Mark J. Astarita, Esq.


Beam & Astarita, LLC
67 Wall Street, Suite 2211
New York, New York 10005
Voice: 212-509-6544

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

astarita@seclaw.com

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 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 litigation practice, representing all members of the financial community, including broker-dealers, registered representatives, investment advisors and other financial professionals, as well as investors and shareholders, in public, private and closely held corporations in a wide array of matters including federal and state court litigation, securities arbitrations, disciplinary proceedings, and regulatory investigations.

In today's market enviorment, where many investors are suffering market losses, and suing their brokers for those losses, Mr. Astarita is travelling the country defending brokerage firms and individual brokers in customer arbitrations and regulatory inquiries. Mr. Astarita has written extensively on the topic of customer arbitrations, and most of his articles appear at The Securities Law Home Page.

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 appeared in every major city in New York and New Jersey, as well as Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Atlanta, Charlotte, Charleston, Washington DC, Boston, Providence, Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, Austin, Dallas, Bismark, Billings, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Portland.

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 on the World Wide Web.

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. From 1989 to 1995 he was the sysop of an extremely popular BBS, one of the founders of an international computer network known as Globalnet, and a Coordinator for the amateur computer network known as Fidonet. 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.

Mr. Astarita is one of the few attorneys who truly understands the interaction of securities law and the Internet. 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, Internet Compliance Reporter,  Investment Dealers' Digest, Compliance Reporter, Financial NetNews, Securities Industry Daily, the Bergen Record and the New York Post.

Mr. Astarita frequently writes articles for various publications relating to the securities laws, and writes a monthly column for Research: Magazine. Most of his columns appear at The Securities Law Home Page.

 Mr. Astarita can be reached by mail or telephone at the above address, or by email at astarita@seclaw.com. He has never charged anyone for an initial consultation.

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
 
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