became protected by law from many unfortunate practices, including misrepresentations of material facts and omissions of material facts made by the person selling a security to the person buying the security.
If you are involved in a securities dispute, work with an experienced and knowledgeable securities litigator.
What Is A Security Under The Law?
The securities laws and the case law define a security very broadly and almost everything that you could offer for sale was encompassed within the definition unless specifically excluded by the statute. Thus, many things that are bought and sold are securities, even though not generally thought of as a security.
U.S. Securities Litigation Services In All Federal District Courts
The firm of Donald L. Beckner & Associates is recognized as a successful securities litigation firm in the United States with more than 30 years of experience in this specialized area of the law as a result of the successes it has had. The firm has successfully litigated securities cases in the federal courts of many states in the United States, including Florida, California, Texas, New York, Mississippi, Georgia and Louisiana.
Mr. Beckner began developing his expertise and experience in securities law during the time he served as United States Attorney, having been appointed by President Jimmy Carter. He continued to serve under President Ronald Reagan.
A Record Of Success In Securities Litigation
The firm's latest securities litigation success came in a jury trial in federal court in the summer of 2012. Donald L. Beckner & Associates has also successfully defended a securities fraud claim brought against their client, a bank, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, by obtaining a dismissal of the securities claim brought by the plaintiffs who purchased stock in the bank.
In a criminal securities case in Florida, Donald L. Beckner & Associates successfully obtained two separate reductions in sentence for the alleged ringleader from Georgia who allegedly perpetrated a $60 million Ponzi scheme in selling medium-term bank debentures allegedly involving the top 20 European banks. We invite you to learn more about our firm's representative cases and representative clients.
Donald L. Beckner & Associates would be pleased to give you a confidential consultation on any securities matter you may have, whether civil or criminal. Call us at 225-769-7779 or email us to arrange a confidential meeting concerning your securities problem.