Peter F. Vaira. Peter F. Vaira.

Honored

Peter Vaira, of counsel to Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt & Flores, was awarded a special commendation by the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers on Nov. 16 at the group’s annual White Collar Practice Seminar in Philadelphia.

He was commended for his many years of service on behalf of PACDL, particularly for his efforts to cause changes to Pennsylvania grand jury practice. The state Supreme Court’s Grand Jury Task Force is currently considering changes to grand jury procedure.

Vaira has handled complex criminal and civil matters in state and federal court throughout his 50 years of practice.

He directs Greenblatt Pierce’s alternative dispute resolution practice.

He is also a certified national and international arbitrator who serves as a special master in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Commerce Court program.

In his role as special master, he arbitrates and mediates commercial litigation disputes; oversees court-authorized settlements; arbitrates litigation discovery disputes, litigation ethical conduct complaints and labor union trusteeships; mediates ongoing construction disputes, and more.

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Michele Hangley was honored by Nationalities Service Center for completing two terms of service on its board.

Hangley is a shareholder with Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller.

Her commercial litigation practice covers a broad range of areas, including business tort and breach of contract claims and intellectual property disputes.

Elise Fialkowski, Nationalities Service Center’s board nominations and governance committee chair, and NSC executive director Margaret O’Sullivan helped honor Hangley at the NSC’s annual meeting Nov. 29.

Speakers

Ellen C. Brotman and Margaret Cassidy presented at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute Business Law Institute.

Their topic was “Managing Government and Internal Investigations.”

Brotman is founder and owner of BrotmanLaw.

Her practice focuses on the areas of professional responsibility and ethics, criminal defense, and appellate advocacy.

She has defended a variety of high-profile criminal cases, including political and public corruption, securities fraud, tax fraud, money laundering, currency structuring and other white-collar crimes involving complex trial, sentencing and appellate issues.

Cassidy is the founder and owner of Cassidy Law.

Cassidy advises businesses on ethics and compliance requirements and represents businesses and individuals facing civil or criminal investigations or audits when working with the federal government or doing business internationally.

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