Robert S. Banks, Jr.

Accepts Cases
Willing to take Cases $100,000+

Law School
University of Wisconsin Law School


Robert S. Banks, Jr., is a Past President of PIABA and served on its board of directors for 10 years.  He was awarded the Director Emeritus status by the PIABA Board.  He is the recipient of the 2017 NASAA (North American Securities Administators Association) Investor Champion Award. He has practiced law for 35 years and represents individual investors, government agencies, charitable organizations, and groups of investors throughout the U.S. He has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers every year it has existed.  He chaired the committee that wrote the FINRA arbitrator training materials, and serves on FINRA's National Arbitration and Mediation Committee as an investor's representative.   He teaches a course in FINRA arbitration at Lewis & Clark Law School.  He has written and spoken extensively on investor rights throughout the nation, and is nationally recognized for his insight and recoveriens obtained for his clients. For a complete bio, see  

Educational Background

University of Wisconsin Law School, JD, 1982; Reed College, BA, 1977

Honors and Awards

NASAA 2017 Investor Champion Award; Federal Bar Association Award of Merit; Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers Every Year 2006-2014; Included in Best Lawyers In America; Recipient, PIABA Presidents Award and Named as a PIABA Emeritus Director.  

Special Licenses/Certifications

FINRA Non-Public Arbitrator

Scholarly Lectures and Writings

Teachng the Advanced Business Law Seminar focussing on FINRA arbitration at Lewis & Clark Law School.  Numerous speaking engagements for lawyers, accountants and investors.   Member of the faculty for the annual presentation to attorneys in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and British Columbia on developments in securities law, speaking on developments in FINRA broker-dealer issues and securities arbitration, Northwest Securities Institute, 2009. Guest Speaker at American Association of Individual Investors Meeting In Portland, Oregon, Summer, 2011 on Securities Regulation.  Invited Speaker at the Annual Enforcement Conference in San Diego, California, North American Securities Administrators Association, 2009. Invited Speaker at FINRA Fall Conference in Carlsbad, Califorina, representing the investor perspective on a panel discussing securities arbitration, FINRA, 2008, Practicing Law Institute, 1 Securities Arbitration 2006 at 225, The NASD’s Explained Awards Rule Filing, Practicing Law Institute, 1 Securities Arbitration 2003 at 253, Clearing Firms and the 2002 Uniform Securities Act: What You Didn’t Know Could Have Hurt You, Practicing Law Institute, Securities Arbitration 2001 at 565, Clearing Firms, The Uniform Securities Act, and Koruga v. Fiserv Correspondent Services, Inc., Practicing Law Institute, Securities Arbitration 2000 at 995, Investor Protection-Not! SIPC and The Securities Investor Protection Act of 1970, Practicing Law Institute, Securities Arbitration 2008  A Comment On the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s Proposed Rules On Motions To Dismiss. 

Professional Affiliations and Memberships

Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, Former President and Board Member; FINRA's National Arbitration and Mediation Committee (NAMC), One of Only  Seven Investor Representatives in the U.S.; FINRA Arbitrator Training Materials Task Force, 2009 Chair FINRA Discovery Task Force, Chair 2011- Present American Constitution Society, National Federal Judical Selection Committee  American Constitution Society; Oregon State Bar Securities Regulation Section, Former Chair Federal Bar Association, Oregon Chapter, Former President; Practicing Law Institute's Securities Arbitration Program in New York City, Past Faculty Member; Oregon State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Chair, 2009; Frequent Speaker and Author on Investor Rights Topics In Continuing Legal Education Programs Nationwide 

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