Lawrence R. Gelber, Securities Arbitration and Litigation Attorney.
Lawrence R. Gelber, Litigation & Securities Arbitration Attorney



I was born in the Bronx as part of the baby boom generation. I attended City College of New York with a New York Regent's State Scholarship and graduated in 1969.

After graduation, I traveled extensively. In 1970-71 I served in a civilian capacity with the United States Army in Heidelberg, Germany for six months.

I entered New York Law School in 1978.

I was a member of the Law Review, wrote for the then award winning school newspaper Aequitas, and participated in Moot Court. I graduated with a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, in 1981

Work History

In the summer after my first year of law school, I worked for legal publisher Matthew Bender as a Contributing Editor to the 1979 supplement to Warren's Weed New York Law of Real Property, 4th Edition. The next year, I was a summer associate at Parker Chapin Flattau & Klimpl, and I continued at that firm after graduation.

I wrote "Annuities: An Overview for the Estate Planner", published in the New York Law School Law Review (Vol. XXVI, Number 4, 1981 at 1059), and authored the 1985 revision of "Chapter 15 - Appointment and Compensation of Fiduciaries" for Murphy's Will Clauses, Volume 3, published by Matthew Bender.

In 1984, I associated with Spengler Carlson Gubar Brodsky & Frischling, and worked with the late Edward Brodsky. Mr. Brodsky asked me to write "Certifying A Defendant Class", New York Law Journal, Wednesday January 16, 1985, under his "Corporate and Securities Litigation" by-line. I became enamored of securities litigation, after working with Mr. Brodsky on Perez-Rubio v. Wyckoff, 718 F. Supp. 217 (S.D.N.Y 1989), among other high profile cases.

After the stock market crash in October, 1987, I accepted a position as Assistant General Counsel at NYSE member firm Gruntal & Co., Incorporated, where I handled scores of arbitrations at the NYSE, AAA and NASD. After the fallout from the 1987 crash diminished, I returned to law firm practice at Beigel & Sandler, Ltd., litigating securities fraud claims against large brokerage firms in arbitration and in federal and state court, largely in connection with limited partnerships. The practice, which had offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, spearheaded litigation that ultimately resulted in the huge limited partnership settlements that made headlines in the mid-1990s.

In late 1997, I formed my own practice, continuing to focus on securities related issues, including regulatory and white-collar criminal matters.

Media references

I (or the cases I have worked on) have been quoted, published or mentioned in many publications over the years, including: Bloomberg; The Wall Street Journal, The New York Law Journal; Crain's Chicago Business; The Law Report; New York Newsday; Philadelphia Inquirer; Compliance Reporter; Sarasota Herald Tribune; The New York Observer; The Sunday Star-Ledger; Dow Jones Newswires; The Bergen Record; New York State Bar Journal; Securities Arbitration Commentator; Helsingin Sanomat, Law360, Toronto Star and Barron's, among others.

Bar Admissions
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit 2014
  • United States Supreme Court 2006
  • State of New York 1982
  • United States District Court - Southern District of New York 1983
  • United States District Court - Eastern District of New York 1983
  • United States Tax Court 1982

In addition to the foregoing, I have been admitted, over the years, on a pro hac vice basis to various federal and state courts throughout the United States. I have also participated in securities industry arbitrations and state and federal regulatory proceedings in many of the states of the United States, including the District of Columbia, and have handled matters involving regulatory agencies in some Canadian provinces.


I have recently authored a securities glossary: The GelberLaw Glossary,
An Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Securities Industry ©, and hope you 
enjoy my Wikipedia article on Joseph Norman Dolley.

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