Christine Lazaro

Professor of Clinical Legal Education Director of the Securities Arbitration Clinic
School of Law
B.A., New York UniversityJ.D., Fordham Law School

Christine Lazaro is Director of the Law School's Securities Arbitration Clinic. She came to St. John's in 2007 as the Clinic's Supervising Attorney. She is also a faculty advisor for the Corporate and Securities Law Society. Ms. Lazaro holds a B.A. from New York University and a J.D. from Fordham Law School. 

After graduating from law school and prior to joining the Securities Arbitration Clinic, Ms. Lazaro was an associate at the boutique law firm of Davidson & Grannum, LLP.  At the firm, she represented broker-dealers and individual brokers in disputes with clients in both arbitration and mediation.  She also handled employment law cases and debt collection cases.  Ms. Lazaro was the primary attorney in the area of the firm’s practice that dealt with advising broker-dealers regarding investment contracts they had with various municipalities and government entities.  Ms. Lazaro is also of Counsel to the Law Offices of Brent A. Burns, LLC, where she consults on securities arbitration and regulatory matters.

She is admitted to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey and the New York and New Jersey State Bars. Ms. Lazaro is a member of the New York City, the New York State and the American Bar Associations, and the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA). Ms. Lazaro currently serves as the President of PIABA and is a member of the Board of Directors.  She is also a member of PIABA'S Fiduciary Standards Committee, Legislation Committee, Securities Law Seminar Committee, and SRO Committee.

The Regulation of Digital Investment Advice, PIABA 27th Annual Meeting Materials (2018)

Financial Exploitation of the Elderly: An Overview of Regulatory Action, PIABA Mid-Year Meeting Materials (2018)

Eligibility and Statutes of Limitations in Arbitration, co-authored with Michael S. Edmiston, New York City Bar Program Materials for “Securities Arbitration & Mediation Hot Topics 2018” (2018)

Supervision and Compliance of Brokerage Firms, 24 No. 3 PIABA B.J. 435 (2017)

Regulatory Updates: FINRA and SEC Rule Changes and Guidance of Interest, 24 No. 1 PIABA B.J. 109 (2017)

Defining "Fiduciary": Differences in Fiduciary Standards within the Securities Industry, PIABA 26th Annual Meeting Materials (2017)

Supervision and Compliance of Brokerage Firms:  Focus on Conflicts of Interest, PIABA 25th Annual Meeting Materials (2016)

Supervision and Compliance of Brokerage Firms, PIABA 24th Annual Meeting Materials (2015)

Suitability Obligations Applicable to Securities and Annuities, co-authored with Benjamin P. Edwards,  PLI Programs Materials for "Securities Arbitration 2015" (2015)

Major Investor Losses Due to Conflicted Advice:  Brokerage Industy Advertising Creates the Illusion of a Fiduciary Duty, co-authored with Joseph C. Peiffer, 22 No. 1 PIABA B.J. 1 (2015)

The Fragmented Regulation of Investment Advice:  A Call for Harmonization, co-authored with Benjamin P. Edwards, 4 MICH. BUS. & ENTREPRENEURIAL L. REV. 47 (2014)

The Future of Financial Advice:  Eliminating the False Distinction between Brokers and Investment Advisers, St. John’s Law Review, 87 St. John's L. Rev. 381 (2014)

Special Consideration in Simplified Arbitration Cases, co-authored with Brent Burns, New York State Bar Association Program Materials for "Securities Arbitration and Mediation 2014 – Telling Your Story" (2014)

Has Expungement Broken BrokerCheck?, 14 J. BUS. & SEC. L. 125 (2014)

Ethical Concerns when Settlement Includes an Agreement about Expungement, PIABA 22nd Annual Meeting Materials (2013)

Keys to Successful Motions to Compel, co-authored with Paul Radvany, New York State Bar Association Program Materials for "Securities Arbitration and Mediation 2012 - The Basics Evolve" (2012)

The Arbitrator Selection Process, co-authored with Paul Radvany, New York State Bar Association Program Materials for "Securities Arbitration and Mediation 2012 - The Basics Evolve" (2012)

Financial Abuse of the Elderly, PIABA 21st Annual Meeting Materials (2012)

A Summary of the SEC Study on Investment Advisors and Broker-Dealers, PIABA Bar Journal, 18 PIABA B.J. 55 (2011)

Fiduciary Duty - Now and in the Future, PIABA Bar Journal, 17 PIABA B. J. 129 (2010)

Financial Abuse of the Elderly:  Protecting the Vulnerable, co-authored with Lisa Catalano, PIABA Law Journal, 15 PIABA B.J. 1 (2008); republished, Journal of Securities Law, Regulation & Compliance, Henry Stewart Publications, 3J. Sec. L. Reg. & Comp. 5 (2010)

The Existence and Scope of the Fiduciary Duty in the Broker-Customer Relationship: a 50 State Survey (and D.C.), PIABA 18th Annual Meeting Materials (2009)

Directing the Arbitration, New York State Bar Association Program Materials for "Securities Arbitration and Mediation 2009 - The New World" (2009)

Expungement Developments, co-authored with Sandra Grannum, New York City Bar Association Program Materials for "Securities Arbitration Hot Topics 2005" (2005)