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FINRA Arbitration Awards and Litigation Results

The majority of arbitrated cases are settled amicably between claimant and respondent under confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. In fact, most of the best cases end in settlement. Over the years Ms. Malecki has recovered tens of millions of dollars for clients, including multi-million dollar settlements in several categories: securities arbitration and litigations, employment arbitrations, business disputes, and tax shelter fraud cases. This success further extends to more public proceedings, in which arbitrator rulings have been published within the archives of FINRA’s Arbitration Awards.

SETTLEMENTS AND AWARDS
INVESTOR RECOVERY
  • $7,200,000: in settlements for a real estate based Ponzi scheme
  • $2,000,000: in settlement for a group of high net worth hedge fund investors
  • $3,900,000: million recovered for improperly recommended tax shelter fraud investments
  • $2,100,000: million against a major financial institution & stock transfer company for failure to sell previous restricted stock for an Italian national
  • $1,150,000: Rodney Beck (deceased), Rodney R. Beck Living Trust d 12-05-04, Stacey Beck, and Stacey Beck Living Trust dtd 12-05-94, Claimants vs. Investacorp, Inc., Investacorp Advisory Services, and William C. Artmann, Respondents; 12/4/07.
  • $1,000,000: in settlements for a group of ethnicity fraud Ponzi scheme investor victims
  • $805,110: Duckkyu Chang, Kee Chang, et al. (Claimant) vs. McGinn, Smith & Co., Inc., Timothy M. McGinn, David Smith, et al (Respondents); 12/31/09.
  • $630,357: Michael Steifman (Claimant) vs. Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith Inc. (Respondent); 10/09/2012.
  • $475,375: Joseph and Tomas Sollitto, Claimants vs. Global Capital Securities, Corp., Respondent; 12/23/03.
  • $467,000: Robert Ferrucci (Claimant) vs. McLaughlin, Piven, Vogel Securities, Inc., and Laurence T. Tulenko (Respondents); 9/14/06.
  • $152,494: Bart Delgado Sabal (Claimant) vs. Sky Capital, LLC and Michael Passaro (Respondents); 6/26/07.
  • $132,315: David Kast & K.P.M., Inc. (Claimants) vs. Greenway Capital Corporation / Dominick DeLorenzo / Barry Morton Ferrari / Joseph M. Guccione / Fred Luthy (Respondents); 6/26/98.
EMPLOYMENT CASES
  • $2,500,000: settlement in Municipal Securities Industry compensation & Sexual Harassment claim
  • $2,000,000: recovered for a Whistleblowing trader against former employer
  • $500,000: settlement for a Sarbanes Oxley Analyst Whistleblower Employee
  • Expungement: Gregg D. Templeton vs. Morgan Stanley DW, Inc.; 2/01/08. Registered Representative Claimant against his former employer alleging defamation by maliciously amending Claimant's U-4 form, breach of contract, constructive discharge, breach of fiduciary duty, interference with economic relations and breaches of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. Claimant ‘s record was ultimately expunged.
  • $47,223.13: Counterclaim Award and Expungement: Wachovia Securities, LLC (Claimant) vs. Haran Brucker (Respondent); 8/19/08. Claimant asserted the following causes of action: nonpayment of promissory note. In his Counterclaims, Respondent asserted the following causes of action: defamation, breach of fiduciary duty, interference with economic relations, and breach of express and implied contract, breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and conversion. He was awarded an expungement and his actual attorney’s fees.
  • $125,000: Michael M. Kownacki v. Morgan Stanley DW Inc; 6/04/07.
  • $80,600: Janeice Hunt-Schmidt, (Claimant) vs. David Lerner and David Lerner Associates, Inc. (Respondents); 7/11/02.
Client Reviews
  • Jenice and her staff are all excellent - highly responsive, answer as many questions as you have in a way that you can understand, are very patient, sympathetic to your situation, and make you feel comfortable during a difficult and stressful time. I never once had to follow up - they always came to me to keep me updated by phone and mail. I highly recommend them.
    ★★★★★
  • I worked with Jenice and her team to successfully resolve a brokerage / securities related issue for an elder relative and was quite pleased with how they walked us through the process and took into account the challenges that age sometimes unfortunately present. They were all professional - and effective. I would use them again without question if the need arose.
    ★★★★★
  • Jenice is truly a rock star! My wife and I contacted her to help with a quick-turn-around closing on our apartment. Fast, friendly, and fabulously informed about the process and what we'd need to stay on track to close on time, Jenice never skipped a beat. She's a dedicated attorney that goes above and beyond for her clients. Honestly, what more could you ask for?
    ★★★★★
  • Ms. Malecki defended a commercial litigation case for my client, and did a very professional job. Her motion practice was direct and she was honest with the client regarding the merits of the various issues involved. She was professionally courteous but also held her ground with opposing counsel as required. Her billing estimates were accurate as well, which was greatly appreciated in order to make appropriate business decisions.
    ★★★★★