The law firm of Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C. announced today the promotions of David G. Buffa, Joelle A. Simms and Evan Yablonsky to principal. The promotions are effective January 1, 2019.
David G. Buffa joined the firm’s Securities Practice Group in 2010. His work focuses primarily on broker-dealers, investment advisers and other financial companies in connection with securities regulation and litigation matters. He has represented numerous clients in complex regulatory investigations before FINRA and the SEC on a wide range of issues, including retail sales practices, proprietary products, insider trading, cybersecurity and anti-money laundering, and conducted internal investigations on behalf of banks and broker-dealers throughout the country. Mr. Buffa earned his B.A. from Columbia University in 2005 and his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2010. He is based out of Bressler’s New York office.
Joelle A. Simms joined the firm in May 2012. Her practice focuses on securities and commercial litigation. Ms. Simms represents broker-dealers and registered representatives in customer and employment disputes, including expungement proceedings, in state and federal court, and in arbitration proceedings throughout the country before FINRA. She also has experience defending corporate clients in complex commercial and tort litigation in both state and federal courts. Ms. Simms is a member of Bressler’s Senior Issues Counseling and Litigation Defense Group, which provides counsel to corporate clients who confront issues affecting seniors. She is also an active member and serves on the advisory board for the Southeastern Women in Financial Services organization and volunteers on committees for the South Florida chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Ms. Simms earned her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law in 2010 and her B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Richmond in 2007. She is admitted in Florida and Texas and is based in Bressler’s Fort Lauderdale office.
Evan Yablonsky joined the firm in June 2014. His practice includes commercial and insurance litigation. He has over ten years of litigation experience overseeing a wide range of cases in both federal and state courts throughout the country. That experience includes being lead counsel in over 15 jury trials as well as taking hundreds of hours of trial, motion and deposition testimony. Before joining Bressler, he was an assistant public defender in New Jersey. Mr. Yablonsky earned his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2008 and his B.A. from the University of Delaware in 2005. He is admitted in New Jersey and New York and is based in the New Jersey office.