Winners demonstrate commitment to their communities and the highest ethical and professional standards.

Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller Shareholder Michele Hangley has been honored by two organizations for her outstanding work. She was listed as one of the nation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation and has been chosen as one of Pennsylvania’s Most Powerful and Influential Women by the National Diversity Council.

Benchmark Litigation honored Hangley for her extensive accomplishments in litigation, including First Amendment law. The publication also highlighted her pro bono work, several high profile cases in which she is currently involved, and her work with the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation. This is the fourth consecutive year that she has been named to this list.

Hangley will also be honored as one of Pennsylvania’s Most Powerful and Influential Women at the National Diversity Council’s 2015 Philadelphia Diversity and Leadership Conference on September 1, 2015. Women selected for this award are leaders in the public or private sectors, with a record of accomplishments and clout within their organizations. Winners also demonstrate commitment to their communities and the highest ethical and professional standards.

Hangley represents businesses in commercial disputes and defends attorneys accused of legal malpractice or professional misconduct.  She also litigates cases in a number of other areas, including intellectual property, First Amendment, and environmental enforcement. Hangley is a Hearing Committee Member of the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.  She has held a number of leadership roles with the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association, including, most recently, as a national organizer of a thirteen-city continuing legal education program on amendments to the federal Rules of Civil Procedure. She has also co-chaired the Philadelphia program of a Section-run judicial internship program for diverse and underprivileged law students and co-chaired the Section’s Ethics and Professionalism Committee. Hangley is also Vice Chair and Development Chair of Nationalities Service Center, a 95-year-old organization devoted to helping immigrants and refugees in the Philadelphia region participate fully in American society.

Hangley is a 1998 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. 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.

About Benchmark Litigation:
Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys identifies the leading US trial attorneys and firms at the local and national levels. Focused exclusively on ligation, the publication’s rankings and editorials are the result of extensive interviews with private practice lawyers and in-house counsel. Benchmark’s independent research is conducted annually between February and June. To learn more about Benchmark Litigation and its research findings, visit the publication’s website at

About the National Diversity Council:
The National Diversity Council is a non-profit organization committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow in their knowledge of diversity. The council affords opportunities for organizations to share best practices and learn from top corporate leaders in the areas of diversity and inclusion. More information about the National Diversity Council is available and information about the Pennsylvania Division is available at