Michele Hangley is a shareholder in the litigation department of Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, where she 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. Various publications have recognized Michele as one of the region’s preeminent litigators; Benchmark: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys has included her on its list of the country’s Top 250 Women in Litigation for each of the last four years. Michele has a strong and growing reputation as a skilled, highly effective trial lawyer who never loses focus on her clients’ goals. Although she loves to try cases and win them, she is very sensitive to the fact that in many situations, a client’s interests are best served by avoiding litigation altogether or resolving disputes before trial.
Michele 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 the national organizer of a thirteen-city continuing legal education program on the civil litigation. 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. Michele 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.
Michele graduated from Brown University in 1988 and from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, magna cum laude, in 1998. Between college and law school, she worked as a paralegal in London, copy edited magazines in New York City, and backpacked around the world for a year. She lives in Philadelphia with her six-year-old daughter.