Melanie S. Cherdack has more than 25 years' experience as a securities litigator. She regularly represents individual investors in complex arbitration matters against brokerage firms and stockbrokers before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). In addition, Cherdack has represented clients before the Securities and Exchange Commission and FINRA on regulatory matters. Cherdack has also successfully represented brokers in large securities and employment arbitration proceedings. She currently serves as an arbitrator for FINRA and the National Futures Association.
Cherdack has extensive experience representing investors from Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and the Americas. She has successfully represented many investors outside of the mainland United States. She has handled cases involving almost every type of securities fraud and investment. Prior to joining the firm, she was assistant general counsel to PaineWebber Incorporated, now known as UBS.
Cherdack is rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale-Hubbell and has been named as a "Super Lawyer" by Florida Super Lawyers magazine. She has also been included in the South Florida Legal Guide "Top Lawyers" and selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America®, US News and World Report. Cherdack is a frequent speaker and lecturer on securities arbitration, and has written numerous articles on emerging trends in this area. She has authored the following articles which have appeared in the PLI Securities Arbitration Handbook, "Drafting a Securities Arbitration Claim: The Pen is (Still) Mightier than the Market" (2012); "Here's How You Resonate With Us: Suggestions from an Arbitrator to Practitioners" (2007); "Blame The Ugly American: Representing The International Investor In A Securities Arbitration" (2006); "Flavor of the Year: Mutual Fund Sales Abuses" (2004); "Pay or Play' Offers Of Judgment: Are They Applicable To Arbitration Proceedings?" (2003); "Should I Sue My Stock Broker? Pitfalls A Practitioner Faces When Naming The Individual Broker In An Arbitration" (2003); "Drafting A Securities Arbitration Claim: The Pen is Mightier Than the Market" (2002); and "Auction Rate Securities: The New Frontier."
Cherdack has been a guest lecturer and prepared course materials used by the University of Miami Investor Rights Clinic and other law school securities arbitration clinics. Cherdack is actively involved in the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, where she advocates on behalf of individual investors and is a former member of the Securities Arbitration Association.
Cherdack is active in Cancer Link, a charity supporting the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. She received the Dade County Bar Association "Pro Bono Award" in 1992 and 1994 for her creation and leadership of a downtown small claims clinic. She also served as a founding board member and counsel to The Heiken Children's Vision Fund, a charity providing eye care to Miami-Dade County school children that is now operated by the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind.
Cherdack was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1985 and the New York Bar in 1988. She received her juris doctor, with honors, from the University of Florida College of Law, where she was a senior editor of the University of Florida Law Review. She earned her bachelor of arts from the College of Journalism at the University of Florida.