Federal-criminal trials are the most difficult proceedings that an individual can face. The United States acts as a party and federal rules allow for very limited discovery. Federal investigations may involve years of investigative field work, and the Speedy Trial Act requires that defendants generally face trial within sixty days of indictment. A person accused of violating a federal law wants a lawyer that not only has trial experience, but is also well-versed in federal procedure and the nuances of federal-criminal law.
While Peter is primarily a defense attorney, he does handle select civil trials. He began his practice in personal-injury litigation, and has continued to be retained for trials in the county and district court levels. His appellate experience lends a great deal to his trial strategies. His has handled a wide variety of civil cases. Here are just a few:
Peter represented the owner of an accounting firm who had sold his practice to a fellow accountant. Peter was able to secure a favorable verdict after seven years of scorched earth litigation.
Peter represented an apartment tenant who was severely injured as he walked down the stairs of his apartment. One of the steps collapsed when he stepped on it, and he fell through the broken step down to the ground. Peter initiated a lawsuit against the apartment owner for negligently maintaining the property. He was able to achieve a favorable settlement for the client.
Peter represented a tool distributor in an antitrust action against a manufacturer. After a two-week trial, the jury returned a multi-million dollar verdict that included treble damages.
Peter defended a local attorney against allegations of malpractice. She had represented a client in a divorce and her client later sued her, alleging that she had committed various acts of negligence and breaches of fiduciary duty during the divorce proceedings. He sought a judgment well north of six figures. The jury returned a verdict of nominal damages and denied his claim for attorney's fees. The client's attorney had demanded over $100,000 in fees.
Cases are based upon their individual facts and circumstances. We cannot and do not guarantee success or similar results.