Robert J. Girard II

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Securities Litigation Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Girard Bengali, APC
 | 333 S Grand Ave, Suite 4375
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: 323-302-9579
Fax: 323-302-8310
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2014
Licensed Since: 2001
Practice Areas:
  • Securities Litigation (60%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

Robert J. Girard II, a founding partner of Girard Bengali, APC, has more than 17 years of experience in the areas of securities litigation, securities arbitration and employment disputes. He represents clients in Los Angeles, California, and throughout the state.

Before law school, Mr. Girard first completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1996. He then went on to attend the Seton Hall University School of Law, from where he graduated cum laude with his Juris Doctor in 2001. He was admitted to practice law in California in 2001. Following law school, Mr. Girard worked at two different major law firms in Los Angeles, specializing in securities arbitration and litigation. His skill and determination have allowed him to build a reputation as a dedicated and fierce representative of his clients' interests.

Mr. Girard advocates for institutional and individual investors in their legal disputes. He has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of his clients from a majority of the biggest Wall Street brokerages. In July 2017, Mr. Girard secured an award of $1.8 million for an elderly couple who were victims of elder financial abuse, with over $1 million of the award representing punitive damages. He also represents securities professionals in their employment disputes with broker-dealer firms. In one such case, Mr. Girard secured a $3.7 million arbitration award against a FINRA member in California on behalf of individual brokers. In another case, Mr. Girard secured a highly favorable settlement for an individual broker who had been wrongfully discharged and obtained an award for expungement of his Form U-5 after proving the language was incorrect and defamatory in nature.

Dedicated to his profession, Mr. Girard is actively involved in multiple legal organizations. His memberships include the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Italian American Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, the Beverly Hills Bar Association and the National Association of Independent Brokers-Dealers, Inc.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Securities Litigation (60%)

Employment Litigation (20%): Employment Discrimination, Employment Law - Employer

Business Litigation (20%)

Focus Areas

Employment Discrimination, Employment Law - Employer

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 5 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 3 years

Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2012 - 2014

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About Robert Girard II

Admitted: 2001, California

Professional Webpage: http://girardbengali.com/attorneys/

Honors/Awards:

  • Selected asSouthern California Rising Stars, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2012-2014

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Italian American Lawyers Association of Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Business Litigation Section
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • “Preparing a Client for Direct/Cross-Examination at Hearing,” Speaker, 27th Annual PIABA Meeting, October 2018
  • "Fighting the Bullies of Wall Street," Fortune & Bloomberg Businessweek, August 2017
  • “Customer Cases in Securities Litigation/FINRA Cases: What to Look for and How to Help Your Clients,” Presentation, PDM Certified Public Accountants, "Lunch and Learn" Series, January 2018
  • "The Broker Protocol: The founding of the Protocol, how it impacted the industry and how its downfall will affect advisors and clients for years to come," Moderator, PIABA Presentation, May 2018
  • “Small Law Firm Spotlight - Girard Bengali, APC, Be Upfront with Clients About Pricing," Legal Executive Institute Forum Magazine, October 2018
  • “Financial Advisors Seminar: Safeguard Your Career”, March 2015
  • “Preparing Your Client for Mediation,” Speaker, 27th Annual PIABA Meeting, October 2018
  • “Guilty Until Proven Innocent – What You Need to Know About FINRA Arbitration”, National Association of Independent Broker-Dealers (NAIBD), September 2009
  • “Equity-Indexed Annuities”, National Association of Independent Broker-Dealers (NAIBD), January 2006

Industry Groups

  • Financial Services
Office Location for Robert J. Girard II

333 S Grand Ave
Suite 4375
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Phone: 323-302-9579

Fax: 323-302-8310

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Last Updated: 12/19/2018

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