Who We Are

Investor Defenders are a practice group of attorneys at Samuels Yoelin Kantor LLP headed up by Robert Banks, a man who has focused his entire legal career on representing investors.

For more than 30 years Robert Banks has fought on behalf or investors nationwide in FINRA arbitration and in court to help investors recover financial losses due to the abuse, negligence, and outright fraud of other professionals. He will evaluate your situation by speaking with you in confidence about the specifics of your situation and looking over important documents that will help him evaluate your potential for financial recovery. This evaluation is complimentary and even if he can’t help you, you will understand your options and your situation more clearly. Most cases are taken on contingent fee meaning that we don’t get paid unless we recover your money. Bob works with his associate, Darlene Pasieczny and other member of his team at Samules Yoelin Kantor LLP.


Robert Banks

Robert Banks leads the securities litigation group at SYK. He has been practicing law for over 30 years, and is a nationally recognized leader in investor rights law. His cases have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Investment News, The Business Journal, The Oregonian, and a host of other publications. He is also an adjunct professor at Lewis and Clark Law School.

Bob serves a broad array of individuals, organizations and groups who have been victims of negligent advice and fraudulent conduct by brokers, accountants, and other lawyers. His cases involve the violation of securities regulations, Ponzi scheme clawback litigation, and legal malpractice cases involving corporate or securities law issues. He serves on FINRA’s National Arbitration and Mediation Committee, representing investor interests, and has chaired its Rules and Procedures subcommittee, which writes the rules governing FINRA arbitration. He is a past president and current member of the Board of Directors of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, and is one of only a handful of board members ever honored with Director Emeritus status.


•Selected for inclusion in Oregon Super Lawyers – every year that it has existed in Oregon.
•Recipient, President’s Award, Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA) “For Leadership Efforts In Protecting Investors Throughout the Country”
•Recipient, Distinguished Service Award, Federal Bar Association, Oregon Chapter
•Included in Chambers Best Lawyers In America
•Recipient, Highest Rating, Martindale Hubbell Law Directory– 25 consecutive years
•Selected for membership in Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Past Bar Leadership Positions
•President and 9 year board member, Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association
•Chair, Oregon State Bar Securities Regulation Section
•Chair, Oregon State Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
•President, Federal Bar Association, Oregon Chapter
•Chair, FINRA Arbitrator Training Task Force
•Member, Board of Directors, American Constitution Society, Oregon Chapter
•Member, American Constitution Society National Federal Judicial Selection Committee
•Chair, Rules and Procedures Subcommittee for FINRA’s NAMC
•Chair, FINRA Discovery Task Force

Selected Publications
•PIABA Bar Journal Vol. 21, No. 3 2014, “Muzzling the Claimant: Due Process Denied in FINRA Expungement Hearing”
•Practicing Law Institute, 1 Securities Arbitration 2006 at 225, “The NASD’s Explained Awards Rule Filing”
•Practicing Law Institute, 1 Securities Arbitration 2003 at 253, “Clearing Firms and the 2002 Uniform Securities Act: What You Didn’t Know Could Have Hurt You”
•Practicing Law Institute, Securities Arbitration 2001 at 565, “Clearing Firms, The Uniform Securities Act, and Koruga v. Fiserv Correspondent Services, Inc.”
•Practicing Law Institute, Securities Arbitration 2000 at 995,”Investor Protection-Not! SIPC and The Securities Investor Protection Act of 1970″
•Practicing Law Institute, Securities Arbitration 2008″ A Comment On the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s Proposed Rules On Motions To Dismiss”

Notable Speaking Engagements
•Division of Finance and Corporate Securities, “FINRA Arbitration 101 for Regulators” (August 2015)
•Oregon State Bar 35th Annual Northwest Securities Institute, “Ethics Issues for Securities Lawyers” (April 2015)
•Oregon State Bar Securities Regulation Section Meeting, “What Every Securities Lawyer Should Know About Arbitration, Forum Selection, and Choice of Law Provisions” (January 2014)
•North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), Washington D.C.,  “Remedies and Recompense: An Examination of Securities Arbitration and Class Action” (October 7, 2013)
•33rd Annual Northwest Securities Institute seminar, “Recent Developments at FINRA,” ( May2013)
•Oregon Trial Lawyers Association Business Litigation Section Meeting, “Securities Arbitration Cases”, February, 2011
•Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College- Advanced Business Law Seminar,“Brokerage Firm Liability” ( January, 2011)
•Northwest Securities Institute CLE, “Investment Portfolio and Brokerage Statement Danger Signals
•Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association Annual Meeting, Jacksonville, Florida, “Selected Developments in Broker-Dealer Arbitration” (October 2010)
•Northwest Securities Institute Portland, Oregon,“Recent Developments in Securities Arbitration and Broker Dealer Regulation” (February, 2009)
•NASAA (North American Securities Administrators Association) Enforcement Conference,“Trends in Broker-Dealer and Investment Advisor Fraud From The Investor Attorney Perspective” (October, 2009)

