Advisor Investigation: Morgan Stanley Broker Kirk Gill

shutterstock_183554579The securities and investment attorneys of Gana Weinstein LLP are interested in speaking with clients of Kirk Gill (Gill). According to the BrokerCheck records kept by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Gill has been the subject of at least 7 customer complaints. The customer complaints against Gill allege securities law violations that claim unsuitable investments, misrepresentations, unauthorized investments, and breach of fiduciary duty among other claims.

The most recent complaint was filed in July 2015, and alleged $300,000 in damages due to claims that the broker, from 2007 to November 2014 made unsuitable investments and recommendations to the client. In April 2015, another customer filed a complaint alleging that Gill, from October 2011, until November 2014, made unsuitable investment recommendations causing alleged damages of $450,000. Gill denied the claims made by this investor and seeks an expungement of this case from his record. In December 2013, a customer filed a complaint against Gill alleging that the client was not properly advised concerning high risk and volatile stocks causing losses of $100,000.

Gill entered the securities industry in 1992. From July 2007 onward Gill has been associated with Morgan Stanley out of the firm’s Tucson, Arizona branch office location.

All advisers have a fundamental 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 customer complaints against Gill is high relative to his peers. According to InvestmentNews, only about 12% of financial advisors have any type of disclosure event on their records. Brokers must publicly disclose certain types of reportable events on their CRD including but not limited to customer complaints. In addition to disclosing client disputes brokers must divulge IRS tax liens, judgments, and criminal matters. However, FINRA’s records are not always complete according to a Wall Street Journal story that checked with 26 state regulators and found that at least 38,400 brokers had regulatory or financial red flags such as a personal bankruptcy that showed up in state records but not on BrokerCheck. More disturbing is the fact that 19,000 out of those 38,400 brokers had spotless BrokerCheck records.

The investment lawyers at Gana Weinstein LLP represent investors who have suffered investment losses due to allegations of wrongdoing. The majority of these claims may be brought in securities arbitration before FINRA. Our consultations are free of charge and the firm is only compensated if you recover.

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