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
Fax: 404-853-8806
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 (2012-2014)

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 (2012-2014)

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Crisis Management


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SEC Approves Rule Preventing Barters for Expungement Cooperation - What You Can Do to Ensure Compliance
Peter J. Anderson,Eric A. Arnold,Keith J. Barnett,Bruce M. Bettigole,Patricia A. Gorham, July 30, 2014
On July 22, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) proposed Rule 2081, which prevents firms or associated persons from conditioning settlement or otherwise paying customers for their cooperation in the complaint...

SEC Issues $875,000 Whistleblower Award
Peter J. Anderson,Eric A. Arnold,Keith J. Barnett,Bruce M. Bettigole,Thomas R. Bundy, June 17, 2014
On June 3, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) issued a whistleblower award to two individuals who had provided information leading to a successful SEC enforcement action. The whistleblower program was created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer...

U.S. District Judge in Florida Dismisses SEC Action Against Corporate Defendants and Holds that Five-Year Statute of Limitations Removed the Court’s Subject-Matter Jurisdiction
Peter J. Anderson,Keith J. Barnett,Bruce M. Bettigole,Brian L. Rubin,W. Scott Sorrels, May 27, 2014
On May 12, Judge James Lawrence King of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida dismissed with prejudice the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) case against five defendants in an action alleging that the defendants engaged in securities fraud.1 In ordering...

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Peter J. Anderson

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


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