Peter Vaira Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia – March 26, 2019 – For his countless contributions to the legal profession and his impact in the communities where he has served, Peter F. Vaira of Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt and Flores, LLC (GPFF) has been named the Philadelphia Inquirer’s 2019 Influencer of Law Winner in the Lifetime Achievement category. Vaira, who was selected by the publication’s readers and a panel of judges, was honored at a ceremony celebrating legal industry leaders on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at the Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia and profiled in a special section in the Sunday Inquirer.
“Over his extensive and illustrious career, Peter has influenced so many facets of the legal profession at the local, state and federal levels,” said GPFF Managing Partner Ronald L. Greenblatt. “It is an honor to work with him. He is a truly inspiring individual to be around every day. We are proud to celebrate this moment as he is recognized for a lifetime of achievement. Amazingly, Peter continues to contribute to the profession each day.”
Vaira is considered one of the country’s preeminent white-collar criminal defense lawyers. During his 50+ years of practice, he has handled some incredibly complex criminal and civil matters in state and federal courts. His critical comments about the Pennsylvania state grand jury procedure have been recognized by the bar and Pennsylvania courts. He is a 15-year veteran of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where he served as the Attorney in Charge of the Philadelphia and Chicago Organized Crime Strike Forces. In 1978, the President of the United States appointed Vaira to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, where he acted as the chief federal law enforcement official for five years. Upon leaving the DOJ, Vaira was later appointed as the executive director of the President’s Commission on Organized Crime. He later served as an independent hearing officer for the Laborers’ International Union of North America. He currently serves as a special hearing master for the Commerce Court of Philadelphia and has served as special counsel to a federal district court in Pennsylvania. He also acts as a mediator and arbitrator, as well as a crisis manager for law firms.
Founded 23 years ago as an aggressive criminal defense law practice, Greenblatt, Pierce, Funt and Flores, LLC has grown into a full-service law firm offering individuals assistance in virtually all areas of criminal, employment, personal injury, civil rights, and family law. The firm has three offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Visit www.gpfflaw.com for more information.