Why did you change your firm name from Taylor Law Office to Aries Legal?

I’ve been operating Taylor Law Office since about 2005, and through Taylor Law Office, my specialty was securities litigation and arbitration. I represented a mix of defendants (meaning stock brokerage firms and individual stockbrokers) and I also represented some customers against brokerage firms. I decided recently that I was going to switch my practice to solely focus on representing plaintiffs – representing victims of investor fraud and other forms of financial fraud. And I decided I needed a new image, a new name, and to me the word “Aries” – even though I’m not really into astrology – but the word “Aries” conveys passion and confidence and assertiveness. And of course, the symbol for Aries is a ram, which is supposed to be fearless and tenacious. And that’s exactly the image that I want for my law firm. So, I decided to rename it Aries Legal.

What types of cases do you handle at Aries Legal?

It’s a combination of investor advocacy type of cases (investors who have been defrauded by brokers and brokerage firms), that would be one area. Elder financial abuse – now that could be the same type of thing that I was just talking about, but it could also be some other fiduciary type relationship. It could be somebody who holds power of attorney for an elderly person who has defrauded them or exploited them. So, I handle those types of cases. I do general consumer protection types of cases. On top of that, I do employee rights cases – cases for sexual harassment or discrimination. And I do general business disputes – so, breach of contract or professional negligence, or that sort of thing.

What makes Aries Legal different from other law firms?

A couple of things. First of all, when you hire Aries Legal, you’re hiring me. You’re not hiring an associate or a junior partner. You’re getting me working on your case. So, that’s the first thing. The second thing is, I have worked for many years inside the securities industry, so I know the industry from the inside. I know the way it’s supposed to work. I know the areas in which firms often fail to maintain their responsibilities. And so, when you hire me, you hire somebody who really understands the other side of the case. And I can do it on a much more economical basis than a lot of attorneys can.

Background and Experience:

I went to law school at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida. I went there with the intention of being an entertainment attorney. I decided that’s what I wanted to do. But a funny thing happened while I was in law school: I actually really enjoyed the litigation type of classes like moot court and mock trial and that sort of thing. So, it was quite surprising to me that during law school, I decided to become a litigator, and I’ve been a litigator ever since. My first job out of law school was with Fredrikson & Byron, and I was a securities litigator with them. I’d actually written an article on Law Review about securities arbitration. So, when I arrived at Fredrikson, they said, “Well, we have a partner who does securities arbitration/litigation, and he needs assistance.” So, they assigned me to work with him, and it’s been my area of specialty since the first day I walked in the door.

Why Chet Became a Lawyer:

I actually always wanted to be an actor. I grew up doing theater. I did summer stock theater from age 10. I did it all the way through grade school and high school. I actually studied theater at the Boston Conservatory, moved to New York City, and spent a couple of years trying to be an actor in New York City. Unfortunately, things didn’t go exactly the way I had planned. So, I started thinking about another profession. I gave thought to being an accountant, to being a doctor, being a lawyer – and being a lawyer just seemed to be the closest fit to being an actor. Especially once I made the transition into litigation. Then there was an opportunity for me to get up in front of a judge or jury or a panel of arbitrators and argue my case.

What types of cases do you handle for investors?

Well, for investors it could be any number of things. It could be the sale of unsuitable investments. The investor was looking for something that was more safe and secure, or something for retirement, and what they got was actually something that was very high risk. That would be one type of case. Another type of case would be a churning case. Churning means that the broker was trading the account with the intent of making money for himself through commissions, and without regard for the customer’s best interest. So those are the type of cases that we would typically see and pursue in a securities arbitration.

What types of Elder Law cases do you handle?

That would run the gamut from garden-variety securities cases where a broker has defrauded an elderly person. It’s my view that older people are especially susceptible to manipulation and exploitation by brokers. So, that would be probably the most common type of case I would handle. Another situation that could arise would be other fiduciary-type cases where an elderly person has a friend or a trusted family member who is supposed to be looking out for their best financial interests. And as it turns out, that person is cheating them; perhaps stealing from them or in some way exploiting them. I will handle those types of cases as well.

What types of Consumer Protection cases do you handle?

That can run the gamut of everything from lemon law cases with the purchase of a new car. It can be online education, for-profit colleges – they can sometimes run afoul of the law. The bottom line is, the consumer is the backbone of the American economy. And too often, you have big corporations that are using deceptive practices to try and sell their products or their services. And when that occurs, if people believe that they have been victimized by that kind of deception, we take a look at that and give them our best advice as to whether the laws have been violated.

What types of Employee Rights cases do you handle?

I have handled cases for discrimination, age discrimination, and discrimination based on sexual orientation. I’m certainly available to handle employee rights cases based on sexual harassment, hostile work environment. Unfortunately, that is still very prevalent. We think we’re making progress in society; we think we’re creating safe workspaces for people; but there’s an imbalance in the power dynamic between employers and employees. Most of the time, employers are respectful of that dynamic, and then you have a healthy employee-employer relationship. But too often that power dynamic is taken advantage of by the employer. Those are the situations where we’re here to step in, and frankly, empower the employee.

What types of Business Dispute cases do you handle?

I handle a broad range of business disputes. It can be anything from a breach of contract case, or professional negligence case. I’ve actually handled quite a few shareholder/partnership dispute cases. Recently, I handled a case that I won on summary judgment and had it affirmed before the Minnesota Court of Appeals. It involved an individual shareholder leaving a company, and it was her view that she wasn’t being paid enough for her shares. That’s kind of the type of case that I will often get involved in.