The Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA), an international bar association comprised of attorneys dedicated to the representation of individual investors in disputes with the securities industry, today announced the 2013 PIABA Distinguished Service Award recipient, Mark E. Maddox.

Mark E. Maddox is a founding partner of Maddox Hargett & Caruso, P.C., one of the nation’s largest legal practices concentrating on the representation of securities investors. He has concentrated his career representing investors in disputes with stockbrokers and their firms. From 1989 - 1991, Mr. Maddox served as the Securities Commissioner for the State of Indiana. During his tenure, he also served on the Indiana Governor's Initiative on Economic Development Policy Panel. Mr. Maddox also led the International Enforcement Committee of the North American Securities Administrators Association as its Chairperson. He served on the Board of Directors of the Public Investor Arbitration Bar Association from 1994 - 2002 and was its President from 1998 - 2000. Mr. Maddox was also a public representative on the NASD Regulation's National Arbitration and Mediation Committee from 1996 - 1998 and 2003 – 2005, and was appointed its Chair for the 2004 – 2005 term. He was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court in February 1995.

In 1991, Mr. Maddox opened his current private practice that concentrates in the representation of investors in securities arbitration, litigation and regulation. He is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Indiana State Bar Association where he is a Past Chair of the Securities Sub-Committee.

Mr. Maddox is a graduate of Wabash College (magna cum laude), and earned his J.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1986. He has been a speaker and lecturer for various Continuing Legal Education and securities-related seminars and has been published extensively, most notably the book Investor Rights for the 21st Century (2001).

The PIABA Distinguished Service Award is a life-time achievement award in recognition of individuals promoting the interests of public investors in securities arbitration. "Mr. Maddox’s contributions and achievements on behalf of public investors are immeasureable and we are honored to recognize him with PIABA's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award," said Robin Ringo, Executive Director of PIABA.