Peter W. Smith
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.
- Volunteer, American Red Cross Greater New York
- Captain, The Hot Sprockets f/k/a Nizer’s Riders (“Elite” National Multiple Sclerosis Society cycling team)
- Boston University School of Law, JD (1997) - Edward F. Hennessy Scholar
- Rutgers College, BA (1993)
- 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