Erwin Shustak is the founder and Managing Partner of the Firm. He heads the Litigation and Arbitration Department, with over 40 years of extensive experience in a wide variety of complex disputes and transactions, across the country and overseas. Mr. Shustak specializes in litigations, trials, arbitrations and appeals of complex securities, financial and business disputes, with a particular emphasis in the areas of securities and financial services and regulation law. Few attorneys have the depth and range of his legal experience and judgment.
He has handled and overseen several hundred litigations and arbitrations, in Federal and State Courts and arbitration forums across the country. He has represented public and private companies of all kinds, including financial institutions; broker-dealers; registered investment advisors, advisory firms and securities brokers; governmental agencies, including the FDIC and the Resolution Trust Corporation; manufacturing firms in many industries; hedge funds and investment partnerships; and defrauded investors. His vast trial and arbitration experience includes business, securities and financial fraud; breach of contract; real estate transactions and disputes; employment disputes; unfair competition, non-compete and restrictive covenant cases; and intellectual property disputes including copyright and trademark infringement. He is a highly experienced and respected litigator as well as an ardent and effective negotiator.
Mr. Shustak began his career at the premier national law firm of Kaye Scholer Fierman Hays & Handler, in New York City. He is admitted to the State and Federal Courts of California, New York and New Jersey; the Second, Third, Fifth and Ninth Circuit Federal Courts of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. For over 25 years he has served as an arbitrator for FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (formerly the National Association of Securities Dealers) and the National Futures Association. He is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America; the Association of Business Trial Lawyers of San Diego; the New York, California State and San Diego County Bar Associations. Erwin also is a member of the Legal and Compliance Society of SIFMA, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. Erwin resides in Del Mar, California and travels extensively serving the Firm’s clients. He is active in a number of community organizations and generously gives his time and experience to various pro bono projects. Erwin is an active member of IR Global, a leading international association of legal and accounting professionals, based in London, which provides our Firm with access to top professionals across the globe. Erwin is a member of the Disputes Committee of that organization and was recently featured in an IR Global Member Spotlight article.