Kimberly L. Chavers is a securities and employment law attorney with Chavers Law, PLLC, where she represents both investors and advisers nationwide in securities disputes and regulatory, compliance and financial industry employment matters. Her work with both investors and advisers has gained her insight and knowledge of the financial services industry and the respect of lawyers nationwide on "both sides of the aisle."
After investigating thousands of Ponzi schemes at the start of her legal career, Ms. Chavers’ practice on behalf of investors includes matters involving fraud, unsuitable investments, other broker misconduct and advocating for customers in oppositions to expungement requests. Ms. Chavers’ experience spans all stages of the FINRA arbitration process, including drafting pleadings, analyzing defenses and asserting counterclaims, discovery and motion practice, oral arguments, mediation, all the way through trial or final hearing, as well as expungement proceedings.
Before establishing her own law firm, Ms. Chavers worked as a judicial extern for the Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal and went on to become a partner at a Chicago-based securities and employment law firm, where she managed the firm's Florida law office located in downtown Sarasota.
Ms. Chavers has drafted and implemented various legal research and writing workshops for Barry University School of Law and has guest lectured in the areas of legal research & writing and securities law. Ms. Chavers frequently provides insight and commentary on Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.’s revised Code of Ethics and Standards of Conduct Standards, which provide standards for financial advisers delivering financial planning to benefit and protect the public and has been invited to speak on several occasions for the Financial Planning Association, where she has led discussions on ethical vs. moral vs. legal behaviors―Practicing Ethics: Applying CFP Board's Standards of Professional Conduct.
As an advocate for both investors and individual financial professionals nationwide, Ms. Chavers is currently a member of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA), the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL), the Sarasota County Bar Association, and the Financial Planning Association (FPA), where Ms. Chavers currently serves as the President of the FPA of the Suncoast chapter, on the Board of the FPA of Florida and as a member of the FPA’s Public Policy Council [formerly known as the Legislative and Regulatory Issues Committee (LRIC)] established to influence financial planning related legislative and regulatory issues affecting practitioners, the profession and their clients.
Ms. Chavers is admitted to practice in the State of Florida and resides in Sarasota.
Scott C. Ilgenfritz is a partner in the law firm of Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns, LLP, and practices in the firm's Tampa, Florida, office. Scott has spent his entire thirty-four year legal career with Johnson, Pope. Over the years, Scott has represented individuals and entities in a wide range of commercial and business litigation matters, including securities arbitration and litigation, contract litigation, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims, limited liability company and corporate litigation, joint venture disputes, shareholder disputes, legal and accounting malpractice claims, real estate litigation, real estate broker commission disputes, and a variety of other business litigation.
In 1992, Scott began representing investors in securities arbitration and litigation matters. Since the late 1990s, a primary focus of Scott’s practice has been representing investors in arbitration proceedings and in state and federal courts, pursuing claims against stockbrokers, investment advisors, insurance agents, broker/dealers, and other financial professionals.
Since 1997, Scott has been Board certified by The Florida Bar as a Business Litigation Lawyer. Scott has been a member of PIABA since 1997, served on PIABA’s Board of Directors from 2008 until 2017, and served as President of PIABA from November, 2012, through October, 2013. During his term as President, he authored PIABA's expungement study. In 2017, the Board of Directors of PIABA recognized Scott as Director Emeritus in appreciation of his dedication and service to PIABA; and, In 2019, the Board of Directors of PIABA recognized Scott with PIABA’s Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his outstanding, long-term and sustained service to promote the interests of the public investor in securities arbitration.
Scott has been regularly recognized by his peers through inclusion in such publications as Florida’s Super Lawyers (2007-2014) and Best Lawyers in America (2012-2017), and most recently, Best Lawyers in America recognized Scott as “Lawyer of the Year” for 2020 in the category of Litigation-Securities for Tampa, Florida.