Christopher G. Lazarini
Chris Lazarini, co-chair of the firm’s Broker-Dealer and Financial Products Practice Group, joined Bass, Berry & Sims in 2007. Prior to joining the firm, Chris was a founding partner of Tate Lazarini Brady & Davis, PLC in Memphis. For more than 20 years, Chris has focused his practice on the representation of broker-dealers, financial institutions and investment advisers and their registered representatives and agents. A significant amount of Chris’ practice is devoted to representing independent contractor firms and their representatives in matters such as defending customer complaints and arbitration claims, responding to regulatory inquiries and charges and handling internal investigations and employee relations. Chris also counsels clients and individuals in matters relating to recruitment of registered representatives. Chris has appeared before arbitration panels and courts throughout the country, has lectured at national and local conferences at the request of clients, and has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
In April 2013, Chris was selected by the Financial Services Institute (FSI) to serve on its FINRA Arbitration Task Force. The Task Force was comprised of experienced attorneys and broker-dealer executives and compliance officers who identified areas of concern with FINRA’s arbitration process and proposed improvements and solutions to FINRA. From October 2014 through August 2020, Chris served as Senior Contributing Editor of the Securities Online Litigation Alert (SOLA), contributing weekly content analyzing case law related to the broker-dealer industry.
Memphis Bar Association
Tennessee Bar Association
American Bar Association
Media Mentions & Firm News
Best Lawyers® — Memphis Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year” (2024)
The Best Lawyers in America© — Litigation: Securities; Arbitration (2008-2024)
Financial Services Institute — FINRA Arbitration Task Force
Securities Online Litigation Alert (SOLA) — Senior Contributing Editor (2014-2020)
Tennessee Bar Foundation — Fellow
Memphis Bar Association — Fellow
Memphis Leadership Academy — Leadership Development Intensive (2007)
Martindale-Hubbell — AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated