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Represents investors nationwide in securities arbitration pursuing recovery of lost investment dollars due to negligence and misdeeds of brokerage firms and brokers.  Secondarily represents brokers in employment, promissory note, and regulatory matters.


 


Michael Hill’s securities industry expertise is rooted from his experience as a licensed stock broker and insurance agent and later as a brokerage executive.  As a brokerage executive, Mr. Hill served as Chief Compliance Officer for two publicly-traded broker-dealers, the last of which also as Chief Counsel.  The Chief Compliance Officer is a FINRA-mandated position with the responsibilities of enforcing industry rules and regulations and being overall responsible for broker and broker-dealer conduct in dealing with investors.  Though most brokers were compliant, Mr. Hill experienced and had to handle many instances when brokers had crossed the line and investors suffered financial loss, as a result.  As an attorney with that unique experience, Mr. Hill changed sides and now represents investors.  

Mr. Hill, who focuses his practice in securities arbitration and litigation, received his bachelor’s degree from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY and his Juris Doctor from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center.  Mr. Hill is admitted to practice law in Florida, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, and arbitration nationwide and overseas, has extensive experience in securities arbitration, has handled many cases having served as an arbitrator, panel chairman, and as counsel and representative for brokerage firms.  

Mr. Hill is also frequent guest speaker on securities arbitration at Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad Law Center’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic and has served on several compliance and regulatory conference panels with FINRA and industry trade conventions.  Mr. Hill has held series 3, 4, 7, 9, 10, 14, 24, 53, 55 and 63 registrations, is a former Certified Financial Planner, a former Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, and received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel.

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Menzer & Hill, PA

7280 W Palmetto Park Rd
Suite 301-N
Boca Raton, FL, 33433

Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Investment Fraud: 75%
  2. Financial Services: 20%
  3. Employment: 5%

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($295/hour), contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Check, Credit card

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  • Bradford M. Gucciardo

    Michael is an excellent attorney who has a great deal of experience in the securities industry within which he practices. I fully endorse him and his firm.

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  • Mark Eric Czuchry

    I endorse this lawyer. Michael Hill knows securities and the unique aspects of employment law governing a FINRA broker dealer's relationships with its registered representatives and clients. Whether you are a BD/RIA seeking compliance, regulatory or employment advice, or a Rep seeking guidance on handling compliance or employment matters with your BD/RIA, you'll want Michael on your side.

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing200706/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerMenzer & HIll, P.A.2010 - Present
Industry ArbitratorFINRA Dispute Resolution1998 - Present
EVP, Chief Compliance Officer, Head of LitigationSummit Brokerage Services2005 - 2010
Chief Compliance OfficerTradeStation Securities1999 - 2005
Financial AdvisorAmerican Express FInancial Advisors1998 - 1999
Registered RepresentativeWorld Invest / Centennial Capital Mgmt1996 - 1997
Junior Trader, ClerkSpear Leads & Kellogg1994 - 1996
Commissioned OfficerU.S. Army / U.S. Army Reserves1990 - 2012
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Public Investors Arbitration Bar AssociationMember2012 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of FloridaAdmitted to Practice2012 - Present
United States District Court for the Middle District of FloridaAdmitted to Practice2012 - Present
South Palm Beach County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering SpecialistsCertified Member2003 - 2012
CFP Board of StandardsCertificant2002 - 2015
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law CenterDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris DoctorJD - Juris Doctor2006
United States Military AcademyMechanical EngineeringBS - Bachelor of Science1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Nova Law ADR ClinicSecurities Arbitration2015
Nova Law ADR ClinicSecurities Arbitration2013
Nova Law ADR ClinicSecurities Arbitration2012
Nova Law ADR ClinicSecurities Arbitration2011
Nova Law ADR ClinicSecurities Arbitration2010
Nova Law ADR ClinicSecurities Arbitration2009
FINRA South Regional Compliance SeminarBest Practices in Supervision of Advertising2009
2009 Broker-Dealer ConferenceSteps to Maturing Your Anti-Money Laundering Program2009
Nova Law ADR ClinicSecurities Arbitration2008
Nova Law ADR ClinicSecurities Arbitration2007
3rd Annual Independent Firms ConferenceUnderstanding Variable Annuity Regulation and Compliance2007