About the Firm
Deutsch & Lipner is a law firm that was formed in 1985. Its principals have over seventy years experience practicing extensively in securities arbitration and related litigation. Since its inception, Deutsch & Lipner has represented clients across the country, against virtually every major and regional financial services company, in both arbitration and the courts, in cases involving churning, inadequate disclosure, failed due diligence, unauthorized trading, improper execution, stock manipulation, theft and unsuitability. Deutsch & Lipner has a reputation for dogged advocacy and a willingness to go to trial on meritorious cases. That approach to practicing law – all too rare in today’s sign-em-up-then-settle legal culture, inures to the benefit of all of Deutsch & Lipner’s clients.
In 2015, Deutsch & Lipner won what we believe is the first arbitration involving a U.S. investor who bought Puerto Rico municipal bonds. The award of nearly $100,000 was more than 3 times the investor's out-of-pocket loss. Deutsch & Lipner is currently proscuting and/or investigating similar incidents at Stifel & Nicholaus, Merrill Lynch, Ameriprise and other financial services firms.
In 2014, Deutsch & Lipner won over $5.3 million in Dulin v. UBS (including $1 million in punitive damages), also arising from UBS’s improper marketing of Principal-Protected Notes.
In 2013, Deutsch & Lipner defeated JP Morgan in a case, brought on behalf of an ultra-high net worth international investor, alleging failed execution of an order to liquidate securities held in that investor’s account.
In 2013, Deutsch & Lipner, together with its co-counsel Robbins Geller Rudman, settled Luther v. Countrywide for $500 million. The case was the first class action ever brought (it was started in 2007) involving Residential Mortgage-Backed Securities ("RMBS").
In 2010, Deutsch & Lipner won five arbitration awards against UBS for its sale of Lehman Brothers’ so-called Principal Protected Notes, and another against UBS for its sale of Fannie Mae (FNM) preferred stock.
In 2005, Deutsch & Lipner won over $1 million in an arbitration against Merrill Lynch on behalf of a former employee of United Parcel Service based on inappropriate investment advice.
In 2004, Deutsch & Lipner recovered over $1 million from the prominent investment advisory firm Neuberger Berman based upon mismanagement of client investments
Areas of Practice
Investment Advisor Cases
Churning and Excessive Fees
Defective Investment Products
Broker Defamation and Whistleblower Cases
Deutsch & Lipner in the News
A Rise in Requests From Brokers to Wipe the Slate Clean
By SUSAN ANTILLA
June 10, 2013
“People are starting to use BrokerCheck the way they use TripAdvisor,” said Seth E. Lipner, a professor of law at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College...“No broker wants these red flags on their record.”
Ex-UBS Broker Wins $5.3 Million on Withheld Lehman Information
By Kevin Dugan
April 9, 2014
“UBS always tried to impress upon the reps their wonderful due diligence and that they looked into this and blessed each of these issuers” whose products they recommended, said Seth Lipner, a lawyer at Deutsch & Lipner in Garden City, New York, who represented Dulin. “What the arbitrators explain in their award is that the senior people at UBS knew that Lehman’s financial position was increasingly precarious and they stifled the information flow to the reps. And the reason they did it was it would have been bad for business.”
Wrong Package – UPS Retiree Cites Merrill Broker In $3.2M Loss
By Roddy Boyd
December 19, 2005
"Arthur Weyrauch’s lawyer, Seth Lipner, told The Post [his Merrill Lynch broker] led a concerted effort by Merrill to aggressively pursue the risky trades in order to cash in on the value locked up in stock held by the former UPS executives."