For more than thirty years, Peter has litigated complex criminal and civil cases mainly in the areas of white-collar criminal defense, sports law and civil rights.
In the sports arena, Peter has represented players and coaches in many high-profile cases against major professional sports organizations, including his representation of Jonathan Vilma in the New Orleans Saints “bounty” cases, Ray Rice in his successful challenge to Commissioner Roger Goodell’s disciplinary authority, and two Minnesota Vikings players in the “StarCaps” litigation that involved a groundbreaking challenge to the NFL’s efforts to circumvent state law protection for employees. In the professional golf arena, Peter represented golfer Vijay Singh against the PGA TOUR, alleging that the TOUR violated its duty of fair dealing in administering its disciplinary process, and, in the tennis arena, Peter represents tennis pro Madison Brengle in her challenge to various tennis organizations’ failure to provide responsible medical care for athletes.
Peter also has experience in a broad range of University affairs, protecting the rights of coaches and student-athletes with regard to NCAA actions and University oversight. He also has represented academic institutions, as well as University employees, in a variety of internal matters.
Peter represents corporate and individual clients in a vast array of criminal and civil matters involving, among others, the securities, investment management, insurance and health care industries and allegations of money laundering, insider trading and tax evasion. Peter also has defended clients accused of federal espionage and violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. In addition, Peter has represented both government officials and private citizens in public corruption trials and investigations, and in congressional and other governmental and regulatory investigations.
Prior to entering private practice, Peter spent seven years as a federal criminal prosecutor for the Eastern District of New York.