Senior Issues


February 22, 2019: Principal Josh Jones is a Program Organizer of the Second Annual Current Issues in FINRA Arbitration and Enforcement taking place February 22, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. He will also be moderating a panel titled "Protecting Seniors and Other Vulnerable Clients: Developments in the Law, Regulations, and Litigation Involving Investors with Diminished Capacity."

For more information about the seminar, please click here.

February 5, 2019: 
Principal Andrew Sidman will speak at the SIFMA Senior Investor Protection Conference on the panel titled "Resources for Firms." This will be a discussion of the resources available for firms, including reference databases and training opportunities, to bolster firms’ senior protection initiatives.The conference will take place on February 5, 2019 at the SIFMA Conference Center in New York City.

For more information about the conference, please click here.

November 14, 2018: Are you a Financial Advisor or a New Jersey Registered Investment Advisor and interested in senior investor issues? Please contact us at if you would be interested in attending an event led by Bressler Principal Amy Bard that will discuss the following:

  • What you need to know about new FINRA rules and recently enacted state and federal statutes;
  • Practices and procedures to adopt to protect yourselves, your clients, and your firm; and
  • Suggestions on how to effectively handle and address customer complaints, sales practice cases and regulatory inquiries involving seniors.

September, 2018: The growing demographic of senior investors, along with new FINRA rules and state and federal legislation designed to curb exploitation of the elderly, highlight the importance of financial firms having sound business practices and policies when dealing with senior or vulnerable investors in Texas and throughout our nation.

In September 2018, Joelle Simms toured four central Texas branch offices of a client’s to speak with its financial advisors, client associates, and branch management about current FINRA Rules and federal and state legislation on this topic.  She also discussed red flags and best practices in dealing with senior and vulnerable investors.  

October 11, 2018: 
October 11, 2018: Bressler Principal Andrew Sidman will serve as a co-moderator of the panel and Of Counsel Patricia Solfaro will be a speaker at the upcoming ABA Securities Litigation Committee program, "Regulatory Forum on Senior Investor Issues.” The program will feature the following speakers: James Wrona, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, FINRA and Jonathan Zweig, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the New York Attorney General. Addressing the issues from the industry perspective will be Thomas Mierswa, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley; Melissa Shea, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Fidelity Investments.

If you would like additional information or would like to attend, please contact us at

June 14, 2018: Principal Richard Szuch will be a speaker at a Thomson Reuters Practical Law webinar on June 14, 2018. The title of the webinar is “Senior and Vulnerable Investors: What You Need to Know About the Law and Diminished Capacity.”

The webinar is designed for counsel and compliance officers on rules and regulatory guidance in an environment that expects firms to detect and prevent and requires firms to report suspected or actual financial exploitation or abuse of specified clients, including seniors or vulnerable adults and individuals with diminished capacity. The webinar will assist practitioners who are preparing policies, procedures, and training materials to assist firms and associated persons in complying with the new rules.

For more information, including registration for the webinar, click here

April 19, 2018:
Principals Matthew Plant and Angela Turiano presented the Lawline webinar, “Safeguarding Against Financial Exploitation of Senior Investors: What Attorneys Need To Know”. They discussed cases involving exploitation of seniors as well as the statutory and regulatory framework aimed at protecting senior investors. Click here to read more about the webinar.

March 19, 2018:
Alex J. Sabo, a Principal in the firm's Miami office, recently spoke on "Dementia Issues for Advisers and Clients” at the 50th annual SIFMA Compliance & Legal Society Seminar. Mr. Sabo, current president of the Florida Securities Dealers Association and a nationally recognized expert on senior issues, joined a panel comprised of representatives from the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Ronald Long, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Elder Client Initiatives at Wells Fargo Advisors, served as moderator of the panel. 

The panel addressed such diverse topics as detecting cognitive decline, FINRA Rules 2165 and 4512, employment law issues relating to Financial Advisers, and recent federal and state law developments. The presentation ended with lively audience participation addressing a factual scenario called “Home Security,” which focused upon an elderly client’s withdrawals from her brokerage account supposedly to acquire a home security system.

February 2018: The growing demographic of senior investors, along with two new FINRA rules designed to curb exploitation of the elderly, highlight the importance of financial firms having sound business practices and policies when dealing with senior or vulnerable investors in Florida and throughout our nation.

Frank Cuccio and Joelle Simms toured a client’s eight Florida branch offices to speak with its financial advisors, client associates and branch management about FINRA’s rule changes, red flags and best practices on these issues. They also discussed Florida’s current and proposed legislation as well as components of the Model Rule proposed by the North American State Securities Administers.

November 7, 2017: 
Bressler partnered with the New Jersey State Bar Association Securities Law Special Committee to host a meeting where New Jersey regulators spoke about enforcement priorities. An industry discussion about dealing with an aging investor base also took place. Principals Richard Szuch and Frank Cuccio served as moderators of the panel consisting of three other speakers. Click here for more information about the event.