Sichenzia Ross Ference Kesner LLP Names A.R. John Hitchings, Jay Yamamoto and Mendy Piekarski as Partners   

Press Release – New York, NY– December 21, 2017 – The law firm of Sichenzia Ross Ference Kesner LLP today announced the promotion of A.R. John Hitchings, Jay Yamamoto and Mendy Piekarski to Partner.

“We are excited and proud to welcome John, Jay and Mendy as partners of the Firm.  Each of them has distinguished themselves in their professional practice with their knowledge, skill and advocacy. Over the years as they have developed as attorneys, our clients have come to rely upon their commitment to legal excellence and client service,” said Michael Ference, Chair of the Firm’s Executive Committee.

A.R. John Hitchings’ practice is focused on defending claims unique to the financial services industry.  Mr. Hitchings regularly appears before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in all phases of arbitration proceedings, as well as state and federal court.  Mr. Hitchings also advises clients in connection with internal investigations, regulatory inquiries, enforcement proceedings, responses to non-party subpoenas, and often prepare clients for trial examinations, depositions, and other “on-the-record” testimony.  Mr. Hitchings is a member of the Firm’s Business Litigation & Arbitration and Broker-Dealer Regulation Practice Groups and has been recognized as a New York Metro Super Lawyers Rising Star each year since 2014.

Jay Yamamoto represents clients in corporate finance transactions, mergers and acquisitions, private equity financing transactions (PIPEs), registered direct transactions, public offerings and other securities offerings and cryptocurrencies. In addition, Mr. Yamamoto advises companies and their boards on securities law compliance, corporate governance and 1934 Act reporting requirements.  Mr. Yamamoto is a member of the Firm’s Corporate Law and Securities Law Groups. Mr. Yamamoto is also proficient in Japanese.

Mendy Piekarski’s practice focuses on securities and complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts as well as in various arbitration tribunals. He also represents corporations and individuals before the Securities and Exchange Commission, FINRA, and other U.S. regulatory agencies.  Mr. Piekarski is a member of the Firm’s Business Litigation & Arbitration, Securities Law and Broker-Dealer Regulation Practices Groups.  Mr. Piekarski is also conversant in Hebrew.

Sichenzia Ross Ference LLP

Sichenzia Ross Ference LLP is a full service law firm with a nationally recognized corporate, securities and litigation practice that provides experienced representation in all matters involving the securities industry.  In addition to handling routine to complex commercial matters, SRF’s renowned litigation department specializes in defending companies and individuals against all types of securities cases, including class action lawsuits, shareholder derivative actions, and matters involving allegations of fraud, misrepresentation or other securities violations.  The litigation team has also brought defamation lawsuits against companies and individuals related to market manipulation.  Additionally, it represents individuals and companies in investigations by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other regulatory bodies.  The litigation team has a robust practice representing brokers and broker-dealers in arbitrations before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).  These arbitrations typically involve claims of unsuitability, churning, unauthorized trading and other allegations of broker misconduct.  Finally, SRF has a burgeoning expungement practice, where it represents brokers seeking to have negative and harmful customer complaints removed from their industry records.  The firm complements its core practice areas with an established commercial real estate and trusts and estates practice.

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