Hugh D. Berkson is a Principal attorney with McCarthy Lebit Crystal & Liffman Co., L.P.A., in Cleveland, Ohio, and focuses his practice in securities arbitration and litigation. After gaining extensive trial experience in both business and personal injury litigation, he began representing injured investors. Hugh tries and arbitrates investment-related cases and performs much of the required technical analysis.
Hugh obtained a business degree in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin and is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Barristers and received both the American Jurisprudence Award (National Mock Trial) and the Jonathan M. Ault Mock Trial Prize. He later served as an Adjunct Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he taught trial practice. Hugh is “AV Preeminent” rated by Martindale Hubbell, has been ranked as an Ohio “Super Lawyer” every year since 2013, and maintains a 10.0 “Superb” rating on Avvo.
Hugh is a past president of PIABA and has served on PIABA’s Board of Directors since 2011. He has used his time on the Board to fight the problems related to unpaid arbitration awards, having written and published a report during his term as president: Unpaid Arbitration Awards – A Problem The Industry Created – A Problem The Industry Must Fix, and a follow up published in February of this year: Unpaid Arbitration Awards – The Case For An Investor Recovery Pool. He also wrote, with Marnie Lambert, a piece concerning the ongoing problems with BrokerCheck, titled BrokerCheck – The Inequality of Investor Access To Information Remains Unabated – An Update To PIABA’s 2014 Report.