Overview

Dominick Evangelista plays an integral role in helping Bressler achieve its strategic growth and business objectives. He began his career in the legal department of a national broker-dealer where he worked closely with both the business management side and the legal side of the company’s operations, all to provide his clients with the best possible representation. Since joining Bressler in 1992, Dominick has drawn on his business intelligence and legal experience to identify and implement solutions to improve his clients’ business objectives and operations. He brings this same attention and expertise to his current role as the firm’s Chief Operating Officer and a member of its’ Executive Committee. Dominick manages the day-to-day operations of the firm, working directly with the firm-wide Managing Principal, Office Managing Principals, Department Heads, and Senior Management to continuously improve Bressler’s processes and procedures.

In addition to his leadership role within the firm, Dominick maintains an active litigation practice as a Principal in the firm’s Financial Institutions practice group. He is a highly experienced litigator with almost thirty years of experience defending corporate and individual clients before federal and state courts, as well as before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and other self-regulatory agencies. Dominick’s practice focuses on the representation of global broker-dealers and registered representatives against sales practice allegations including unsuitability, churning, unauthorized trading, selling away, misrepresentation and fraud in the purchase and sale of securities.  He also has extensive experience defending clients in product-related litigation stemming from the offer and sale of annuities, mutual funds, and preferred securities. Dominick represents corporate and individual clients in FINRA regulatory matters against a wide range of sales practice allegations and other security rule violations. 

Dominick is known for aligning business operations with strategy and for driving operational efficiency and innovation. He is dedicated to providing superior service to all Bressler stakeholders, including clients, other firm principals, attorneys, employees and the greater communities in which Bressler serves.

Experience

Experience

  • Lead defense counsel for global broker dealer for all Puerto Rico fixed income litigation
  • Successfully defended broker-dealer against claims of $80 million in damages incurred as a result of a failed naked options strategy
  • Successfully defended global broker-dealers and registered representatives in FINRA arbitrations, mediations and in state court relating to trading losses incurred during the tech bubble meltdown and the financial crisis
  • Successfully defended global broker-dealers in FINRA arbitrations, mediations and in state court concerning allegations relating to preferred securities and mortgage-backed securities

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Speaking Engagements & Events

Associations & Organizations

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Broker-Dealer Litigation Subcommittee
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York County Lawyers’ Association
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Securities Industry and Financial Markets
  • Association (SIFMA), Compliance and Legal Society
  • New Jersey State Securities Litigation Regulatory, Enforcement Committee

Civic Involvement

  • Wyckoff Education Foundation, Trustee

Education

  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1992
  • St. John's University, B.S., 1988

Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • Appellate Division, Supreme Court of New York, 2nd Judicial Department
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
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