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Tyler Texas Fraud Lawyers: Our Attorneys

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Kirk G. Smith

ksmith@sseklaw.com

Phone: (713) 227-2400

1010 Lamar Street, Suite 900

Houston, Texas 77002

Received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University, in New Orleans and his law degree (JD) from South Texas College of Law in Houston.† Mr. Smith's experience in the brokerage industry is well diversified, from marketing for a smaller specialized Wall Street firm to working as an investment advisor for a major brokerage firm. In his career Mr. Smith has worked on several hundred arbitration matters in various capacities. Besides focusing on securities arbitration, Mr. Smith also devotes his time to protecting the rights of the investor through his membership in the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, and is also a member of the American Association of Justice (formerly American Trial Lawyers Association). Mr. Smith has been featured as a guest speaker on the topic of Securities Arbitration at the ATLA Annual Convention. Mr. Smith has also authored several articles published by national news agencies, has been quoted in various news articles, and has also appeared on television in the US, Latin America and Switzerland discussing securities related matters.

William S. Shepherd

wss@sseklaw.com

Phone: (713) 227-2400

1010 Lamar Street, Suite 900

Houston, Texas 77002

Received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee and his law degree (JD) from South Texas College of Law in Houston. He also earned a Masters of Law Degree (LLM) in Securities Regulation from Georgetown University Law School in Washington, D.C. Prior to founding our firm, Mr. Shepherd served as vice-president of several major brokerage firms. His experience in the brokerage industry spans more than two decades, including in management as well as advising individuals, banks and other financial institutions' with their investment portfolios. Mr. Shepherd was also formerly employed by and has served as an advisor to the U. S. Congress.

Mr. Shepherd has been selected by his peers for three consecutive years - 2005, 2006, 2007 - as a SuperLawyer under the category of securities law, an honor granted to less than 5% of all attorneys.

Samuel B. Edwards

sedwards@sseklaw.com

Phone: (713) 227-2400

1010 Lamar Street, Suite 900

Houston, Texas 77002

Sam Edwards is a partner is SSEK and has developed a wide-ranging practice representing individuals and institutions from the United States and almost every continent in the world. Over the last decade, that representation has included hundreds of clients who range from retirees who have lost their life savings to banks who have been defrauded in investment schemes or by negligent brokers, and everything in between. The cases Mr. Edwards has worked on include claims for unsuitable investment recommendations, churning, misrepresentations and outright fraud. The investments involved have varied from simple stocks and bonds to more complicated annuities, options and futures to even extremely complex derivatives such as structured products, CMOs, IOs, Inverse IOs, CDOs, CLOs, synthetic CDOs, Credit Default Swaps and hedge funds. Mr. Edwards has represented clients before FINRA and AAA arbitration panels, state and federal court.

Mr. Edwards is an active member of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (‚PIABA‚), working with attorneys across the nation to protect investor rights. Additionally, Mr. Edwards is on the Board of Editors of the PIABA Bar Journal where he was formally the Editor-in-Chief and he is also a regular contributing author. Along with the PIABA Bar Journal, Mr. Edwards‚ articles have been published in the Practicing Law Institute‚s handbooks for securities. Mr. Edwards is also a frequent lecturer on all issues related investment disputes and securities law, helping to train attorneys from across the nation to represent the investing public.

Mr. Edwards received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his law degree from the University of Houston, where he was a honors graduate (cum laude) and a member of the Phi Alpha Delta international legal fraternity. Mr. Edwards is licensed to practice law in all state courts in Texas, California and Michigan as well as numerous federal courts across the country.

Ronald H. Thrash

rthrash@sseklaw.com

Phone: (713) 227-2400

1010 Lamar Street, Suite 900

Houston, Texas 77002

Received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from Texas Tech University, and his law degree (JD) from the University of Houston Law Center (cum laude, top 10%). Mr. Thrash is also licensed as a Certified Public Accountant. He is a former Chief Financial Officer with corporate experience in domestic and international banking, treasury functions, securities registration, merger and acquisitions, accounting and investment banking activities. Mr. Thrash has over thirty years of active involvement in various investments, including stocks and bonds, factoring, real estate, oil and gas, and venture capital.

Robert A. Kantas

rkantas@ssseklaw.com

Phone: (713) 227-2400

1010 Lamar Street, Suite 900

Houston, Texas 77002

Robert Kantas maintains an international securities arbitration and litigation practice.† He has successfully completed dozens of securities cases against major brokerage firms including Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney, Edward Jones, UBS, Wachovia, A.G. Edwards, and AIG SunAmerica, among others - recovering millions of dollars for defrauded investors across the nation.† Mr. Kantas has written and taught on the subject of securities arbitration and specifically broker/customer disputes.† He is the Co-Author of Arbitrating Claims Against Stockbrokers, The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyer's Association, pp. 3-13, Winter 2002/2003, and Co-Author and Lecturer of the Virginia CLE Program, Claims Against Stockbrokers: How to Advise Your Investor Client, February 2003.† In addition, Mr. Kantas was the author and lecturer for the Houston Paralegals Association CLE, Making Bricks Without Straw: An Overview of Securities Arbitration, September 2008; and the Keynote Speaker at the Patrick Air Force Base National Prayer Luncheon, February 2009.

Mr. Kantas is lead counsel on a $200 million Collateralized Debt Obligation/Credit Default Swap case where he represents five Wisconsin School Districts.† The case has garnered national attention and has been widely reported both locally and nationally, including CNN, The New York Times, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and National Public Radio.† More information can be found at www.schoollawsuitfacts.com.

Mr. Kantas received his Bachelor of Science degree in Management (cum laude) from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California, and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.† He is a member of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice.† Mr. Kantas is admitted to practice in all Virginia and Texas State Courts, as well as Federal Courts in the Western District of Virginia, Southern District of Texas, Eastern District of Wisconsin, District of Columbia, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.† Prior to beginning his law practice, he served in the United States Air Force for more than ten years.

Tanya C. Edwards

Phone: (713) 227-2400

1010 Lamar Street, Suite 900

Houston, Texas 77002

Tanya Edwards maintains a general commercial litigation practice, with an emphasis on securities arbitration and litigation. Ms. Edwards has represented claimants nationwide in NASD/FINRA arbitration proceedings involving claims against brokerage firms and financial advisors for violations of state and federal securities laws, fraud, breach of contract, industry regulation violations, misrepresentations, unsuitability, churning and negligent supervision.

Prior to becoming an associate at Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas LTD LLP, Ms. Edwards was a trial attorney at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP where her practice focused on financial services litigation, life, health and disability insurance litigation, business torts, ERISA litigation and complex commercial disputes. Ms. Edwards has extensive litigation experience in state and federal courts.

Ms. Edwards also served as briefing attorney to the Honorable Terry Jennings at the First District Court of Appeals.

David Miller

Phone: (713) 227-2400

1010 Lamar Street, Suite 900

Houston, Texas 77002

David Miller received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Political Science from Vanderbilt University. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston Law Center, where he was a Lex Award recipient. As an associate attorney of Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas LTD LLP, Mr. Miller maintains an active securities arbitration and litigation practice.

Prior to beginning his law practice, Mr. Miller served as an officer in the corporate trust and investment banking groups at major financial institutions. During his career in the financial industry, he had extensive experience with exotic financial instruments while acting as an indenture trustee for collateralized debt obligations and mortgage backed securities. He has also worked with a major oil and gas corporation negotiating complex derivative contracts.

Ryan Cook

Associate

Phone: (713) 227-2400

1010 Lamar Street, Suite 900

Houston, Texas 77002

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