Founder of The Pearl Law Firm, P.A.
Robert J. (“Bob”) Pearl has been practicing law for over 40 years, mostly in the field of securities and business litigation and arbitration. He is a 1968 graduate of the University of Rochester and a 1973 graduate of St. John’s University School of law. He was admitted to practice law in New York State in 1974 and in the State of Florida in 1978. Bob began practicing law in the litigation department of Martin, Dutcher, Cooke, Mousaw & Vigdor (later Mousaw, Vigdor, Reeves, Heilbronner & Kroll) in Rochester, New York in 1974 and was admitted to the partnership in that firm in 1977. He later became Chair of that firm’s litigation department, focusing his practice on business litigation (including securities litigation), business law, products liability defense and sports and entertainment law and litigation.
In 1990, Mr. Pearl formed the predecessor of The Pearl Law Firm and he has been engaged in private practice with that firm ever since.
Mr. Pearl has served on innumerable professional and charitable boards for decades. He is a former Vice President and Secretary of the New York State Bar Association and has been appointed to several positions of leadership within and outside the organized Bar. He is currently an active member of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA), which is a national bar association dedicated to the representation of investors in disputes with the securities industry.
Bob is a father of five and grandfather of three and continues to actively serve clients who have been victimized in one way or another by the financial services industry or other large institutions. He and his wife Lisa live in Naples, Florida on a full time basis.
Michael W. Malarney graduated from St. John Fisher College in 1966 with a B.S. in Economics. He was a member of the U.S. Army, and worked in the office of the Judge Advocate General from 1966-1968. He graduated from Brooklyn Law School, was admitted to the New York Bar in 1973, and to the California Bar in 1978. After practicing for a time in the early 1970’s with a major Wall Street law firm, Mr. Malarney moved to Rochester and was associated with law firms in the fields of corporate, real estate and civil litigation. In 1981 he established his own law general law practice with a concentration in commercial litigation, real estate corporate and securities law wherein he represented such Fortune 100 firms as TRW, North American Phillips Corporation and Traveler’s Insurance Company in their Upstate New York litigation. He merged his practice with Mr. Pearl’s prior firm in 2003 and has principally engaged in the representation of investors in securities litigation, arbitration and mediation to the present time. Mr. Malarney is a member of the Monroe County Bar Association and the Public Arbitration Bar Association and is an Auxiliary Deputy with the Collier County Sheriff’s Department. He serves as a legal assistant to The Pearl Law Firm, P.A. in Florida.
Ben is an associate in The Pearl Law Firm’s Rochester, New York Office where he focuses his practice representing investors who are the victims of investment fraud and negligence. He has successfully represented more than 300 clients in FINRA Arbitration and New York State Court against broker-dealers and investment advisors, including claims unsuitable investments, inverse leveraged ETFs, involving variable annuities, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and oil and energy master limited partnerships (MLPs). He has also successfully represented clients who received improper advice to retire from their trusted advisors. Ben was born in Rochester, New York where he attended Spencerport schools. He received his law degree from St. John’s University School of Law in 2012. Ben takes pride in aggressively pursuing the claims of clients who have been victimized by unscrupulous investment advisors, brokers and brokerage firms.