Biography

Peter Nelson is Counsel in the firm's litigation department. His practice focuses on complex commercial, intellectual property, and false advertising litigation, including disputes related to structured finance, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and biotechnology products, consumer products, and media and communications firms. He has handled a wide variety of litigation and dispute resolution at all stages, including pre-litigation counseling, discovery, dispositive motion practice, arbitration, trial, and appeals. Mr. Nelson was recognized in 2015 as a Rising Star in the New York-Metro edition of Super Lawyers.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Nelson served as a Law Clerk to the Hon. Robert W. Sweet, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and worked for an American international law firm.

Representative Matters

Represent several monoline insurers bringing claims against financial institutions for fraud and breach of contract related to the creation of and participation in residential mortgage-backed securities (“RMBS”) transactions, including extensive fact and expert discovery, trial court motions practice, and appeals to the New York Appellate Division.

Represent a large publishing company in a putative class action filed by authors concerning payments of royalties.

Represented a major pharmaceutical company in private arbitration concerning a contract dispute related to the joint commercialization of an important biologic.

Represented a leading medical device company in patent litigation concerning cardiovascular stents, culminating in dismissal of all claims following a bench trial in federal court.

Represented a leading manufacturer of mouthwash in a putative consumer class action concerning claims of false advertising in federal court, culminating in dismissal of all claims and a settlement.

Represented a large consumer product company in connection with an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission concerning claims of false advertising.

Represented two large biotech and pharmaceutical companies in a contractual dispute relating to a billion-dollar product in private arbitration.

Conducted internal investigation and represented an executive at an international freight-forwarding company in connection with a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into FCPA violations.

Represented broadband cable provider in federal lawsuit to enjoin a competitor from airing false television and internet advertisements, leading to favorable settlement.

Represented major cable system operator in a trademark dispute in federal court, resulting in settlement.

Pro Bono Matters

Represent victims of torture in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq in litigation against a private contractor, including all aspects of discovery, extensive motion practice, and multiple appeals.

Represent a veteran of the Iraq war with his application for a military discharge upgrade.

Represented an environmental action group in challenging misleading advertisements by a large agrochemical company, resulting in the withdrawal of the challenged advertisements.

Represented an artist seeking to prevent destruction of her artwork; obtained TRO in federal court leading to favorable settlement and preservation of the work.

Successfully obtained asylum on behalf of two individuals facing persecution in their home countries based on their sexual orientation.

Filed an amicus brief on behalf of The Innocence Project in a wrongful murder conviction case, leading to vacatur of the conviction and the release of a man wrongfully imprisoned for 17 years.

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • New York

Professional Activities

MEMBERSHIPS: Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee)