Investor Defender Attorneys are a practice group of Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP that represents individual and institutional investors nationwide. Choosing an attorney may be the most important decision you make in the investment recovery process. We invite you to review our credentials and to call our office to speak with an experienced securities attorney today.
Meet Our Team
Robert S. Banks
Robert Banks leads the securities litigation group at SYK. He has been practicing law for 33 years, and is a nationally recognized leader in investor rights law. His cases have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Jour- nal, Investment News, and a host of other publications. He is a frequent speaker to lawyers, financial services indus- try professionals and investors on investment loss recovery issues and FINRA arbitration. Bob has been selected as a member of Super Lawyers, an honor bestowed on only 5% of lawyers nationally, every year that it has been in exis- tence. More recently he became a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum; fewer than 1% of U.S. law- yers are members. He is included in Best Lawyers In America listings for 2014 and, for the past 26 years, he has received Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating ( A.V. Preeminent®).
Banks has served on FINRA’s National Arbitration and Mediation Committee representing investor interests for many years, and has chaired its Rules and Procedures subcommittee, which writes the rules governing FINRA arbi- tration. He is a past president and current member of the Board of Directors of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, and is one of only a handful of members that have been honored by PIABA with its Presidents Award and its Director Emeritus status. He received his BA from Reed College in 1977 and JD from the University of Wis- consin Law School in 1982. He spends his free time with his wife and two sons, and in an avid fly fisher and runner. Read More…
Darlene D. Pasieczny
As part of the securities and fiduciary litigation team at Samuels Yoelin Kantor, Darlene’s focus is on investor protec- tion and investment loss recovery for individuals, fiduciaries, groups, retirement funds, pension plans, municipali- ties, and institutional investors in court and FINRA arbitration. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), is the self-regulatory organization that regulates and licenses securities brokerage firms and individual brokers across the country. FINRA arbitration is the main forum in the securities industry for resolution of legal disputes between investors and these industry professionals.
Darlene began her legal career at Banks Law Office, PC with founding attorney Robert S. Banks, Jr., whose experi- ence includes over 30 years of recovering investment losses for investors. There she worked on all stages of corpo- rate and securities litigation, FINRA arbitration, legal malpractice cases, and complex civil litigation. In January, 2015, Banks Law Office joined Samuels Yoelin Kantor to form a new securities litigation practice group and expand the firm’s fiduciary litigation services. The move is a homecoming for Darlene, as she was the firm’s law clerk before graduating magna cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2012. As a law clerk she worked on numerous trust and estate, tax, business, and fiduciary matters for SYK clients. Read More…