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Samuel B. Edwards
  • Arbitration & Mediation, Stockbroker & Investment Fraud, Securities Law
  • California, Michigan, Texas
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Ethics and Professionalism
5.0/5.0
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Reviewed by Barry M. Bordetsky January 6, 2020
Rating: 10 Justia Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
The above comments provide all that you need to know about Sam and his firm. It is without reservation that I would recommend Sam to any client; at the same time I would caution any adversary in a case against Sam to be prepared for every aspect of the case, as Sam and his team always are so prepared.
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Summary

Sam Edwards is a partner at SSEK and has developed a wide-ranging practice representing individuals and institutions from the United States and almost every continent in the world in investment and financial disputes. Over the last decade, that representation has included hundreds of clients who range from retirees that have lost their life savings, to community banks and credit unions who have been defrauded by Wall Street in investment schemes or bad products, to states and municipalities defrauded by investment banks.

The cases Mr. Edwards has worked on include claims for unsuitable investment recommendations, churning, misrepresentations and outright fraud. The investments involved have varied from simple stocks and bonds to more complicated annuities, options and futures to even extremely complex derivatives such as structured products, CMOs, IOs, Inverse IOs, CDOs, CLOs, synthetic CDOs, Credit Default Swaps and hedge funds. Mr. Edwards has represented clients before FINRA (previously NASD and the NYSE), AAA and JAMS arbitration panels, as well as state and federal courts all around the country.

Mr. Edwards is an active member of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (“PIABA”), working with attorneys across the nation to protect investor rights. He is currently a member of the PIABA Board of Directors and was the previous editor and chief of the PIABA Bar Journal where he is also a regular contributing author. Along with the PIABA Bar Journal, Mr. Edwards’ articles have been published in the Practicing Law Institute’s handbooks for securities and a number of other resources. Mr. Edwards is also a frequent lecturer on all issues related investment disputes and securities law, helping to train attorneys nationwide to represent wronged investors.

Practice Areas
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Stockbroker & Investment Fraud
  • Securities Law
Additional Practice Area
  • Broker Misconduct
Video Chat and Conferencing
  • FaceTime
  • Skype
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
California
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Michigan
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Texas
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Partner
Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas, LLP
Current
USA Securities Fraud site
Education
Georgetown University Law Center
LL.M. (2015) | Masters in Securities Law and Financial Regulation
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Honors: With distinction, Thomas B. Chetwood S.J. Prize
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University of Houston - Main Campus
J.D
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Honors: Cum Laude
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University of Texas - Austin
B.A. (1998)
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Awards
Super Lawyer
Super Lawyers
2018-2019
Rising Star
Super Lawyers
2008-2011, 2013-2104
Professional Associations
Michigan State Bar  # P72583
Member
- Current
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California State Bar  # 237500
Member
- Current
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Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association
Executive Vice President/President Elect
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Activities: Board of Directors Former Editor-in-Chief of the PIABA Bar Journal
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State Bar of Texas
Member
- Current
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Speaking Engagements
Handling Motions to Vacate, Eligibily Motions and Statutes of Limitations in FINRA Arbitration Cases and Related Court Proceedings , PIABA Annual Meeting , Austin, Texas
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Legal Answers
4 Questions Answered

Q. At age 71 the Mortality Table estimated my death at age 78. Yet a CFP recommended an Allianz Annuity Fixed Index which
A: Generally speaking, there are very limited reasons to sell an annuity to someone who is over 70. Based on the limited facts you have provided here, it seems like this would have bee a completely unsuitable investment for you and could be a breach of fiduciary duty as well has violation of various securities and insurance laws. You should speak to a securities attorney who can evaluate the situation more fully and see if you have a viable claim. If you would like, we would be happy to do that for you. You can reach me at 800-259-9010 anytime tomorrow. Sincerely, Sam Edwards.
Q. I am looking for several TOP lawyers/firms with extensive experience relative to Brokerage firm Fraud.
A: Brokerage firm fraud is the focus of our lawfirm. You can read more about us at investorlawyers.com. Please feel free to reach out to me at (800) 259-9010 or sedwards@sseklaw.com.
Q. If someone passes away with a mortgage can their children just give the house back to the bank and walk away?
A: Generally, yes, you can turn the house back over to the bank. The bank would typically have you sign a deed in lieu of foreclosure form. However, that is often not the best option. There are investors who specialize in buying properties "subject to" an existing mortgage and they will take over the payment, fix up and sell the house. That could save issues related to the bank trying to come back and obtain from the estate any deficit from what the bank obtains in a sale versus what is owed. Might even find a nice investor to work with you for living arrangements, etc., as needed, if there is reasonable equity in the house.
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Contact & Map
Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas, LLP
Main Office
1010 Lamar St
#900
Houston, TX 77002
Toll-Free: (800) 259-9010
Telephone: (713) 227-2400
Fax: (713) 583-1217
Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas, LLP
New Orleans Office
Lakeway Two
3850 N Causeway Blvd
#200-B
Metairie, LA 70002
Telephone: (504) 324-0252
Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas, LLP
Dallas Office
Founders Square
900 Jackson St
#440-A
Dallas, TX 75202
Telephone: (214) 613-5306
Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas, LLP
Buffalo Office
Sheridan Meadows Corporate Park South
6225 Sheridan Dr
#308-B
Buffalo, NY 14221
Telephone: (716) 261-3529
Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas, LLP
Chicago Office
141 W Jackson Blvd
#3550A
Chicago, IL 60604
Telephone: (312) 462-4176
Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas, LLP
San Diego Office
1545 Hotel Cir S
#150-1
San Diego, CA 92108
Telephone: (619) 550-4847
Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas, LLP
Gulfport Office
2118 18th St
#100
Gulfport, MS 39501
Telephone: (228) 206-2493
Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas, LLP
Portland Office
621 SW Morrison St
#1050-B
Portland, OR 97205
Telephone: (971) 285-3075
Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas, LLP
Western Colorado Office
241 S Elizabeth St
#500
Ridgway, CO 81432
Telephone: (970) 239-7085
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