About Our Founder
Leila Shaver is a securities attorney and founder of My RIA Lawyer.
After working in the financial services industry for nearly a decade, she found her passion in defending advisory firms against regulators. As a business owner and entrepreneur, Leila understands the hard word and dedication that goes into starting and growing your business to best serve your clients. She also knows the threat of a fine or suspension because of a small mistake is a dark cloud that showers on the achievements of advisory firms and their owners.
As corporate counsel for a large national brokerage firm for over 500 registered representatives, Leila saw first hand how regulators treating advisory firms- as piggy banks to fill their coffers. By preying on those firms that have weak compliance cultures and a lack of internal structure and oversight, regulators created continuing streams of revenue by constantly fining and suspending key members of the firm.
Leila’s experience as corporate counsel left an indelible mark. After years of consulting with private funds and providing legal services to new and current registered investment advisers, Leila decided to launch My RIA Lawyer. Leila strongly believes that by focusing the firm on advisory firms, her clients receive specialized services and advice that finally allow them to take control of their businesses and clear the sky of those dark clouds- the regulators.
Leila created My RIA Lawyer so that advisory firms receive the best possible help, service and defense after making the decision to take control and fight back against regulators. Leila loves coming to work and helping clients make positive changes in their lives. She learns something new everyday about the needs of her clients and creates services to meet those needs.
Outside of the office, Leila enjoys running, drinking wine with friends, and cooking. She lives in Villa Rica with her wonderful husband, two sons, and pit bull-dingo mix, Duke.
About Our CFO Consultant
Steve Fisher is a CFO Consultant bringing 30 years of leadership, consulting and executive management skills.
Steve began his career as a management consultant for a variety of industries, including transportation, manufacturing and commercial services. However it was his time with J.P. Turner & Company, LLC that solidified his love for the financial services industry and helping advisers grow and thrive in an increasingly regulatory driven time.
Steve served as Chief Financial Officer of J.P. Turner from its humble beginnings in 1997 until the firm was successfully acquired in 2016. By keeping a focus on providing customer service to his advisers, developing and implementing the financial systems used by the company, and providing executive guidance to ownership, Steve helped grow the firm from a start-up to over $80 million in annual revenues. The firm developed from having a small regional footprint to eventually becoming a successful nationwide enterprise supporting dozens of offices and hundreds of advisers. He accomplished this incredible feat despite J.P. Turner’s regulatory issues and the money lost in settling complaints and paying fines. It is also during this time that Steve realized that regulators were driven by the amount of fines they could get from firms. This realization fueled him to work even harder to keep J.P. Turner profitable despite the efforts of regulators to run the firm out of business.
Since his time at J.P. Turner, Steve has worked with private funds, providing services which include financial analysis and modeling, financial regulatory compliance, risk management, business exit strategy, streamlining financial and procedural policies, operational procedures development, and creating monitoring and accountability systems. Steve delivers measurable positive results in these areas to clients so that they can remain focused on the central function of their business.
Steve brings his incredible experience to My RIA Lawyer serving as a fractional CFO to our clients, working with private funds and helping our advisers avoid greedy and abusive regulators by getting their financials in order, budgeting, planning for growth and ensuring that they get paid by EACH client ON TIME.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Tech. He and his wife live in the metro Atlanta area and enjoy cooking and spending time with their two adopted rescue dogs.
About Our Paralegal
Don’t mistake Tiffany’s professional demeanor for a lack of thoughtfulness and caring. Tiffany has an insatiable desire to make sure our clients get exactly what they need when she is working on your case. Her methodical nature brings a rare level of attention to detail for our clients’ projects. The attorneys also rely too much on her ability to read their minds, which is one of her many superpowers.
With nearly a decade of legal and business experience, Tiffany assists advisers in creating strong cases against wrongdoers. Her previous experience at two well-respected firms has given her the skills necessary to defend advisers against regulators.
Tiffany graduated from Ohio State University and received her paralegal certificate from the University of Georgia. Tiffany enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering in the community, and writing.