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Paul Vorndran
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Paul L. Vorndran has been a Colorado trial and litigation attorney for more than 26 years. He represents clients in complex civil financial matters before state and federal courts and in a variety of arbitration forums. He has extensive experience in the areas of investment, securities, and insurance regulation and litigation.

During his six years with the Colorado Attorney General, Paul represented the Colorado Securities and Insurance Commissioners and brought enforcement actions against both promoters and non-securities licensed, independent insurance agents. Now he works the other side, advising and defending individuals and businesses engaged in the investment business, including registered investment advisers, investment adviser representatives, broker-dealers, securities sales representatives, and insurance producers in both regulatory matters and customer disputes.

Paul defends individuals and entities in investigations and enforcement actions brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Colorado Securities and Insurance Commissioners, and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). He also defends actions brought by investors against licensed and unlicensed sellers of investments.

Paul represents consumers and investors in actions against broker-dealers, investment advisers and insurance producers. He has successfully obtained judgments and settlements for investors on claims such as unlicensed selling, breach of fiduciary duty, affinity fraud, and unsuitability.

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Significant Representations

  • Represented a securities broker and obtained dismissal of two FINRA arbitrations after filing a federal court action challenging arbitrability.
  • Represented an investor and obtained a seven-figure settlement following federal court action against an SEC registered investment adviser based on claims for breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Represented an investor and obtained a judgment for more than $400,000 after trial in state court against the issuer of a promissory note investment.
  • Successfully represented a group of annuities sellers against investigation by Colorado Division of Insurance which alleged securities sales violated the insurance laws.
  • Successfully settled FINRA industry dispute brought by former employer of investment adviser representative.
  • Obtained summary judgment and dismissal of civil action brought against former officer of a licensed debt management company.

Paul handles investor cases involving:

  • Unsuitability
  • Churning
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
  • Overconcentration
  • Fraud
  • Negligence
  • Unauthorized trading
  • Limited partnership interests
  • REITs
  • Viatical settlement investments
  • Life Settlements
  • Unlicensed sales of securities
  • Annuities
  • Hedge funds
  • Affinity fraud
  • Investment adviser and broker-dealer misconduct

Paul represents investment advisers, broker-dealers and insurance producers in cases involving:

  • Regulatory and licensing suspensions or revocations
  • Regulatory investigations
  • FINRA investigations
  • SEC investigations
  • Customer disputes
  • FINRA arbitrations
  • Investor cases brought in the state and federal courts
  • Compliance reviews and audits
  • Form ADV review

 

Publications

 

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ACTIVITIES

  • State Bar of Colorado
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • Denver Bar Association
  • Martindale-Hubbell  – AV Preeminent rating

 

Practice Areas
Litigation
Securities Litigation / Enforcement Defense

 

 

Awards

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EDUCATION

The University of Colorado School of Law (J.D., 1992)

Purdue University (B.A. Philosophy, 1989)

LICENSED IN

Colorado

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