Investment Losses

Many people are unaware that investment losses may be recoverable. We have obtained significant awards/settlements for individuals and businesses that have experienced investment losses caused by fraud or negligent actions by brokers and/or brokerage firms. We have extensive experience in a variety of different investment claims including:

  • Churning
  • Unsuitability
  • Unauthorized Trading
  • Over-Concentration
  • Misrepresentation
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Failure to Supervise

We have represented investors in state and federal court as well as in FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) securities arbitration actions against numerous brokerage firms, including: Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, UBS Financial Services, Bear Stearns & Co., H & R Block Financial Advisors and Smith Barney. We have a proven record in investment recovery and work with our clients across the country on a contingent fee arrangement.

We are currently filing lawsuits to recover losses related to the sale of CMOs and other subprime mortgages related investments. We are also pursuing claims for 401(k) plan and related retirement account losses.

Commercial Litigation

ALF represents clients in litigation involving closely held corporations and corporate officers, directors and shareholders. This includes litigation involving management and corporate control issues, contract disputes, employment agreements, covenants not to compete, financial transactions and insurance coverage disputes. We represent clients in diverse industry sectors as well as partnerships, partners and sole proprietors in similar types of commercial litigation.

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Attorney and Accountant Liability
  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Financial Institutions Litigation
  • Franchise and Distributor Law
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Unfair Competition Litigation

Broker / Dealer / Stockbroker Litigation

Respresting individual investors against brokerage firms and/or stockbrokers for claims involving:

Broker-Dealer litigation – representation of registered broker-dealers and investment advisors in state and federal actions, arbitrations, and proceedings before self-regulatory organizations.

  • Margin Calls
  • Churning
  • Unauthorized Trading
  • Unsuitability
  • Online Trading Errors

Insolvency / Troubled Business Solutions

We offer advice to insolvency practices, financial lenders, businesses, directors and creditors on all issues related to corporate and personal insolvency situations.

Clients are advised on rescue and reconstruction, for the development of a solution to turn around a troubled business. Our expertise includes matters relating to creditor claims, antecedent transactions, advising creditors on remedies where transactions have been undertaken to defraud them, debt, property, and asset recovery, as well as advising directors on their duties when facing such a situation.

  • Business Re-structuring
  • Administration and Receiverships
  • Liquidation
  • Debt and Asset Recovery
  • Director’s Responsibility and Liabilities
  • Debt Re-structuring
  • Insolvency Law

General Corporate and Transactional Matters

Contact us about your company’s specific legal needs. We can help whether you are a sole proprietor or a publicly traded corporation. We can assist you with every aspect of starting a business and running a company, including the legal and liability implications of strategic business decisions. Whether everyday business transactions or business crises and extraordinary circumstances, we will find innovative approaches to helping you achieve your business and financial goals.

Our clients rely on us for cost-effective legal advice in transactional matters such as:

  • Business formation
  • Commercial leases
  • Non-compete and non-disclosure agreements
  • Licensing agreements, including franchise documents
  • Buy/sell agreements and other business succession documents
  • Review, revision, and negotiation of third party contracts
  • Employment documents iluding independent contractor agreements
  • Joint venture agreements
  • Partnership, shareholder and LLC operating agreements
  • Requirements contracts and other supply agreements
  • Financing documents, including guarantees, promissory notes and security agreements
  • Indemnification agreements
  • Escrow agreements
  • Releases
  • Business negotiation
  • Perform legal audits
  • Purchase and sale of businesses

Tax Matters, Probate, and Estate Planning Matters

Estate Planning – Our firm handles all phases of simple and complex Estate Planning matters. Estate Planning is a broad term used to describe how an individual (or family) would like to pass their wealth on to their spouse, their children, and anyone else to whom they would like to provide for upon their passing. Our goal is to properly plan for the distribution of an individual’s property at his or her death, taking into account wills, taxes, insurance, property, and trusts so as to gain maximum benefit of all laws and, at the same time, carrying out the person’s wishes. Estate Planning may include the use of wills, testamentary trusts, revocable inter vivos trusts, life insurance, and other estate and tax planning documents.

Probate & Estate Administration – Our firm handles Probate and Estate Administration. Probate is the legal process by which a person’s debts are paid and assets are distributed upon her or his death. Lawyers refer to the entity that owns the deceased’s assets until those assets are distributed as an “estate”. Estate Administration includes the probate process as well as non-probate transfers of the deceased’s assets. The process, generally, includes collecting and valuing the assets of the decedent, liquidating assets, paying necessary taxes and liabilities, and distribution of property to heirs. Individual state laws direct the probate court how to distribute the deceased’s estate. State laws and procedures vary greatly.

Taxation – The firm is experienced in all forms of federal and state tax controversies, including IRS collections, liens, levies, and tax litigation. We handle both business and personal tax issues. After an initial evaluation of your situation, we will recommend what is right for you. Whether you need to have an IRS lien or levy released, submit an Offer in Compromise to settle your tax debt for a lesser amount, enter into an Installment Agreement to pay off your tax debt in full over time, or if you disagree with the IRS’ determination of your tax due and need to litigate the issue before the U.S. Tax Court, we are experienced in these issues and are ready to help you in a quick and efficient manner.

Significant Personal Injury / Wrongful Death Claims

  • Serious bodily injury and wrongful death claims
  • Car, truck, bus, motorcycle, bicycles and pedestrian accidents
  • “Trip/Slip and Fall” incidents (including on public property)
  • Injuries involving government property, vehicles or personnel
  • Police misconduct, brutality, excessive force, overdetention and denial of health care
  • Sexual harassment (including pregnancy-based harassment and termination)
  • Discrimination based on sex, race, ethnicity, national origin and sexual orientation
  • Wrongful employment termination
  • Assault, battery and sexual battery
  • Dog and other animal attacks
  • Injuries from dangerous products
  • Elder abuse and hospital and nursing home negligence
  • Identity theft claims (non-contingency fee may apply)
  • Property damage insurance claims arising from earthquake, flood, fire and theft
  • ¬†Sexual abuse