Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller shareholders Wendy Beetlestone and Michele D. Hangley have been named to Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation List. Honorees were selected on the basis of peer reviews conducted for the 2012 edition of Benchmark Litigation. Only 12 women in Pennsylvania, including Beetlestone and Hangley, were named to the list.

Wendy Beetlestone has more than 17 years of experience in public and private sector education law and litigation. In 2002, she left private practice to serve as General Counsel of the School District of Philadelphia, where she provided legal advice, guidance and counsel to the School District and its governing body, the School Reform Commission. Since returning to private practice, Beetlestone has continued her commercial litigation practice and continues to serve education clients including public school districts, private schools, and government educational entities.

Beetlestone currently serves as President of the Philadelphia Bar Foundation, and is a member of the State Board of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Board of Philadelphia University, and the Board of Managers of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She is a 1993 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served as both Articles Editor and Associate Editor of The University of Pennsylvania Law Review. She received her BA with honors from Liverpool University in 1984. She also served as law clerk to the Honorable Robert S. Gawthrop of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Michele D. Hangley litigates cases in a variety of areas, including contract disputes, business torts, intellectual property, real estate, and legal malpractice defense. A significant portion of her practice focuses on attorneys’ professional responsibility issues; she is a former Co-Chair of the Committee on Ethics and Professionalism of the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation. In addition, she is a Hearing Committee Member Serving the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, a position devoted to upholding professional and ethical standards for the state’s attorneys.

Hangley is a 1998 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was an Articles Editor of the Law Review, Co-Chair of the International Law Society, and a member of the American Inn of Court. From 1998 to 1999, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Phyllis A. Kravitch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She is admitted to the bars of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

About Benchmark Litigation and The Top 250 Women in Litigation List:
The Top 250 Women in Litigation list, published by Benchmark and Euromoney Institutional Investor, honors the best female litigators in the United States for their achievements in the field. The women featured in this edition were selected from their respective states’ roster of local litigation stars in the 2012 edition of peer-reviewed parent publication Benchmark Litigation. To learn more about the Top 250 Women in Litigation List or Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys, visitwww.benchmarklitigation.com.

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