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Debra G. Speyer

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Has the thought of putting together an estate plan, trust , will, living will or power of attorney drain you?


Do you need a guardianship for a loved one and don't know where to turn?

Is the estate you need to administer or are about to probate

making your life hectic?


Has your family put you in charge of sorting a difficult family situation

and you don't know where to turn or even the questions to ask?


Do you need a plan for the future for yourself or a loved one that

you have been putting off until now?


Have you lost money due to stockbroker negligence?


Today is the perfect day to deal with these issues that have been on your to do list and we are the right law firm to do the job.  We have taken care of these type legal matters for thousands of clients throughout the years. With our many years of experience and our rolodex of contacts, our goal is to get you through this experience smoothly. 


With her boutique elder law, estate planning, probate, guardianship, trust and estate administration and and investment fraud law firm, Debra, a former chair of the Elder Law Committee of the Bar Association, TV legal expert, quoted in more than 250 periodical nationally, and voted by other lawyers as a top elder law and investment fraud lawyer, has help thousands of families with their legal needs. Every client is treated as if that client will determine the success of this firm.


Debra get results - effectively and compassionately. Her book "Money, Health and Home: Seven Steps to Helping Your Parents Navigate Retirement and Aging" is being published shortly.


Public service is an integral part of this law firm. We serve the community by educating the public and other lawyers about investment fraud, elder fraud, and elder law. We also provide extensive and worthy pro-bono service to the indigent elder community. 


Debra is also an astute, experienced, and aggressive litigator with a national and international securities law practice. 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 quoted in over 250 periodicals throughout the world, including Newsweek, Kiplinger's Magazine, USA Today, Crain's New York Business, American Banker, The, Securities Week and Investment News.


She had been voted by other lawyers as being one of Philadelphia's top lawyers appearing in Best Lawyers of Philadelphia. 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 has been acknowledged by Arrive Magazine as being one of the five "Women to Watch" on the East Coast for her work defending the rights of defrauded Senior Citizens.


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.


Debra is on the Lawyers Advisory Board of the Pennsylvania Securities Commission. Pro bono work is an integral part of her law practice. She has been 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 and other continuing legal education programs on the subject of securities fraud and the elderly, 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 elder law course "Legal Issues in an Age of Aging," and was chair of the 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.


In addition to being a former chair of the Elder Law Committee of the Bar Association, she has been active in other committees and sections including the Probate and Estate Committee and the Securities Regulations Committee. She belongs to, and serves on, various committees and subcommittees of the American Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Public Investors American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, American Trial Lawyers Association, British Law Society, Connecticut Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and DC Bar Association. She is also an arbitrator for FINRA and the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.


Debra welcomes new clients and referrals from law firms and looks forward to working with you.



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Practice areas


  1. Securities & Investment Fraud: 40%
    29 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Probate: 10%
    25 years, 360 cases
  3. Guardianship: 10%
    25 years, 360 cases
  4. Estate Planning: 10%
    25 years, 360 cases
  5. Other: 30%
  6. More 



Hourly ($360-500/hour), contingent (40%), Fixed (sometimes), Pro bono (10%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

3 total 

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  • Reuben A. Guttman

    Debra Speyer is one of the nation's leading securities arbitration counsel. As Chair of the National AAJ Busines Torts Section for 2010-2011, she focused a national debate on cutting edge areas of law. She has done an amazing job of balancing her professional obligations with teaching responsibilties as a Law Professor at Drexel University.


    Reuben Guttman Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jeffrey Peters Coleman

    I have known Ms. Speyer for over a decade. She and I have been members of a group of lawyers that advocate for investor protection and represent investors against banks, trust departments and broker dealers. Ms. Speyer is a fine lawyer who works diligently to fight for investors rights and for her individual clients. I am proud to have her as a valued collegue in this area of the law.


