Peter J. Pizzi

Peter J. Pizzi

Partner

P: 973.757.1011

F: 973.757.1090

 ppizzi@walsh.law
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Practice Areas:
  • Business & Commercial Litigation
  • Class Action Defense
  • Cyber Security & Data Protection
  • Intellectual Property & Trade Secret Litigation
  • Internal Investigations
  • Labor & Employment Law

 

States Admitted to Practice:
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania

 

Courts Admitted to Practice:
  • US Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits
  • US District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • US District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • US District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania

 

Education:
  • Fordham University School of Law (1978)
  • Bowdoin College (magna cum laude 1975)

 

Affiliations:
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association

Peter J. Pizzi is a business litigator with over 30 years of experience in commercial litigation, class action defense, internal investigations, internet and IP litigation, and labor and employment law. He has handled matters on behalf of corporate clients in a broad array of industries, including pharmaceuticals, finance services, computer technology, cosmetics, industrial equipment, and food service. Recent highlights include Peter’s pre-discovery dismissals of a $12 million suit seeking to enforce a Venezuelan corporate guaranty against a corporate officer, a putative consumer class action against a retailing client over the portion sizing of its beverage offerings, and another putative class action against a private aviation firm regarding its pricing practices. He also has lead teams conducting internal investigations on behalf of large public companies.

 

In addition, Peter has distinguished himself in the field of technology law, regularly lecturing at CLE programs on technology law, writing on cutting-edge issues—such as privacy and cybersecurity, content piracy, and e-discovery—for an array of journals, and consulted by news media for insight regarding technology-related topics. In addition to holding the CIPP/US certification from the International Assocation of Privacy Professionals, he is the incoming Chair of the Technology Committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel.

 

Peter has been designated a Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, and was most recently re-certified in 2016.

