Former FINRA Execs Join CSG Law, Launch New Securities Enforcement Group

Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC (“CSG Law”) is pleased to announce that two top executives of FINRA, the brokerage industry’s watchdog, have joined the firm and will helm CSG Law’s new Securities Enforcement Group.

Christopher J. Kelly, the former Senior Vice President and Deputy Head of Enforcement, and Lisa M. Colone, the former Vice President – Enforcement Legal, will serve as co-chairs of the new group focused on securities enforcement actions and litigation.

“We are so pleased to have Chris and Lisa choose to join CSG Law and establish our Securities Enforcement Group,” said Jeffrey S. Chiesa, Member of the firm’s Executive Committee. “These two extremely gifted lawyers will collaborate closely with members of the firm’s Litigation and White Collar Defense & Investigations Groups to expand the solutions provided to our clients.”

“CSG Law continues to expand in 2024, after having completed a record year of growth with revenues totaling $114 million in 2023, a 12% increase above 2022,” stated Francis J. Giantomasi, Member of the firm’s Executive Committee. “We continue to identify key markets and industries for expansion and are excited to have Lisa and Chris on our team.”

Chris joined FINRA in 2014 as Chief Counsel for FINRA’s North Region until 2018 when he was elevated to the role of Senior Vice President and, later, to the Deputy Head of Enforcement. He served as the Acting Head of Enforcement for FINRA prior to leaving the watchdog in November 2023.

As Vice President – Enforcement Legal, Lisa led a team of Chief Counsels and more than 100 attorneys in investigating and enforcing violations of FINRA rules and federal securities laws. Lisa previously served FINRA’s Department of Enforcement as Chief Counsel and as Senior Regional Counsel. As Chief Counsel, she led a team of directors and attorneys and supervised more than 350 cases related to fraud, supervision, suitability, and AML violations.

Both Chris and Lisa served in various supervisory positions at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey prior to joining FINRA. Chris held the positions of Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and Chief of the Economic Crimes Unit, while Lisa served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and Chief of the General Crimes Unit.

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