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Robert John Girard

Securities and investment fraud Attorney at Los Angeles, CA

5.0   10 reviews

also known as Robert J. Girard II

  • Licensed for 22 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2001
    Status
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Robert J. Girard II is a founding partner of Girard Bengali, APC, and has more than 16 years of experience in the areas of securities litigation, arbitration and employment disputes.  As a result of his experience, dedication and skill, Mr. Girard has built a reputation as a fierce and effective advocate for his clients.  Pragmatic and incisive, Mr. Girard approaches each case with a keen eye toward meeting his clients’ needs and exceeding their expectations. 

 

Mr. Girard applies his tenacity to each case, with demonstrated results.  Mr. Girard has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of his investor clients from some of the biggest Wall Street brokerages.  As part of his success as a trial lawyer, Mr. Girard has extensive experience with claims unique to the securities industry, such as unsuitable recommendations, unauthorized trading and proprietary product failures, and a broad range of financial and investment products, including stocks, bonds, options, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), private placements, mutual funds, hedge funds, variable annuities, derivatives, and commodities.  

 

Before law school, Mr. Girard first completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1996. He then went on to attend the Seton Hall University School of Law, from where he graduated cum laude with his Juris Doctor in 2001. He was admitted to practice law in California in 2001. Following law school, Mr. Girard worked at two major law firms in Los Angeles, specializing in securities arbitration and litigation. His skill and determination have allowed him to build a reputation as a dedicated and fierce representative of his clients' interests.

 

From 2015 through 2018, Mr. Girard was named to the Southern California Super Lawyers list, and for three consecutive years (2012-2014), he was selected to the Southern California Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers Magazine, a designation earned by less than 2.5% of attorneys under the age of forty.  

 

Dedicated to his profession, Mr. Girard is actively involved in multiple legal organizations. His memberships include the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA), Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), the American Bar Association and the Italian American Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, among others.

 

