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.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|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|
|Founding Partner||Girard Bengali, APC||2016 - Present|
|Partner||Freeman, Freeman & Smiley, LLP||2007 - 2016|
|Assistant Attorney||Jones, Bell, Abbott, Fleming & Fitzgerald, LLP||2003 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|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|
|Seton Hall University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2001|
|University of Maryland||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1996|
|FINRA Conference||Guilty Until Proven Innocent – What You Need to Know About FINRA Arbitration||2009|
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