On February 2, 2023, another former Credit Suisse investment adviser represented by Lax & Neville LLP won a FINRA arbitration award against Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC for unpaid deferred compensation. See James D. Garrity v. Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, FINRA No. 20-03957. Lax & Neville has tried eight arbitrations resulting in awards of more than $32 million to 26 former Credit Suisse advisers.
The claimant, James Garrity, is now among the numerous former Credit Suisse advisors who have successfully brought claims for their portion of the over $200 million of deferred compensation that Credit Suisse refused to pay its advisors when it closed its US private bank in 2015, violating the advisers’ employment agreements and the firm’s own deferred compensation plans. Credit Suisse took the position, as it has with hundreds of other former investment advisers, that Mr. Garrity voluntarily resigned and forfeited his deferred compensation. A three-arbitrator panel awarded Mr. Garrity compensatory damages in the amount of $1,018,624.89 and prejudgment interest in the amount of $363,244.20. The Panel also ordered Credit Suisse to pay $51,000 in FINRA forum fees.
Lax & Neville LLP has won more than $32 million in compensatory damages, interest, costs, and attorneys’ fees on behalf of former Credit Suisse investment advisers. To discuss these FINRA arbitration Awards, please contact Barry R. Lax, Brian J. Neville, Sandra P. Lahens or Robert R. Miller at (212) 696-1999.