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Pat Burns

PJB Law Office

Managing Attorney

Patrick J. Burns, Jr., Esq., is the managing attorney with The Law Offices of Patrick J. Burns, Jr., P.C., and also the President of Advanced Regulatory Compliance LLC. He is a member of the California, New Jersey, New York, and Texas Bars, and began his professional career with a New Jersey based law firm and then worked in a legal/compliance capacity for several financial services firms located in New York City and Los Angeles. During his financial services career, he acquired numerous FINRA and insurance licenses. Mr. Burns is a frequent industry speaker and a member of several financial services industry organizations. He is also a member of the Los Angeles County and Irish American Bar Associations.

Patrick received his Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California and Bachelor of Business Administration degree, concentration in Entrepreneurship, from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business in Pleasantville, New York.

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Ted Cohen

Cohen Mainzer

Senior Partner

Ted Cohen is a seasoned attorney with broad and deep experience in significant legal and business matters affecting companies, senior executives, investors and other high net worth individuals. A substantial part of his more than 20 years in legal practice has involved representing clients in investment transactions, including forming and advising investment partnerships, hedge funds and other pooled investment vehicles, and representing buyers and sellers in private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions and securities offerings. His experience includes representing clients in transactions involving various asset classes including exchange traded securities, private placements, real estate and alternative investments.

Mr. Cohen’s practice also includes representing clients in business litigation and arbitrations involving a wide variety of financial and securities transactions, employment matters and other commercial disputes. Mr. Cohen believes that business litigation is generally the continuation of failed negotiations.

Mr. Cohen has practiced in law firms in Los Angeles and New York and as a senior executive and legal officer, including serving as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of The Pilgrim Group, a mutual fund complex, including investment adviser and broker-dealer affiliates, with approximately $3 billion under management, and as Executive Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of MGM Communications Co., a multi-national entertainment and communications company.

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Chris Frieden

Alston & Bird


Chris Frieden, co-leader of Alston & Bird’s Financial Services & Products Group, focuses his practice on public and private mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance transactions in the financial services industry. Chris concentrates on mergers and acquisitions, capital raising and strategic transactions involving depository institutions, mortgage companies and wealth management and investment advisory firms.

Chris served as an adjunct professor at the Emory University School of Law from 2001 to 2008, teaching a course on mergers and acquisitions. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in commerce with a concentration in finance from the University of Virginia in 1996. Chris received his law degree in 1999 from the Emory University School of Law, where he graduated with honors and was awarded Order of the Coif. Chris appeared on The Deal’s Middle Market M&A shortlist as a financial services dealmaker of the year for 2018.

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Corey Kupfer

Kupfer & Associates

Founder and Managing Partner

Corey is actively and personally involved in the corporate practice area of the firm including sophisticated corporate structuring, high-level strategic advice, and mergers, acquisitions, succession and other deals, while overseeing the firm’s other practice areas. He is a strategist, negotiator and dealmaker.

As a member of the New York Chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization since 2008, a Board Member since 2010, and Chapter President from July 2014 - June 2016, Corey has been a passionate advocate and leader in the entrepreneurial space.  EO has over 11,000 members in over 40 countries and the New York Chapter is the largest in the world which has provided phenomenal contacts and resources for Corey and his clients.

Corey is a frequent speaker at entrepreneurial, business and securities industry conferences and events on many topics including authentic negotiating, deal-making and structuring, entity and platform design, mergers and acquisitions, entrepreneurship, visioning and planning, employee attraction and retention vehicles, authentic conversation about race and building authentic business relationships.

In 2011, New York Enterprise Report honored Corey at its Best Accountants and Attorneys for Growing Businesses Awards with its General Corporate Law and Attorney of the Year awards.

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David Mrazik

Merchant Investment Management

Managing Partner

David leads a variety of Merchant’s strategic and financial initiatives, including mergers and acquisitions, structuring, transaction execution and risk management infrastructures. Prior to Merchant, David was Managing Partner of MarketCounsel and the Hamburger Law Firm, a boutique consulting firm and law practice specializing in helping financial advisors transition to independence.

Previously, David served as Managing Director and General Counsel at Focus Financial Partners, LLC, a leading international partnership of independent wealth management firms. In this role, David oversaw all of the company’s mergers and acquisitions, implemented risk management infrastructures and worked on the company’s inbound private equity investments and credit facilities. Prior to these roles, David practiced as a corporate attorney at Willkie, Farr & Gallagher LLP and Vinson & Elkins LLP, specializing in mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital and capital markets.

David holds a JD from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Virginia. 

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Jason Roberts

Pension Resource Institute


Jason C. Roberts, Esq. is the Founder and CEO of the Pension Resource Institute (PRI), a firm that delivers strategic consulting, training and technology-based solutions to retirement plan sponsors, service providers and investment companies. He is also a founder and shareholder at Retirement Law Group (RLG) a law firm specializing in ERISA- and investment-related matters. Prior to founding PRI and RLG, Jason was a partner and co-chair of the Financial Services Group at a leading ERISA law firm and the head of the Investment Fiduciary practice for a prominent securities industry legal defense firm. Jason has been repeatedly recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential in Defined Contribution” by the 401(k) Wire and a “Rising Star” by SuperLawyers Magazine. In 2015, he was selected by InvestmentNews as one of the “Top 40 Advisors and Associated Professionals under 40” in the financial planning industry. Jason has published numerous articles focusing on ERISA and securities compliance, fiduciary best practices and is a frequent speaker at retirement plan and financial industry conferences. He is a contributing author and faculty member for the Practicing Law Institute. Jason is also currently serving a two-year term as an advisor to the finance committee for the Beach Cities Health District.

Jason received his B.S.B.A. in Finance & Banking from the University of Missouri and his J.D. from UCLA Law School.