U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Columbia Law School, J.D. 2008 (James Kent Scholar)
Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, M.P.A. 2009
Skidmore College, B.A. 2004 (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa)
Honorable Peter W. Hall, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (2010-2011)
Honorable Nicholas G. Garaufis, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York (2011-2012)
Peter has significant experience advising clients on a wide range of regulatory and commercial matters, particularly those concerning administrative and constitutional law, securities, corporate, and bankruptcy law, and foreign investment in Latin America. His practice frequently involves complex and appellate litigation.
From 2016 to January 2017, Peter was Counselor to the Solicitor at the U.S. Department of Labor, where he regularly advised senior departmental officials on matters involving judicial review and congressional oversight of agency action, and where he helped formulate the Department’s litigation defense strategy. Peter later worked for the City of New York and was responsible for, among other things, the implementation of new municipal licensing laws.
Outside of public service, Peter’s practice has often focused on Latin American clients and matters. As an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP from 2013 to 2016, he worked on U.S. litigation, international commercial arbitration, and investigations concerning some of the region’s largest economic players, including Petrobras, Vale, and Brasil Telecom. Peter is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, and is a member of the Inter-American Affairs Committee of the New York City Bar Association, where he chairs the Subcommittee on Cuban Affairs.
From 2011-2012, Peter clerked for the Honorable Nicholas G. Garaufis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. From 2010 to 2011, he clerked for the Honorable Peter W. Hall of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Peter is admitted to practice, and has filed briefs, in multiple federal courts, including the Second Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Peter holds a JD from the Columbia Law School, where he was a James Kent Scholar, and a Masters of Public Administration from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Skidmore College in 2004.
Title III of Helms Burton: Opening the Floodgates? Cuba Capacity Building Project at Columbia Law School (2019), reprinted in OnCuba News (May 5, 2019) and The CLS Blue Sky Blog (May 14, 2019).
OSHA’s Volks Rule: No Additional Burden, Confined Space (2017)
Discovery in Aid of Arbitration under 28 U.S.C. 1782, Global Arbitration Review (2016) (co-author)