Peter Prieto received a Bachelor’s Degree, summa cum laude, from St. Thomas University, and his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law. While in law school, he served as a member of the Moot Court Board and as an articles and comments editor for the Law Review. Peter is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
For more than twenty-five years, Peter has focused his practice on complex commercial litigation, including class actions, and white collar criminal defense. He has represented clients—both plaintiffs and defendants—in a wide array of civil litigation, including business disputes, healthcare, antitrust, products liability, RICO, legal and accounting malpractice, and class action litigation.
Over the last several years, Peter has focused his defense practice on defending law and accounting firms from claims of professional malpractice. Peter has also represented clients in criminal investigations and prosecutions involving public corruption, business, banking and healthcare fraud, aviation, environmental violations, antitrust and money laundering.
Some of Peter’s most significant engagements in his civil litigation practice have involved 1) successfully representing – at trial and at summary judgment – former executives of a pharmaceutical company who brought claims for securities fraud after the company’s merger; 2) as Chair Lead Counsel, successfully representing and obtaining settlements in excess of over $1.5 billion on behalf of classes of millions of vehicle owners who purchased vehicles with defective Takata airbags; 3) obtaining dismissal of claims of malicious prosecution and abuse of process on behalf of national law firm; 4) successfully obtaining summary judgment on behalf of an international athletic and footwear company against claims that the company had stolen the “idea” of using a famous singer as its spokesperson.
Some of Peter’s significant white collar criminal engagements have included 1) conducting internal investigation for, and subsequently representing, a public company in connection with possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”); 2) representing a cargo airline and its principals in a criminal investigation involving allegations that airline had falsified maintenance records; and 3) conducting internal investigation for Fortune 100 company in connection with allegations of price-fixing.
Peter was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1985, and is also a member of various other Bars, including the Supreme Court of the United States, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida Trial Bar, the Dade County Bar, the American Bar Association and the Cuban-American Bar Association.
Prior to joining the firm, Peter was a federal prosecutor, first with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, and later with the Office of Independent Counsel in Washington, D.C. where he worked on the criminal investigation of the late Secretary of Commerce Ronald H. Brown.
For over a decade, he was also a partner and trial lawyer with the firm of Holland & Knight LLP, where he served as Executive Partner of the firm’s Miami office, and as the Chair of the firm’s 400-lawyer litigation section.
Bar & Court Admissions:
- Florida, 1985
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals,
- Eleventh Circuits U.S. District Courts,
- Southern District of Florida,
Professional & Community Involvement:
- Dade County Bar
- American Bar Association Cuban-American Bar Association
- Florida Bar
- Judicial Nominating Commission for the Third District Court of Appeal
- Alumni Advisory Board of the University of Miami Law Review
- Board of Trustees of St. Thomas University
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