David A. Gehn, a member of the Firm, has been representing clients ranging from the largest broker-dealers and registered investment advisors to individuals in large and complex civil, criminal, and regulatory investigations and litigation, as well as in contractual and transitional matters for the last 25 years. Mr. Gehn also represents professional athletes and was formerly a certified NFL Contract Advisor.
Since 1992, Mr. Gehn has concentrated his practice in the financial services industry. Early in his career, among other things, Mr. Gehn filed over 10 cases against the self-professed Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort, and Stratton Oakmont, all of which settled for millions of dollars in the aggregate. Mr. Gehn also filed other well publicized cases in the 1990’s, including a civil action against Marion “Suge” Knight, former owner of Death Row Records, based upon an assault at a Death Row Christmas party.
From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Gehn was General Counsel of Bluestone Capital, a broker-dealer, and its online trading division, Trade.com.
Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Gehn was a Member of Gusrae Kaplan Nusbaum, PLLC for over 16 years. While there, he was one of three attorneys who filed a federal class action in the Southern District of New York against, Fairfield Greenwich Limited, et al., the largest Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities “feeder fund”, which recently settled for an amount in excess of $250 million. From 2014-2016, Gusrae Kaplan was recognized by BTI Consulting Group as an “honor roll” member on its list of the nation’s 50 “most feared” litigation law firms.
Overall, Mr. Gehn has over 85 reported FINRA arbitration awards, which include 7 matters in which he has obtained expungement for his clients. He also litigates in federal and state courts, with several matters resulting in published opinions. Additionally, he has represented financial professionals in multiple SEC, FINRA, and CFP investigations and enforcement proceedings.
Mr. Gehn also advises financial professionals concerning the transition of their financial practice, FINRA inquiries, non-solicit/non-compete issues, and Protocol compliance. He is familiar with the traditional, independent, RIA, and bank brokerage models.
Mr. Gehn also has an active practice representing professional athletes. His clients include a top 15 selection in the 2017 NFL Draft and a top 10 selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, a top 5 selection in the 2010 NBA Draft, as well as several other active and retired players.
Mr. Gehn graduated from New York Law School in 1992 and has returned to the school as a guest lecturer and as a panelist at its Annual Sports Law Conference. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 1988, and has returned to guest lecture in the MLaw program.