Peter A. Chavkin: Lawyer with Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Peter A. Chavkin


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Practice Areas

  • White Collar Criminal Defense & Parallel Proceedings
  • Health Care Enforcement Defense
  • Securities Litigation
  • State & Federal Audits, Investigations & Litigation
  • Corporate Compliance & Investigations
  • Sports, Arts & Entertainment
  • Litigation
  • Construction
  • Financial Services
  • Health Care
  • Professional Services
Contact InfoTelephone: 212.692.6231
Fax: 212-983-3115
Internet: Each Attorney's Internet Address takes the following form: first initial, last name (e.g.,
University Princeton University, B.A., 1974
Law SchoolHarvard University, J.D., 1977
Admitted1978, New York, District of Columbia and Florida; United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York; United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

Peter leads the firm's White Collar Defense and Corporate Compliance & Internal Investigations practices.

He has more than 25 years' experience focusing on white collar criminal defense, physician and attorney disciplinary inquiries, and other regulatory and enforcement matters. In the past five years, he has had the good fortune of having charges against two securities defendants dismissed, post-indictment, by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Peter's practice includes trial and appellate appearances in numerous federal and state courts. He has tried nearly 20 cases to verdict and argued almost as many appeals. He has represented individuals and entities in investigations conducted by the US attorneys' offices in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as more than a dozen other districts and DOJ divisions across the nation; advocacy before the SEC, NASD, NYSE, and other securities regulators; internal corporate investigations; physicians before the Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC); attorneys before the disciplinary committees; and post-conviction representations.

Peter prosecuted one of the first Department of Defense billing and false records cases in the Eastern District of New York. In addition, he has significant experience with proceedings under the Classified Information Procedures Act (CIPA) and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), as well as investigations into violations of economic sanctions regulations. He was involved in one of the first prosecutions in New York of a physician for the exercise of medical judgment (for whom he ultimately obtained clemency) and has lectured on this topic.

His clients, over the years, have included several who were embroiled in high-profile litigations, including the Mayor of the City of New York, the former Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, and an individual involved in the granting of a Presidential pardon. He also has represented executives at several Fortune 500 corporations and major international business entities and hospitals.

Peter serves as an annual panelist on an ethics seminar presented by the New York County Bar Association. He has also participated in continuing legal education panels and other professional training activities, including teaching trial skills to students at Harvard, Fordham, Pace, and New York Law Schools.

After serving as a law clerk to US District Judge James Lawrence King, Peter began his practice by participating in a voting rights case before the US Supreme Court and a class action on behalf of Haitian refugees. He then was appointed special assistant to the head of the US Department of Justice's Civil Division in Washington, DC, during the presidency of Jimmy Carter, where he served as one of the division's liaisons to the Solicitor General's Office, and helped to manage litigation involving the American hostages taken in Iran, as well as challenges to the termination of the Taiwan Treaty, the imposition of an oil import tariff, and the publication of a former CIA agent's book.

He subsequently was appointed an assistant US attorney in the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York where, under US Attorneys Edward Korman and Raymond Dearie, he conducted over a dozen felony trials and investigated major tax, fraud, and corruption matters. He also argued a dozen cases before the Second Circuit. Later, he was a senior partner at Stillman & Friedman, where he practiced law from 1985 to 2006.

Recognitions & Awards

Best Lawyers in America: White-Collar Criminal Defense (2007 - 2015)
Chambers USA: New York (Band 1) - Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigation (2010 - 2014)
International Law Office and Lexology: “Client Choice Award” - White Collar Crime, New York (2015)
New York Super Lawyers: Criminal Defense: White Collar (2006 - 2014)
•International Law Office (ILO) Client Choice Award for White Collar Crime (2011)
Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition 2009: Criminal Defense: White Collar
•Phi Beta Kappa
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent


