Broker-Dealer Defense

Houston Broker-Dealer Defense Attorneys

Accused of Broker Fraud?

Many clients mistake market losses with broker misconduct. At Hendershot Cowart P.C., we defend broker-dealers in litigation and arbitration matters. Our broker-dealer defense attorneys will dig into the legal facts of the matter, investigate all agreements and understandings, and thoroughly address each claim.

We proudly serve brokerage firms, financial advisors, broker-dealer executives, and compliance officers with more than 100 years of combined legal experience and a strong record of results.

PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately, we cannot defend financial advisors in securities investigations or enforcement actions by FINRA or the SEC.

To learn more about what our team can do for you, please call us at (713) 909-7323 today.

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Broker-Dealer Defense Cases We Handle

We defend stockbrokers and brokerage firms from the most common claims of broker misconduct, including:

  • Fraud
  • Misrepresentation
  • Unsuitable investments
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Unauthorized trading and transfers
  • Excessive trading (churning)
  • Poor diversification (concentration)
  • Portfolio mismanagement
  • Failure to supervise
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Misappropriation
  • And more

Whether you handle an investment account, securities portfolio, discretionary account, trust, or annuity, our lawyers are here to help.

Defenses to Customer Claims Against Stockbrokers

Investments involve risk and uncertainty, and stockbrokers cannot guarantee profitable investing. While clients may be quick to blame their brokers for losses, firms and financial professionals have several legal defenses. Our broker-dealer defense team will examine each claim, the elements necessary to prevail on that claim, and gather evidence to undermine the plaintiff’s allegations.

If you have been accused of unsuitable investments, for example, you can defend the quality of the investments you recommended by presenting evidence that the investment matched your client’s investment objectives.

Other times, a client may approve a transaction, then claim it was unauthorized when the investment proves unprofitable. Most clients maintain some oversight of their accounts and are responsible for raising objections in a timely manner, giving your legal team a sound defense strategy to counter the claim. Monthly statements, trade confirmation notifications, etc. are all evidence that could overturn an unauthorized trading claim.

There is also statute of limitation defense. Claims brought under Rule 10(b)(5) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 must be raised within two years of discovering evidence of a violation or five years after the violation itself – whichever is earlier. Breach of contract claims must be brought within four years in Texas, and tort claims (such as breach of fiduciary duty) in Texas are subject to a two-year statute of limitation.

Our team will develop a legal strategy that takes the fundamentals of each claim brought against you into account and aggressively defend your interests.

Your Law Firm for Life

Hendershot Cowart P.C. takes the time to get to know you, your business, and what your goals are, then we create a legal strategy designed to protect you. We want to be your attorneys, your team, and your law firm for life.

Whether you’ve been accused of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, or a violation of the Securities Exchange Act, we have the experience you need to help you get back to what you do best – helping clients achieve their financial goals.

You’ve worked hard to build your business. Let us help you protect it. Call us at (713) 909-7323 or contact us online to schedule your consultation today.

Why Choose Our Team? Unwavering Commitment to the Success of our Clients
  • We Shoulder the Legal Burden.™
    And let you get back to business.
  • We Want to Be Your Law Firm for Life.
    We take a vested interest in our clients' success – from start to finish.
  • We Believe in Prompt, Personal Attention.
    As a boutique law firm, we unite real experience with personal attention.
  • We Serve Clients Throughout Texas and the Nation.
    We handle matters from the Red River to the Rio Grande and beyond.
  • In Business Since 1987.
    Let us put the full force of our 100+ years of combined experience to work for you.

What Our Clients Say

  • “These folks represented me well and Ray was awesome. Ray was extremely easy to communicate with and was easy to get ahold of Ray also made himself available when I had questions or needed clarification on things. 10/10 would recommend.”
  • “Philip has been nothing short of amazing! He genuinely cares about his clients and is very accessible, a quality that is rare to find in other lawyers. He is meticulous and efficient, which are great qualities to have. I cannot recommend him enough.”
  • “Ian McNeill is a fantastic lawyer and a great person. I had the pleasure of working with him closely on a high level PSM OSHA project, and our company's top leadership group was very impressed with the outcome of the project.”
  • “Great communication and extremely knowledgeable team.”
  • “The Hendershot Cowart Law Firm has been and will continue to be part of our legal team. They provide the utmost professional services towards our South Texas medical practice. Trey Hendershot and Keith Lefkowitz are very receptive, skilled and amazing...”
  • “My business partner and I had a very complex time sensitive situation with a breach of a contract on a real-estate transaction. We hired Ky Jurgensen to help with the case and he took action immediately, same day we called he went to work.”

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