Honors & Awards
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers (2005, 2006, 2009-2016)
  • Delbarton School Hall of Honor (2011)
  • Bowdoin College Presidential Award for Leadership in BASIC, Bowdoin Alumni Schools and Interviewing Committee (2005)
Representative Experience
  • Obtained dismissal of a $12 million action brought by a surety seeking personal liability against a retired architect arising out of a prison project in Venezuela
  • Obtained jury verdict in excess of $1 million for the plaintiff sales consultant in contract action involving a contingent payment due on the $39 million acquisition of a line of over-the-counter consumer products.
  • Obtained summary judgment, before depositions, in a consumer class action against a chain of convenience stores alleging its beverage cups failed to deliver the quantity specified.
  • Successfully represented an individual accused of insider trading in an SEC private investigation
  • Obtained dismissal of consumer class action against Marquis Jet Partners, Inc. and NetJets Inc.
  • Succeeded in obtaining withdrawal of third-party claims against multiple vendors joined by Goldman Sachs & Co. in a Fair Labor Standards Act class action
  • Counseled manufacturing client which successfully decertified union representing production employees
  • Obtained a preliminary injunction transferring sixteen domain names and four Twitter accounts on behalf of Long Island MacArthur Airport
  • Won the <quickchek.com> domain for client Quick Chek Corp.
  • In suit to collect payment for Chinese food products, won not only the full purchase price but also punitive damages for fraud and counsel fees as a discovery sanction
  • Won a federal jury trial representing a Sardinian pecorino cheese producer seeking to recover amounts due for shipments claimed by the defendant to be non-conforming
  • Obtained the withdrawal of claims against client in RICO litigation involving pricing practices in the food services industry in which a class settlement of $299 million was paid by the corporate defendant
  • Obtained dismissal of a Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower complaint
  • Obtained a favorable jury verdict defending a college professor’s claims of sex discrimination
  • Tried a favorable federal court jury verdict in an unfair competition case
  • Succeeded at trial in a minority shareholder’s squeeze-out lawsuit
Decisions
  • Cevdet Aksüt Oğullari Koll. STI v. Cavusoglu, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 45325 (D.N.J. 2017).
  • Seguros Nuevo Mundo S.A. v Trousdale, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39366 (E.D.N.Y. 2016), aff’d 16‐998‐cv (2d. Cir. November 1, 2016)
  • Irwin Katz & Associates, Inc. v. Concepts In Health, Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 161680 (D.N.J. 2015).
  • Int’l Playthings. LLC v. Toy Tech Ltd.,LLC, 2013 WL 8184357 (D.N.J. July 23, 2013)
  • Zhu Investment Trade Corp. v. Natural Food Import USA, Inc., 2012 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1672 (N.J. App. Div. July 12, 2012)
  • DeFeo v QuickChek Corporation, 2012 WL 1617419 (Super.Ct May 4, 2012)
  • Haberkorn_v._Marquis_Jet_Partners, Inc., 2011 WL 5822281 (S.D.N.Y. November 17, 2011)
  • Bartone v. NetJets Inc., 2011 BL 166821 (D.N.J. June 24, 2011)
  • Banville & Jones Wine Merchants, Inc. v. La Casa Del Ray S.A., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 41184 (April 26, 2010) (remand motion denied) and 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64310 (June 24, 2010) (motion to dismiss tort claims granted)
  • Black Sheep Television, Ltd. v. The Town of Islip, 2010 WL 4970766 (E.D.N.Y. 2010)
  • Town of Islip, New York v. Black sheep Television Ltd., National Arbitration Forum, Claim Number: FA1008001339861 (October 11, 2010) Petter Rindforth, Arbitration Panelist
  • Hettinger v. Kleinman, 733 F.Supp.2d 421 (S.D.N.Y. 2010)
  • QuickChek Corp. v. Dynamo.com LLC, National Arbitration Forum, Claim Number: FA1006001329173 (July 14, 2010) Nelson A. Diaz, Arbitration Panelist
  • Torn Ranch, Inc. v. Sunrise Commodities, Inc., 2009 WL 2834787 (N.D.Cal.,September 03, 2009)
  • Duravest, Inc. v. Viscardi, A.G., 581 F.Supp.2d 628 (S.D.N.Y. October 7, 2008)
  • In Re Optionable Securities Litigation, 577 F.Supp.2d 681 (S.D.N.Y. 2008)
  • Luna v. Kemira Specialty Inc., 575 F.Supp.2d 1166 (CD Cal. 2008)
  • National Utility Service Inc. v. Huntsman Chemical Corporation, 70 F. Supp.2d 496 (D.N.J. 1999)
  • National Utility Service, Inc. v. Chesapeake Corporation, 45 F.Supp.2d 438 (D.N.J. 1999)
  • APC Commodity Corp. v. Ram Dis Ticaret, A.S., 965 F. Supp. 461 (S.D.N.Y. 1997)
  • NYT Cable TV v. Homestead at Mansfield, Inc., 543 A.2d 10 (N.J. 1988)
  • Direct Satellite Communications, Inc. v. Bd. of Publ. Util., 615 F. Supp. 1558 (D.N.J. 1985)
News & Activities
  • Moderator, IADC Mid-Year Meeting, “After the Data Breach: A Hands On “Table Top” Demonstration About How to Counsel Clients in Crisis” (February 2016)
  • Speaker, Data Breach Preparedness & Litigation, AICPA Banking and Financial Institutions annual meeting (September 2015)
  • Moderator, The Prosecution And Defense Of Data Breach Litigation, NYSBA Annual Meeting (January 2015)
  • Moderator, “PRISM, Snowden and the NSA – National Security Litigation in the Digital Age,” NYSBA Commercial & Federal Litigation Spring Meeting (May 2014)
  • Speaker, Practicing Law Institute’s Information Technology Law Institute 2014, New York, NY (April 2014) and San Francisco, CA (May 2014)
  • Speaker, “Information Technology Law Institute 2013: Privacy and Cybersecurity, Mobile Advertising, Digital Distribution, Social Media and the Third Industrial Revolution,” Practicing Law Institute’s Information Technology Law Institute, New York, NY (April 2013) and San Francisco, CA (May 2013)
  • Speaker, “Cutting Edge Technology Litigation Issues,” Practicing Law Institute’s 2012 Information Technology Law Institute; New York, NY (April 2012). The presentation is available here.
  • Presentation, “Cutting Edge Technology Litigation Issues,” Practicing Law Institute’s 2012 Information Technology Law Institute; New York, NY (April 2012).
  • Speaker, “Nuts and Bolts of E-Discovery,” New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (November 2010)
  • Speaker, “Limiting Your Risk from Lawsuits and Government Investigations,” New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) Seminar: “HR101: An Employment Law and HR Primer” (March 2010)
  • Speaker, “Preventing Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace,” New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) Seminar: “Hot Topics in Employment Law” (October 2009)
  • Moderator, “Strategies for Protecting Sports, Music and Publication Content on the Internet, Litigating against Domestic and Foreign Content Pirates” Panel, New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Spring Meeting (May 2009)
  • Speaker, “Web 2.0 Liability Risks,” New York State Bar Association’s Commercial & Federal Litigation Section Spring Meeting (May 2008)
  • Speaker, “Litigation Issues in the Web 2.0 World,” Practicing Law Institute’s 2008 Information Technology Law Institute (March 2008)
  • Panelist, “Ethical Issues Presented by Ex Parte Subpoenas To Unmask Anonymous Defendants,” New York State Bar Association Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Spring Meeting (2004)
  • Panelist, “Privacy Issues in the E-Workplace: Individual Freedom of Speech vs. The Company’s Right to Protect Itself,” New Jersey ICLE Seminar (2001)
  • Panelist, “Cyber Smear” Litigation, Privacy, The Internet and the Workplace,” New Jersey ICLE Labor Law Forum & Bench Bar Conference (2001)
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