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Peter F. Vaira 
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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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
Antitrust
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
Education:
Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1962
J.D.


Duquesne University, 1959
B.A.


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
Member


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


Police Corruption Task Force, 1997
Member


American College of Trial Lawyers
Fellow


American Law Institute
Fellow


USGA 2003 Women's Amateur Championship
Press Officer


The Legal Intelligencer and The Philadelphia Lawyer
Editorial Board


Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Fellow


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