Birgitta K. Siegel is an Adjunct Professor of Law in the Law School’s Securities Law Clinic. She has practiced almost exclusively in the field of securities litigation/arbitration for 25 years. After graduating from the University of Miami Law School with honors in 1985, Professor Siegel joined a large Miami firm where she represented major broker/dealers both in federal court and arbitration, and was at the forefront of litigation concerning mandatory arbitration issues. Thereafter, Professor Siegel was in-house counsel at Prudential Securities in NYC, managing high profile litigations and class actions. In recent years, Professor Siegel moved to the 'other side of the street' and now exclusively advocates for public investors against financial institutions. In that vein, she taught at the Syracuse University College of Law, instructing second and third year students in securities cases brought by clients of the law school's clinic. Currently, Professor Siegel manages The Pearl Law Firm's Syracuse office, representing investors in their disputes against financial institutions, primarily broker/dealers. Professor Siegel is an active member of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association ("PIABA"), the preeminent bar association of approximately 450 attorneys devoted to investor protections relative to the arbitration process. She is current Chair of PIABA's Self Regulatory Organization Committee, which authors PIABA's numerous rule comment letters filed with the SEC and other advocacy papers. In addition, Professor Siegel is an active member of PIABA's Amicus Committee. She has presented instruction at the PIABA Annual Meeting, as well CLE offerings, and to community education groups. She has authored several articles in her field.