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My practice focuses on the representation of investors and advisors throughout the United States in relation to the financial services industry.

I represent individual and institutional investors in arbitrations and litigations involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, mismanagement, fraud, suitability, unauthorized trading and churning.

I also represent traders, brokers, senior managers and officers regarding employment disputes such as discrimination, unpaid bonuses, severance packages, and forfeiture-for competition clauses for unvested stock.

I have extensive experience representing both employers and employees regarding recruiting practices including advising brokers of best practices to avoid litigation before they resign, negotiating on behalf of brokers with new prospective employers, advising brokers regarding their employment contracts and non-competition/non-solicitation agreements, advising broker-dealers on best practices when hiring a prospective broker, advising brokers and negotiating the resolution of outstanding promissory notes, and obtaining or defending against temporary restraining orders.

I have also performed internal investigations of several stock loan departments, and have represented those firms and their current and former employees in regulatory investigations.

I am currently an officer of the Securities Litigation & Arbitration Committee of the New York State Bar Association. 

I am also a member of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association where I serve on several committees that prepare comment letters regarding proposed securities legislation and self regulatory rules.  I was recently honored "for assisting PIABA in its SRO Comment efforts and furthering the protection of investors against investment abuses."

I am admitted to the bar in New York, New Jersey and Illinois and can represent parties in FINRA arbitrations throughout the United States. 


Practice areas


  1. Investment Fraud: 30%
  2. Employment: 30%
  3. Contracts: 30%
  4. Arbitration: 10%

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Contact info

Law Offices of Brent A. Burns, Esq.

87 Ruckman Rd. Suite 102
Alpine, NJ, 07620-1098

Law Offices of Brent A. Burns, LLC

27 Whitehall Street
4th Floor
New York, NY, 10004-2117



ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199705/17/2016
NYCurrently registered 199407/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Appreciation from PIABA Self Regulatory Organization CommitteePublic Investors Arbitration Bar Association2015
Appreciation from PIABA Legislative CommitteePublic Investors Arbitration Bar Association2015
SRO Comment Letter AppreciationPublic Investors Arbitration Bar Association2014
SRO Comment Letter AppreciationPublic Investors Arbitration Bar Association2013
Proclamation of thanks for Teamwork in Saving a LifeBorough of Leonia Office of the Mayor2013
Association namePosition nameDuration
Public Investors Arbitration Bar AssociationMemmber of Legislative and SRO Committees2013 - Present
New York State Bar Association - Securities Litigation and Arbitration CommitteeSecretary1998 - Present
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Securities Arbitration 2015: Representing Clients in Securities ArbitrationsSecurities Arbitration2015
PIABA Annual MeetingEquity Crowdfunding2014
Securities Arbitration and Mediation 2009 - The New WorldSecurities Arbitration2009