Investment Fraud Law Firm

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You may have the legal right to recover for your losses if you were a victim of unsuitable investments or broker and financial advisor misconduct.

Victim of Investment Fraud?

Learn more about the many areas investors may be able to recover for their losses.

Indexed Universal Life Insurance

See how Rikard & Protopapas can help victims of IUL fraud.

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Helping Local and National Victims

Helping Victims Nationwide

Rikard & Protopapas has represented over 500 victims of broker misconduct and negligent investment advice at a local and national level for 11 years. We have successfully recovered millions of dollars for our clients across the United States.

If you believe that you may have a case, it is important to act quickly in order to file a claim within the statute of limitations. Call today to have your case reviewed by one of our professionals and see how we can put our experience to work for you.

The investment fraud law firm of Rikard & Protopapas represents victims of deceptive investment practices and misconduct. Our experienced team recovers funds for victims throughout the United States. To see how we can assist you, contact us to discuss your situation.

National Lawyers for Investment Fraud

The Rikard & Protopapas attorneys for investment fraud have recovered tens of millions for our clients. We are committed to helping the victims of fraud, dishonest and manipulative sales tactics, and other negligent conduct. Work with a knowledgeable law firm with a history of success, offering personalized representation for each client we serve. Call or message us today for a consultation and to begin.

Cases We Handle

Investment fraud

Ponzi schemes

A Ponzi scheme occurs when a broker pays off initial investors with funds from new investors. Designed to look like a legitimate investment, those responsible may falsify records while keeping the funds for themselves. If you’re the victim of a Ponzi scheme, we can assist you with a recovery strategy and claim against those responsible.

Indexed universal life insurance lawsuits

While touted as a smarter way to purchase life insurance, indexed universal life insurance is poorly understood by consumers. That makes it ripe for fraud and misleading actions by financial professionals. They may not be honest in explaining the risks and benefits, and they may not clearly explain how the life insurance is tied to the index including caps and a lack of dividends. There may be excessive fees, and insurers may not fairly pay a claim.

Non-traded real estate investment trust fraud

A real estate investment trust (REIT) is a company that owns real estate. It produces income by collecting rent.

Non-traded REITs aren’t listed on public exchanges. Investors may be abused by misleading brokers who charge high fees. Distributions may be wrongfully withheld, and investors may not be fully informed about early redemption and high fees. We represent clients in recovery actions involving non-traded real estate investment trust fraud.

Variable annuity fraud

A variable annuity is an insurance contract where returns may vary. An investor may not be told the risk, they may be guaranteed returns, or it may be an inappropriate investment for the person’s age and circumstances. An investor may be the victim of improper practices that are meant to increase sales commissions. Our law firm assists clients in legal action relating to variable annuity fraud.

Securities litigation

We represent plaintiffs in securities litigation involving equity and debt securities (stocks, bonds, and other investments). If you have been defrauded in the purchase, ownership, or sale of a financial investment, we can represent you in litigation.

Some types of claims we handle are insider trading, market manipulation, state-level anti-fraud (blue sky) securities law violations, actions involving the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, disclosure and accounting malfeasance, and breach of fiduciary duty, including class actions.

FINRA arbitration

Arbitration through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) may be an appropriate way to resolve a securities dispute. FINRA regulates U.S. broker-dealers under the authority of the Securities and Exchange Commission through rule-making and enforcement.

FINRA arbitration procedures vary based on the dollar amount involved. There may be a formal hearing with one or three arbitrators, or a Simplified Arbitration Process with no hearing. Our law firm can determine if FINRA arbitration is right for you and represent you in pursuing arbitration.

Stockbroker fraud and misconduct

Stockbrokers have a fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of their clients. Their duties are both legal and ethical. Breach of duty, negligence, fraud, or misrepresentation of material facts may result in client losses. Improper actions may include investing against the circumstances and best interests of the investor, excessive trading for the purpose of securing commissions, trading without permission, theft, fraud, forgery, poor diversification of assets, and other actions amounting to misconduct. Our broker fraud attorneys can help you respond appropriately.

Stock market losses

While stockbrokers and brokerage firms do not guarantee results, there are situations where losses to the investor may be actionable. Our law firm represents investors to pursue restitution for stock market losses when they are the result of a breach of duty, inaccurate disclosures, and other misconduct. We pursue restitution when SEC and FINRA enforcement actions result in a payment distribution. We also pursue litigation, class action claims, arbitration, and recovery in corporate bankruptcy proceedings.

Understanding Investment Fraud Claims

People making investments depend on the professionals involved. They must act in the best interests of their clients, and they must follow laws and regulations. Unfortunately, brokers and dealers may act with negligence or outright fraud. The result may be losses suffered by the investor that should not have occurred. An investment fraud claim is a formal action to recoup losses as the result of fraud, negligence, or failure to follow applicable law.

You can have an investment fraud law firm represent your interests. Rikard & Protopapas is a team of professionals with diverse experience to meet your needs. We customize a case plan to your situation, exploring all options and possibilities for your benefit.

Statute of limitations

Remember that a statute of limitations applies to any potential legal action. You have a limited amount of time to act. Our lawyers can identify the statute of limitations and work to file a timely claim.

About Our Investment Fraud Law Firm

The Rikard & Protopapas law firm represents plaintiffs in investment fraud claims. When you have been defrauded, misled, or taken advantage of financially, contact us. We understand investment fraud law and are experienced in advocating for victims. We handle claims of all complexities, taking a personalized approach to each case.

Our lawyers hold the AV® Preeminent rating, SuperLawyers “Top Rated” honors, and we have been named among the Legal Elite in Business Litigation by Columbia Business Monthly. We are admitted in state and federal courts. With ten attorneys to serve you, and millions recovered for our clients, we have the resources and track record of success that gets results.

Talk to a Lawyer About Your Investment Losses

If you are ready to proceed with legal action, or you are questioning the circumstances or situation of a financial transaction, we invite you to contact our lawyers. The investment fraud law firm of Rikard & Protopapas is taking new cases nationwide. To see how we can assist you, call or message us today.

Why Rikard and Protopapas?

We take cases we believe in. Rikard & Protopapas provides the support you need and representation you can depend on.

You can pass your burden to us and know that we will be there for you. When you retain Rikard & Protopapas, you are not just hiring lawyers, you are hiring an entire firm dedicated to providing you the best results that can be achieved for you.

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