Peter G. Siachos is an experienced trial lawyer and a partner in the firm’s New Jersey, New York, and South Carolina offices. Having tried nearly 50 cases to conclusion, Mr. Siachos routinely handles matters nationwide before federal and state trial and appellate courts, administrative and regulatory agencies, and alternative dispute resolution panels. As a member of the Commercial Litigation, Franchise, Product Liability, Heath Care, Hospitality, Transportation, and Construction practice groups, he represents a diverse group of major corporations, franchisors, closely-held businesses, partnerships, and individuals in multiple jurisdictions in a wide range of complex commercial disputes, many of which are high stakes with media coverage. He also handles general liability, premises security and auto matters. Mr. Siachos is licensed in numerous jurisdictions (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, and South Carolina) and utilizes creative dispositive motions, well-crafted trial strategies, and focused and effective appeals to regularly assist his clients with their litigation needs nationwide.
His areas of expertise include the following:
Mr. Siachos has considerable experience handling litigations through trial and appeal involving general commercial litigation claims, including contract disputes, restrictive covenants, shareholder disputes, prosecution and defense of copyrights and trademarks, product liability claims, breach of warranty claims, construction defects, real estate disputes, privacy rights and defamation actions, directors and officers claims, errors and omissions claims, and premises liability claims. Mr. Siachos also regularly defends businesses and individuals in employment matters, including claims regarding anti-competition, retaliation, discrimination, and harassment.
Mr. Siachos devotes a significant portion of his practice to the representation of franchisors. He has extensive experience litigating and enforcing franchise agreement terminations, non-competition restrictions, forum selection clauses, indemnification provisions, and liquidated damages provisions. Mr. Siachos has had repeated success in enjoining trademark infringement on behalf of his franchisor clients, and has obtained injunctive relief against franchisees in a number of jurisdictions, which ranged from enforcement of simple franchise agreement provisions to forcibly shutting down franchise locations.
Mr. Siachos has fourteen years of experience representing financial institutions, including multinational and regional banks, credit unions, mortgage lenders and financial services companies. His practice includes the handling of matters related to lender liability, including the defense of FDCPA, FCRA, TILA, and RESPA claims, commercial collections, and other matters related to lender’s rights.
Mr. Siachos’ construction experience includes defending general contractors, subcontractors, owners, developers, design professionals, and building product manufacturers and suppliers regarding a diverse spectrum of matters involving both public and private works. Matters include alleged construction defects, breach of contract claims, alleged errors in design and workmanship, and construction site accidents, as well as general insurance litigation defense matters.
Mr. Siachos defends clients in product liability matters and has tried nearly 20 products cases to verdict. He has represented manufacturers of automobiles, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer products, and diagnostic testing equipment in product liability matters. His extensive work on automotive products and warranty litigations, coupled with his love of cars, has allowed him to gain automotive technical proficiency that has proved to be invaluable during the defense of a case.
Class Action Defense Including Consumer Protection Statutes
Mr. Siachos routinely defends class action litigations including, nationwide and state class claims arising under consumer protection statutes and false advertising or unfair competition statutes, including alleged violations of the TCPA (Telephone Consumer Protection Act), FDCPA (Fair Debt Collection Practices Act), and FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act).
Mr. Siachos has extensive experience defending trucking and transportation companies in complex litigation, including freight and property claims, commercial litigation, driver citations, and most importantly, large loss injury and death claims. He understands the importance of rapid response to catastrophic incidents, early case evaluation, the economics of transportation litigation, and, if necessary, the need to aggressively defend cases through trial.
Mr. Siachos served as law clerk to South Carolina Governor James H. Hodges from 1999 to 2000. Mr. Siachos served on appointment by Governor Hodges and Governor Mark Sanford as South Carolina Commissioner for National and Community Service from 2000 to 2005, and was responsible for the administration and allocation of funds to state and federal-funded community service projects in South Carolina.
In 1997, Mr. Siachos was awarded the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, the highest undergraduate award at the University of South Carolina.
In 2013 Mr. Siachos was named as one of the 2013 New Leaders of the Bar, a recognition by the New Jersey Law Journal of attorneys under the age of 40 who have developed practice niches, amassed strong books of business, demonstrated leadership qualities, shown expertise in litigation or transactional work, and committed themselves to volunteer work.
Supreme Court of the United States
District of Columbia
United States Court of Appeals, Second, Third, and Fourth Circuits
United States District Court, District of New Jersey
United States District Court, District of South Carolina
United States District Court, Southern, Eastern, Northern,
and Western Districts of New York
United States District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania
United States Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey
United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
Defense Research Institute
International Franchise Association
American Bar Association
Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA)