Linda Houston

Linda Houston

Linda is an Expert Affiliate with Bates who has deep experience in suitability and wrongful termination issues. Ms. Houston has nearly 20 years of leadership experience at Merrill Lynch (1999 - 2017) with various roles including extensive recruiting of Financial Advisors. She has hired under the known Broker Protocol agreements and was instrumental in training Market Executives nationwide on recruiting practices. Linda has made over 100 recruit hires in her tenure as a Market / Managing Director and her involvement included initial recruit discussions, proper transitions under broker protocol, financial transition packages, deferred compensation and incentive compensation. Her in depth and personal knowledge of recruiting practices across the industry would allow her to be a valuable resource for firms looking for such knowledge.


Linda Houston

A Consultant and subject matter expert in these services:

  • Securities and Financial Services Litigation & Consulting
    • Retail
      • Securities and Financial Services Litigation & Consulting
      • Auction Rate Securities (ARS)
      • Branch Management
      • Broker Obligations
      • Closed End Funds
      • Complex Products
      • DOL Fiduciary Duty Rule
      • Employment
      • Fiduciary Duties/Responsibilities
      • Industry Standards
      • Investment Advisory
      • Investment Management
      • Outside Business Activity
      • Portfolio Management
      • Preferred Securities
      • Selling Away
      • Suitability
      • U-5 Reporting/Defamation
      • Unauthorized Trading
      • Wealth Management
      • Wrongful Termination



Bates Group LLC, Expert Affiliate, 2020 – Present

LGH Consulting, LLC, Wealth Management Consulting Business Owner, 2019 - Present

Virginia National Bank, Board Director; Head of Wealth Management Committee, on the ALCO Committee and Compensation Committee, 2018 - Present

Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Managing Director/Division Executive, 2011 - 2017

Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Head of Global Wealth and Investment Management Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Council, 2011 - 2017

Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, New Jersey Regional Managing Director, 2010 - 2011

Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, National Marketing and Sales Manager, 2008 - 2009

Bank of America/Merrill Lynch, Managing Director/Market Executive, 1999 - 2008


Southern Illinois University, Bachelor of Arts

Harvard Business School, Women’s Executive Business Leadership Program

Keenan Flagler School of Business University of North Carolina, Women’s Executive Leadership Development Program


Women of Merit Award, Baruch College Zicklin School of Business, New York City

Women of FIRE Award, Top Female recognition in North East for Financial Institution, Real Estate professionals

Community Service

Florida Oceanographic, Board member and Head of Development Committee, 2019 – Present

The Community Foundation Board of Martin St Lucie County, Board Member, Investment Committee Director, 2019 - Present