When:  June 22, 2021
Time:    3:30pm ET; 2:30pm CT; 1:30pm MT; 12:30pm PT
Who:    Open to all PIABA Members
Cost:    Free
CLE:     None 

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Please join PIABA for a virtual Town Hall with Rick Berry, Director of FINRA’s Arbitration Services, Manly Ray, Director of FINRA DRS’s Southeast Regional Office and the head of FINRA’s Mediation program, and Carolann Gemski, Director of FINRA DRS’s Midwest Regional Office. PIABA President, David Meyer, will moderate this discussion with Rick, Manly, and Carolann where they will discuss the current status of FINRA arbitration and mediation and the outlook as the challenges of the pandemic continue. They will discuss current filing statistics, the results of hearings that have gone forward virtually, and a host of other topics important to PIABA membership. This will be in a Town Hall format so PIABA members are encouraged to ask questions and get answers to the issues that are important to them and their clients.

The webinar is open to all PIABA members. This program does not include continuing education credit.

Scheduled for 60 minutes, the webinar will begin at 3:30 pm edt; 2:30 pm cdt; 1:30 pm mdt; 12:30 pm pdt.

David Meyer   Rick Berry
Manly Ray   Carolann Gemski
David P. Meyer
Meyer Wilson Co, LLP
Columbus, OH
Richard W. Berry, Executive Vice President and Director of FINRA DR Services
New York City, NY
Manly Ray, Regional Director, Southeast Office for FINRA DR Services
Boca Raton, FL

Carolann Gemski, Director, Midwest Regional Office for FINRA DR Services
Chicago, IL

David P. Meyer is the managing principal of Meyer Wilson, a national law firm with offices in Ohio, Michigan and California.
Since starting the law firm in 1999, David has earned a national reputation for successfully representing investors who are victims of investment fraud. He has represented more than 1,000 individual investors from all across the country in securities arbitration and litigation. Meyer Wilson has also been appointed lead and co-lead counsel in numerous consumer class actions across the country. The firm also represents hundreds of clients who suffered serious injuries from dangerous drugs and defective medical devices. His firm has recovered more than $350,000,000 for its clients.

David is currently President of the Public Investors Advocate Bar Association (PIABA), a national association of lawyers who represent individual investors in cases of investment fraud. He is also President-Elect of the Ohio Association of Justice, the statewide bar of trial lawyers in the state of Ohio.


Richard W. Berry is Executive Vice President and Director, Office of Dispute Resolution. Prior to serving in this capacity, Mr. Berry was Senior Vice President, Dispute Resolution. In that role, he oversaw the four regional offices—New York, Boca Raton, Chicago and Los Angeles—and the New York Case Administration unit. Mr. Berry joined FINRA, then NASD, in 1995 as head of Dispute Resolution's Los Angeles satellite office. In 2001, he was named Director of Case Administration in the New York City office. Mr. Berry serves as Executive Champion of FINRA’s Toastmasters Clubs. Mr. Berry earned his Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional™ designation through the FINRA Institute. Prior to joining FINRA, he taught American law for one year in Budapest. Mr. Berry began his career practicing law in San Francisco. He is a graduate of the University  of California at Santa Barbara and Hastings College of the Law. Mr. Berry is a member of the California Bar.  


Manly Ray is the Director of Mediation and Southeast Regional Director for FINRA Dispute Resolution Services. He has over 25 years of experience in the securities, legal and business professions, including the past 17 years with FINRA. His FINRA career began with the Office of Hearing Officers in Washington, DC in 1998. At the Office of Hearing Officers, Manly held the position of Chief Case Administrator where he was responsible for managing the Deputy Chief Hearing Officer’s caseload in addition to supervising all Case Administrators. In August 2005, he moved to Boca Raton for a position in FINRA’s Member Regulation Department as a Compliance Specialist. In July 2007, he was promoted to Examination Manager, where he supervised a team of cycle examiners. In May 2010, Manly assumed his current role as the Southeast Regional Director, where he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Southeast Regional Dispute Resolution Services office.


Carolann Gemski is the Midwest Regional Director for FINRA’s Office of Dispute Resolution. Carolann has over 25 years of experience as a litigator, compliance professional and business leader.  In her current role, Carolann oversees administration of FINRA’s arbitration program in 17 states.

Carolann has spent the majority of her career working in public service, including 10 years as an SEC enforcement attorney in Chicago. Prior to that, Carolann held the positions of Assistant Corporation Counsel in the General Litigation Division of the District of Columbia Office of Corporation Counsel, Special Counsel for Child Support Enforcement in Rockville, MD, and Associate in private practice in Annapolis, MD. Most recently, Carolann held leadership positions in Compliance at BMO Financial Group and Kaplan Higher Education.

Carolann is a graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (MBA), the American University Washington College of Law (JD, cum laude), and Louisiana State University, (BA, Journalism), and she is a member of the Bar in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Illinois.