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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’s work at the firm focuses on antitrust and consumer class actions. Peter is also 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.

Peter’s antitrust practice has most recently focused on the application of the antitrust laws to sports broadcasting. Together with fellow partners 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. The result led the American Antitrust Institute to honor Ned, Howard, and Peter with their “Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Law Practice” award. 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. Most recently, the firm 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.

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.

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 “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.

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-present
  • Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2012-2016
  • American Inns of Court, 2013-2015
  • Harry S. Truman Fellow
  • Eagle Scout