Pamela M. Harper
What do you focus on?
I focus on representing and providing strategic advice to clients in connection with regulatory, compliance and corporate governance-related matters, particularly within the financial services industry.
What do you see on the horizon?
With the rollback of the Dodd Frank Act and the release of the draft Financial Choice Act, financial deregulation is underway. Though the Financial Choice Act, as currently drafted, lifts a number of regulatory constraints, firms are nevertheless expected to be held accountable and should not be lulled into a false sense of security. For firms subject to the Investment Company Act of 1940, the Financial Choice Act provides enhanced penalties for fraud, increased monetary fines for illegal profits as well as increased criminal fines for insider trading. As a result, compliance will still not be optional and for smaller, midsize and emerging firms, will become even more important. My role in this re-configured regulatory landscape focuses on advising clients how to strategically mitigate, and tactically address risk to minimize potential exposure under the new, upcoming regulatory regime.
Pam is a seasoned attorney with experience in both the private and public sectors and is a registered lobbyist with the Pennsylvania Department of State. She is also a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP) with the Compliance Certification Board. Before joining Griesing Law, she worked in-house at several consulting and financial services firms in the region. Most recently, Pam served as the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for MFR Consultants Inc., an information technology consulting firm where she was responsible for supervising and overseeing the daily management of the firm’s operations, including establishing an enterprise-wide risk management program as well as reviewing and negotiating all contractual agreements in the organization. Prior to that, Pam held a similar role as Chief Operating Officer and Compliance Officer for StoneRidge Investment Partners, an asset management firm. In that role, she oversaw the firm’s legal and compliance program including interpreting and applying the rules and regulations promulgated under the Investment Advisor Act of 1940. In addition, she built a wealth of experience advising clients on public policy, comparative governance structures and foreign investment laws and regulations while serving as a Principal at two other consulting firms.
Pam’s experience extends to the public sector as well, when she was appointed to the position of Deputy Director of Aviation, Marketing & Governmental Affairs for the Philadelphia Airport System under Mayors Wilson Goode and Ed Rendell. As Deputy Director, she managed a staff of 100 and was responsible for the management and implementation of the airport’s marketing initiatives and government and regulatory affairs.
Outside of the Firm, Pam has shared her business and legal expertise while serving as an Adjunct Professor at Temple University’s Fox School of Management. She is a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Professionals, the National Association of Securities Professionals, the National Society of Compliance Professionals and Women Owned Law, an organization dedicated to fostering female entrepreneurship in the legal profession. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA) and previously served as the Vice-Chair of the Philadelphia International Airport Advisory Board. She has held other roles for numerous civic organizations in the region, including the Atwater Kent Museum, the Balch Institute of Ethnic Studies, and the Center for Architecture + Design, among many others.
Pam earned her joint J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Wharton School. She also received her A.B. from Princeton University where she graduated cum laude.
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