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Madison Avenue Securities Broker, David Barber, Barred By FINRA For Unauthorized Trading

The Wolper Law Firm is currently investigating claims against David Barber, a former Financial Advisor at Madison Avenue Securities in San Diego, CA.  David Barber has been in the securities industry since the 1980s and previously worked at Fist Midwest Securities.

According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in March 2018, FINRA sanctioned David Barber, barring him from working in the securities industry.  Specifically, the FINRA sanction states that David Barber “failed to produce information and documents request by FINRA during the course of an ongoing examination to determine whether he engaged in unauthorized trading in the accounts of customers of his member firm, exercised discretion in customer accounts without written authorization, or otherwise acted in violation of FINRA rules.”

For a full copy of the FINRA sanction, click https://www.finra.org/sites/default/files/fda_documents/2017052696401%20David%20L.%20Barber%20CRD%201165082%20AWC%20jm.pdf

In addition, David Barber has two pending customer complaints, alleging sales practice violations.  He was also on the losing end of an arbitration in 2016, where damages of more than $2 million were awarded to the investor.

  • July 2018—”Claimants allege from the period of approximately March 2015 through January 2018 that they sustained monetary losses related to the purchase and sales of equity securities.” The alleged damages are $400,000 and the matter remains pending.
  • April 2018—”Client alleges four causes of action. Client alleges breach of fiduciary duty, fraud against barber, negligence failure to supervise against firm, vicarious liability for alleged conduct related equity securities and misappropriation of funds.” Alleged damages are $900,000 and the matter remains pending.
  • May 2016—Client alleged “excessive trading, unauthorized trading, unsuitable trading, breach of fiduciary duty and failure to supervise from March 2015 through February 2016.” IN January 2018, the panel awarded the investors $2.1 million.

Notably, in 2011, David Barber was discharged by Raymond James for allegedly misappropriating client funds.

For a full copy of David Barber’s FINRA disclosure report, click https://brokercheck.finra.org/individual/summary/1165082#disclosuresSection

Financial advisors have a legal and regulatory obligation to recommend only suitable investments that are appropriate for their clients’ needs and objectives. Their employing brokerage firm has a legal and regulatory obligation to supervise the Financial Advisors’ sales practices and dealings with clients.  To the extent any of these duties are breached, the customer may be entitled to a recovery of his or her investment losses.

If you or someone you know was a customer of David Barber and you experienced investment losses, please contact the Wolper Law Firm at 800.931.8452 or by email at mwolper@wolperlawfirm.com to discuss your specific situation and the legal options available.  The Wolper Law Firm represents investors nationwide in securities litigation and arbitration.

Matt Wolper, the Managing Principal of the Wolper Law Firm, is a trial lawyer who has handled hundreds of securities cases during his career involving a wide range of products, strategies and securities.  Prior to representing investors, he was a partner with a national law firm, where he represented some of the largest banks and brokerage firms in the world in securities matters.

Attorney Matthew Wolper

Attorney Matthew WolperMatt Wolper is a trial lawyer who focuses exclusively on securities litigation and arbitration. Mr. Wolper has handled hundreds of securities matters nationwide before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), JAMS, and in state and federal court. Mr. Wolper has handled and tried cases involving complex financial products and strategies ranging from traditional stocks and bonds to options, margin and other securities-based lending products, closed/open-end mutual funds, structured products, hedge funds, and penny stocks. [Attorney Bio]