Pamela M. Harper

Pamela M. Harper is a Member of Griesing Law, LLC and Chair of the Firm’s Corporate Transactions & Compliance and Government & Regulatory Affairs practice groups.

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?

We have witnessed a spate of behavior that reflected poorly on corporate culture in this country with numerous organizations undergoing a corporate reset. The corporate governance landscape has shifted and on the horizon, employee activism will continue to accelerate and corporate boards will elevate the discussion with respect to corporate culture, its primacy, and equally important, the role it plays in risk management and mitigation.

Biography

Pam is a seasoned attorney with experience in both the private and public sectors and is a Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (CCEP) with the Compliance Certification Board. She conducts internal investigations as well as cultural audits and advises clients on risk management and public policy issues. She also provides diversity and inclusion training as well as professional coaching on various topics including sexual harassment, elimination of bias, hiring and firing employees, maternity and FMLA leave, race and gender discrimination, LGBTQ rights and accommodations for disabled veterans.

Prior to joining Griesing Law, Pam held several executive roles at consulting and financial services firms in the region. Most recently, she served as the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for an information technology consulting firm. Pam also held a similar role as Chief Operating Officer and Compliance Officer for an institutional asset firm where she oversaw the firm’s legal and compliance program, subject to 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 public sector experience includes her appointed position as the Deputy Director of Aviation, Marketing & Governmental Affairs for the Philadelphia Airport System where she was responsible for the airport’s government and regulatory affairs as well as air service marketing initiatives.

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 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 Arthur Ross Gallery and previously held roles on the Boards of numerous civic organizations in the region, including the Philadelphia International Airport Advisory Board, Atwater Kent Museum, the Center for Emerging Visual Artists and International House, 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.

Education
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.
  • The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, M.B.A.
  • Princeton University, A.B., cum laude
Certifications
  • Compliance Certification Board, Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional
Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Awards
  • The Legal Intelligencer, Unsung Heroes Award, 2021
    – Awarded to attorneys and legal professionals who have gone unnoticed for, or were instrumental behind the scenes in, particularly important work. 
  • Minority Enterprise Advocate Magazine 50 Influential Minorities in Business, 2004
Community Involvement
  • Arthur Ross Gallery
    – Board of Directors, 2018-2021
  • National Society of Compliance Professionals
    – Member, 2017-2021
  • Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics Professionals
    – Member, 2018-2021
  • Women Owned Law
    – Member, 2019-2021
  • Center for Emerging Visual Artists (CFEVA)
    – Board of Directors, 2017-2019
  • The Forum of Executive Women
    – Member, 2010-2019
  • National Association of Securities Professionals
    – Member, 2017
  • Philadelphia International Airport
    – Vice Chair, Airport Advisory Board, 2010-2014
  • Princeton Club of New York
    – Finance Committee, 2011-2014
  • Center for Architecture + Design
    – Board of Directors, 2012-2014
  • Atwater Kent Museum
    – Former Member, Board of Directors
  • Balch Institute of Ethnic Studies
    – Former Member, Board of Directors
  • First Person Arts
    – Former Member, Board of Directors
  • Ensemble du Monde, New York
    – Former Member, Board of Directors
  • International House of Philadelphia
    – Former Member, Board of Directors
Writing & Speaking
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