About Debra G. Speyer, Esq.
Editor: Debra G. Speyer, Esq.
January 20, 2006
By Staff Writer
Category: About the Editor
Before going into private practice in 1990, Debra was an attorney with the Enforcement Division of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) prosecuting brokerage firms and stockbrokers for investment fraud and regulatory violations. Prior to that, she was an attorney and vice president with Thomson McKinnon Securities, Inc., an international brokerage firm which later merged with Prudential Securities. While at Thomson McKinnon, she passed every stockbroker and brokerage firm examination that the securities industry offered, including all options and commodities examinations.
Debra holds a law degree, a master's degree in finance with a thesis on program trading and stock markets, and a bachelor's degree in accounting. Prior to entering law school, she was an accountant. She has been listed in Philadelphia Magazine's Best Lawyers for her work handling securities fraud and elder law matters. She is also listed in Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in America. She was honored by the National Organization of Women Business Owners with their annual "Women Making History" award. Debra is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum for her securities arbitration work. The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is limited to attorneys who have won million- and multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements.
Debra is a frequently invited guest speaker for business, professional and non-profit organizations, and is a legal commentator for radio talk shows and television. She has appeared on Wall Street Journal Radio, NBC TV, CNN Financial News TV, CNBC TV's "Wake Up Call" and "Power Lunch Financial News," CN8 TV, Fox News, and WB17, as well as Comcast TV's "Legal View" with the Securities and Exchange Commission Director speaking on topics related to securities fraud.
Debra has written extensively about investment fraud and elder fraud, and those articles have appeared in various newspapers and magazines. She has been quoted in over two hundred national and international periodicals including Newsweek, Kiplinger's Magazine, Forbes, USA Today, Crain's New York Business, American Banker, The Street.com, Securities Week, Investment News, Registered Representative Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Long Island's Newsday.
Pro bono work is an integral part of her law practice. She is on numerous non-profit boards, including SeniorLaw, which assists indigent senior citizens with their legal problems. She is also on the board of directors for AMIT Children, and received an award from the organization for her fundraising efforts on behalf of abused and disadvantaged children.
Debra is a lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association and other continuing legal education programs on the subjects of securities fraud, elder fraud, and elder law, and has been a co-lecturer with the Pennsylvania Securities Commissioner on the subject of investment fraud. She is co-chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's annual course "Legal Issues in an Age of Aging," and was chair of an elder fraud conference in conjunction with the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, the purpose of which was to educate senior citizens on how not to become victims of fraud.
Debra is co-chair of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America's Investment Fraud Committee. She is past chair of the Elder Law Committee, and is a member of the Securities Regulations Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association. She belongs to, and serves on, various committees and subcommittees of the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Public Investors American Bar Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Connecticut Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and DC Bar Association. She is also an arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers, New York Stock Exchange and Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.
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