Location

Girard Bengali, APC
333 S. Grand Ave.
Suite 4375
Los Angeles, CA, 90071
Girard Bengali APC - Orange County
23 Corporate Plaza Dr.
Suite 210
Newport Beach, CA, 92660
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Posted by Jelena | April 3, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
The best lawyer I have ever worked with
Robert Girard is a consummate professional and a master in his craft – a true asset to his profession. Our company has worked with Robert numerous times for various case types, and he has been nothing short of an absolute bulldog. Robert is always one step ahead, precisely the skill set you want in an attorney who will be negotiating on your behalf. From our first phone call, he has been able to give us a clear roadmap of exactly how our case was going to go and what the outcome would be. Robert's breadth and depth of knowledge were critical to achieving our desired outcomes. We remain impressed by his versatility, wealth of knowledge, and experience. Integrity is central to Robert's work. Trust is the most critical factor in a strong client-attorney relationship, and Robert will earn your trust quickly. Robert is a true advocate for his clients. If you are considering hiring an attorney, stop your search and hire Robert Girard.
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Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Litigation
Girard/Bengali are highly skilled, respected, and sought after for a reason. You want this superior dedicated team to represent you. They are prepared, and clients are well advised. They are strategic and observant. The precision in which they cross examine witnesses is like watching a masterful surgeon. They are calm and manage opposing counsel. THIS SMALL BRILLIANT TEAM DOMINATED A MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR WEALTH MANAGEMENT FIRM WITH MULTIPLE ATTORNEY’S. THAT SAYS EVERYTHING! RETAIN THEM!
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Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2022
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5 star Representation
Since the day I first consulted with Robert and Omar I felt a sense of ease and confidence. In that call, and every other thereafter, they conveyed understanding and compassion. I felt that they truly heard me and would advocate wholeheartedly on my behalf. I had been referred to them by a trusted friend who I now view as an angel. Why? The answer is easy. Without Robert and Omar, I believe I would be in a much darker place today. Robert and Omar are highly experienced. They know the playbook. Heck they probably wrote part of it. A legal dispute is rarely cut and dry. It’s like a tennis match with the ball being lobbed back and forth into different parts of the court. Robert and Omar were agile. They complement each other very well. They adjusted strategies as necessary to get us the desired result. In the event that you need the services they offer, you’re likely to be feeling a lot of emotion and stress. I would highly recommend these two fine people. Consult with them. They will be clear, honest and upfront. Should it move forward, you can rest easy knowing that they will fight vigorously on your behalf. They not only helped me bring justice, they helped me to be able to move forward with pride and dignity. I am forever grateful to them both!
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Posted by Mike | April 17, 2020
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Professional Legal Expertise
Girard Bengali is absolutely a First Class Super-Star Law Firm specializing in Securities and Labor disputes. Bob Girard with a friendly, targeted, precision approach as to problem-solving has a unique skill set to gather all the facts and put the Defense on the defensive. Bob does display Charismatic Confidence with persistent determination to arrive at a favorable outcome for his clients. I can honestly say that He and his Team exceeded my expectations and then some. After 37 years of successful Sales and Marketing in the Securities Industry, Bob provided that ultimate Victory to Define my Career.
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Posted by Joanna | February 4, 2020
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Exceptional Employment Attorneys
I highly recommend Girard Bengali for employment representation. It is very difficult to find an attorney who cares as much about your case as you do, and both Bob and Omar not only met my expectations, but exceeded them. Their attention to detail and aggressive persistence distinguishes them as exceptional attorneys. Everything counts in litigation and you can rest assured that their is no detail that will be missed under their advocacy.
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Posted by Kimmy | February 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
#1 Employment and Securities Lawyer in the Country
Bob is one of best FINRA lawyers in this country. Don't think twice about the cost when it comes to hiring the best. He is worth more than he charges. If you don't hire him first, you will eventually go back to hire him or regret not hiring him in the first place. This is exactly what happened to me. I also appreciate his honest and bold approach to handling the case. He has given me and my family a result that would bring us a closure on a very serious case. 
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Posted by Praveen | January 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Securities and Investment Recovery
Bob is very hard-working, honest and an aggressive attorney that fights for his clients with successful results. He is very straight forward and sets his clients expectations upfront. His strategy, negotiation skills and execution on my case resulted in great success. He is very responsive, a true professional and very experienced with handling securities litigation. I highly recommend Bob.
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Posted by Shawn | August 9, 2019
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Honest and straight forward
I know honest and straight forward are not often associated with attorneys but in this case they were hard earned and deserved. Robert took my case after other lawyers had turned me down, explained why they probably turned me down, and explained to me early on what my expectations should be in resolving my case. While the outcome clearly demonstrated that it is not a "Justice" system but rather a system for dispute resolution, and that neither side gets their version of justice or fairness, the issues got resolved. When the dust had settled, Robert had earned my respect for his honest and very straight forward handling of me, and my strong emotional belief in the "rightness" of my case, and delivered an outcome that exceeded what he helped me understand would be a good outcome for my case. Although I challenged him on occasion he was always respectful and, when necessary, brutally honest. I did not always make it easy for him to tell me what he had to tell me but he did it anyway. He earned my respect for staying true to his well founded position and relying on his experience, in spite of my pushing back. In hindsight, he was right and gave me excellent advice. That is all one should expect, and be thankful for receiving, in difficult situations. If you want an honest assessment of your case and likely outcome, I recommend Robert Girard.
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Posted by Ashley Hunt | July 18, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Exceptionally Talented Attorney
I have worked with Robert Girard for over 14 years. He is an exceptionally talented attorney who cares a great deal about his clients. He exhibits unparalleled skill, knowledge, and integrity.
Posted by Michael | February 21, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
AVP - Porfolio Manager
Bob was extremely professional, well versed in the law, and always very well prepared. I loved the fact that he thought that a best defense was a good offense. Because he outsmarted the other attorney, I won my case!
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AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founding Partner
  • Girard Bengali, APC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Partner
  • Freeman, Freeman & Smiley, LLP
  • 2007 - 2016
  • Assistant Attorney
  • Jones, Bell, Abbott, Fleming & Fitzgerald, LLP
  • 2003 - 2007

Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • University of Maryland
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Associations

  • Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA)
  • Member, Various Committees
  • 2016 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Business Litigation Section
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Italian-American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • FINRA Conference
  • Guilty Until Proven Innocent – What You Need to Know About FINRA Arbitration
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

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Given (4)
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Securities and investment fraud Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Robert is the best in his field. An expert and specialist with the highest degree of integrity and quality representation. Simply the best."
Securities and investment fraud Attorney | Jul 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Not only does Robert possess expansive legal knowledge, but he is also an aggressive and efficient litigator. Robert takes on defendants of any size, even some of America’s largest corporations, because achieving justice for victims is his first priority. I strongly endorse him."
Securities and investment fraud Attorney | Jun 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Bob is a hard-working, talented attorney who is an aggressive advocate for his clients. His knowledge and experience in handling securities litigation and arbitration are an invaluable asset in these matters."
Securities and investment fraud Attorney | Sep 27
Relationship: Other
"Bob and I worked together for many years. He is responsive, fair and knowledgeable. I have no hesitations in recommending Bob."
Business Attorney | Jun 23
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have worked for (and now with) Bob for several years. He is a top notch attorney. He's an aggressive advocate for his clients, providing unparalleled service."
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Los Angeles Securities and investment fraud Lawyer Robert John Girard
Robert John Girard
Securities and investment fraud Attorney
Los Angeles, CA
Licensed for 22 years