Terry R. Weiss

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Atlanta,  GA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Securities Litigation
  • Financial Regulatory and Compliance Group
  • Appellate
Contact InfoTelephone: 678.553.2603
Fax: 678.553.2604
University Emory University, B.A., with high honors, 1983
Law SchoolEmory University School of Law, J.D., 1986 Recipient, Book Award
Admitted1986, Georgia; 2008, Florida; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Memberships Atlanta Bar Association; American Bar Association (Co-Chair, Committee on Broker-Dealer Litigation).

BornSt. Louis, Missouri, July 24, 1961

With more than 25 years of practical experience, Terry Weiss focuses his practice on representing the securities industry in the full range of legal disputes. In that capacity, he represents securities firms, broker-dealers, prime brokers and clearing firms, investment advisors and securities industry professionals in the defense of civil customer litigation and arbitrations, class action litigation and employment matters. Terry has served as lead counsel in over 100 cases that have been tried. An important part of his practice includes the defense of enforcement matters before the various securities industry regulators, including the SEC, FINRA and the various states, particularly those cases that are expected to go to trial before an ALJ or hearing officer. Although clients predominantly seek his trial expertise, he is also called upon to handle internal investigations that are often linked to enforcement matters.

Areas of Concentration

· Broker-dealer

· Broker-dealer and securities litigation

· Class action defense practice

· Securities litigation and arbitration

· Securities regulatory, enforcement and white collar

· Appellate

Professional & Community Involvement

· Member, American Bar Association
- Editor, Broker-Dealer Litigation Survey, 2008-Present
- Co-Chair, Broker-Dealer Litigation Committee, 2010-2011

· Arbitrator, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Securities Industry Panelist

· Board Member, High Museum of Art, Director's Circle

· Member, Atlanta Bar Association

· Outside Counsel Member, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)

Awards & Recognition

· Member, Winning Team, Fulton County Daily Report's "Georgia Litigation Department of the Year" award, Securities Litigation, 2013

· Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Georgia Super Lawyers, 2006, 2010-2013
- "Top 100 Lawyers in Georgia," 2012-2013

· Listed, Chambers USA Guide, 2012-2013

· Listed, Georgia Trend magazine, "Legal Elite," 2009-2012

· Listed, The Legal 500 United States, 2012

· Team Member, a Law360 "Employment Practice Group of the Year," 2011

· Team Member, a Law360 "Appellate Practice Group of the Year," 2010

· Rated, AV Preeminent® 5.0 out of 5

Professional Experience

Significant Representations

· Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc. v. John J. Garrett et al., 5th Cir. Ct. App., Case No. 11-20736, reversing, Morgan Keegan & Company v. John J. Garrett, et al., Civil Action No. 4:10-cv-04309 (S.D. Tex. 2011) (vacating $9.2 million arbitration award).

· Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc. v. Horace Grant, 9th Cir. Ct. App., Case No. 10-56166, affirming, Morgan Keegan & Company v. Horace Grant, Case No. CV 09-07369 SJO (C.D. Cal. 2010) (vacatur motion based on bias).

· Pack v. Benjamin Stanley, et al., Civil Action No. 1:10-cv-02200-AT (N.D. Ga. 2011) (dismissing alleged $15 million securities suit for pleading deficiencies with no right to re-plead).

· Brown v. J.P. Turner & Company, Civil Action No. 1:09-cv-02649-JEC (N.D. Ga. 2011).

· In re J.P. Turner & Company, LLC, Initial Decision Rel. No. 395 (May 19, 2010 SEC LEXIS 1656) (Reg SP SEC enforcement action).

· Instituto De Prevision Militar v. Merrill Lynch, 546 F.3d 1340 (11th Cir. 2008).

· Cordova v. Lehman Bros., Inc., 526 F.Supp.2d 1305 (S.D. Fla. 2007).

· Cordova v. Lehman Bros., Inc., 237 F.R.D. 471 (S.D. Fla. 2006).

· Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. v. Coe, 313 F.Supp.2d 603 (S.D. W.Va. 2004).

· GCA Strategic Inv. Fund, Ltd. v. Joseph Charles & Associates, Inc., 245 Ga. App. 460, 537 S.E.2d 677 (2000).

· Candler v. Davis & Upchurch, 204 Ga.App. 167, 419 S.E.2d 69 (1992).

