Robert Kantas

Robert Kantas has maintained an international securities arbitration and litigation practice for more than twenty years. Prior to becoming Of Counsel, Robert was a partner at the securities law firm of Shepherd, Smith, Edwards & Kantas, a firm that still bears his name. 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, AIG SunAmerica, and Interactive Brokers, among others – recovering millions of dollars for defrauded investors across the nation. Mr. Kantas was lead counsel on a $200 million Collateralized Debt Obligation/Credit Default Swap case where he represented five Wisconsin School Districts. The case was widely reported both locally and nationally, including CNN, The New York Times, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and National Public Radio.

Mr. Kantas has written and taught on the subject of securities arbitration and specifically broker/customer disputes. Prior to beginning his law practice, he served in the United States Air Force for more than ten years.

  • J.D. University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA, 1997
  • B.S. Management (cum laude), Golden Gate University, San Francisco, CA 1990
Practice Areas

  • Securities (Investor Disputes) Arbitration and Litigation
    • Misrepresentation and Omission
    • Unsuitability
    • Churning
    • Violations of State and Federal Securities Laws
    • Breach of Fiduciary Duty
    • Breach of Contract
    • Negligence
    • Margin Account Violations
    • Unauthorized Trading
    • Failure to Supervise
  • Securities Industry Employment Disputes
  • Commercial Litigation
Admissions & Memberships

  • Supreme Court of Texas
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Virginia
  • Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA)
Speeches & Publications

  • Co-Author, Arbitrating Claims Against Stockbrokers, The Journal of the Virginia Trial Lawyer’s Association, pp. 3-13, Winter 2002/2003
  • Co-Author and Lecturer, Claims Against Stockbrokers: How to Advise Your Investor Client, Virginia CLE Program, February 2003
  • Presentation, Houston Paralegals Association CLE, Making Bricks Without Straw: An Overview of Securities Arbitration, September 2008
  • Keynote Speaker, Patrick Air Force Base National Prayer Luncheon, February 2009
  • Presentation, Best Trial Practices in a Final Hearing, Public Investor’s Arbitration Bar Association Annual Meeting, October 2015
  • Presentation, How to Present and Prove Your Damages, Public Investor’s Arbitration Bar Association Annual Meeting, October 2016