As a licensed attorney and mediator, Jay is the Director for the Maryland Court of Special Appeals’ ADR Division. In that capacity, Jay directs all aspects of the Court’s Pre-Hearing Conference and Mediation Programs. Since 2012, Jay has mediated civil appellate cases, including contract, tort, estate, guardianship, foreclosure, real property, and domestic disputes. Jay came to the Court of Special Appeals from private practice where he mediated small-claims court cases and dissolution of small business partnerships, specialized in domestic mediation for English- and Spanish-speaking clients, and counseled small business clients on securities regulatory practice. Jay has been an active mediator since 1998 starting with the Baltimore City Circuit Court pilot program mediating with pro se litigants issues regarding parental access to children, otherwise known as custody and visitation.
Prior to his private practice, Jay was the Government Affairs Counsel for the Public Policy and Communications department at the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board), and was a registered lobbyist for CFP Board. Jay was also the Director of the Office of Professional Review at CFP Board, where CFP Board certifies and enforces the certification standards for its members. Before joining CFP Board, Jay was a regulatory expert for Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) (formerly the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) and New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Regulation). Prior to FINRA, Jay was the founding Assistant Director of the Division of Examinations at the Securities Bureau for the District of Columbia’s Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking, where he enforced District of Columbia’s securities laws, and conducted investigations of broker-dealers, investment advisers and their employees. Prior to that, he was a staff attorney at the Securities Division in the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Maryland.