Chernis Law Group

Paul Chernis, of counsel

PAUL CHERNIS of counsel

Paul has over 45 years of experience in the areas of securities regulation, securities litigation and arbitration, and white collar criminal defense. A former Assistant Regional Administrator for Enforcement with the SEC in New York, Paul joined our predecessor firm in 1990 and continues to represent individuals and public companies facing regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings before the SEC and FINRA, as well as clients in business crimes investigations and prosecutions. He also has represented brokers and financial institutions in securities arbitration proceedings and continues to actively serve as a FINRA arbitrator.




  • LL.B., 1961, New York University Law School
  • B.S., 1957, New York University
  • Admissions to Practice

  • New York
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals
  • - Ninth Circuit
    - Second Circuit
  • United States District Court
  • - Southern District of New York
    - Eastern District of New York
    - Northern District of New York
  • California
  • New York
  • Notable Accomplishments

  • AV Peer Review Rated
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Securities Law by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Professional and Community Activities

    Paul is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, American Bar Association, Commercial Law League of America and The Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

    Primary Practice Areas

  • Securities Law
  • Broker-Dealer Regulation
  • FINRA Arbitration
  • SEC/FINRA Enforcement
  • Public Offerings
  • White Collar Criminal Defense