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Brian Hamburger is the Founder and Managing Director of MarketCounsel, a business and regulatory compliance consulting firm to some of the country’s preeminent entrepreneurial independent investment advisors.  He is also the Founder and Managing Member of the Hamburger Law Firm, a boutique law firm practicing in areas investment and securities law as well as relevant corporate and employment matters.  For five years running, MarketCounsel has been named one of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine.


Mr. Hamburger’s prior experience spans government, both regulatory with the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and judicial with the U.S. District Court and the state appellate court; from booking trades as a wirehouse intern to serving as chief compliance officer of an SEC-registered investment adviser; and, of course, private law practice.


Mr. Hamburger has emerged as a leader in the investment management industry.  He is a frequent lecturer to the securities industry and his talks have ranged from delivering the keynote address to the country's state securities regulators to addressing school-age children on entrepreneurial issues.  He is admitted to several bars, a regular columnist for a leading industry publication, and is a member of the FINRA Dispute Resolution Board of Arbitrators and has served as an arbitrator for the New York Stock Exchange.


A graduate of Quinnipiac College, Mr. Hamburger received his B.S. with the school's first dual major in Economics and Financial Management and then his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law.  Brian then acquired the designation of Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional (CRCP) from the Wharton School and the FINRA Institute as well as the Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst (AIFA®).


Practice areas


  1. Financial Services: 50%
  2. Employment: 20%
  3. Contracts: 10%
  4. Lawsuits & Disputes: 10%
  5. Business: 10%


Payment types:

Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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    Brian and his firm have done a great job. They know the wealth management business.


    Jeffrey Riffer
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    Since 2004, I have interacted professionally with Brian Hamburger on numerous occasions. His experience is wide-ranging, including expertise in securities law, employment law, corporate law and tax issues. His judgment is sound, and he has provided skillful and successful guidance in complex and sensitive matters. His firm [Hamburger Law Firm], with offices on both the east and west coasts, is staffed with competent and responsive individuals and has the resources necessary to manage the most complex legal issues. I strongly recommend his services.


    David Purcell
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info


NYCurrently registered 199903/07/2016
DCInactive 200207/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Inc. 5000Inc. Magazine2012
Inc. 5000Inc. Magazine2011
Inc. 5000Inc. Magazine2010
Inc. 5000Inc. Magazine2009
Inc. 5000Inc. Magazine2008
Inc. 5000Inc. Magazine2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ChairmanMarketCounsel Foundation2002 - Present
President & CEOMarketCounsel2000 - Present
Managing MemberHamburger Law Firm2000 - Present
AssociateStark & Stark1998 - 2000
Law ClerkUS Securities & Exchange Commission1997 - 1997
Association namePosition nameDuration
SIFMA Compliance and Legal SocietyMemberN/A
Investment Adviser AssociationMemberN/A
US Coast Guard AuxiliaryMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Financial Advisor MagazineVirtual Reality2013
Financial Advisor MagazineSleight of Hand2012
Financial Advisor MagazineSEC Soft on Big Firms2012
Financial Advisor MagazineSuccess Breeds Envy2012
Financial Advisor MagazineWho Will Start the Revolution?2012
Charles Schwab Advisor ServicesLegal and Regulatory Considerations Navigating the Transition to Independence as an RIA2011
Financial PlanningRegulation Season2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of PittsburghFiduciary StudiesAccredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst2006
Wharton School, University of PennsylvaniaRegulatory and ComplianceCertified Regulatory and Compliance Professional2003
University of Miami School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Quinnipiac UniversityEconomics, Financial ManagementBS - Bachelor of Science1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
MarketCounsel Member RoundtableYear in Review– CLE Credits2013
WebinarThe Switch; SEC to State2012
WebinarResults of the Fiduciary Impact Survey Not Making the Grade2012
University G.A.M.E. II ForumRise of the Independent RIA Movement2012
PAM Breakfast Briefing:Powering Independence2012
Member SummitRegulatory Compliance2012
MarketCounsel RoundtableSocial Media Roundtable – CLE Approved2012
INSITE 2012Regulatory Compliance2012
IMPACTOpen Forum2012
WebinarSEC Fiduciary Report2011
WebinarLegal Considerations of Going Independent2011
WebcastWhat are SEC Auditors Looking for Now2011
Partner SummitRegulatory Compliance2011
NYSSA Monthly DinnerNew Levers of Control: Candid Discussions about Becoming an RIA2011
Member SummitRegulatory Compliance2011
INSITEUnintended Consequences Amidst Changes to the Investment Adviser Regulatory Scheme2011
Florida Compliance EventThe Effect of Regulatory Changes for Investment Advisers2011
Experience 2011Going Independent One Size Does Not Fit All2011
Experience 2011Unintended Consequences Amidst Changes to the Investment Adviser Regulatory Scheme2011
Annual ConferenceUnintended Consequences Amidst Changes to the Investment Adviser Regulatory Scheme2011
Annual Advisor ForumUnintended Consequences Amidst Changes to the Investment Adviser Regulatory Scheme2011
2011 Career Conference and Annual MeetingUnintended Consequences Amidst Changes to the Investment Adviser Regulatory Scheme2011
FSP ForumBest Practices for Averting and Managing Legal Disputes2009
Foundation for Accounting EducationManaging Compliance for Accounting-Related Investment Advisers2007
Annual Broker Dealer Training SessionApplying Best Practices to Address Conflicts of Interest2007
NAPFA Northeast/Mid-Atlantic WebcastElectronic Communications Compliance Dispelling Myths About Retention and Monitoring2006
Atlanta Consultants ConferenceEthics, Compliance, and Liability Issues in the Securities Industry2005
Select Advisors ProgramLegal Aspects of the Select Advisors2002