Ryan Bakhtiari represents clients in securities disputes before FINRA (NASD, NYSE), state and federal courts. He presently serves on the Board of Directors of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) and is the President for 2011 to 2012. PIABA is a nationwide organization of securities lawyers that represent investors in disputes with the financial service industry.
In June 2011, Mr. Bakhtiari was nominated to serve as a public member of the Nasdaq OMX BX Arbitration Committee, which is the advisory group that provides recommendations on rules, regulations and procedures governing arbitrations, mediations and dispute resolution for the Nasdaq and Boston Stock Exchanges.
In 2009, Mr. Bakhtiari was nominated to serve as a public member of the National Arbitration and Mediation Committee ("NAMC") of the Financial Industry & Regulatory Authority (FINRA). The NAMC is an advisory group that makes recommendations on rules, regulations and procedures governing FINRA arbitration, mediation and dispute resolution.
Mr. Bakhtiari is a past member of the board of editors, managing editor of the PIABA Bar Journal and edited the "Recent Arbitration Awards" column covering significant NASD and NYSE arbitration awards. Mr. Bakhtiari has spoken at the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association annual meeting, California mid-year meeting, authored and co-authored several articles. He was a teaching assistant and extern to the Honorable James N. Barr, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California and presently serves as a FINRA securities arbitrator.
In addressing investors right's issues, Mr. Bakhtiari has been quoted by the press in publications that include the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Los Angeles Times, Reuters, Dow Jones Business News, NY Post, Los Angeles Business Journal, The American Banker and Cleveland Plains Dealer.
Mr. Bakhtiari was recognized in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 as a Southern California Super Lawyer Rising Star. He has litigated the following cases which resulted in published opinions:
Maria Brezden, et al. v. Associated Securities Corp, et al., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 49557 (C.D. Cal. 2009), Petition to Vacate $8.9 million arbitration award successfully denied.
Coutee v. Barington Capital Group, LP, 336 F.3d 1128 (9th Cir. 2003), Confirmation of arbitration award of punitive damages and attorneys fees.
Goodman v. CIBC Oppenheimer & Co., 131 F. Supp. 2d 1180 (C.D. Cal. 2001), Federal Arbitration Act does not provide an independent basis for federal subject matter jurisdiction.
B.A. - University of California Los Angeles, 1995
J.D. - Southwestern University School of Law, 1998
Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas, Lead Articles Editor
United States District Court Central District California, 1998
District of Columbia, 1999
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1999
United States District Court Northern District California, 2000
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2000
New York, 2005
United States District Court for the District of Colorado, 2011