FINRA Arbitrators

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FINRA arbitrators—neutral, qualified individuals who are essential in maintaining a fair, impartial and efficient system of arbitration—serve as decision makers, weighing the facts of each case presented. FINRA arbitrators hear all sides of the dispute, study the evidence and then render a final and binding decision.

FINRA maintains a roster of more than 6,000 FINRA arbitrators. FINRA has two classifications of arbitrators: public and non-public. Public arbitrators are select individuals who are not required to have knowledge of the securities industry. Non-public arbitrators have a more extensive securities industry background.

Unless waived by FINRA at its discretion, arbitrator applicants must have a minimum of five years of paid business and/or professional experience and at least two years of college-level credits.  FINRA recruits arbitrators to help resolve disputes, from diverse backgrounds including:


  • lawyers;
  • educators;
  • doctors;
  • accountants;
  • business professionals; and
  • securities professionals.


Before serving on a case, FINRA arbitrators must first successfully complete FINRA’s Basic Arbitrator Training Program.  The Basic Arbitrator Training page on FINRA’s website for more information about pre-requisite training requirements before becoming eligible to serve on a case. FINRA arbitrators are strongly encouraged to be registered on FINRA’s DR Portal. The DR Portal benefits arbitrators by allowing them to view their current case data, access case documents, utilize the hearing scheduling tool, view upcoming hearing information, update their profile, and submit documents to the case administration team assigned to a particular case. Finally, the DR Portal allows arbitrators to view their honoraria payments, their neutral profile, their historical case data, and their past hearing dates. The portal is a useful tool for FINRA arbitrators and applicants seeking to stay on top of their cases in FINRA’s online forum.

The success of FINRA securities arbitration cases depends on the quality and skill of the arbitrators who hear and decide the disputes presented by investors.  More information about FINRA arbitrators can be found at the links below.

FINRA Arbitrators

Training, Serving on a Case and Honorarium

Benefits of Becoming an Arbitrator

Hearing Locations

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