Peter J. Anderson: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Peter J. Anderson

Peter J. Anderson

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Practice Areas

  • Accountants' & Attorneys' Liability
  • Broker-Dealer
  • Director & Officer Liability
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Crisis Management
  • Insurance
  • Mutual Funds
  • Securities Enforcement & Litigation
  • White Collar Defense
Contact InfoTelephone: 404.853.8414
University Dickinson College, B.A.
Law SchoolDickinson School of Law, J.D.
Admitted1975, Pennsylvania; 1978, Georgia

Professional Activities

Member, Securities Litigation and Business Law Subcommittees, American Bar Association
Member and Liaison on Variable Annuity Issues, State Regulation of Securities Committee, Business Law Section, American Bar Association
Treasurer and Member, Board of Directors, ServeHAITI
President and past Chairman, The Childhood Autism Foundation in Georgia (CADEF)
Member, Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Autism Resource Center at Emory University
Member, Board of Directors, Midtown Assistance Center, Atlanta GA
Former Chairman of the Board, Paideia School, Atlanta
Member, Board of Trustees, Dickinson College, Carlisle PA

BornCamden, New Jersey, March 15, 1951

A seasoned attorney, Peter Anderson helps public companies, their officers and directors, along with financial services, accounting and law firms and their principals vigorously respond to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement actions, Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations and criminal prosecutions and complex civil litigation. Peter also represents brokerage firms, broker-dealers and individual brokers before the SEC, all self-regulatory organizations, state securities regulators and attorneys general in investigations relating to supervision, suitability, sales practices and insider trading.

Peter frequently conducts investigations at the request of audit and special committees of the boards of directors of public and private companies. Representations include investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and securities sales practice abuses such as insider trading and market manipulation, financial reporting fraud and financial defalcation.

Peter's securities litigation background includes the defense of multidistrict class actions, as well as the defense of financial services and accounting firms in more than 40 federal and state jury trials and in numerous complex securities arbitrations.

A member of Sutherland's Crisis Management and Complex Litigation team, Peter helps clients navigate crises and develop legal response strategies tailored to each specific situation. To learn more about how Sutherland defends companies facing challenges on multiple fronts, including civil litigation and parallel criminal investigations, multidistrict litigation proceedings, putative class actions, Congressional investigations and hearings, regulatory investigations, internal investigations, shareholder direct and derivative claims, and corporate disclosure issues, contact Peter or visit

Selected Experience

Sutherland negotiates FCPA settlement with the SEC; DOJ declines to prosecute.

Sutherland defeats SEC in mutual fund supervision enforcement action.

Multifaceted eleventh-hour settlement favors Morgan Keegan & Company Inc.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by Chambers USA : Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of litigation: general commercial (2012-2015)

Recipient, Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service, State Bar of Georgia (2013)

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of bet-the-company litigation, litigation - banking & finance, litigation - regulatory enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), litigation - securities, and securities regulation (2012-2016)

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Crisis Response & Incident Investigation


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Delaware Supreme Court Addresses Novel Controlling-Stockholder Claim and Clarifies Effect of a Fully Informed, Uncoerced Stockholder Vote
Peter J. Anderson,Steven B. Boehm,William S. "Bill" Dudzinsky,Patricia A. Gorham,Harry S. Pangas, October 13, 2015
The Delaware Supreme Court recently issued an opinion, captioned Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC,1 that sheds further light on when a stockholder owning less than 50% of the voting power of a company may be deemed a controlling stockholder. In the opinion, the Delaware Supreme Court also...

FINRA's Projected 2015 Fines: Not Keeping Pace With 2014’s Total, But Still a Blockbuster Year
Peter J. Anderson,Eric A. Arnold,Bruce M. Bettigole,Patricia A. Gorham,Olga Greenberg, September 22, 2015
Despite a slowdown in the fines reported in 2015, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has continued to flex its enforcement muscle so far this year. During the first half of 2015, FINRA reported $37.5 million in fines in its monthly Disciplinary and Other FINRA Actions publications...

SEC Proposes Controversial Rule Requiring Companies to Adopt No-Fault Clawback Policies
Peter J. Anderson,Maia Cogen,Olga Greenberg,W. Scott Sorrels,Yvonne M. Williams-Wass, July 13, 2015
Recently, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or the Commission) proposed a controversial new rule under the Dodd-Frank Act that instructs companies to establish policies that require “executive officers” to repay incentive-based compensation that was paid to them based on...

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Peter J. Anderson

999 Peachtree Street, N.E.
AtlantaGA 30309-3996


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