•Mintz Levin Attorney Peter A. Chavkin Receives Client Choice Award for White Collar Crime, (03.05.2015)
• Twenty-Four Mintz Levin Attorneys Named 2014 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, (10.03.2014)
• Sixty-Two Mintz Levin Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2015 Edition, (08.18.2014)
• Fifty-One Mintz Levin Attorneys Featured in Chambers USA 2014 Guide, (05.23.2014)
• Eighteen Mintz Levin Attorneys Named 2013 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, (09.16.2013)
• Sixty-Three Mintz Levin Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2014 Edition, (08.15.2013)
• Forty-Eight Mintz Levin Attorneys Featured in Chambers USA 2013 Guide, (05.24.2013)
• Twenty-Four Mintz Levin Attorneys Named 2012 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, (09.20.2012)
• Sixty Mintz Levin Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2013 Edition, (08.24.2012)
• Forty-One Mintz Levin Attorneys Featured in Chambers USA 2012 Guide, (06.07.2012)
• Mentioned in Ruth Madoff Now Looks to Be on Greenwich Time, New York Daily News (03.11.2012)
• Twenty Mintz Levin Attorneys Named 2011 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, (09.23.2011)
• Forty-Three Mintz Levin Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2012 Edition, (09.06.2011)
• Mintz Levin Attorney Peter Chavkin Receives International Law Office 2011 Client Choice Award for White Collar Crime, (04.07.2011)
• Thirty Four Mintz Levin Attorneys Featured in Chambers USA 2011 Guide, (03.21.2011)
• Eighteen Mintz Levin Attorneys Named 2010 New York Super Lawyers, (09.29.2010)
• Thirty-Nine Mintz Levin Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2011 Edition, (08.11.2010)
• Mintz Levin Adds Six Attorneys to Chambers USA 2010 Guide, (03.23.2010)
• Thirteen Mintz Levin Attorneys Named New York Super Lawyers, (10.05.2009)
• Thirty-One Mintz Levin Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2010 Edition, (07.31.2009)
• Mintz Levin Expands Health Care Enforcement Defense Practice Group, (07.06.2009)
• Twenty-Nine Mintz Levin Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America, 2009 Edition, (01.21.2009)
• Eight Mintz Levin Attorneys Named New York Super Lawyers, (10.01.2008)
• Ten Mintz Levin Attorneys Named New York Metro Super Lawyers, (09.24.2007)
• Mintz Levin's Public Finance Section Expands Scope with Tax-Exempt Bond Controversy Resolution Practice, (09.04.2007)
• Peter A. Chavkin and Joel I. Papernik Named 2007 New York Area's Best Lawyers, (07.02.2007)

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Peter Chavkin discusses the steps individuals and companies should take when they are the target of a government investigation. (Also at Washington, D.C. and Stamford, CT Offices)

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters: Representing Ruth Madoff in a variety of regulatory and investigative forums and lawsuits.; Representing a significant NYC medical practice in a False Claims Act criminal and civil investigation.; Winning dismissal of an action against a significant New York bank involving hundreds of millions of dollars of claims under the Anti-Terrorism Act and the Alien Tort Claims Act.; Representing a significant New York bank in an employment discrimination lawsuit.; Antitrust: Extensive experience in criminal and civil antitrust matters, including the representation of a major New York food supplier in a federal criminal case charging bid rigging in the NYC school lunch program; several radiology practices in a lawsuit alleging Sherman Act violations by the entity to which they belong; an employee of a foreign airline in a DOJ investigation of passenger and cargo airline rates; and an inquiry into bidding practices in the municipal bond market.; Art Fraud: Represented one of the world's most significant antiquities dealers in a variety of criminal and civil matters, as well as one of the world's most important collectors in disputes with foreign nations.; Banking: Represented a major New York bank on a variety of compliance issues, including anti-money laundering issues and fraud.; Consumer Fraud: Worked with the New York State Attorney General on matters related to alleged consumer fraud.; Customs: Represented two companies involved in criminal investigations into import violations and tariff issues, in both of which individuals who were arrested ultimately were not charged.; Education: Represented teachers and students in a variety of disciplinary matters.; Employment: Represented numerous executives threatened with termination and potential criminal prosecution.; Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: Represented several individuals investigated for violations of the FCPA in Europe, Asia, and Africa.; Health Care: Represented in court, before prosecutorial agencies and before disciplinary boards, numerous hospitals, adult homes, skilled nursing facilities, and physicians on a variety of health care issues, including billing, cost reports, procurement fraud, patient abuse, false advertising, kickbacks, inadequate recordkeeping, and the attempted criminalization of medical judgment. His practice has also included working with voluntary disclosures.; Internal Investigations: Conducted numerous internal inquiries over the years, including, most recently, an inquiry for a major New York bank and a state agency.; Office of Foreign Asset Control: Represented individuals investigated for having allegedly violated embargoes and sanctions imposed on foreign nations.; Securities Fraud: Represented before the SEC, the DOJ, NASDAQ, and the NYSE numerous individuals and entities suspected of violating a variety of securities laws, including insider trading, revenue manipulation, proxy fraud, and pump and dump schemes. He has had the good fortune to persuade the DOJ to voluntarily drop charges against two defendants post-indictment.; Tax: Represented numerous individuals and accounting firms investigated for tax fraud and tax shelter abuse, ERISA violations, and prevailing price issues.; Unions: Represented numerous union officers investigated for extortion and embezzlement from benefit funds.

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Peter A. Chavkin

666 Third Avenue
New YorkNY 10017


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