Securities & Commodities Litigation

Putting your money into securities, options, commodities and other investments is not without risk. However, some brokers and other investment professionals may put their interests ahead of yours, thereby causing unnecessary losses to your account.


Business Litigation

The business world is becoming increasingly complex. This is particularly true if you are in an industry which faces strict regulations and government oversight, such as the financial sector or the healthcare industry.


Class Action Litigation

Strength in numbers is the class action mantra. When the number of individuals affected by illegal activity is great and the individual losses are modest, a class action can be an efficient and effective strategy to level the playing field.


Trusted Securities and Commodities Litigation Attorneys

Putting your money into securities, commodities, options and other investments is not without risk. However, you should not have to bear the risk of any brokers and other investment professionals who may use improper or manipulative actions to deprive you of what you have worked for. These actions may lead to unsuitable investments, or bad financial advice.  At Block & Landsman, our securities and commodities litigation attorneys are committed to recovering funds on your behalf.

Since we opened the doors to our firm in 1994, our lawyers have recovered millions of dollars for clients who have been financially injured through the improper actions of financial advisors. We know the impact that financial fraud can have on you, your family and your business. Our lawyers investigate all the records, facts and circumstances of your case in order to uncover the truth.  We then use that information to seek financial compensation for the damages caused by dishonesty or disregard of the law.

Laurence M. Landsman


Laurence M. Landsman is a skilled trial attorney who applies more than twenty-five years of experience representing investors…

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Alan F. Block


Alan F. Block is a seasoned litigator who unflinchingly advocates to protect the assets and rights of his clients. Whether in a courtroom…

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Experienced Business Litigation Law Firm

Our experience in the financial industry is not limited to representing victims of fraud. We also represent financial companies as well as financial professionals who are embroiled in industry disputes involving the following matters:

  • U5 Forms – including defamation claims, amendments and expungements
  • Restrictive covenants/noncompete agreements/employment agreements
  • Disciplinary actions
  • Hiring/firm transitions
  • Employee forgivable loan claims/promissory notes
  • Claims brought by agrieved clients

    We also protect the rights of industry participants who have been unfairly attacked by regulators as well as by competitors who use illegal or improper means of competition. Both regulation and competition are fundamental to the efficiency and integrity of our securities markets. But when overzealous regulators go after firms for legitimate trading practices, Block & Landsman will step in to protect the rights of the industry members. Similarly, when a firm’s competitor hires away employees who improperly remove customer lists and other protected information, Block & Landsman has successfully obtained injunctions to protect the assets and prevent the unfair competition from being accomplished.

    Over the years, we have represented clients before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), and state and federal courts across the country. Well-respected in our practice area, our securities and commodities litigation attorneys are published authors who are often asked to participate in speaking engagements. We use our 90 years of combined understanding and experience with state and federal laws to negotiate a successful outcome.

Experienced Business Litigation Law Firm

Running and trying to grow a business in any industry can be risky and challenging.  Your employees, customers and data are all key assets.  Our business litigation attorneys help you stay informed about changes in federal regulations and how those changes may affect your company. We also provide proactive advice and guidance in the formation of non-compete/employment agreements and restrictive covenants to make sure that your business and all its assets are protected from unscrupulous individuals or competitors, as well as unnecessary and costly litigation.  For a confidential review of your non-compete and employment contracts contact us at 312-251-1144.


Legal Representation You Can Trust

The business world, and the financial industry in particular is a complex web of regulations, processes and laws. Therefore, it is important to find legal representation you can trust.  If you have suffered a financial loss or you are dealing with a commercial issue such as a breach of contract, breach of a restrictive covenant or non-compete agreement, you can trust our team at Block & Landsman to aggressively pursue your rights.

The misconduct of any business partner, employee or a financial advisor is a serious matter, and we do everything in our power to hold the party accountable. To schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your rights today, please contact us at 312-251-1144.

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