Tom Ajamie is an internationally-recognized trial lawyer who has successfully represented clients in complex commercial litigation and arbitration. The National Law Journal has named Tom to two of its prestigious lists: Top 50 Litigation Trailblazers and Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Trailblazers. The authoritative Chambers USA calls Tom a “tenacious litigator” known for his “tremendous legal instincts” and “winning attitude and work ethic.” He has handled a number of high-profile cases, including representing companies, pension funds and shareholders seeking to recover losses in stock fraud cases, and corporations and officers and directors being sued in securities matters. He has won two of the largest awards ever handed down by an arbitration panel for investors, including a $429.5 million award. He has also won a record $112 million civil RICO jury verdict.
Tom is regularly invited to give legal analysis by news media outlets including ABC, CNN, CNBC, NPR and BBC, and his work has been featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The American Lawyer. He is listed in Best Lawyers of America, Chambers USA, Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers, and is named a Benchmark Litigation Star by Euromoney/Institutional Investor. He is the co-author of the book Financial Serial Killers: Inside the World of Wall Street Money Hustlers, Swindlers, and Con Men. His work on behalf of investors in the Bre-X gold scandal is featured in the book Fools’ Gold: the Making of a Global Market Fraud, by Brian Hutchinson.
Tom served on FINRA’s National Arbitration and Mediation Committee from 2012-2015, and his many articles and presentations include “1MDB: Dissecting One of the World’s Biggest Financial Scandals,” 15th Annual North American OffshoreAlert Conference (2017), “Managing the Hearing: Negotiating from a Position of Strength,” The American Bar Association’s 9th Annual Arbitration Training Institute (2016), “Issues Facing Claimants’ Attorneys,” Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) 24th Annual Meeting (2015), “Damages,” Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) 23rd Annual Meeting (2014); “Securities Arbitration and Mediation: Telling Your Story,” New York State Bar Association's Spring CLE Program, New York (2014); "Overview of Securities Arbitration Matters," Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) 22nd Annual Meeting (2013); "Insurance and Collection Issues: The Punch List for Claimants’ Attorneys," Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) 21st Annual Meeting (2012); "Victimized: When to Refer Your Client to an Attorney," Financial Planning Association of New York eNews (2012); Keynote Address: "Financial Serial Killers," Accountants Club of America Meeting, Union League Club, New York (2012); Keynote Address: “What Advisors Can Learn from the Financial Crisis & Scams,” The Financial Planning Association of New York Annual Forum (2012); W!se MoneyPower Conference for Financial Literacy, The McGraw-Hill Companies, New York (2011); Keynote Address: “How To Detect and Deflect Scams & Schemes,” The Financial Planning Association of New York’s 9th Annual Financial Fitness Workshop (2011), “The Financial Serial Killers Among Us,” CFA Society of Houston Program (2011), “Regulation D, TICs, and Unlisted REITS” Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) 18th Annual Meeting (2009), “Representing the Hedge Fund Investor,” Trial Magazine (2007), “Getting Grandma's Nest Egg Back,” ATLA Business Torts Section Newsletter (2006), “A Mock Arbitration: As Close as You Can Get,” SIA/Wharton Securities Industry Institute 54th Annual Program (2006), “Insurance Industry Issues,” Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (2005), “A Look at the Securities Arbitration Process,” ATLA Business Torts Section Newsletter (2005), “Mock Arbitration,” SIA/Wharton Securities Industry Institute 53rd Annual Program (2005), “Securities Fraud, Market Abuses and Insider Trading,” University of Houston Law Foundation, Advanced Business Litigation (2003), “Securities Fraud and Insider Trading,” South Texas College of Law (2003), “Stock Fraud: Evaluating the Case,” University of Houston Law Foundation Advanced Business Litigation (2002), “Shareholder Litigation and Officer/Director Liability Post-Sarbanes-Oxley,” University of Houston Law Foundation, Representing Corporations in a Changed Legal Environment (2002).