Matthew Schwartz

BIOGRAPHY

Matthew Schwartz is a Shareholder at Kass Shuler, P.A. where he serves as the practice group leader for their securities litigation and professional negligence practice group. His practice is focused on plaintiff-side securities arbitration and litigation, representing individual investors and institutions in claims against brokerage firms, investment advisors, commodities firms, hedge funds and others. He also represents plaintiffs who have been damaged by their insurance agents, lawyers, accountants and other professionals. He is an accomplished commercial litigator who has handled a variety of business disputes and other consumer claims.

Matthew has spent the majority of his legal career in the securities industry. Most recently, Matthew was a partner at the largest defense firm in the state of Florida, defending securities disputes and other professional negligence law suits. Prior to that, he worked as Government Affairs Counsel for the Financial Services Institute – a Washington, D.C. based financial services lobbying association; in-house corporate counsel for TransAmerica – an international financial services firm; and as staff attorney for the National Association of Securities Dealers (n/k/a FINRA) Office of Dispute Resolution. His vast experience provides him with insight and knowledge of the securities industry that most lawyers do not have.

Originally from Tampa, Florida, Mr. Schwartz earned his Bachelor of Science from Florida State University and his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Nova Southeastern University. Mr. Schwartz is a Florida Supreme Court circuit civil certified mediator, hearing officer appointed by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, a FINRA Arbitrator, former Chairman of the Tampa Bay Securities Compliance Group, and member of the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Advisors, Inc.

EDUCATION

Nova Southeastern University, J.D., cum laude
Florida State University, B.S.

ADMISSIONS

Florida
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

ASSOCIATIONS

FINRA Arbitrator (2009 – Present)
Florida Supreme Court Circuit Civil Certified Mediator (2018 – Present)
Hearing Officer, appointed by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (2016 – Present)
Hillsborough County Bar Association, Securities Litigation Section (2011 – Present)
Chairman of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, Securities Litigation Section (2017 – 2018)
Bay Area Advisors, Board Member (2012 – Present)
Bay Area Advisors, President (2018 – 2019)
Chairman, Martinis for Moffitt (2016 – 2018)
Former Chairman, Tampa Bay Securities Compliance Group (2009 – 2016)
Former Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist (2009 – 2011)

PUBLICATIONS

The Efficacy of Securities Arbitration and Proposals for Change
Financial Regulation Since the 2008 Financial Crisis
FINRA Arbitration and Emerging Trends
Cyber Security – Under the Microscope of Regulators

BIOGRAPHY

Matthew Schwartz serves as the practice group leader for Kass Shuler, P.A.’s securities litigation and professional negligence practice group. His practice is focused on plaintiff-side securities arbitration and litigation, representing individual investors and institutions in claims against brokerage firms, investment advisors, commodities firms, hedge funds and others. He also represents plaintiffs who have been damaged by their insurance agents, lawyers, accountants and other professionals. He is an accomplished commercial litigator who has handled a variety of business disputes and other commercial claims.

Matthew has spent the majority of his legal career in the securities industry. Most recently, Matthew was a partner at the largest defense firm in the state of Florida, defending securities disputes and other professional negligence law suits. Prior to that, he worked as Government Affairs Counsel for the Financial Services Institute – a Washington, D.C. based financial services lobbying association; in-house corporate counsel for TransAmerica – an international financial services firm; and as staff attorney for the National Association of Securities Dealers (n/k/a FINRA) Office of Dispute Resolution. His vast experience provides him with insight and knowledge of the securities industry that most lawyers do not have.

Originally from Tampa, Florida, Mr. Schwartz earned his Bachelor of Science from Florida State University and his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Nova Southeastern University. Mr. Schwartz is a Florida Supreme Court circuit civil certified mediator, hearing officer appointed by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, a FINRA Arbitrator, former Chairman of the Tampa Bay Securities Compliance Group, and member of the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Advisors, Inc.

EDUCATION

Nova Southeastern University, J.D., cum laude
Florida State University, B.S.

ADMISSIONS

Florida
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

ASSOCIATIONS

FINRA Arbitrator (2009 – Present)
Florida Supreme Court Circuit Civil Certified Mediator (2018 – Present)
Hearing Officer, appointed by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (2016 – Present)
Hillsborough County Bar Association, Securities Litigation Section (2011 – Present)
Chairman of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, Securities Litigation Section (2017 – 2018)
Bay Area Advisors, Board Member (2012 – Present)
Bay Area Advisors, President (2018 – 2019)
Chairman, Martinis for Moffitt (2016 – 2018)
Former Chairman, Tampa Bay Securities Compliance Group (2009 – 2016)
Former Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist (2009 – 2011)

PUBLICATIONS

The Efficacy of Securities Arbitration and Proposals for Change
Financial Regulation Since the 2008 Financial Crisis
FINRA Arbitration and Emerging Trends
Cyber Security – Under the Microscope of Regulators