PRACTICE AREAS
Investment Litigation
Business Litigation
Melinda Steuer has been representing savers, investors and retirees in disputes with their financial advisors and broker-dealers since 2001.  Ms. Steuer has successfully handled litigation and arbitration involving a wide range of investment products, including variable annuities, tenancies in common, real estate investment trusts, alternative investments, variable life insurance, equity indexed insurance products, stocks, bonds, options, and mutual funds. 
Melinda Steuer has handled a wide variety of real property, contract and business disputes, including the following areas:
  • Financial Elder Abuse
  • Unfair and/or fraudulent practices by lending institutions
  • Real property investments that are not regulated as securities
  • Real property title disputes
  • Partnership disputes
   

Employment Disputes
Since 2003, Melinda Steuer has represented employees in disputes involving statutory discrimination and retaliation, whistle blower cases, fraudulent inducement of employment, wage and hour violations and defamation, with an emphasis on professionals who work in financial services.   Successful cases Ms. Steuer has handled include:
 
  • Wells Fargo Advisors v. Shaffer (N.D. Cal. 2011) 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 72772, in which the California Northern District Court held that a FINRA arbitration panel did not manifestly disregard California law when it awarded damages to a terminated financial advisor for defamation on a Form U-5

  • Wells Fargo Advisors v. Hawkes (FINRA Dispute Resolution Case No. 12-00441, in which a FINRA arbitration panel denied the broker-dealer’s claim for repayment of a promissory note and awarded the terminated financial advisor $800,000 in damages plus his attorneys fees, and recommended the expungement of his Form U-5

  • Buxton v. Beacon Pointe Wealth Advisors (JAMS Case No. 1110019176) in which a JAMS arbitration panel recommended the expungement of an investment advisor’s Form U-5 and awarded him with his attorneys fees and costs.