Ms. Malecki has served as an expert witness and/or consultant in a number of cases. Having served as an arbitrator and been a securities attorney for more than 25 years, Ms. Malecki is uniquely positioned to provide expert testimony regarding the FINRA Dispute Resolution Arbitration Rules, FINRA Conduct Rules, the state and Federal securities laws and industry practices applicable to dealing with public customers of broker dealers and supervising brokers. She and her team of lawyers are available for consultation and testimony on whistleblower cases and employment issues unique to securities industry, licensing and reporting for employees and independent contractors of broker dealers.
Ms. Malecki has been associated with some of the landmark securities industry cases to date. Ms. Malecki served as a consulting expert in one of the longest customer arbitration FINRA hearings, Ontonimo (OMO) Limited vs. BNP Paribas Securities Corp., which resulted in FINRA awarding $16.6 million in compensatory damages to the plaintiff in 2015. Her career began in class action litigation, having worked on the famed class action case In re Crazy Eddie in the counsel’s office of the lead plaintiffs. She represented the progeny of the real-life Wolf of Wall Street and written several Amicus briefs on behalf of PIABA addressing important issues in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals that shape the business. Having worked on both sides of the fence, representing both investors and industry professionals, Ms. Malecki is uniquely positioned to provide expert testimony in a range of securities industry matters.
Ms. Malecki is a trained mediator for securities disputes. She has the subject matter knowledge and substantial and relevant experience in both investor disputes and securities employment disputes. With a proven track record in conflict resolution through creative thinking, Ms. Malecki is a renowned securities industry mediator who is skilled at recognizing parties’ positions and interests, and finding common grounds that result in dispute resolution.
Ms. Malecki has a longstanding history of investor and securities industry education through her active involvement with the PIABA (Public Investor Arbitration Bar Association) Foundation, FINRA and its National Arbitration and Mediation Committee (NAMC). She has been a FINRA arbitrator and Chairperson for many years. In 2015 she was appointed to FINRA’s advisory committee, the NAMC which advises FINRA’s Board of Directors. A seasoned securities industry authority, she has been a speaker and a moderator at over 20 bar association industry seminars, has had numerous speaking engagement at law colleges, engaged with mock arbitration events at schools like New York Law School and Yale University, and contributed over a dozen articles to bar journals and other leading publications.
Being a specialized field of law, securities litigation, arbitration and mediation requires appropriate experience and dedication to investors and relevant industry matters. With her background, Ms. Malecki not only has the right experience but also the commitment, which makes her a foremost securities attorney and an expert witness and mediator. She frequently lobbies for positive changes in the securities industry and has filed official comments for consideration on new rules and laws. In recent years, she has visited Senators and House of Representatives members’ offices to garner support for the Investor Choice Act of 2013, currently on the floor of the House of Representatives, and to persuade the Senate to pass similar legislation. She has actively supported the DOL Fiduciary Rule, much debated over the last few years.