Birgitta Siegel Adjunct Professor of Law

Contact Information

Cornell Law School
148 Myron Taylor Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-4901

Phone: (607) 255-4196
Fax: (607) 255-7193

Professional Biography

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 over 25 years. Currently, she manages a boutique litigation firm that represents individuals and entities nationwide in their disputes against financial institutions, primarily broker/dealers. She further advocates for investors’ rights through her writings concerning the regulatory oversight of financial professionals.

After graduating from law school, 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 senior in-house counsel at Prudential Securities in NYC, managing high profile litigations and class actions. In recent years, she 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.

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 served as Chair of PIABA's Self-Regulatory Organization Committee, which authors PIABA's numerous rule comment letters filed with the SEC, and which authors advocacy papers to various legislative and regulatory bodies. In addition, Professor Siegel is an active member of PIABA's Amicus Committee and serves on the Board of Editors of the PIABA Bar Journal.

She has appeared on television panels to discuss investor protection issues, has presented legal CLE instruction offered through state bar and other sponsors including PIABA and the ABA, and enjoys delivering investor awareness seminars to community education groups. She has also authored several articles in her field.


B.S., Syracuse University, 1981
J.D., cum laude, University of Miami School of Law, 1985