Erwin J. Shustak

Erwin J. Shustak: Attorney with Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. AV stamp icon
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Erwin Shustak is one of the founding partners and heads the Firm’s Litigation and Arbitration Department. He is the managing partner of the Firm.

Mr. Shustak specializes in litigations, trials, arbitrations and appeals of complex business, securities and financial fraud disputes. He has handled and overseen several hundred litigations and arbitrations, in Federal and State Courts and arbitration forums across the country. He specializes in securities and financial fraud cases.
He has represented public and private companies of all kinds, including financial institutions, governmental agencies, including the FDIC and the Resolution Trust Corporation, manufacturing firms, broker-dealers, hedge funds, registered representatives and defrauded investors. His vast trial and arbitration experience includes business, securities and financial fraud; breach of contract; real estate transactions and disputes; employment disputes; unfair competition, non-compete and restrictive covenant cases; and intellectual property disputes including copyright and trademark infringement.
Erwin was voted one of San Diego’s “Best of the Bar” in 2014 and a Top Litigator of 2014 by American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel magazines; honored as a “Super Lawyer”® of 2015 (business and securities litigation); 2009 (business litigation); 2008 (business litigation) and in 2007 (securities litigation) by Southern California’s “Super Lawyers” magazine; selected as one of the “Top Lawyers in San Diego” and “One of the Top Lawyers and Law Firms You Need to Know” in the 2013 and 2014 annual attorneys editions of San Diego Magazine and featured on the cover of the 2012 edition of “Top Rated Lawyers in New York” published by The National Law Journal and The American Lawyer. American Lawyer Media and Martindale Hubbell also named Erwin a “2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Securities Law”. Erwin was honored as a “Top Rated Lawyer of 2013″ in the field of Commercial Litigation by Corporate Counsel and The American Lawyer magazines published by American Legal Media. The American Society of Legal Advocates selected Erwin as “One of the Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in California” 2014 and 2015, a recognition that is awarded to less than 1.5% of lawyers nationally. He was selected by the Editors of The San Diego Daily Transcript as one of the Transcript’s “Top Ten Attorneys in 2005″, was nominated by that same publication as one of the “Top Influentials in 2010″ and selected by the Transcript as one of the “Top Influentials in 2012″. Erwin has received the highest rating-AV- from Martindale Hubbell since 1985, a testament to the fact that his peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.

Mr. Shustak began his career at the prominent firm of Kaye Scholer Fierman Hays & Handler in New York City. He is admitted to the State and Federal Courts of California, New York and New Jersey; the Second, Third, Fifth and Ninth Circuit Federal Courts of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
He serves as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (formerly the National Association of Securities Dealers), the National Futures Association and the Arbitration Forum and is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America; the Association of Business Trial Lawyers of San Diego; the New York and California State Bar Associations and the San Diego County Bar Association where he has served on the Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee since 2000.

Erwin also is a member of the Legal and Compliance Society of SIFMA, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.
Erwin resides in Del Mar, California and travels extensively serving the Firm’s clients. He is an avid sailor and skier and is active in a number of community organizations and various pro bono projects. Erwin is a member of the Roundtable of the San Diego Chamber of Commerce and an active member of International-Referral, an international association of legal and accounting professionals which provides our Firm with access to top professionals across the globe. Erwin is a member of the Disputes Committee of that organization

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Litigation and Arbitration
  • Business Law
  • Securities
  • Real Estate

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(619) 696-9500  Phone
(619) 615-5290  Fax
University Attended:
Rutgers College, B.A., Economics, cum laude; Rutgers College, Omicron Delta Epsilon
Law School Attended:
National Economics Honor Society, 1973; New York University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, NYU Law Review
Year of First Admission:
1977, New York; 1980, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York and U.S. Court of Appeals, Second and Fifth Circuits; 1976, New Jersey; 1976, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; 1979, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; 1984, U.S. Supreme Court; 1985, California; 1990, U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 1998, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; 1977, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
The Association of the Bar of the City of New York; San Diego County (Arbitrator, Fee Arbitration Committee, 2000-); New York State Bar Association; State Bar of California; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; San Diego Business Trial Lawyers Association; Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association; FINRA (formerly the National Association of Securities Dealers), National Futures Association and National Arbitration Forum (Arbitrator)
Birth Information:
Newark, New Jersey, March 1, 1952
Reported Cases:
Todd Vitale and John Paladino v. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC,, FINRA Case No. 11-01633
Chiavarelli v. Williams, 1998 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 13249
Merritt v. United States of America, et al, 960 F.2d at 15 (2nd Circuit 1992)
University Mews Associates v. Jean Marie, et al, 471 N.Y.S.2d 457, 122 Misc.2d 434 (New York County 1997)
Estate of Aronoff, 653 N.Y.S.2d 844, 171 Misc.2d 172 (New York County 1997)
Podsiadlo v. Deutsche Morgan Grenfell, Inc., et al (Arbitration) (American Stock Exchange 1998)
Financial Northeastern Securities, Inc. v. Steel, et al. (Arbitration) (National Association of Securities Dealers 1997)
Fisher v. Shearson Lehman Hutton (Arbitration) (American Stock Exchange 1992)
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

Peer Reviews

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