Darryl J. BouganimAssociate Attorney
Darryl Bouganim is an associate securities attorney with an impressive track record in his representation of defrauded investors and securities industry employees with employment issues, having won awards and favorable verdicts against big securities brokerage firms. His practice focuses on securities fraud, commercial litigation, and securities employment or industry disputes. Mr. Bouganim provides top-notch legal representation to his clients in arbitration, court litigation, mediation, and regulatory matters.
On behalf of defrauded investors, Mr. Bouganim aggressively pursues FINRA arbitration claims to recover stolen funds from broker-dealers. He has represented investors in claims that include breach of fiduciary duty, unsuitable investment recommendations, misrepresentation, supervision failure, unauthorized trading, as well as other methods of fraud. In his securities employment practice, Mr. Bouganim helps financial services employees resolve issues with promissory notes, transitioning to new firms, Form U4/U5 expungements of false and defamatory language, internal or external investigations, regulatory inquiries by FINRA and the SEC, and other employment issues, including breach of contract and defamation. Mr. Bouganim has helped many FINRA registered financial professionals remove unjustly placed customer complaints and disclosures from their BrokerCheck CRD in expungement proceedings.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Mr. Bouganim relocated to the United States to practice law as part of his life mission to help others. Mr. Bouganim joined the Malecki Law team after a few years of representing investors, as well as advising clients in contractual, labor, and insurance matters at another New York City law firm. Mr. Bouganim has also worked with vulnerable immigrant populations, including refugees fleeing persecution, neglected children, and trafficking victims, helping them file for immigration status and permanent residency (i.e., green cards). He has also served on the Disability Law Committee with the New York City Bar Association. To Mr. Bouganim, representing defrauded investors and elderly retirees recover their life savings seemed like a natural progression.
Before practicing securities law, Mr. Bouganim earned a master’s degree in psychology and was a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. He spent over a decade assisting injured workers and consulting for major worker compensation carriers within the insurance industry. In his prior work, Mr. Bouganim advocated for people with acquired disabilities, including those injured in the workplace and in motor vehicle accidents. He reviewed worker compensation claims and developed return-to-work plans, which included close coordination with employers to remove workplace barriers. Mr. Bouganim eventually transitioned to a leadership role as a territory manager with a subsidiary of Liberty Mutual Insurance, where he managed a large team of disability management consultants and oversaw multi-million-dollar budgets. Mr. Bouganim further served as a subject matter expert for insurers, advising how they could minimize risk and future claim costs.
Mr. Bouganim graduated top of his class, cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law, earning the Jurisprudence Award for top class grades in Antitrust Law and Advanced Legal Research. While in law school, Mr. Bouganim interned with the United States Office of Personnel Management in Washington, D.C. in its Labor Relations and Pay & Leave departments. In his final year, Mr. Bouganim represented investors in FINRA arbitration and mediation at the Michigan State University Investor Advocacy Clinic. The highlight of his experience at the securities clinic was working alongside attorneys to recover financial losses for the average retail customer in arbitration claims against major financial institutions.
A compassionate attorney, Mr. Bouganim transitioned into securities law to help defrauded individuals recover their hard-earned money from any unscrupulous practices by financial professionals under the watch of financial institutions. Furthermore, Mr. Bouganim is determined to help employees in the securities industry who have been wronged and wish to clear their name. Mr. Bouganim’s relentless drive to help others, topped with his multifaceted work experience have shaped him into a trustworthy advocate for investors and financial service industry employees alike.
Besides securities law, Mr. Bouganim enjoys playing in chess tournaments and spending time with his family and young son.
Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., cum laude
Illinois Institute of Technology, M.Sc., Rehabilitation Counseling
York University, B.A., Psychology
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
Member, Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA)
Member, New York City Bar Association: Disability Law Committee and Enhance Diversity in the Profession Committee