A shareholder in the firm's Cherry Hill, New Jersey, office, Peter practices in the area of general civil litigation, with particular emphasis on product liability and premises liability litigation. With trial experience in both state and federal courts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Peter has handled hundreds of product liability, motor vehicle, and premises claims - many involving death, paralysis, loss of limb, burns, blindness, brain injuries, and other severe and permanent injuries. He also defended fire loss cases for a major manufacturer of computer equipment. Sample product claims have involved hunting tree stands, conveyors, commercial laundry equipment, gas powered cut saw, industrial machinery, electric carts, laptop computers, printers, HVAC systems, sprinkler valves, gym equipment, portable stairs, safety harness, dishwasher, roofing materials, and manufactured homes.
Peter has considerable experience in product litigation relating to hunting tree stand accidents. He has worked for various manufacturers, retailers, and insurance companies in this industry. In addition to handling these claims directly in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Peter has counseled, handled, or overseen the defense of over 200 product claims in states such as Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Additionally, Peter has served as an adjunct professor of pre-trial advocacy for Rutgers School of Law in Camden, New Jersey, and is a member of the Camden County Bar Association.
Significant Representative Matters
•Granted summary judgment in gasoline powered saw case involving head injuries resulting in medical expenses of $500,000, severe scarring, and allegations of permanent injury.
•Granted summary judgment in a construction/roofing accident case involving head injuries resulting in medical expenses of $400,000, skull disfigurement, and allegations of permanent injury.
•Dismissal in death case that resulted in settlement of $6 million by co-defendants. Established that client had limited or no role in allegations of negligence related to rail yard accident.
•Identified the misuse of a product as a likely cause of an accident involving the traumatic amputation of two fingers resulting in an $80,000 settlement of claim despite $150,000 workers' compensation lien.
•Blofstein v. Rubenstein, et al. Civil rights claim against Bucks County District Attorney and Prison Warden, verdict for defendants.
•Howarth v. Reorganized Church Horseback riding accident, 13-year-old plaintiff with brain injury, $50,000 medical expenses, admission of negligence, settlement demand $2.6 million, settlement offer $250,000, total jury verdict of $77,826.
•Grumbling v. Loggy Bayou Product claim involving fall from hunting tree stand, spinal fractures necessitating four level lumbar spinal fusion, settlement demand $800,000, verdict for defendant.
•Leiggi v. Loggy Bayou Product claim involving fall from hunting tree stand, disc herniation, fractured arm and ribs, $250,000 stipulated damages, verdict for defendant.
•Crisefi v. Oaklyn Board of Education Negligent supervision claim against school teachers, sixth grader with wrist fracture/permanent residual claims, verdict for defendants.
•Torrez v. Super Fresh Negligent maintenance of hydraulic pallet jack, knee and ankle surgeries, $90,000 jury verdict, reversed -verdict entered for defendant on appeal.
•Coyne v. Laidlaw Motor vehicle accident, cervical spinal disectomy with two level fusion and insertion of Codman plate, liability awarded to plaintiff via summary judgment before trial, $300,000 demand after summary judgment, $75,000 jury verdict.
•Mazza v. SK Hand Tools Product liability claim involving broken ratchet, plaintiff rendered legally blind in tire changing accident. Verdict for defendant.
Honors & Awards
•New Jersey Super Lawyer , 2005, 2010
Year Joined Organization: 2007