David C. Franceski Jr.

Senior Counsel

dfranceski@stradley.com

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Dave Franceski

Overview

For 38 years Dave Franceski has concentrated his litigation and enforcement practice on complex commercial and securities matters, primarily defending and counseling the firm’s top investment banking, broker/dealer and investment advisory clients. During his career, Dave has been privileged to represent the country’s leading national, regional and local investment banks, broker dealers, investment companies and other financial firms, including many of Wall Street’s major banks and broker/dealers. Dave has tried to verdict, decision or award well over 100 cases. His litigation experience – before judges, juries, arbitrators and agency enforcement panels – extends from complex class actions, multimillion dollar securities investor claims and federal insider trading investigations to state licensing and registration proceedings, broker raiding claims and other industry-related commercial disputes. Dave is also a FINRA-approved arbitrator.

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Representative Matters

  • Advanced Courtroom Trial Technology: tried to verdict a “paperless” six-week federal court jury trial over misappropriation of confidential and proprietary system software
  • Auction Rate Securities and Other Complex Investments: served as co-defense counsel in a multimillion dollar auction-rate securities fraud action by the New Jersey Higher Education Assistance Agency against UBS Securities
  • Clearing Broker Liability: successfully defended a nationally known clearing broker in a two-week federal jury trial of the clearing firm and its introducing firm
  • Complex Securities Arbitration: successfully arbitrated and resolved numerous six, seven and eight-figure securities customer claims on behalf of clients such as Morgan Stanley, Vanguard Group of Investment Companies, UBS Financial Services Inc., UBS Securities, Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, Raymond James Financial Services and LPL Financial, among others
  • ERISA: successfully defended a national broker-dealer in a federal action charging ERISA fiduciary and co-fiduciary violations in a defined benefit pension plan
  • Insider Trading: investigated, negotiated and successfully resolved a three-year SEC insider trading and Section 15(f) material non-public information policy and procedure investigation of a major regional broker/dealer
  • Raiding and Employment: prosecuted a six-month preliminary injunction proceeding to curb, and seek compensation for, a national campaign to raid the firm’s brokers
  • Securities Class Actions: served as co-defense counsel in a securities class action against a development-stage biopharma issuer and its officers
  • Securities Fraud: tried to jury verdict an issuer’s claims for multimillion dollar losses arising from a complex short-selling, defamation and market manipulation scheme
  • Selling Away: successfully defended a Wall Street investment bank/brokerage firm in a multimillion dollar Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration for alleged trading away losses
  • SRO Disciplinary Proceedings: investigated, negotiated and resolved a two-year National Association of Securities Dealers (NASDR) disciplinary proceeding against a regional broker-dealer and several of its registered representatives for sales practice and supervision-related violations
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Credentials

Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
Education
  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • B.A. and M.A., Phi Beta Kappa, University of Pennsylvania
Memberships

  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Securities Litigation Committee
  • Board of Editors, Senior Editor, Securities Litigation Commentator
  • Treasurer, Berwyn-Paoli Little League
  • Former Member of Board of Directors and Executive Board, Committee of Seventy
  • Former Member, Financial Services Institute
  • Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
  • Former Board Member, Saybrook Homeowners Association

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Advising Seniors: Providing Financial Guidance in the Face of Diminished Capacity and Other Senior-Related Issues,” Financial Services Institute
  • Presenter, “Ethics in Dealing with Public Officials and Public Clients,” SIFMA Legal and Compliance Division
  • Presenter, “Soft Dollars and Commission Sharing Arrangements for Broker Dealers and Investment Advisors,” National Society of Compliance Professionals
  • Presenter, “Investment Adviser Pay-to-Play Rule 206(4)-5,” SIFMA legal and Compliance Division
  • Presenter, “DOL/ERISA Issues: An Investment Advisory Perspective," Financial Service’s Institute’s OneVoice Broker Dealer Conference
  • Presenter, “Investment Adviser Pay-to-Play Rule 206(4)- 5,” Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Compliance and Legal Society Annual Meeting
  • Presenter, “GI Best Practices: Current Hot Products,” National Society of Compliance Professionals East Coast Regional Meeting
  • Presenter, “Political Contributions, Procurement, Placement Agents & Lobbying: State & Federal Rulemaking Updates: Pay to Play Rules,” National Society of Compliance Professionals National Membership Meeting
  • Presenter, “Primer on Complex Financial Instruments,” National Society of Compliance Professionals National Membership Meeting
  • Presenter, “Clearing Arrangements for Introducing Firms,” National Society of Compliance Professionals National Membership Meeting
  • Presenter, “Arbitration from the Perspective of the Arbitrators,” Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Compliance and Legal Division Annual Meeting
  • Presenter, “Who Wants to be an NASD Target?,” presented by Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP
  • Presenter, “An Overview of Securities Litigation,” presented by Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP
  • Presenter, “Employment Agreements and Portability,” National Society of Compliance Professionals National Membership Meeting
  • Presenter, “Dead Man’s Statute in Pennsylvania,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute
  • Presenter, “D&O Litigation Issues for Nonprofit Institutions,” presented by Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP
  • Presenter, “Federal Discovery Rules,” Philadelphia Institute for Paralegal Training 
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Recognition

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent rated
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