Profile

Peter is a seasoned litigator who has tried more than a dozen cases and argued more than fifteen appeals.  He focuses his practice on white collar defense, corporate internal investigations, and complex civil litigation.  Peter served from 2004 until 2015 as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. 

Since joining the firm, Peter has handled a wide variety of high-profile criminal and civil matters, representing clients in DOJ, SEC and other regulatory investigations; overseeing headline-grabbing antitrust cases–both for defendants and plaintiffs; and representing tech startups in litigations challenging the sharing-economy business model.

At the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Peter was a senior prosecutor in the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit and the Organized Crime Unit.  He had extensive experience prosecuting international money-laundering crimes and helped develop the prosecution of trade-based money-laundering.  Peter also frequently investigated global and domestic criminal organizations for RICO violations and oversaw three RICO trials. In leading numerous global investigations, Peter regularly coordinated with law enforcement officials in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. 

In addition to his work as a criminal prosecutor, Peter served for four years in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, where he advised the intelligence community on litigation affecting national security and handled a variety of complicated civil matters, including False Claims Act, bankruptcy, and environmental cases.

Experience

  • Defense of The New York Times in a libel case
  • Defense of the CEO of Uber in a federal antitrust class action alleging price fixing
  • Defense of a privately held healthcare technology company in DOJ and SEC investigations of statements the company made while raising capital
  • Representation of plaintiffs in a national class action against agencies that colluded to pay low wages to au pairs
  • Representation of a Fortune 100 company in a global corruption investigation
  • Defense of a sharing-economy tech startup in litigation seeking to hold the company responsible for the conduct of a contractor
  • Representation of the City of Almaty, Kazakhstan, and BTA Bank in civil litigation against the former mayor of Almaty and the former president of BTA for RICO and money laundering violations
  • Representation at trial of a woman who sought to use frozen embryos she and her ex-husband had created during their marriage

Significant cases Peter oversaw while at the U.S. Attorney’s Office included: 

  • A multi-year international money laundering investigation of businesses and banks that resulted in the convictions of more than 50 people for trade-based money laundering violations
  • The trial of a perfume wholesaler for conducting trade-based money laundering for a Mexican cartel; the judge overseeing the trial said Peter made one of “the two best sentencing submissions that I’ve heard in 18 years on this bench”
  • The prosecution of doctors, lawyers, and business people for a $250 million healthcare fraud — the largest such fraud ever charged
  • The trial of the president, vice president and former president of a New York-based union for RICO and money laundering violations; in 2012, Peter was named Prosecutor of the Year for the case by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation

Publications & Presentations

FinCEN Employing New Tactics to Combat Money Laundering, New York Law Journal, May 1, 2015 (with Matthew Schwartz)

How Criminal Prosecutors Investigate Violations of the Bank Secrecy Act, Inside Counsel, March 10, 2015 (with Matthew Schwartz)

Recent Developments in Libel Law, Practicing Law Institute (2001-2003)

Tipping the Scales: How Guardianship of Brandon Upset the Balance of the Substituted Judgment Doctrine, 40 B.C. L. Rev. 969 (1999)

Education

  • Boston College Law School, J.D., magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Executive Editor, Boston College Law Review
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., Government

Admissions

Bars

  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court: Southern District of New York