Brandon S. Reif
Top Rated Securities Litigation Attorney in Los Angeles, CA
Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 - 2014
Brandon S. Reif is a trial attorney with a track record of winning trial verdicts and arbitration awards and leads Reif Law Group, P.C., California’s preeminent boutique trial and litigation law firm for securities and business disputes.
Mr. Reif has been practicing law since January 2001 and is Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ peer-rated, Judicial Edition-rated, and a Client Champion Platinum™ client-rated attorney. He has been one of Los Angeles Magazine’s “Top Attorneys in Southern California” for 2011-2020 and Southern California's Super Lawyer® for 2011-2020 (elevated from Rising Stars® in 2015). He is “America’s Most Honored Professionals – Top 1%” for 2016-2020. Mr. Reif received Top Verdict Magazine’s Top 10 Court Verdicts in California for a commercial loan trial against a real estate broker. He earned Los Angeles Daily Journal’s Top Verdict Award for a municipal bond fund jury trial. He is a frequent author, speaker and commentator for securities, professional liability and real estate topics.
As a proven securities trial attorney, Mr. Reif prosecutes and defends customer disputes involving the sale of securities, investment and insurance products. Mr. Reif excels at high-stakes actions involving financial elder abuse, large losses and complex transactions. Examples include securitized real estate, Ponzi schemes, securities-insurance-tax plans and premium financed insurance. Mr. Reif has won “run-away” trial and arbitration verdicts for plaintiffs-claimants and full defense verdicts plus attorneys’ fees for defendants-respondents. Mr. Reif has delivered wins for clients after taking over cases for other attorneys as replacement counsel for trial.
Relying on a deep understanding of the securities industry, Mr. Reif defends enforcement actions and investigations with governments and regulators. He also handles insurance coverage disputes, vendor and sponsor disputes, shareholder derivative actions and raiding, recruiting and employment matters within the securities industry.
Mr. Reif also has extensive experience litigating professional liability cases. He prosecutes and defends attorneys and law firms for legal malpractice, accountants and auditors for financial misconduct and real estate professionals (agents, brokers, financiers, lenders and escrow) in court, arbitration and administrative forums.
His employment experience focuses on prosecuting and defending workplace misconduct involving harassment, discrimination, retaliation, recruitment and Form U5, and business disruption and restraining order actions involving non-compete, non-solicit and confidentiality clauses.
Mr. Reif’s contact information is 310.494.6500 and www.reiflawgroup.com.
Additional Office Location:
3333 Michelson Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
- 50%Securities Litigation
- 20%Business Litigation
- 20%Professional Liability: Defense
- 10%Professional Liability: Plaintiff
Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Professional Malpractice - Other
- Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2023
- Rising Stars: 2011 - 2014
About Brandon S. Reif
First Admitted: 2001, California
Professional Webpage: https://reiflawgroup.com/about-us/our-team/brandon-s-reif/
- On November 17 2017, Brandon S. Reif defended a California financial firm in Maryland federal court for the alleged fraudulent misconduct of an insurance agent whereby the customer seeks to hold the financial firm liable. The Court granted our dismissal motion for lack of personal jurisdiction.
- On July 23, 2013, Brandon S. Reif appeared before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joanne B. O'Donnell and obtained a prejudgment Writ of Attachment based on an Ex Parte Application for Right to Attach Order and Temporary Protective Order against Fillmore Convalescent Center, LLC in the amount of $184,161.13. (LTC Lending Group, Inc. v. Fillmore Convalescent Center, LLC, et al., L.A.S.C. Case No. BC15386)., 2013
- On November 3, 2017, Brandon S. Reif defended an elderly couple in a lawsuit seeking to fraudulently seize their home. Mr. Reif convinced the Court on 11/3/2017, by way of motion to strike, that the plaintiff had no rightful ownership to the home and to dismiss the malicious lawsuit entirely., 2017
- On June 3, 2013, Brandon S. Reif obtained a unanimous jury verdict in Los Angeles County Superior Court before Judge Elizabeth White in a case that began as a conventional breach of contract action seeking damages of approximately $380,000, and resulted in a $3.8 million award that included approximately $1.5 million in lost profits and business reputation damages, and $2 million in punitive damages. The jury deliberated for approximately 30 minutes and reached a unanimous verdict. Mr. Reif's client offered to settle before trial for $125,000. The Judgment was entered on July 18, 2013. (HCF Insurance Agency v. Pasadena Healthcare Management, Inc., et al., L.A.S.C., Case No. BC479659)., 2013
- On November 14, 2017, Brandon S. Reif defended a law firm facing a legal malpractice lawsuit that was brought in retaliation for the law firm seeking unpaid legal fees from an ex-client. We advocated forcefully with our client to secure a AAA Award of $1,494,966 in damages, fees and costs., 2017
- On August 1, 2017, Brandon S. Reif obtained a judgment for financial lender plaintiffs in the amount of $1,807,559.00. The judgment reflects an unpaid commercial loan of $500,000 plus $1,307,559 in pre-judgment interest (16% annualized) and late fees against defendant Shahram Elyaszadeh, a California licensed real estate broker. (Kayvan Setareh, an individual, as trustee of the Pacific Capital Trust and executor of the estate of Rabi and Jalalat Setareh, Los Angeles Superior Court, Case No. BC598172 (8/1/2017)., 2017
- New York
- Member, Securities Industry Financial Markets Association, Compliance and Legal Division (SIFMA-CL); Member, Financial Services Institute (FSI); California State Bar Association; Los Angeles County Bar Association.
- Received the Daily Journal’s Top Verdict Award
- Southern California’s Super Lawyer®, 2015-2018
- Super Lawyer Rising Stars®, 2011-2014
- Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™
- Client Champion Platinum™
- State University of New York at Albany, B.A. in English and Criminal Justice, 1997
- Stay current on the vulnerable client regulatory landscape. Instituting new and updating existing controls and procedures takes understanding and effort. Hear first-hand from panelists as they share recent FINRA experiences with the Senior Inquiry and state reporting requirements for vulnerable clients. The panel will also address how firms have addressed and refined how to handle diminished capacity and elder financial abuse client scenarios. These efforts also require delivery of training to representatives, supervisors and home office personnel to be successful. Visit with a panel of compliance experts who will share some best practices regarding approaches, implementation strategies and training victories for vulnerable clients., Panelist, State of the Client: Vulnerable Clients, Financial Services, 2014
- An overview of FINRA Rule 2111 (New Suitability Rule) including practical and specific advice on how to comply with the new suitability rule and how to avoid future litigations under the rule., Speaker, New Suitability Rule - FINRA Rule 2111, Financial Services, 2014
- Financial Services Institute (FSI)
- Los Angeles County Bar Association
- Professional Liability Underwriters Society (PLUS)
- Securities Industry Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)
Last Updated: 5/15/2022