Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Contact: Rick Ryder; (973) 761-5880
George Friedman; 917-841-0521
George Friedman, Ex-FINRA Director of Arbitration, Assumes Editorial Helm of SAC’s Securities Arbitration Alert
NEW JERSEY - As the Securities Arbitration Commentator, Inc. (SAC) opened this year’s third quarter, SAC President Richard P. Ryder announced that primary editorial responsibility for the legal publisher’s weekly email Alert service, the Securities Arbitration Alert (SAA), will hereafter reside with George H. Friedman. Mr. Friedman, who retired from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in 2013, has, in his Contributing Legal Editor’s role during the past half-decade, caused the SAA publication to broaden its arbitration coverage and to adopt a more innovative and informal tone. In his new position as SAA Editor-in-Chief, Mr. Friedman will continue to assure that the weekly publication occupies a position of central importance in advising arbitration practitioners, experts, administrators and neutrals of the latest news, events and developments in the securities/commodities arbitration space.
Mr. Friedman will serve as the Alert’s new Editor-in-Chief, while also continuing in his position as Principal of George H. Friedman Consulting, LLC and as non-executive Chairman of the Board of Florida-based Arbitration Resolution Services, Inc. Mr. Friedman will remain a member of SAC’s Board of Editors, a post he has held since his days at FINRA. Mr. Friedman was EVP of FINRA and head of the Authority’s dispute resolution program from 1998-2013. His first employment as a lawyer was with the American Arbitration Association, where he rose to the rank of Senior Vice President before leaving to join FINRA. Mr. Ryder, founder and owner of SAC, Inc., will continue to serve as the publisher’s President and will turn his editorial and business energies towards improving the profitability of SAC’s other publications and services. Mr. Ryder will also continue as lead Editor of SAC’s semi-quarterly newsletter, the Securities Arbitration Commentator.
“George’s presence,” Mr. Ryder said, “in shaping and producing the weekly Arb Alert, has grown, in the time that he has been assisting us, to the point where the weekly Alerts are more his creation than mine. It’s only fitting that his contributions be recognized and that he be accorded full responsibility for taking the publication forward. At the same time, George’s acceptance of a full editorial role frees me, at a crucial time in SAC’s 30-year history, to devote my efforts more to the natural evolution of SAC’s other products and services.” Mr. Friedman commented from his perspective: “Rick and I have been a great team. Our business relationship goes back to my AAA days, when I was in charge of the securities arbitration book of business. I look forward to working with him in this new role.”
The Securities Arbitration Commentator, Inc. (SAC), as a legal publisher, has been supplying the securities arbitration niche with informative publications and targeted Award and case research since the initial publication of the first SAC newsletter in April 1988. Along the way, SAC has expanded its offerings to include two weekly email Alert services, one aimed at practitioners and participants in securities arbitration (Securities Arbitration Alert) and the other, an online legal reporting service (SOLA: www.saclitigation.com), spotlighting state and federal court decisions involving broker-dealers and investment advisers. SAC also maintains an active blog (www.sacarbitration.com) and social media presence (@SACDispRes). On the research side, SAC’s main Website offers a searchable database of past SAC newsletters (SBI-SAC) and past SOLA court decision digests (SBI-SLC). A separate Website (www.arbchek.com) provides arbitrator selection tools in the form of Arbitration Award summaries, Award PDFs and analytical reports; Award research on other issues may be arranged on an ad hoc basis.