AMATO LAW FIRM, LLC
Chicago securities lawyer Ronald M. Amato has substantial experience representing individuals and businesses in a wide variety of disputes and regulatory matters, with a focus on the financial services industry. Ron has a nationwide practice, and has represented clients in securities arbitrations and mediations in more than a dozen states.
For more than 15 years, Ron successfully has represented parties in securities disputes before FINRA and NASD arbitration panels, as well as in other arbitration forums. As a securities and investment fraud attorney, he has evaluated hundreds of securities-related cases and has assisted to recover millions of dollars for aggrieved investors in investment fraud and unsuitability cases. As well, he successfully has defended investment professionals and firms in disputes with their customers. His experience on both sides of the table gives him a unique perspective on investor-initiated securities disputes.
A zealous advocate, Ron aggressively represents the interests of the firm's clients, but also works to resolve client matters expeditiously (and in a cost-effective manner) whenever possible.
Ron also successfully has represented investment professionals and firms in a variety of employment and securities industry disputes in FINRA arbitration. As an employment lawyer focused almost exclusively on securities industry disputes, Ron frequently assists stockbrokers, investment adviser representatives, investment firms, and other financial professionals in a wide range of employment-related matters, FINRA arbitrations and employment transitions.
Additionally, Ron regularly provides trusted counsel to securities professionals involved in enforcement matters and investigations before regulators such as FINRA.
Prior to attending law school, Ron held Series 7 and Series 63 registrations while working as a registered representative of a large brokerage firm. He frequently is quoted in financial publications, including Financial Advisor, On Wall Street, Registered Rep, and Dow Jones Newswire's Compliance Watch online column. In addition, he regularly speaks to groups such as the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and the Chicago Bar Association regarding securities law topics.
Ron is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association, where he has served as Chair and Vice Chair of the Securities Law Committee and is a member of the Financial & Investment Services Committee. He also is a member of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Compliance & Legal Society, the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) and the Association for Conflict Resolution (Chicago Chapter).
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Juris Doctor (May 1999)
Northern Illinois University, BA, Economics
Northwestern University, School of Continuing Studies (Mediation Skills Training, 40-Hour Certificate)
Chicago Bar Association
Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) Compliance & Legal Society
Association for Conflict Resolution
The Bond Club of Chicago
Union League Club of Chicago
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