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. Peter's work includes assisting companies in understanding and negotiating commercial agreements before they are entered into, resolving disputes through negotiation, arbitration and litigation when problems arise, and advising companies on their rights under contracts.
Peter practiced law at a large Pittsburgh based law firm before relocating in 2001 to open and manage their Charlotte office. In 2004, he joined Nexsen Pruet and in 2011, he began dividing his time between Charlotte and London. A significant portion of Peter's work involves international matters, including both international commercial transactions and international arbitration of disputes. London has served as a convenient location for his European and Asian clients. Most recently he has been active in matters involving Chinese companies.
As a part-time resident in London, Peter helps a broad range of international clients handle issues that arise under American law. He works with Nexsen Pruet's Economic Development Team to help clients identify and capitalize on opportunities to grow their businesses in North America.
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 cross border leasing, the negotiation of sales and distribution agreements, and licensing arrangements.
Additionally, Peter brings years of experience personally handling and managing asbestos lawsuits across the U.S. His asbestos practice began in Pittsburgh and quickly expanded to cases in West Virginia and Ohio at a time when these jurisdictions were among the most active in the country. After years of representing companies locally he was asked to represent a major industrial equipment manufacturer in all of their cases across the U.S. at a time when they had been sued in over twenty thousand cases in more than twenty states. Peter brought that number down to less than five hundred. Along the way he has become acquainted with some of the leading practitioners, expert witnesses and judges in asbestos litigation. His considerable experience has resulted in approximately seven current clients relying on him for their needs in connection with asbestos lawsuits.
Peter began his career as a litigator and moved into the realm of commercial law through his work representing creditors in bankruptcy matters. This helped Peter development efficient techniques for managing large disputes and resolving litigation efficiently. For nearly ten years Peter managed the nationwide mass tort litigation defense of a multi-national company. In this capacity he supervised dozens of lawyers handling tens of thousands of claims across more than twenty-five states. The end result was a successful track record of resolving tens of thousands of claims quickly, efficiently and favorably. The team continues to serve as counsel for several companies in toxic tort litigation pending in North and South Carolina.
•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.
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.