- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights
- Business Disputes
- Catastrophic Injury
- Commercial Law
- International Law and Services
- Emerging Technology
|University ||Duquesne University, B.A., 1985|
|Law School||Duquesne University, J.D., 1989|
|Admitted||1989, Pennsylvania; 2004, North Carolina; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina; U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina; U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina; U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan; Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; United States Supreme Court|
Civic & Professional Memberships
•American Bar Association
•International Association of Defense Counsel
•Representative, Mackrell International
•Mecklenburg County Bar
•Pennsylvania Bar Association
•Allegheny County Bar Association
Peter Santos is an experienced business lawyer who previously co-chaired the firm’s Business Litigation Practice Group. His focus is on representing companies of all sizes in various business-related matters and litigation with an emphasis on international companies operating in the U.S. As a former resident of London, Peter has worked with a broad range of international clients advising them on issues arising under American law. He has also worked with Nexsen Pruet’s Economic Development Team to help clients identify and capitalize on opportunities to grow their businesses in North America.
Peter’s work has focused on assisting companies in commercial transactions. Reviewing, advising and negotiating a wide variety of commercial agreements before they are entered into is part of his daily work. Peter and his team regularly advise clients on commercial sales and financing arrangements. This can include the creation and operation of equipment leasing programs including which may include cross border leasing, the negotiation of sales and distribution agreements, development agreements, and licensing arrangements.
Peter practiced law at a large Pittsburgh based law firm before relocating in 2001 to open and manage its Charlotte office. In 2004, he joined Nexsen Pruet. From 2011 through 2014, he worked in London increasing his experience in international matters, including both international commercial transactions and international arbitration of disputes. For the past three years, he has been active in matters involving Chinese companies.
Resolving commercial disputes through negotiation, arbitration and litigation when problems arise are another part of Peter’s legal practice. For many years he handled the defense of asbestos lawsuits and brings years of experience personally handling and managing thousands of suits across the U.S. He represented a major industrial equipment manufacturer in all of their cases across the U.S. for about ten years. When retained, the company had been sued in more than 20,000 cases in more than 20 states. When he left for England, Peter had reduced that number to less than 500. Along the way he has become acquainted with some of the leading practitioners, expert witnesses and judges in asbestos litigation.
•Martindale Hubbel AV Rated
•Previously a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
Outside Nexsen Pruet
Peter may be part fish and part bird.
He is an active scuba diver, and has spent time under water in most of the major seas and some of the best dive locations around the world. This corresponds to Peter’s interest in traveling - he usually logs hundreds of thousands of miles a year flying for business and personal travel. Ask him about a recent trip, and he'll surely have one to tell you about.
Speaking & Writing
Peter frequently speaks to employees of his clients on issues related to contract law including terms and conditions of sale and purchase and contract review and approval procedures. His speaking engagements typically include, at least several times a year, customized training classes on commercial law for business people.
Speaker, Association of Corporate Counsel Contracts Symposium, November 2013, “The Ps and Qs of Ts and Cs - Three Key Contract Provisions You Need When Trouble Comes: Warranty, Indemnification, Data Privacy.”
|Reported Cases||Notable: Peter recently negotiated the successful resolution of an international arbitration matter that involved one of the largest powdered milk manufacturing facilities in the world. He has also: Handled the resolution of disputes filed before various arbitration tribunals, both domestic and international, including the AAA, ICDR and the ICC. Successfully managed the defense of over twenty thousand toxic tort claims. Negotiated the resolution at various stages both before and after trial of more than fifty commercial disputes ranging in size from several hundred thousand dollars to tens of millions of dollars. Routinely advises clients on commercial transactions and issues arising in connection with them including contract negotiations, asset protection, and cross-border financing. Obtained a Preliminary Injunction prohibiting competitor from hacking into his client's computer system in a bet the company case. Successfully defended a nearly $2 million preference action in a well-known bankruptcy case. This included vacating a default judgment that had been entered prior to his retention. Represented a savings and loan institution in series of lender liability claims that resulted in the dismissal of all claims. The dismissal was affirmed by the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Served as lead bankruptcy counsel for a metropolitan county with a population in excess of one million. Admitted pro hac vice in more than 20 different jurisdictions.|
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