    Jeffrey Coleman Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Debra G. Speyer Law Offices

Two Bala Plaza
Suite 300
Bala Cynwyd, PA, 19004

Debra G. Speyer Law Offices

1515 Market Street
Suite 1200
Philadelphia, PA, 19102-1754

Debra G. Speyer Law Offices

3908 Leafy Way
Coconut Grove, FL, 33133-6438

Debra G. Speyer Law Offices

4246 Madonna Road
Madonna, MD, 21084



DCActive 198805/24/2015
FLMember in Good Standing198809/08/2015
NYCurrently registered 198603/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Million Dollar Advocates Forum Since 1990Million Dollar Advocates Forum2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Best Lawyers of the Main LineMain Line Magazine2013
Best Lawyers of Montgomery CountySurburban Life Magazine2013
Who's Who in American Law Since 1990Marquis2010
"Women Making History" AwardNational Organization of Women Business OwnersN/A
Women to WatchArrive MagazineN/A
Best Lawyers of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia MagazineN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct Professor of LawDrexel Law School2010 - Present
PresidentDebra Speyer Law Offices1990 - Present
ProsecutorFinancial Industry Regulatory Authority1988 - 1990
Vice President/CounselThomson McKinnon1984 - 1987
Law ClerkJudge Michael Solomon1980 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
Maryland Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
British Law SocietyMember2008 - Present
American Trial Lawyers AssociationOfficer1993 - Present
Pennsylvania Securities CommissionLawyer Advisory Committee1992 - Present
American Association for JusticeOfficer1992 - Present
Public Investors Arbitration Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
Court of Common PleasArbitrator1990 - Present
FINRAArbitrator1990 - Present
National Association of Women Business Owners.Member1990 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember1990 - Present
Florida BarMember1988 - Present
District of Columbia BarMember1988 - Present
Philadelphia Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
Connecticut Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Pennsylvania Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
M.B. vs R.J.S.$1.1 settlement
F.W. vs. E&Y and J.B.77k Requested, 77k Award plus interest
B.T. vs. P194k Requested, 182k awarded
See all legal cases 
Publication nameTitleDate
Trial (American Association for Justice)Hedge Fund FraudN/A
AAJ Business Torts NewsletterGetting Grandma's Nest Egg BackN/A
Pennsyvania Bar InstituteElder Fraud-Legal Issues in An Age of AgingN/A
Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA)Insurance ProductsN/A
Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA)Insurance Industry IssuesN/A
AAJ Business Torts NewsletterPromissory Note FraudN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Hofstra UniversityFinanceM.B.A1986
Hofstra University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Hofstra UniversityAccountingB.B.A.1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Pennsylvania Bar Law Practice Management InstituteLaw Practice Management2011
Pennsylvania Bar Institute Twelth Annual Legal Issues in an Age of AgingElder Law2011
Anatomy of a Ponzi SchemePonzi Scheme Litigation2011
American Association for JusticeBusiness Torts2011
PA Assoc of Licensed Investigators Annual MeetingElder Fraud2010
American Association for JusticeNuts and Bolts of Business Litigation2010
Pennsylvania Bar Institute: 11th Annual Legal Issues in an Age of AgingElder Law2009
American Association for JusticeSecurities Arbitration2009
Pennsylvania Bar Institute: Tenth Annual Legal Issues in an Age of AgingElder Law2008
AAJ (Formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of American) MeetingInvestment Fraud2008
Pennsylvania Bar Institute: Ninth Annual Legal Issues in an Age of AgingElder Law2007
Pennsylvania Bar Institute: Eighth Annual Legal Issues in an Age of AgingElder Law2006
Pennsylvania Bar Institute: Seventh Annual Legal Issues in an Age of AgingElder Law2005
Pennsylvania Bar Institute: Sixth Annual Legal Issues in an Age of AgingElder Law2004
Pennsylvania Bar Institute: Fifth Annual Legal Issues in an Age of AgingElder Law2003
Pennsylvania Bar Institute: Fourth Annual Legal Issues in an Age of AgingElder Law2002
Pennsylvania Bar Institute: Third Annual Legal Issues in an Age of AgingElder Law2001
Pennsylvania Bar Institute: Second Annual Legal Issues in an Age of AgingElder Law2000
Pennsylvania Bar Institute: First Annual Legal Issues in an Age of AgingElder Law1999
Public Investors Arbitration Bar AssociationHedge Fund FraudN/A
Public Investors Arbitration Bar AssociationSecurities FraudN/A
Public Investors Arbitration BarInsurance FraudN/A
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging: Elder Fraud ConferenceElder FraudN/A
Pennsylvania Securities Commission Elder Fraud ConferenceSecurities FraudN/A
Pennsylvania Insurance Commission Elder Fraud ConferenceElder FraudN/A