Debra G. Speyer is principal of the Law Offices of Debra G. Speyer and handles
arbitrations throughout the United States. When she is not at her law office, she can be found on her solar powered farm raising heritage Scottish long horned Highland cattle, Galloway cattle, Llamas, and Dorper and Kahadian sheep.
Before going into private practice in 1990, Debra was an attorney with the Enforcement Division of the National Association of Securities Dealers (now known as FINRA) 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, SuperLawyers, Suburban Magazine and Mainline Magazine 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 "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," The Suzanne Show, Anderson Cooper 360, 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 is frequently quoted in periodicals such as Newsweek, Kiplinger's Magazine, 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.
Debra is a lecturer for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia Bar Association, AAJ, NBI, Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association and other continuing legal education programs on the subject of investment fraud, elder fraud, and elder law. She 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. She was on the Lawyer Advisory Board of the Pennsylvania Securities Commission until that Board dismantled. She has also been an adjunct professor at Drexel Law School.
Debra has been chair of the Elder Law Committee, and is a member of the Securities Regulations Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association. She was co-chair of the American Trial Lawyers Association’s (now known as AAJ) Investment Fraud Committee of the Business Tort’s Section, and serves on various committees and subcommittees of the American Bar Association, International Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Public Investors American Bar Association, AAJ, Connecticut Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and DC Bar Association. She is also an arbitrator for FINRA.
Pro bono work is an integral part of her law practice. She is on the Farmer Advisory Council of Waterkeepers Chesapeake which addresses environmentally responsible farming practices. She is on numerous other non-profit boards including AMIT Children in which she received an award from the organization for her fundraising efforts on behalf of abused and disadvantaged children.