Peter is a trial lawyer who focuses his practice in litigation, including product liability, intellectual property, professional responsibility, business and securities matters.
He has experience litigating cases involving breach of contract, business torts, corporate governance, financial institution liability, fraud, misrepresentation, employment and tortious interference with business contracts. He also has defended corporate directors and officers against claims including mismanagement of corporate assets, fraud and corporate indemnification.
Peter has also litigated patent, copyright, trademark and trade dress infringement, trade secret misappropriation, defamation and unfair competition claims. Peter’s experience includes second-chairing a federal copyright, trademark and unfair competition trial. He also has handled cases involving liability for internet communications, including the defense of website operators against claims based on statements made by third parties.
In his professional responsibility practice, Peter has defended attorneys against legal malpractice claims, court-imposed sanctions and disciplinary complaints. Before joining Shook, Peter was an attorney with a large firm in Phoenix, Arizona, where he served as a member of the firm’s ethics committee and collaborated with management to develop and ensure compliance with internal governance, policies, ethics rules, state and federal laws and client guidelines.
Presentations and Publications
Arizona Supreme Court Changes the Law Governing Contractual Attorneys’ Fee-Shifting Provisions, with Immediate Implications for Arizona Businesses Both Inside and Outside the Courtroom, March 27, 2017 (with Brianna L. Long and Andrew F. Halaby).
Tohono O’odham Nation v. Douglas Ducey, et al. – The End of Common Interest Agreements Between Government Regulators and Regulated Entities? CLE, Snell & Wilmer, Phoenix, Arizona, October 18, 2016.
Legal Ethics in the In-House Setting, CLE, Association of Corporate Counsel, Arizona Chapter, Phoenix, Arizona, June 29, 2016 (Co-Presenter).
Making the Best of an Imperfect World: An Argument in Favor of Judicial Discretion to Reduce § 1927 Sanction Awards, 62 U. Kan. L. Rev. 223 (2013).