Reported Court Decisions
•Amerivest v. Maloof, Oregon Court of Appeals,No. A144457 (Pending)(Representing North American Securities Administrators Association as Amicus Curiae)
•Boyer v. Salomon Smith Barney, Inc. 344 Ore. 583 (2008) Representing Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association as Amicus Curiae)
•Houston v. Seward & Kissel, LLP, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 23914 (March 27, 2008) Marshall, et al. v. McCown DeLeeuw, 391 F. Supp. 2d 880 (D. Idaho 2005)
•Estate of Aguirre v. Koruga (I) 2002 U.S. App. LEXIS 14632 (9th Cir. 2002)
•Koruga v. Fiserv Correspondent Services, Inc.,183 F. Supp.2d 1245 (D.Or. 2001), 2002 U.S. App.LEXIS 6439 (9th Cir. 2002)

Prior Clients
Banks serves a broad array of individuals, organizations and groups, including physicians, teachers, gas pipeline workers, attorneys, judges, investment advisors, accountants, NBA basket-ball players, a former US Congressman, FINRA (opposing broker expungement), North American Securities Administrators Association and Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (as amicicuriae), retirees, and many others who have been
victims of negligent investment advice and fraudulent conduct.
Educational Background
Reed College, B.A. 1977
University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D. 1982
Bar Memberships
Oregon, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Washington. Practiced under pro hac vice rules with local counsel in other states including Minnesota, Idaho, California, New York and Florida.
Community Service
Middle School Mock Trial Instructor
Youth Baseball Coach (2001-2009)
Grew up in New York and New Jersey, and based in Oregon for 30+ years; married 21 years to Valerie Banks; two sons; former marathon runner (2:46 PR), and current runner and fly fisherman.



Darlene Pasieczny

As part of the securities and fiduciary litigation team at Samuels Yoelin Kantor, Darlene’s focus is on investor protection and investment loss recovery for individuals, fiduciaries, groups, retirement funds, pension plans, municipalities, and institutional investors in court and FINRA arbitration. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), is the self-regulatory organization that regulates and licenses securities brokerage firms and individual brokers across the country. FINRA arbitration is the main forum in the securities industry for resolution of legal disputes between investors and these industry professionals.

Darlene began her legal career at Banks Law Office, PC with founding attorney Robert S. Banks, Jr., whose experience includes over 30 years of recovering investment losses for investors. There she worked on all stages of corporate and securities litigation, FINRA arbitration, legal malpractice cases, and complex civil litigation. In January, 2015, Banks Law Office joined Samuels Yoelin Kantor to form a new securities litigation practice group and expand the firm’s fiduciary litigation services. The move is a homecoming for Darlene, as she was the firm’s law clerk before graduating magna cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2012. As a law clerk she worked on numerous trust and estate, tax, business, and fiduciary matters for SYK clients.

Darlene is a member of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA), an international bar association whose members represent investors in disputes with the securities industry. She is active on the group’s SRO Committee which researches and prepares comment letters on proposed FINRA and SEC rule changes. She also speaks on rule changes and recent developments at FINRA, including at the 33rd Annual Northwest Securities Institute seminar.

In her law practice, Darlene brings a particular sensitivity to working with the all-too often targets of securities fraud — retirees and women investors from every level of investment experience. Pasieczny (pronounced “Pah-shetch-nee”) is a Polish surname. Darlene’s mother and paternal grandparents immigrated to the U.S. and instilled in her a strong emphasis on education, hard work, and justice for the underrepresented.


  • Lewis & Clark Law School
  • Business Law Certificate and Business Law Roundtable Scholar
  • First Place, ABA Moot Court Negotiation Intraschool Competition
  • (J.D. 2012)
  • Columbia University
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies
  • (M.A., 2003)
  • Reed College
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • (BA, 2001)

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