• University of Wisconsin
  • School of Law (J.D., 1982)
  • Reed College
  • (B.A., 1977)

Robert S. Banks Jr. leads the securities litigation group at SYK. He has been practicing law for over 30 years, and is a nationally recognized leader in investor rights law. His cases have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Investment News, and a host of other publications. He is a frequent speaker to lawyers, financial services industry professionals and investors on investment loss recovery issues and FINRA arbitration. Bob has been selected as a member of Super Lawyers, an honor bestowed on only 5% of lawyers nationally, every year that it has been in existence. More recently he became a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum; fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. He is included in Best Lawyers in America listings for 2015 – 2018 and, for the past 26 years, he has received Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating (A.V. Preeminent®).

Bob has served a broad array of individuals, organizations and groups who have been victims of negligent advice and fraudulent conduct by brokers, accountants, and other lawyers. He serves on FINRA’s National Arbitration and Mediation Committee, representing investor interests, and has chaired its Rules and Procedures subcommittee, which writes the rules governing FINRA arbitration. He is a past president and current member of the Board of Directors of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, and is one of only a handful of board members ever honored with Director Emeritus status.  He received his BA from Reed College in 1977 and JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1982. He spends his free time with his wife of over 20 years, Valerie, and two sons, and is an avid fly fisher and runner (as well as a former marathon runner, with a 2:46 PR). Banks grew up in New York and New Jersey, and has been based in Oregon for 25 years.

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