Helping Professionals Protect Clients From Rogue Investment Professionals and Products

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm
Location: Cypress Lake Country Club
Speaker: Christopher Vernon & Victor Bayata Esqs.

This presentation includes Mr. Vernon and Mr. Bayata’s views on specific trends and products offered to investors across different platforms in the financial industry, highlighting relevant facts that should be disclosed prior to recommending such products.  The presentation will include a discussion related to building awareness to protect the interest of investors and providing tools to create an environment where investor interest comes first.  These attorneys will discuss how investors differentiate  (or fail to differentiate) competent, ethical investment advice from incompetent or fraudulent investment advice.  The speakers will also discuss how they prosecute a claim on behalf of an investor or a group of investors regarding those specific products, including real-world examples using materials from cases they have handled.  Depending on the time allotted for the presentation, the speakers can present hypotheticals for group discussion and resolution.


Attorneys Chris Vernon and Victor Bayata of Vernon Litigation Group, based in Naples, Florida, advocate for the rights of individuals and have strong views on issues ranging from securities industry arbitration to class actions.  The focus of the practice is on the litigation and arbitration of complex business and financial disputes, with an emphasis on securities fraud and securities arbitration, throughout the United States and abroad.  In addition, Vernon Litigation Group represents brokers and financial advisors in employment related disputes throughout the United States.


Throughout his career, Mr. Vernon has made television, radio and speaking appearances regarding business and investment issues, and conducted advanced arbitrator training.  Mr. Vernon is active in numerous legal, philanthropic and educational organizations and has received gubernatorial appointments to committees and boards on multiple occasions.  Mr. Vernon has been included in The Best Lawyers in America publication and has been named Lawyer of the Year in the area of Bet-the Company Litigation.  He also has been repeatedly recognized by his peers in the annual Florida Super Lawyers publication and currently holds an AV rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is the highest peer review rating available to an attorney.


Victor Bayata is an associate with Vernon Litigation Group.  He focuses his practice in the areas of business and investment litigation, arbitration including FINRA arbitration, employment disputes involving financial advisors and other investment professionals and other securities related matters.  Mr. Bayata currently assists clients in recovering losses caused by all manner of financial fraud and negligence involving a wide variety of investment related matters, including structured products and real estate investment trusts or REITs.  Mr. Bayata also represents multiple brokers and financial advisors in employment related disputes.  He has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 40 Under 40 and has participated in The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce’s GAIN Program.

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