NORFOLK, Va., June 28, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Portfolio Recovery Associates, Inc. (PRA), a financial and business services company operating in the U.S. and U.K., today announced that Zulema Green, regional managing attorney, has been named by IMPACT and the National Bar Association as a recipient of the "2013 Nation's Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40" award. Nation's Best Advocates recognizes talented individuals age 40 and under within the African American legal community who have achieved prominence and distinction, both professionally and philanthropically. Nominees were chosen based on their achievement, innovation, vision, leadership, and legal community involvement. "We're honored that Zulema has been recognized with this prestigious award," said Neal Stern, executive vice president of operations for PRA. "Her dedication to her profession and advocacy for her community reflects well on PRA's entire internal legal team." Ms. Green earned a bachelor's degree in preventive medicine from the University of Southern California and a Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law. She joined PRA in 2008 as an associate counsel and currently serves as regional managing attorney for PRA's litigation department, focusing on account litigation and counterclaim defense. Additional bio information is available at http://bit.ly/19Hzj73 . Throughout her career, Ms. Green has made it a top priority to continually reach out to her community. In 2010, she responded to a family tragedy by co-founding BFAM, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to making a difference for local youth in Atlanta and Douglas County, Georgia. The full list of "40 Lawyers Under 40" winners is available on the Nation's Best Advocates website at http://bit.ly/18TC5FT . About PRA As a leader in the U.S. debt buying industry, Portfolio Recovery Associates, Inc. (Nasdaq:PRAA) returns capital to banks and other creditors that helps expand financial services for consumers. PRA collaborates with its customers to create affordable, realistic debt repayment plans. The company also provides a broad range of fee-based services to local governments and law enforcement, U.S. businesses, institutional investors, global hedge funds, and U.K. banks and creditors.