Mr. Mason A. Dinehart III, RFC

Financial Education Network Development (FEND)
5529 Bedford Avenue
Los Angeles , CA 90056-1010
Office: 310-641-0377
Fax: 310-649-3663


Mr. Dinehart, RFC is a FINRA Arbitrator and expert witness in securities arbitration and litigation. With over 40 years of industry experience, he has been a branch manager for 3 securities firms. With over 700 retentions, he has testified in 321 arbitrations and litigations along with 85 mediations in 23 states with 90% of those cases receiving a winning positive award. He is currently registered with Silber Bennett Financial, Inc. as a producing representative and Reg. Principal - due Diligence. He holds, or has held securities licenses including series 7, 24, 27, 63, 65, 79, 99 and variable contracts along with life insurance and real estate. He specializes in TIC, REIT and variable annuity cases along with securities cases involving standards of care, suitability, compliance and supervision, along with employee disputes. He represents claimant's/plaintiff's 65% of the time and respondent's/defendant's 35%. Mr. Dinehart has testified and been qualified as a securities industry expert with the California State and Federal Courts and as an Insurance Industry Expert with the NV State Court. Unavailable hearing calendar(blackout dates) will always be posted on his website and updated daily. As a FINRA Arbitrator, Mr. Dinehart was credited with 4 awards and has served on 11 panels, one as chairman. Mr. Dinehart holds a B/A degree in Speech and Communication as well as a graduate certificate in Taxation and Finance. He is married with 4 children and enjoys tennis, chess, bridge and skiing.

Areas of Expertise

  • Business
  • Fraud Investigation
  • Investment Banking
  • Marketing
  • Sales
  • Securities
  • Statistics
  • Stocks & Bonds

Expert Background

Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Graduate Certificate - American Institute of Banking School of Finance and Taxation - 1965
Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Communication
(California State College at Los Angeles - 1958)
Securities Licenses: Series 7, 24, 27*, 63, 65, 79 and 99;
Other Licenses: Life, Variable Contracts, Real Estate*.
*Previously Held
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: FINRA Board of Arbitrators #A30388
International Association of Registered Financial Consultants
American Association of Individual Investors
Roundtable Group
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: National Public Speaking and Debate Champion - American Institute of Banking - 1963 and 1965.
Coach of National Championship Debate Team - American Institute of Banking - 1966
Panel Member - 2004 Annual PIABA Convention. - "On Being Respondent's Expert Witness"
Panel Member - 2004 Spring Conference "Junk Bonds"
Speaker - Registered Representative Compliance Forum 2004 - "How to Avoid Securities Arbitration Complaints"
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: See Arbitrator Disclosure on Website under Track Record
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: Over 700 expert retentions since 1991, having testified over 330 times in Arbitration, Mediation and Court.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: In Securities and Insurance cases: Suitability, supervision, compliance, fiduciary duty, standards of care, options, margin, due diligence, churning, damages, clearing firm liability, on-line trading, mark-ups and mark-downs, underwriting, disclosure, fraud, volatility analysis, risk analysis, managed accounts, RIA activities, employment dispures, annuities, life insurance and taxation.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 65%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 35%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: 12
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: August 2013
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: 6 times - Once by the CA State Court in Orange County, once by the CA State Court in L.A., once by the CA State Court in Fresno, once by the CA State Court in San Diego and once by the NV State Court. I have testified in Federal Court iin Los Angeles, one time.
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: over 331 times
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 23
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Consulting, testifying, expert reports, damages reports, P&L Analysis, Well Managed Account Theory reports, volatility analysis reports, Risk analysis reports, Mutual Fund Analysis reports, Scorecard Analysis reports, compliance reports. I also provide Scorrecard Analysis Reports in TIC, REIT, LLC and other DPP cases.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $375.00
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $375.00
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $375.00
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $375.00
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Driving time - $100 per hour. No charge for direct, non-stop travel flying time.


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