Peter W. Smith

Peter W. Smith

Of Counsel

Peter W. Smith is a Of Counsel to the firm. Peter brings over fifteen years of litigation experience in state and federal courts of New York and New Jersey. He manages and supervises the complex commercial litigation, construction/condo litigation, and bankruptcy litigation departments of my firm's NY an NJ offices. His extensive litigation experience includes depositions, jury trials, and appellate work.

Peter was the co-founding partner and manager of complex commercial and bankruptcy litigation departments for BECKER & POLIAKOFF LLP.  He has trained, mentored, and supervised associates and paralegals. Oversaw twenty to thirty concurrent cases (federal, state, bankruptcy, and AAA). Represented individuals, professionals, business entities/owners, condominium associations, contractors, developers, investors, and broker dealers.
First-chair jury trial involving claims for conspiracy and fraudulent transfers; second-chair bench trial involving breach of real estate contract resulting in $2.8 million judgment in client’s favor, including interest and counsel fees (affirmed on appeal and collected post-judgment); advise firm’s corporate clients in litigation and business strategy; trial preparation and trial work, including digital presentations for openings, examinations, and closings; AAA arbitration and litigation/appeals concerning arbitrarily; appellate work, including arguments before Second and Eighth Circuits; evidentiary hearings and oral arguments; fact and expert depositions; and legal writing and research.

Practice Areas. Complex business disputes; partner/shareholder/member litigation and derivative suits; breach of contract; fraud, fraudulent transfers and business torts; construction disputes, including defects and lien work; condominium association-owner disputes; real estate; Bernard L. Madoff investor representation, including class-actions against Madoff conspirators and litigation with SIPA Trustee; lender liability and debtor defense work; bankruptcy adversary proceedings; domestic partnership “dissolution;” con-tested guardianship; and first-party insurance claims.

 Personal Background

  • Volunteer, American Red Cross Greater New York
  • Captain, The Hot Sprockets f/k/a Nizer’s Riders (“Elite” National Multiple Sclerosis Society cycling team)
Peter

Education

  • Boston University School of Law, JD (1997) - Edward F. Hennessy Scholar
  • Rutgers College, BA (1993)

Admission

  • New Jersey & U.S. District Court, New Jersey (1997)
  • New York & U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York (1998)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Eighth Circuits