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Aya M. Salem

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Aya M. Salem has represented Am Law 100 and regional firms, as well as Philadelphia attorneys in legal malpractice cases and other civil liability matters faced by law firms. Aya also practices in the area of white-collar criminal defense, with extensive experience representing professionals, corporate clients, and government employees and agencies in federal and state investigations conducted by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, other federal agencies and state regulators. In addition, Aya has been involved in the defense of Fortune 500 companies and major products’ manufacturers in products liability cases.

Aya M. Salem has represented Am Law 100 and regional firms, as well as Philadelphia attorneys in legal malpractice cases and other civil liability matters faced by law firms. Aya also practices in the area of white-collar criminal defense, with extensive experience representing professionals, corporate clients, and government employees and agencies in federal and state investigations conducted by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Justice, other federal agencies and state regulators. In addition, Aya has been involved in the defense of Fortune 500 companies and major products’ manufacturers in products liability cases.

Aya joined Conrad O’Brien in 2010, after clerking for the firm through their summer associate program in 2009. Aya is the Chairman of the firm’s Women’s initiative and is on the steering committee for the ABA Young Lawyers’ Division White Collar Crime. Aya is also a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Evidence and was recently selected to be a member of the Restyling Subcommittee, which is charged with rewriting the New Jersey rules of evidence into plain language.

While studying law at Rutgers School of Law, Aya served as the Executive Editor of the Rutgers Journal of Law and Public Policy. She was also a member of the LEAP Pro Bono Project (a program focused on helping low-income residents identify their legal problems and locate appropriate legal services) and in that role, was awarded the Rutgers School of Law Pro Bono Award.

During her second and third year of law school, Aya served as an intern for the Municipal Court Division of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, and as an intern for the Rutgers Child and Family Advocacy Clinic.

representative matters

  • Ongoing representation of prominent Philadelphia law firms and attorneys in complex legal malpractice suits.
  • Defense of numerous professionals and corporate clients in connection with federal and state criminal investigations, including grand jury investigations.

  • Obtained a successful resolution of a nearly three-year SEC investigation relating to alleged fraud and breaches of fiduciary duty regarding certain trading and allocation practices.

  • Obtained a temporary restraining order for violations of the First Amendment on behalf of a publisher for a municipal ordinance restraining distribution of hand delivered literature. The ordinance was ultimately repealed.

  • Obtained a favorable settlement for Pennsylvania business faced with claims of copyright infringement involving tens of thousands in damages.

publications

Author, "Availability of Attorney Judgment Rule in Pa. Legal Mal Cases", The Legal Intelligencer (March 31, 2016) (http://www.conradobrien.com/news/availability-of-attorney-judgment-rule-in-pa-legal-mal-cases)

Author, "Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege in DOJ Investigations," The Legal Intelligencer (May 2015)

Author, "Enforceability of Arbitration Clauses in Engagement Agreements," The Legal Intelligencer (December 2014)