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Peter Leckman
Partner

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif, 2004
  • Wesleyan University, Phi Beta Kappa, 1999

Admissions

  • California
  • Pennsylvania
  • District of Columbia (inactive)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the District of Colorado

 

Peter Leckman is a partner at the firm. He specializes in antitrust and consumer class actions and appellate work. Peter is an elected member of the American Law Institute and serves on the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s adjunct faculty, teaching antitrust and racketeering law. He received the law school’s 2017-2018 Adjunct Teaching Award.

Peter’s antitrust practice has most recently focused on the application of the antitrust laws to sports broadcasting. Together with Ned Diver and Howard Langer, he served as lead counsel in a pair of lawsuits challenging the broadcast practices of the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball. The settlement of these cases changed the sports broadcasting landscape, lowering prices and increasing options for consumers. Ned, Howard, and Peter were honored at the American Antitrust Institute’s 2016 Antitrust Enforcement Awards for their work, receiving an award for “Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Law Practice.” The firm is currently challenging the National Football League’s broadcast practices.

Peter has also sought to hold accountable financial institutions that enable telemarketing and internet frauds. The firm recently obtained a $37.5 million settlement in Reyes v. Zions First National Bank, a case that alleged the bank had violated the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act by knowingly processing fraudulent transactions. The settlement recovered over $8 million more than had been debited from consumers’ accounts.

Prior to joining the firm, Peter worked as an attorney at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP and Altshuler Berzon LLP in San Francisco. While at Altshuler, Peter was part of a team of lawyers that won California Lawyer magazine’s 2009 and 2010 “California Attorney of the Year” awards for defending voting rights and for litigating fraud claims against the for-profit University of Phoenix.

Peter is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where he was selected as a member of the Order of the Coif. During law school, Peter was an editor of the California Law Review and Director of the International Human Rights Student Board.

After law school, Peter served as a law clerk to Judge Diane P. Wood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Public Interest

Peter has an active pro bono practice focusing on election law and civil rights. He routinely co-counsels with the American Civil Liberties Union and other local non-profits. He and John Grogan are currently partnering with the ACLU of Philadelphia and other local firms in a series of lawsuits aimed at ending the arrest and detention of citizens who film police conduct. Together with Howard Langer, Peter successfully defended human rights organizations in a defamation suit brought by an alleged human trafficker, ultimately winning thousands of dollars in sanctions. Orian v. Federation Intern. des Droits de L’Homme, 2012 WL 994643 (C.D.Cal. 2012).

Peter is a member of the American Inns of Court and has lectured for the University of Pennsylvania’s Summer Law Program. Peter also has an active interest in the Middle East, having spent several years living in the region working to improve children’s rights and welfare.

Publications/Presentations

  • Civil RICO for Consumer Lawyers, National Association of Consumer Advocates, 2016
  • Civil RICO Against Banks: Theory vs. Reality, 2014 Consumer Rights Litigation Conference
  • Contracts Through the Eyes of a Baby, 2014 University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Summer Law Program
  • Ethical Issues in Representing Workers in Wage & Hour Actions, NELA, 2011 (with Eve Cervantez)
  • Wage & Hour Laws, A State-by-State Survey, McGillivary, Ed., Montana & Idaho chapters, 2008-2010
  • Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.: Discovery Rule May Limit Impact, Labor & Employment Bulletin, Vol. 2007, No. 7 (July 2007)
  • Dagher: An Admirable Exercise in Restraint, Competition: The Journal of Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law, Vol. 15, No. 2 (Fall/Winter 2006) (with Joshua P. Davis and Joseph R. Saveri)
  • Holding Customers Who Assist Securities Fraud Accountable Under State Law, Securities Litig. Rep., Vol. 3, No. 5 (May 2006) (with James M. Finberg)
  • Assessing Open-Market Damages in California and Federal Court, Securities Litig. Rep., Vol. 3, No. 2 (with Daniel Reid).

Awards/Memberships

  • Adjunct Teaching Award, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2017-2018
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement Award 2016, American Antitrust Institute
  • Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2017-2018
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2012-2016
  • American Inns of Court, 2013-2015
  • Harry S. Truman Fellow
  • Eagle Scout