MARK J. ASTARITA, ESQ.
ASTARITA@SECLAW.COM


BEAM & ASTARITA, LLC

300 Broadacres Drive
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Voice: 973-893-0900

67 Wall Street, Suite 2211
New York, New York 10005
Voice: 212-509-6544

 

Profile

Mark J. Astarita is an attorney admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in the states of New York and New Jersey. Since his graduation cum laude from New York Law School in 1981, Mr. Astarita has practiced law primarily as a corporate and securities litigator, representing individuals and corporations in a wide variety of legal disputes, ranging from employment disputes to trade secret litigation to sophisticated securities litigation.

From 1984 through 2000 as a partner in the law firm of Gusrae, Kaplan & Bruno, and today, as a founding member of Beam & Astarita, LLC, Mr. Astarita is responsible for all aspects of the firm's civil litigation practice. Mr. Astarita's work is primarily as a securities arbitration attorney, representing investors, financial professionals, brokerage firms, hedge funds and investment advisors in a wide array of matters including federal and state court litigation, securities arbitrations, disciplinary proceedings, and regulatory investigations. A summary of Mr. Astarita's more interesting and novel cases is contained in the document Beam & Astarita Significant Cases and Decisions.

A significant portion of Mr. Astarita's practice is in the area of securities arbitration. For over 20 years Mr. Astarita has been the attorney of record, representing customers, brokers and brokerage firms in NASD and NYSE arbitrations, having handled over 400 securities arbitrations in his career. Mr. Astarita prides himself on his dedication to his clients, and his desire to champion their cause and position. He represents clients in matters across the country, and has represented parties in proceedings held in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington DC, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Missouri, Texas, North Dakota, Montana, Colorado, California, Louisiana, Nebraska, Minnesota, Utah, and Oregon. Mr. Astarita has written extensively on the topic of customer arbitrations, and most of his articles appear at The Securities Law Home Page.

In addition to his work as a securities arbitration attorney, Mr. Astarita represents financial professional in regulatory investigations, from the SEC, the NASD, the NYSE and the various state securities commissions, and is one of the few practicing attorneys to have passed the NASD's Series 7 Examination, the licensing examination for securities brokers. Outside of the courtroom, Mr. Astarita provides counsel to broker-dealers and other business entities regarding corporate formation, compliance, management, contracts and other legal matters.

Martindale-Hubbell, the most respected and impartial source of information about attorneys in the U.S., Canada and worldwide, has given Mr. Astarita their highest rating ("AV"), and have determined that his legal ability is very high to preeminent and his ethical standards are very high. An attorney in the US cannot receive a higher rating than this rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

In July, 1995, Mr. Astarita created the The Securities Law Home Page, the WWW Site for information regarding the United States securities and commodities law, including corporate finance, public offerings, stock broker regulation, securities arbitration and related topics. The site, which has been rated one of the Top 10 law firm web sites available on the Internet, and consistently rated "Best of the Web" by every major survey, contains original articles and commentary of interest to participants in the United States financial markets, as well as attorneys and educators. The site receives over 10,000 unique visitors a month, making it one of the most popular legal sites in the world.

In addition to his securities and litigation work, Mr. Astarita is an avid computer enthusiast. He has been online since 1986, and an Internet user since 1989. Mr. Astarita's experience in the online community, coupled with his legal background, have enabled him to provide advice and counsel to a variety of online information services, sysop groups, and Web site owners and developers. His computer experience and familiarity with network and personal computing technology have enabled him to successfully represent parties in computer-related litigation, including matters relating to theft of software, and  copyright infringement relating to software. A self-described "computer geek wanna-be" Mr. Astarita has been quoted as saying that he knows more about computers and computer people than any lawyer should know.

Various media sources have relied upon Mr. Astarita for commentary on issues relating to the securities laws and online legal issues, and he has been quoted in a number of publications, including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune Magazine, Forbes Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Law Journal, Ticker Magazine, Research Magazine, Registered Representative, On Wall Street, The Recorder, Legal Times, the New Jersey Star Ledger, the Internet Compliance Reporter,  Investment Dealers' Digest, Compliance Reporter, Financial NetNews, Securities Industry Daily, the Bergen Record and the New York Post.

In recent years, he has been a regular guest on CNBC's Power Lunch, was a member of the faculty for the 2002 Practicing Law Institute's Securities Arbitration Seminar, and has been a guest lecturer at Pace University's Securities Arbitration Clinic, on the topic of preparing and conducting a securities arbitration hearing. In October 2005 he was an invited speaker at the Connecticut Securities Division's Securities Forum 2005.

In 2005 he was named as the Chairman of the Legal Committee of the National Association of Investment Professionals. Mr. Astarita frequently writes articles for various publications relating to the securities laws. From 1996 through 2000 he was the legal columnist for Research: Magazine. Most of his columns appear at The Securities Law Home Page. Some of those articles include: Introduction to Securities Arbitration, Introduction to the Federal Securities Laws, Hearing, Hearing, and Honoring and Enforcement of Arbitration Awards. A complete list of Mr. Astarita's articles, papers and commentaries is available online.

Mr. Astarita can be reached by mail or telephone at the above address, or by email at astarita@seclaw.com.

Education

New York Law School, New York, New York, J.D., 1981, Cum Laude
Honors: Order of the Barrister, Moot Court Executive Board
Queens College of the City University of New York
Flushing, New York, B.A., 1978

Professional Affiliations

National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.
Member, Board of Arbitrators, 1988-Present
American Arbitration Association, Inc.
Member, Panel of Arbitrators, 1988-Present
New York County Lawyers Association
Member, Committees on Securities and Exchanges
National Society of Compliance Professionals
Computer Law Association
Essex County Bar Association

Court Admissions

State of New York, 1982; State of New Jersey, 1982; United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1983; United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1983; United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1982; United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 1982; United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, 1983; United States District Court for the Western District of New York, 1983; United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 1983; United States Tax Court, 1984