Public Investors Advocate Bar Association (PIABA) is an international bar association whose members represent investors in disputes with the securities industry. Currently, there are members from 44 states, Puerto Rico and Japan.

PIABA was established in 1990 as an educational and networking organization for securities arbitration attorneys who represent the public investor in securities disputes. Many PIABA members are involved in promoting the interests of the public investor in securities and commodities arbitration through Association, State and National Committee service.

Purpose and Objectives

The purposes and objectives of PIABA are as set forth in the Articles of Incorporation and as follows:

(a) To promote fairness in the rules governing dispute resolution for investor claims against securities and commodities brokerage firms, registered investment advisory firms, financial institutions and their associated representatives as well as others who sell investments or investment advice to the public;

(b) To seek to create, improve upon and promote the enforcement of statutes, rules, regulations, laws and policies designed to promote investor rights and prevent misconduct by those who sell investments and investment advice to the public; and

(c) To seek to provide education to investors and the investing public regarding their rights and the misconduct by those who sell investments and investment advice to the public.

PIABA Board of Directors

PIABA is governed by an elected Board of Directors. The 2023 Directors and Officers are: 

McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman
Cleveland, Ohio
Executive Vice President/ President Elect
Peiffer Wolf Carr Kane Conway & Wise, LLP
New Orleans, Louisiana
Vice President
Gana Weinstein LLP
Chicago, Illinois
Israels & Neuman PLC
Seattle, Washington
Mauriello Law Firm, APC
San Diego, California
Bixby Law PLLC
Pensacola, Florida
Jonathan W. Evans & Associates
Studio City, California
Shepherd, Smith, Edwards & Kantas, LLP
Houston, Texas
Girard Bengali, APC
Newport Beach , California
Greco & Greco, P.C.
McLean, Virginia
Fishman Haygood, L.L.P.
New Orleans, Louisiana
The Law Offices of Timothy J. O'Connor
Albany, New York
Darlene Pasieczny ("Pah-shetch-nee")
Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP
Portland, Oregon
Meyer Wilson Co. LPA
Columbus, Ohio
Stoltmann Law Offices, P.C.
Hoffman Estates, Illinois