· Cullen v. Paine, Webber, Jackson & Curtis, Inc., 863 F.2d 851 (11th Cir. 1989).

· O.R. Securities, Inc. v. Professional Planning Associates, Inc., 857 F.2d 742 (11th Cir. 1988).

Publications & Presentations

Articles, Lectures & Publications


· Quoted, "Stockbroker Requests to Scrub Complaints Are Often Granted," The Wall Street Journal, October 16, 2013

· Editor, "Broker-Dealer Litigation: 2012 Annual Survey," ABA Journal, March 1, 2013

· Quoted, "Greenberg Traurig Unveils New Atlanta Office," Daily Report, December 6, 2012

· Quoted, "Rare Opinion Offers Clues to Morgan Keegan's Winning Defense," Reuters, August 1, 2012

· Quoted, "Greenberg Traurig Shows Off New Digs," Atlanta Business Chronicle, July 2012

· Editor, "Broker-Dealer Litigation: 2011 Annual Survey," ABA Journal, March 1, 2012

· Editor, "Broker-Dealer Litigation: 2010 Annual Survey," ABA Journal, June 1, 2011

· Quoted, "Rare Sighting: Indie B-D Wins Private Placement Case," Investment News, May 2011

· Quoted, "JP Turner Shakes Investors' Fraud Action," Law360, May 2011

· Author, "Permission to Be Frank? The Debate Continues Over an Absolute Versus Qualified Immunity in U5 Defamation Cases," Reprinted with permission, BNA, Inc. Securities Regulation & Law, June 4, 2007

· Author, "Selling Away and Buying Trouble," Securities Arbitration, PLI, Ch. 21 Vol. 2, 1997

· Author, "When the Fat Lady Doesn't Sing: Vacating Securities Arbitration Awards," Securities Arbitration, PLI, Ch. 29 Vol. 2, 1996

· Author, "Reasoned Awards: If We Wanted Your Opinion We Would Have Asked For It,"Securities Arbitration, PLI, Vol. VI, No. 5, June 1994


· Speaker, "Weathering the Storm of Trial: The Role of In House Counsel," In-House Counsel CLE Seminar Series, Fulton County Daily Report, March 27, 2013

· Speaker, "Arbitration Practitioners Workshop: Strategies from the Front Lines," Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Annual Seminar, March 2013

· Speaker, "Arbitration Practitioners Workshop: Strategies from the Front Lines," Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, March 2012

· Speaker, Independent Broker-Dealer Regulatory Forum, April 16, 2008

· Panelist, "Mediation: Common Issues and Special Topics," Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Orlando, FL, April 2, 2008

· Panelist, "Customer Complaints," Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Phoenix, AZ, March 28, 2007

· Panelist, "Internal Investigations," SIA-CL Annual Seminar, March 25-28, 2007

Web Presentations

· Web Presentation, "Greenberg Traurig's Atlanta Office Space," Daily Report, December 6, 2012


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Alabama is No Sweet Home for Vacating Arbitration Awards
Terry R. Weiss, June 24, 2014
Applying federal law, the Alabama Supreme Court has joined in the chorus of other courts that have stressed the high burden imposed on parties who seek to vacate arbitration awards, especially when those attempts appear to be a re-litigation of the merits or include bases that are outside of the...

PIABA Goes to Extremes to Attack FINRA's BrokerCheck
Andy Clark,Kathryn S. Gostinger,Terry R. Weiss, March 10, 2014
PIABA released today its Report entitled “The Inequality of Investor Access to Information,” an attack on the FINRA BrokerCheck program that provides the public with access to employment, registration, and other information about registered representatives and FINRA member firms. The...

U.S. District Court in Atlanta Rules against the SEC in an Insider Trading Case, Describing the SEC's Evidence as 'Overreaching' and 'Self-Serving'
Kathryn S. Gostinger,Terry R. Weiss, January 17, 2014
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) lost an insider trading case last week in federal court in the Northern District of Georgia. SEC v. Ladislav “Larry” Schvacho, 1:12-cv-02557-WSD (N.D. Ga. 2013). The SEC alleged that Defendant, a retired engineer from Cisco, Larry...

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3333 Piedmont Road NE, Suite 2500
AtlantaGA 30305


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