Paula D. Shaffner

Co-Chair, Securities Litigation & Enforcement

pshaffner@stradley.com

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Paula Shaffner

Overview

Paula Shaffner is widely recognized as a fierce advocate for clients in the financial services industry. For almost 30 years, Paula has represented individuals and companies in securities litigation, and defended clients in regulatory matters before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Agency (FINRA) and various exchanges and state regulators. She also represents clients in litigation filed in court or arbitration.

Paula conducts internal investigations and provides compliance counseling. Her clients include public companies, mutual funds, hedge funds, investment companies and advisers, broker dealers and individuals associated with those entities.

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Credentials

Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
Court Admissions
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Education
  • J.D., Villanova University School of Law
  • B.A., West Chester University
Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Board Member, Swarthmore Recreation Association
  • Bridge Way School Advisory Board 
  • Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional, FINRA and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Commission, Investigative Division
  • Philadelphia Bar Association, Securities Regulation Committee of the Business Law Section
  • Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association, Compliance and Legal Division
  • Trustee, The West Chester University Foundation

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “SEC Hot Topics Institute,” Union League Philadelphia
  • Speaker, “FINRA Arbitrations: Tools & Practical Guide for 2016 and Beyond,” The Knowledge Group
  • Panelist, “Securities Arbitration & Mediation: A 2016 Update,” The Knowledge Group
  • Presenter, “This Interview is Confidential (Until It Isn’t): Resolving Conflicts and Other Risks in Internal Investigations,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Business Lawyers’ Institute 
  • Presenter, “Attorney/Client Privilege,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Business Lawyers’ Institute 
  • Presenter, “The Anatomy of an Arbitration,” Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association Annual Meeting 
  • Presenter, “Critical Regulatory Issues,” Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Financial Institutions Conference 
  • Presenter, “SEC Enforcement,” RR Donnelley SEC Hot Topics Institute 
  • Presenter, “The Attorney/Corporate Client Privilege & the Internal Investigation: A Panel Discussion,” Pennsylvania Bar Association In-House Counsel Committee Central PA Regional Meeting 
  • Presenter, “Arbitrator Selection,” Securities Arbitration and Mediation; The Basics Evolve, New York State Bar Association
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