Michael Thurman is a Los Angeles-based trial attorney who defends lawsuits, arbitrations and regulatory actions brought against businesses and their executives and employees. He regularly represents business clients in consumer protection class actions and government regulatory actions and investigations brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state regulators, and counsels clients in various industries on advertising and marketing issues. Mr. Thurman advises businesses and makes presentations regarding compliance and risk management issues, including supervisory and enforcement developments associated with the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which was created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. He has represented numerous securities brokerage firms and registered representatives in litigation and arbitration actions, as well as regulatory matters brought by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) - formerly the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) - and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). He has also prosecuted and defended employment and general business litigation matters, including representing financial services clients in employee non-competition agreement and trade secret misappropriation declaratory and injunctive relief actions.Mr. Thurman previously served as the General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Wedbush Morgan Securities, managed in the Los Angeles office of Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. and was a litigation partner for the law firm of Keesal, Young & Logan. As a securities manager and attorney, Mr. Thurman held NASD licenses as a Registered Representative and a General Securities Supervisor.
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