Mark J. Astarita


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Phone: (212) 509-6544 
Fax: (212) 402-4120

100 Park Avenue
16th Floor
New York, New York 10017

60 Pompton Avenue
Verona, New Jersey 07044

Practice Areas


Professional Experience

Mr. Astarita has concentrated his work in the area of securities regulation and corporate litigation. During the 1980’s and 1990’s he was a securities litigation partner at a boutique securities law firm on Wall Street. In 2000 he founded Beam & Astarita, LLC, which later merged with Sallah & Cox to form our current firm.

During his career he has represented investors, stock brokers, investment advisers, and compliance officers as well as their firms, in all aspects of their business and regulatory affairs. His representation includes all regulatory and compliance matters related to brokerage firms, hedge funds and investment advisors including federal and state registration and examinations, court litigation, securities arbitrations, disciplinary proceedings, and regulatory investigations by the SEC, FINRA, state and commodity regulators.

Martindale-Hubbell, the most respected and impartial source of information about attorneys in the U.S., Canada and worldwide, has given Mr. Astarita its highest rating (“AV”) and has determined that his legal ability is very high to preeminent and his ethical standards are very high. An attorney in the US cannot receive a higher rating than this rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

In July, 1995, Mr. Astarita created the The Securities Law Home Page now known simply as, the Internet site for information regarding United States securities and commodities law, including corporate finance, public offerings, stock broker regulation, securities arbitration and related topics. The site contains original articles and commentary of interest to participants in the United States financial markets, as well as attorneys and educators. The site receives over 12,000 unique visitors a month, making it one of the most popular legal topic sites in the world.

Background and Related Information

In addition to his securities and litigation work, Mr. Astarita is an avid computer enthusiast. He has been online since 1986. Mr. Astarita’s experience in the online community, coupled with his legal background, has enabled him to provide advice and counsel to a variety of online information services, and Web site owners and developers. His computer experience and familiarity with network and personal computing technology has helped him to successfully represent parties in computer-related litigation, including matters relating to theft of software, and  copyright infringement relating to software.

Media and Publications

Various media sources have relied upon Mr. Astarita for commentary on issues relating to the securities laws and online legal issues, and he has been quoted in a number of publications, including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune Magazine, Forbes Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Law Journal, Ticker Magazine, Research Magazine, Registered Representative, On Wall Street, The Recorder, Legal Times, the New Jersey Star Ledger, the Internet Compliance Reporter,  Investment Dealers’ Digest, Compliance Reporter, Financial NetNews, Securities Industry Daily, the Bergen Record and the New York Post. He has been a regular guest on CNBC’s Power Lunch, was a member of the faculty for the Practicing Law Institute’s Securities Arbitration Seminar, and has been a guest lecturer at Pace University’s Securities Arbitration Clinic.  He is often invited to speak at broker and investment advisor forums and seminars.

Mr. Astarita frequently writes articles for various publications relating to the securities laws. From 1996 through 2000 he was the legal columnist for Research: Magazine. Most of his columns appear at The Securities Law Home Page. Some of those articles include: Introduction to Securities ArbitrationIntroduction to the Federal Securities LawsRegistration of Investment Advisors, How to Respond to a Wells Notice, Hearing, Hearing, and Honoring and Enforcement of Arbitration Awards.

A complete list of Mr. Astarita’s articles, papers and commentaries is available online. He is also the principal commentator at the Securities Law Blog, which is updated weekly, and is well known on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


J.D., New York Law School
Degree awarded cum laude, Moot Court Executive Board, Order of the Barristers

B.A., Queens College, City University of New York

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

New York County Lawyers Association

Essex County Lawyers Association

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Law and Compliance Division

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

United States Supreme Court, State of New York, State of New Jersey, United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, United States District Court for the Northern District of New York, United States District Court for the Western District of New York, United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, United States Tax Court