The founder of Erez Law, Jeffrey Erez, focuses exclusively on securities arbitration and litigation. Mr. Erez passionately believes in representing aggrieved investors and obtaining justice for his clients through litigation. As almost all investor disputes with brokerage firms are required to be arbitrated with FINRA, Mr. Erez’s practice is almost entirely focused on representing investors in FINRA arbitrations nationally. Mr. Erez has worked on thousands of FINRA arbitrations and other securities cases as a lead attorney or in collaboration with other lawyers, obtaining over $175 million in recoveries for investors.
Mr. Erez has tried in excess of 50 FINRA arbitrations proceedings through final hearing or to Award (verdict in arbitration). Mr. Erez is regarded as a preeminent trial lawyer who is known to dedicate the time, resources and effort to prevail at trial.
In 2022, Mr. Erez obtained an award of $3.8 million for clients against UBS for losses sustained in YES – its proprietary options overlay strategy. UBS made no offer to settle the case, and the clients’ losses in YES were $2 million. Mr. Erez was able to recover the benefit of the bargain damages or damages to compensate his clients for how YES was represented it would perform as well nearly $1 million in attorney’s fees. This was a very significant award as most investors in YES that had filed claims to recover losses had not succeeded at trial.
In 2018, Mr. Erez obtained an award for clients against UBS for $4.2 million for losses in Puerto Rico closed-end funds and bonds. Mr. Erez obtained an award for a client against UBS for $2.5 million for losses in Puerto Rico closed-end funds in 2015. Mr. Erez litigated Puerto Rico bond cases for a decade and recovered more than $100 million for investors.
In a complex international securities case, Mr. Erez obtained an award against Morgan Stanley for $4.5 million in 2014. Mr. Erez obtained an award for $3.1 million against Citigroup in 2013 in a selling away case where a Citigroup broker sold an unapproved real estate investment that failed. In 2013, Mr. Erez recovered $831,000 for investors against RBC Capital related to losses in Lehman Bros. preferred stock. The award included $250,000 in punitive damages and was the fourth time Mr. Erez recovered punitive damages for his clients. Mr. Erez obtained two 1 million dollar verdicts in 2010. Representing a retired Air Force General, Mr. Erez obtained a verdict of over $1.1 million against Morgan Keegan for fraud involving several closed-end funds. In the same year, Mr. Erez obtained another $1 million verdict for a family business, also against Morgan Keegan for fraud in the sale of mutual funds largely comprised of complex subprime structured financial products was touted as stable fixed-income funds.
In addition to published awards of FINRA arbitration cases that went to final hearing or trial, Mr. Erez has successfully settled thousands of cases. Although the details of settlements are confidential, Mr. Erez has recovered over $175 Million for his clients through settlements and awards. Mr. Erez brings all his decades of experience and trial experience to bear in negotiating the best possible terms for his clients.
Mr. Erez graduated from McGill University in 1993 cum laude and received his law degree cum laude in 1996 from The University of Miami Law School.
Mr. Erez is admitted to practice law in Florida, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Erez is frequently quoted in press articles regarding securities-related matters. Mr. Erez is fluent in French and Hebrew.