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Peter C. Harvey

P: 212-336-2810
F: 212-336-1217


Peter Harvey is a past Attorney General of New Jersey and a former federal prosecutor. As such, Peter has been a central player in civil and criminal trials, government investigations and consumer fraud matters for many years. A gifted trial lawyer, his nearly 30 years of courtroom experience includes significant commercial matters, frequently within the hospitality, pharmaceutical and entertainment/sports industries.

Currently, Mr. Harvey represents corporations and individuals in business disputes throughout the nation. He has tried several major civil and criminal jury and non-jury cases in federal and state courts. He also conducts internal investigations for senior executives seeking to learn facts about employee misconduct or inappropriate business practices. Mr. Harvey also assists clients in navigating Grand Jury Subpoenas and government Civil Investigative Demands. He works with clients to develop strategies to achieve the client’s desired result, whether through trial, court decision or settlement.

Some of the recent civil and criminal matters handled by Mr. Harvey include:

  • representing the board of directors of a leading hospitality company in a shareholders’ derivative action in federal court over a series of security breaches;

  • protecting a major energy company from “whistleblower” claims made under a false claims act;

  • representing major pharmaceutical companies in Attorneys General investigations and suits brought under state consumer fraud statutes;

  • extracting a target from a federal criminal tax fraud investigation;

  • defending a commercial bank in contract litigation;

  • shielding an Internet ticket company from an Attorney General’s consumer fraud suit; 

  • enforcing the rights of a management company in a contract dispute with a major recording artist; 

  • defending a corporation and individual against criminal Medicaid fraud charges;

  • protecting the intellectual property rights of a major film director;

  • assisting a major professional sports league and teams with employee conduct policies and related issues; and 

  • defending a major art dealer against breach of contract claims.
As Attorney General of New Jersey, Mr. Harvey’s work included:

  • directly managed and enforced compliance by the New Jersey State Police with U.S. Department of Justice Consent Decree;

  • negotiated the two largest securities settlement payments in New Jersey history concerning insider trading and market timing cases;

  • acted as one of the lead Attorneys General in several multistate securities fraud settlements; and

  • restructured the Office of Insurance Fraud Prosecutor, resulting in the Coalition Against Insurance Fraud’s naming it the No. 1 insurance fraud prosecution office in the nation.

Mr. Harvey managed an Attorney General’s Office of 9,600 employees in 10 separate divisions and a budget of approximately $1 billion. He had principal responsibility for coordinating New Jersey’s homeland security strategy for both law enforcement and the private sector as Chairman of the cabinet-level New Jersey Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force. He was one of six Attorneys General that met regularly with the U.S. Attorney General and senior U.S. Department of Justice officials to discuss various national law enforcement policy issues. Mr. Harvey continues to be connected to issues upon which state Attorneys General are focused through his participation in the National Association of Attorneys General and his close association with present and former Attorneys General.

Mr. Harvey served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey where he tried cases involving financial fraud, organized crime and bank robbery. Upon graduation from Law School, he served as law clerk to the Hon. Dickinson R. Debevoise, United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey.

In the video below, Peter Harvey sits down with NJToday Managing Editor Mike Schneider to discuss the issue of surveillance of Muslims by the NYPD in New Jersey.

Watch Former NJ Attorney General Says Surveillance Worked Both Ways on PBS. See more from WNJT.