About Peter G. Erdely
Peter Erdely represents a broad array of clients in civil, criminal, family and business matters. The firm's personalized client service is built upon Peter's foundation of sophisticated civil practice at prestigious law firms as well as his criminal jury trial expertise as a government prosecutor.
Extensive Jury Trial and Criminal Expertise
Prior to founding the firm, Peter served as a prosecutor with the >>more
Big Firm Sophistication and Civil Expertise
Before joining the District Attorney’s Office Peter worked at prestigious >>more
Peter’s work has been profiled on television, radio and >>more
Recognition by the Courts
Judges themselves rely on Peter’s vast experience. In 2013 Peter was >>more
Peter currently teaches Trial Advocacy and Criminal Procedure to >>more
Giving Back to the Community
Peter has devoted his expertise to the community through extensive >>more
Education and Background
Peter graduated from Temple University School of Law in 1997 after >>more
Extensive Jury Trial and Criminal Expertise:
Prior to founding the firm, Peter served as a prosecutor with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. In eight years with the DA’s Office, Peter rose through many divisions, including the elite Repeat Offenders Unit, Federal Litigation Unit and Major Trials Units. He prosecuted over 40 major jury trials to verdict. He also tried hundreds of bench trials, and over one thousand preliminary hearings. Peter’s jury trials include winning a 65-130 year sentence against a gunman who robbed 13 women and children in a nail salon. He also won the first animal cruelty jury trial conviction in Philadelphia history, against a man who was running an extensive dog fighting ring from his home.
Big Firm Sophistication and Civil Expertise:
Before joining the District Attorney’s Office Peter worked at prestigious Philadelphia law firms, most recently White and Williams LLP. There he litigated major cases in Federal and State Courts, including commercial insurance coverage, bad faith, agent errors and omissions, construction, business interruption, property loss, insurance fraud, life insurance and subrogation. Peter obtained numerous successful judgments for his clients on insurance coverage disputes in Philadelphia Commerce Court and elsewhere. Peter assisted a major international insurance carrier in drafting a risk management guide accompanying the launch of a novel e-commerce/intellectual property insurance product. Peter also handled arbitration disputes between insurance carriers in industry arbitration forums, and obtained appellate affirmation of an arbitration award before the Delaware Court of Chancery. Peter has served commercial and residential clients by obtaining zoning variances from the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment. Peter has drafted, argued and won numerous appeals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey appellate courts.
Prior to White and Williams LLP, Peter worked at other established Philadelphia firms, where he litigated products liability, toxic tort, wrongful death and construction cases in Federal and State courts. Peter won a summary judgment motion for a major university and numerous contractors, dismissing the claims of eight plaintiffs alleging brain damage due to exposure to toxic solvents.
Peter’s work has been profiled on television, radio and newspapers, including:
“Busy Lawyers, Balky Victims, Botched Logistics,”
Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 14, 2009
“Man gets 20 to 40 years in attack, 4 robberies,”
Philadelphia Inquirer, June 3, 2010
“Violent attacks at SEPTA station lead to jail,”
Philadelphia Daily News, Jan. 7, 2011
“Kensington man Gets 5-10 years for dogfighting,”
Philadelphia Inquirer, May 4, 2011
Recognition by the Courts:
Judges themselves rely on Peter’s vast experience. In 2013 Peter was certified by Chief Judge J. Curtis Joyner of the United States District Court to serve as an arbitrator to decide Federal Cases. In 2012 Peter was appointed by the President Judge of Philadelphia County to serve as a Judge Pro Tem to assist Judges in resolving civil cases. Peter has been serving as an arbitrator in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Arbitration Program for over 15 years.
Peter currently teaches Trial Advocacy to upper level students at the Rutgers University School of Law in Camden. He also helps coach the Law School’s Trial Team, which achieved a National Ranking of 10th of the 268 teams in the 2009 American Association for Justice National Trial Competition.
Giving back to the Community:
Peter has devoted his expertise to the community through extensive pro bono work, including representing abused and neglected children in civil dependency proceedings and criminal cases through the Support Center for Child Advocates.
Education and Background
Peter graduated from Temple University School of Law in 1997 after receiving various academic honors, and after having completed internships with Judge Marlene Lachman of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Peter graduated from the State University of New York at Albany in 1994, after receiving numerous honors. He studied history and economics and rowed on the crew team.
Peter is admitted to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Middle District of Pennsylvania and District of New Jersey. He is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association.
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