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Partner Vincent D. Slavens is a litigation attorney who practices in the areas of securities, business/contracts, consumer, antitrust and municipal litigation. For more than a decade, he has successfully represented investors, businesses and consumers in a variety of matters ranging from individual actions to complex class actions. He has successfully defended individuals and corporations against multi-million dollar claims involving complex issues. Through his creative litigation and trial tactics, Mr. Slavens has participated in the recovery of over of $20 million for the benefit of his clients and class members.
Mr. Slavens has extensive experience litigating individual and class actions in federal and state court, and arbitrating claims before AAA, FINRA and other arbitration forums. He also represents clients before the State Court of Appeals and the Federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Some of Mr. Slavens’ recent successes include obtaining a jury verdict exonerating his clients of all liability in a complex multimillion dollar case alleging fraud and negligence. After a 25 day jury trial and four days of deliberations, the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of Mr. Slavens’ clients.
In another notable case, Mr. Slavens recovered more than $1.5 million dollars for a group of investors in promissory notes sold by a national broker dealer. The case started as a class action, and after class certification had been denied, Mr. Slavens orchestrated a joint NASD (now FINRA) arbitration, filing on behalf of more than fifteen investors. He managed to recover nearly 100% of his clients’ losses.
Mr. Slavens also negotiated a multimillion dollar settlement on behalf of nearly 20 investors relating to their claims against a broker-dealer that participated in the sale of hedge fund shares that turned out to be one of the largest Ponzi schemes in recent memory, totaling more than $400 million. Mr. Slavens managed to recover a significant portion of his clients’ losses without ever having to file a case.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Slavens played a key role in a class action against two of the largest law firms in the country, recovering more than $6 million on behalf of his clients. He and partner James Krause, successfully achieved class certification and resolved the case favorably before trial.
Over the years, Mr. Slavens has been invited to speak about investor rights and the FINRA arbitration process. For example, he was invited to USD School of Law to make a presentation to the Securities Law class on the procedures for filing a FINRA arbitration, managing the case from start to finish, and developing themes and a winning strategy.
Mr. Slavens is also active in the legal community and has devoted substantial time to community programs such as the Volunteer Lawyers Program of San Diego, where he participated as a panelist on issues relating to the brokerage industry and corporate scandals. He has provided substantial pro bono services to local non-profit organizations. He has written articles on whistle-blower standing under the RICO statutes and third-party liability for securities fraud titled “They Heard It Through The Grapevine” published in Trial Bar News.