Peter J. Anderson

Peter J. Anderson: Attorney with Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP


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 Eversheds Sutherland (US)'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 Eversheds Sutherland (US) 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

Achieved the last favorable FCPA settlement with the SEC, and the DOJ declined to prosecute following the client's self-report.
Defeated the SEC in a trial on behalf of an independent broker-dealer and its president in an enforcement action relating to the supervision of the sale of mutual funds.
Negotiated a favorable eleventh-hour settlement for a broker-dealer and investment adviser on the eve of trial against the SEC involving valuation issues.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by Chambers USA : Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of litigation: general commercial (2012-2016)

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 (2012-2017)

Areas of Practice (11)

  • Professional Liability
  • Broker-Dealer
  • Director & Officer Liability
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Mutual Funds
  • Securities Enforcement & Litigation
  • Corporate Crime and Investigations
  • Crisis Management
  • Internal Investigations
  • Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
Dickinson College, B.A.
Law School Attended:
Dickinson School of Law, J.D.
Year of First admission:
1975, Pennsylvania; 1978, Georgia

Professional Activities

Member, Securities Litigation and Business Law White Collar Subcommittees, American Bar Association
Founder, Former Treasurer and Member, Board of Directors, ServeHAITI
President and past Chairman, The Childhood Autism Foundation in Georgia (CADEF)
Member, Advisory Board, 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

Birth Information:
Camden, New Jersey, March 15, 1951

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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