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Our Staff

Our team also includes a number of non-lawyers, including consultants, legal secretaries, paralegals and assistants. Many of them have prior experience in the securities industry and were formerly account managers, registered representatives or registered assistants at major brokerage firms.

This experience gives our team great advantages in understanding what happened in our clients accounts, familiarity with the documents to be used in their cases and expertise assisting our attorneys in working to recover our clients’ losses. If you would like to contact our team, please call (800) 259-9010 or click here.

Our Staff

LEGAL SPECIALIZATION: Some states offer certification to attorneys in various areas of the law. We are not aware of any state that offers any certification in securities arbitration. Our attorneys have extensive knowledge and experience in the brokerage industry, securities regulation and/or securities arbitration.


Picture of Bhavika Patel Bhavika Patel Business Manager

Bhavika Patel is the business manager for Shepherd, Smith, Edwards & Kantas LLP. She received her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Houston in Texas. She has a strong background in business operations, financial management, strategy, and human resource management. She has consistently improved organizational effectiveness through accelerated performance and strategic flexibility. At SSEK, Ms. Patel has proven to be a natural leader, mentor and motivator to those around her. Prior to joining our firm in 2003, Ms. Patel worked in the securities industry for a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch for several years.

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Picture of Daniela Cabezas Daniela CabezasLegal Secretary

Daniela Cabezas has over 15 years of administrative duty experience. Beginning her career in oil and gas at Shell, Ms. Cabezas joined Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas, LLP in early 2017 with 7 years of previous legal assistant work. Ms. Cabezas prides herself in her ability to skillfully work with multiple attorneys in the firm and help assist their litigation cases as well as offer support with bilingual clients or with Latin-American families. Additionally, Ms. Cabezas has greatly contributed to the harmonious work environment and has seamlessly joined our team in representing our firm nationwide.

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Picture of J. Thomas Ruiz J. Thomas RuizBusiness Manager

Thomas Ruiz joined Shepherd, Smith, Edwards & Kantas, LLP in 2002. Prior to SSEK, Mr. Ruiz worked in the securities industry for 12 years, both as a broker and in compliance, with his last position as Senior Assistant Operations Manager for Smith Barney in the Galleria Financial District where he acquired his Series 28 license for Operations Room management. Mr. Ruiz also proudly served in the United States Navy for 12 years as a Gunner’s Mate and has circumvented the Earth twice during his travels.

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Picture of Kristine Kieta Kristine KietaParalegal

Kristine Kieta graduated from Texas A&M University with her Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Ms. Kieta worked as an investment broker with OLDE Discount (now H&R Block Financial), Morgan Keegan, and Morgan Stanley for a total of 9 years before joining the Shepherd Smith Edwards, & Kantas, LLP in October 2002. For the majority of the time Kristine has worked for SSEK, she’s diligently analyzed cases and handled discovery for the firm.

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Picture of Patty Ayala Patty AyalaLegal Secretary

Patty Ayala has over 25 years of experience in administrative duties and has been with Shepherd, Smith, Edwards & Kantas, LLP since 2000. Originally from Mexico, Mrs. Ayala studied Accounting and worked in human resources until she moved to the United States in the mid 90’s. Mrs. Ayala has deep experience in client relationships and inventory and compliance and she enjoys working with the Latin-American clients as the liaison for SSEK. Mrs. Ayala provides excellent attention to detail and has effectively organized bilingual litigation cases and necessary correspondence handling.

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"I am going to miss conversations with you, Sam Edwards. You’ve been a wonderful lawyer and a friend. I loved learning legal jargon from you. But, even more, it is your self respect and commitment to your position that I admire and your persistent patience-your equanimity. With great appreciation, thank you!" M.B.
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"I want you to know that I very much appreciate your expertise, hard work and guidance that led to a satisfactory resolution with Raymond James. From our first meeting, I felt "heard" and that my situation and story were respected. Every subsequent interaction I had with any of you - in person, via email or by phone - only corroborated that feeling. What great work you do on behalf of people like me who have been wronged, yet don't know how to navigate the appeals/mediation/arbitration process as you do. I will be forever grateful." M.L.
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