Are you drained by a family situation? Let me help you sort it out and come up with a solution.
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 Street.com, 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.
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1988||10/11/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Million Dollar Advocates Forum Since 1990||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2013|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers Magazine||2013|
|Best Lawyers of the Main Line||Main Line Magazine||2013|
|Best Lawyers of Montgomery County||Surburban Life Magazine||2013|
|Who's Who in American Law Since 1990||Marquis||2010|
|"Women Making History" Award||National Organization of Women Business Owners||N/A|
|Women to Watch||Arrive Magazine||N/A|
|Best Lawyers of Philadelphia||Philadelphia Magazine||N/A|
|Adjunct Professor of Law||Drexel Law School||2010 - Present|
|President||Debra Speyer Law Offices||1990 - Present|
|Prosecutor||Financial Industry Regulatory Authority||1988 - 1990|
|Vice President/Counsel||Thomson McKinnon||1984 - 1987|
|Law Clerk||Judge Michael Solomon||1980 - 1984|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Maryland Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|British Law Society||Member||2008 - Present|
|American Trial Lawyers Association||Officer||1993 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Securities Commission||Lawyer Advisory Committee||1992 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Officer||1992 - Present|
|Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association||Member||1991 - Present|
|National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys||Member||1990 - Present|
|Court of Common Pleas||Arbitrator||1990 - Present|
|FINRA||Arbitrator||1990 - Present|
|National Association of Women Business Owners.||Member||1990 - Present|
|Philadelphia Bar Association||Member||1988 - Present|
|Florida Bar||Member||1988 - Present|
|District of Columbia Bar||Member||1988 - Present|
|Connecticut Bar Association||Member||1986 - Present|
|Pennsylvania Bar Association||Member||1986 - Present|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||1986 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1984 - Present|
|Trial (American Association for Justice)||Hedge Fund Fraud||N/A|
|AAJ Business Torts Newsletter||Getting Grandma's Nest Egg Back||N/A|
|Pennsyvania Bar Institute||Elder Fraud-Legal Issues in An Age of Aging||N/A|
|Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA)||Insurance Products||N/A|
|Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA)||Insurance Industry Issues||N/A|
|AAJ Business Torts Newsletter||Promissory Note Fraud||N/A|
|Hofstra University School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1984|
|Pennsylvania Bar Law Practice Management Institute||Law Practice Management||2011|
|Pennsylvania Bar Institute Twelth Annual Legal Issues in an Age of Aging||Elder Law||2011|
|Anatomy of a Ponzi Scheme||Ponzi Scheme Litigation||2011|
|American Association for Justice||Business Torts||2011|
|PA Assoc of Licensed Investigators Annual Meeting||Elder Fraud||2010|
|American Association for Justice||Nuts and Bolts of Business Litigation||2010|
|Pennsylvania Bar Institute: 11th Annual Legal Issues in an Age of Aging||Elder Law||2009|
|American Association for Justice||Securities Arbitration||2009|
|Pennsylvania Bar Institute: Tenth Annual Legal Issues in an Age of Aging||Elder Law||2008|
|AAJ (Formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of American) Meeting||Investment Fraud||2008|
|Pennsylvania Bar Institute: Ninth Annual Legal Issues in an Age of Aging||Elder Law||2007|
|Pennsylvania Bar Institute: Eighth Annual Legal Issues in an Age of Aging||Elder Law||2006|
|Pennsylvania Bar Institute: Seventh Annual Legal Issues in an Age of Aging||Elder Law||2005|
|Pennsylvania Bar Institute: Sixth Annual Legal Issues in an Age of Aging||Elder Law||2004|
|Pennsylvania Bar Institute: Fifth Annual Legal Issues in an Age of Aging||Elder Law||2003|
|Pennsylvania Bar Institute: Fourth Annual Legal Issues in an Age of Aging||Elder Law||2002|
|Pennsylvania Bar Institute: Third Annual Legal Issues in an Age of Aging||Elder Law||2001|
|Pennsylvania Bar Institute: Second Annual Legal Issues in an Age of Aging||Elder Law||2000|
|Pennsylvania Bar Institute: First Annual Legal Issues in an Age of Aging||Elder Law||1999|
|Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association||Hedge Fund Fraud||N/A|
|Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association||Securities Fraud||N/A|
|Public Investors Arbitration Bar||Insurance Fraud||N/A|
|Philadelphia Corporation for Aging: Elder Fraud Conference||Elder Fraud||N/A|
|Pennsylvania Securities Commission Elder Fraud Conference||Securities Fraud||N/A|
|Pennsylvania Insurance Commission Elder Fraud Conference||Elder Fraud||N/A|
|S.L. vs. T.O and S.O||146k Requested, 437k Awarded|
|F.W. vs. E&Y and J.B.||77k Requested, 77k Award plus interest|
|M.B. vs R.J.S.||$1.1 settlement|
|V.S. vs. L.M.||67k Requested, 66k Awarded|
|B.T. vs. P||194k Requested, 182k awarded|
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