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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 J. Thomas Ruiz J. Thomas Ruiz Business 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 Kieta Paralegal

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 Ayala Legal 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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Picture of Cayla Ware Cayla Ware Paralegal

Cayla Ware is a proud 2020 graduate of the Center for Legal Studies from which she holds her paralegal certificate. Ms. Ware has over a decade of experience in the retail and customer service industry that has allowed her the ability to connect quickly to clients and with people from all walks of life. Her familiarity and mastery in the art of time management and organization are essential to SSEK’s case success. Ms. Ware will assist the firm in client communications, court correspondence, and overall case management.


Picture of Cayla Ware Mathew Brown-Watson Paralegal

Mathew Brown-Watson graduated from Wilmington University with a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies. Mr. Brown-Watson’s paralegal experience most recently includes working for alliantgroup, LP assisting in audit defense for both IRS and nationwide state examinations concerning various types of tax credits and deductions. At SSEK, Mathew’s extensive research and case management skills will be utilized in evidentiary analysis and organization during the discovery process for the firm.


Picture of Cynthia Verduzco Cynthia Verduzco Administrative Assistant

Cynthia Verduzco has over 20 years of customer service and administrative experience. She is the first point of contact for many of our clients and is responsible for supporting the business operations of the firm, which includes vendor relationships, inventory management, and legal administrative work. Ms. Verduzco has previously worked in the banking and utilities industries, where she developed and honed her client care and organizational skillsets.

 
Client Reviews
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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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"My experience with Ryan Cook has been very positive. Through every step of the litigation he explained what to expect to happen. When I spoke with him later he reviewed the process. He was very patient, and I never felt rushed. I have already told friends how wonderful he is." L.R.
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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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"Good positive experience. Guided us through a difficult process and was pleased with the outcome. Everyone I dealt with was exceptional." A.G.
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"Good intelligent attorneys who never miss a beat. I set my expectations high, and they delivered above and beyond. Do not miss the opportunity to let SSEK represent you. Top-notch, efficient and effective firm." S.M.
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