Peter C. Erichsen is head of the firm’s corporate department, co-head of its colleges & universities practice, and the firm’s hiring partner. He has extensive knowledge of the governance and compliance challenges of non-profit institutions, having represented organizations in internal and governmental investigations and audits, as well as other critical and highly publicized situations.
Peter also has significant experience with the legal issues facing private foundations and museums, and in managing transactions, including bond offerings and institutional combinations.
Peter worked at Ropes & Gray from 1981 to 1993 as a corporate transactional and securities lawyer, becoming a partner in 1990. Peter left Ropes & Gray in 1993 to serve as a deputy assistant attorney general in the United States Department of Justice. In 1996-97, he was an Associate Counsel to the President of the United States, working in the White House Counsel’s office.
Peter then served for four years as Vice President and General Counsel of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was chief legal officer of both the University and its four-hospital health system. Before returning to Ropes & Gray, Peter served for six years as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles.
- JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1981
- AB, magna cum laude, Harvard College, 1978
ADMISSIONS : Massachusetts, 1981
MEMBERSHIP & AFFILIATIONS : Former Director, Philadelphia Stock Exchange. Chair, Audit Committee
PROFESSIONAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES :
- Trustee, Groton School, Groton, Massachusetts
- Trustee and Secretary, New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA
- Former Trustee, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA
- Former Director and Vice Chair, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Inc. Chair, Audit Committee
- Former Director, Performing Arts Center of Los Angeles County. Member, Executive Committee
- Represented Marine Biological Laboratory in its affiliation with the University of Chicago.
- Represented the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in its disposition of the School of the MFA to Tufts University.
- Conducted an independent investigation on behalf of Villanova University of submissions to the American Bar Association of false data by personnel at its law school.
- Advised Harvard University on the first major changes to its governance structure in over 100 years.
- Advised a leading private university and an independent research institute on their pending acquisition of major museum collections.
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