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Biography

Peter is a litigator, counseling and advocating on behalf of clients in three principal areas: (1) financial services litigation; (2) real estate litigation; and (3) general business litigation, with a focus on corporate disputes and heath care litigation. Outside of these three areas of concentration, Peter also regularly represents clients in noncompete agreement, U.C.C.,  fraud, and other business tort litigation matters, as well as the defense of personal injury and insurance bad faith claims.

The breadth of Peter’s litigation practice is complemented by its depth in that he has tried cases to verdict, argued cases on appeal in a number of venues, handled arbitrations, and represented clients at hearings before various Kentucky administrative agencies, including the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Division of Administrative Hearings and the Kentucky Board of Tax Appeals. In addition to litigating on behalf of his clients, Peter helps them avoid litigation by identifying risks they face in their business, and then developing strategies for avoiding, minimizing and managing those risks.

Experience

Financial Services Litigation

For nearly 20 years, a significant portion of Peter’s litigation practice has been devoted to the representation of financial institutions and other clients in the financial services industry. From handling 8-figure commercial foreclosures with lender liability counterclaims and receivership issues, to defending a consumer class action on behalf of an international financial institution, Peter is adept at helping financial services clients navigate all of the litigation matters they encounter. Peter’s work in this area includes:

  • Successful defense and favorable settlement in consumer class action filed in bankruptcy court alleging violations of the Chapter 7 bankruptcy stay.
  • Won Rule 12 Motion to Dismiss in putative nationwide class action alleging violations of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1681c(g).
  • Obtained directed verdict at trial for a federal credit union in case involving check forgery and allegations of unreasonableness on part of credit union.
  • Representation of fiduciaries and beneficiaries in trust and estate litigation.
  • Defense of financial institutions against FCRA, FDCPA, RESPA, TILA, and other federal statutory claims.

Real Estate Litigation

Peter has handled a wide array of real estate litigation matters for a diverse range of clients, including financial institutions, developers, owners, commercial landlords and tenants, and title insurance companies and their insureds. These matters regularly include zoning appeals, commercial foreclosures, lease disputes, restrictive covenant litigation, and title insurance claim and coverage matters. Representative matters include:

  • Representation of owners and developers in zoning appeals, including coal mines, meat packing facilities, and recreational facilities.
  • Representation of financial institutions in 8-figure commercial foreclosure actions, often involving lender liability counterclaims.
  • Representation of title insurers in coverage and bad faith claims, as well as agent fraud and recoupment matters.
  • Representation of title policy insureds in matters involving title defects such as lien priority contests, boundary disputes, and deficient legal descriptions.
  • Representation of various parties in easement, commercial lease, and restrictive covenant litigation matters.

Health Care Litigation

 

The health care industry continues to undergo tremendous growth and change, and Peter has represented many industry participants as they navigate that ever-changing landscape. Peter’s clients in the health care space include private payors, managed care organizations, and providers such as specialty pharmacies, medical practices, and hospital systems. In addition to trying cases to verdict in the health care space, Peter has handled a number of administrative hearings and appeals arising out of them. Representative matters include:

  • Representation of health insurance plan in Medicare Secondary Payer Act litigation.
  • Representation of managed care organization in state administrative hearings.
  • Obtained defense verdict at trial of claims asserted by physician against hospital arising out of medical staff obligations.
  • Representation of specialty pharmacy in noncompete litigation over departure of key employee.
  • Representation of medical practices and their owners in various ownership and noncompete disputes.

Corporate Disputes

Peter regularly represents companies, as well as their officers and directors, in all manner of corporate disputes they encounter in the course of their business. On behalf of small, local start-ups, Fortune 50 companies, and everything in between, Peter’s work in this arena includes:

  • Successful defense of individuals and entities against federal securities fraud claims brought by investors.
  • Arbitrations involving the alleged breach of post-closing obligations by a seller of a privately held company.
  • Obtaining a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction preventing corporate transaction (favorable settlement achieved following rulings).
  • Negotiated nuisance value settlement during trial of multi-million dollar breach of contract and fraud claims brought by former vendor against publicly traded client.
  • Enforcement of noncompete agreements against former employees, as well as counseling employers on drafting enforceable noncompete agreements.

Other Info About Peter

Education

Law School

University of Kentucky College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2000
Order of the Coif

Undergraduate School

Centre College, B.S., Economics, 1997

Bar Membership

Peter is licensed to practice in the following state(s):

Kentucky, 2000

Ohio, 2001 (inactive)

Courts

Peter is admitted to practice before the following court(s):

Kentucky Supreme Court

United States District Court Eastern District of Kentucky

United States District Court Western District of Kentucky

United States Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit

Supreme Court of Ohio

United States District Court Southern District of Ohio

United States Tax Court

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

Selected for inclusion in Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation, 2013-Present

AV® Preeminent™ Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®

Frost Brown Todd Mentor of the Year, 2015

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Louisville Bar Association

Kentucky Bar Association

American Bar Association, Litigation Section Member

American Land Title Association

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

Catholic Charities of Louisville, Board Member (2018-Present)

YMCA SafePlace of Louisville, Board Member (2017-Present)

Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana, Board Member (2008-2012)

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), Law Student Mentor

Leadership Louisville Center

  • Bingham Fellows (2012)
  • Ignite Louisville (2010)
  • Focus Louisville (2007)

Firm Committees

Peter serves on the following committee(s) at Frost Brown Todd:

Recruiting Committee, Member

Women’s Initiative Committee, former Member