Broker Spotlight: Broker Clarence Patton Jr

shutterstock_1832895According to the BrokerCheck records kept by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) broker Clarence Patton Jr (Patton) has been the subject of at least four customer complaints. Customers have filed complaints against Patton alleging a number of securities law violations including that the broker made unsuitable investments, misrepresentations, negligence, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, unauthorized trading, churning (excessive trading), and failure to execute among other claims.

Patton entered the securities industry in 1991. From 1999 to present Patton has been registered with J.P. Turner & Company, L.L.C. (JP Turner).

It is important for investors to know that all advisers have an obligation and responsibility to deal fairly with investors including making suitable investment recommendations. In order to make suitable recommendations the broker must have a reasonable basis for recommending the product or security based upon the broker’s investigation of the investments properties including its benefits, risks, tax consequences, and other relevant factors. In addition, the broker must also understand the customer’s specific investment objectives to determine whether or not the specific product or security being recommended is appropriate for the customer based upon their needs.

The number of complaints and regulatory actions against Patton is relatively large by industry standards. According to InvestmentNews, only about 12% of financial advisors have any type of disclosure event on their records. Brokers must disclose different types of events, not necessarily all of which are customer complaints. These disclosures can include IRS tax liens, judgments, and even criminal matters.

Investors who have suffered losses may be able recover their losses through securities arbitration. The attorneys at Gana LLP are experienced in representing investors in cases where their broker has acted inappropriately. Our consultations are free of charge and the firm is only compensated if you recover.