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Peter F. Vaira 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
phone 215-751-2700
fax 215-751-9420
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Peter Vaira is a fifteen year veteran of the U.S. Department of Justice. He served in the Organized Crime Section for ten years, during which time he was the Attorney in Charge of both the Philadelphia and Chicago Strike Forces on Organized Crime. He served as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for five years and later was the Executive Director of the President's Commission on Organized Crime in Washington, D.C. Mr. Vaira also served as a member of the mayor's transition team in 2008.

Mr. Vaira writes a regular column for the Legal Intelligencer on Eastern District Practice. To review Mr. Vaira's columns please view the articles page of this website.

Areas of Practice:
White Collar Criminal Defense
Corporate Crisis Management
Complex Civil Litigation
National and International Arbitrations
Litigation Percentage:
85% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions:
Pennsylvania, 1962
Illinois, 1984
District of Columbia, 1968
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1962
U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 1962
U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania, 1962
U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1972
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1962

Duquesne University, 1959

Published Works:
Eastern District of Pennsylvania Federal Practice Rules Annotated, Gann Publishing Company, Revised Annually, 2003

Corporate Responses to Federal Grand Jury Investigations, Matthew Bender, Revised Annually, 2002

10 Questions for Magistrate Judge Jacob Hart, The Philadelphia Lawyer, Fall, 2003

10 Questions for Judge John P. Fullam, The Philadelphia Lawyer, Spring, 2003

The Police Arbitration Procedure, A Realistic Appraisal, The Philadelphia Lawyer, Spring, 2002

Preventive Management Guide Agents on Your Doorstep: Managing the Government Investigation, Corporation Criminal Liability Reporter, Winter, Vol. 2, No.1, 1998

Review the State Supreme Court, The Philadelphia Inquirer, August, 1996

Interview of Chairman of South African Free Election Committee, The Legal Intelligencer, January, 1995

Memo to the New Police Commissioner, The Philadelphia Inquirer, August, 1992

To Streamline Federal Criminal Cases, The New York Times, November, 1991

10 Questions for Judge Bruce W. Kauffman, The Philadelphia Lawyer, Summer, 2006

10 Questions for Judge Joseph A. Hudock, The Philadelphia Lawyer, Summer, 2002

Classes/Seminars Taught:
"International Arbitrations", Saltzburg, Austria, 2004

"Electronic Filing in the Eastern District of PA", Philadelphia Bar Institute, 2004

"Dealing with IRS Agents", Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, 2003

"The Trial of the September 11 War Criminals", Philadelphia Bar Institute, 2002

"The 2000 Amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure", Philadelphia Bar Institute, 2000

"Civil Practice and Procedure in the Eastern District", Philadelphia Bar Institute, 1999

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Philadelphia Police Commissioner, 1992
Member, Mayor's Selection Committee

Seminar panelist Controlling International Organized Crime, Rome, Sorrento, Italy, 1994

Independent Commission to Review Palatine Illinois Murders, Chicago Crime Commission, 1996

Panelist at the International Conference on Trial by Jury in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1996

Police Corruption Task Force, 1997

American College of Trial Lawyers

American Law Institute

USGA 2003 Women's Amateur Championship
Press Officer

The Legal Intelligencer and The Philadelphia Lawyer
Editorial Board

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Past Employment Positions:
United States Navy, Lieutenant, 1963 - 1968

Laborers' International Union of North America, Independent Hearing Officer

President's Commission on Organized Crime in Washington, D.C., Executive Director

Eastern District of Pennsylvania, United States Attorney