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Kirsten Patzer
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Kirsten Patzer is a Partner in Freeman Mathis & Gary’s Boston office. Ms. Patzer is a trial attorney with a practice focused on representing and counseling financial services firms, financial advisors, and registered investment advisors. As former in-house counsel to several financial institutions, including the largest independent broker dealer in the United States and a Fortune 500 financial services company, she brings a distinctive set of skills, experiences, and insights to her litigation practice.

Ms. Patzer’s experience includes defending broker dealers and financial professionals in hundreds of arbitration and litigation matters, involving an array of issues including: selling away, misappropriation of funds, expungement, investment suitability, churning, fraud, and product due diligence. She has also handled a variety of employment related matters involving hostile work environment, discrimination, and retaliation claims. In addition to her experience with traditional employment litigation, Ms. Patzer has had dozens of matters in front of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s arbitration forum where she has defended her clients against allegations of wrongful termination, defamation, tortious interference with contract, and intentional interference with prospective economic advantage.

As a member of the firm’s Data Security, Privacy & Technology practice team, Ms. Patzer represents businesses in a variety of matters relating to data security and privacy laws. Her practice encompasses every aspect in this area from risk management and compliance to incident response to litigation. She advises her clients how to best navigate the complex patchwork of cybersecurity and data privacy laws and regulations at the international, national, and state level.

In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Patzer has also represented clients in regulatory matters before FINRA, the SEC, the Certified Financial Planning Board, and state securities and insurance agencies throughout the country.

When she isn’t zealously advocating for her clients, Ms. Patzer enjoys solo travel adventures, throwing dinner parties for her friends and neighbors, skiing with her niece and nephew, and attending the Boston Ballet.

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