Peter Doyle

Partner at Proskauer Rose LLP

Peter Doyle

Peter Doyle

Partner at Proskauer Rose LLP

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Peter Doyle is a partner in the Litigation Department and has a long track record of winning high-stakes contested matters. Peter's practice encompasses trial work and related counseling in complex business disputes. He has tried cases in state and federal courts across the United States on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants. Peter has successfully argued significant appeals involving federal securities law and other commercial matters in state and federal appellate courts. He was recognized by US Legal 500 in the 2013 edition as "an expert litigator and arbitrator" while the 2012 guide called him an "excellent litigator in all facets."

Peter represents companies in a diverse array of industries including health care, financial services, investment management, telecommunications and manufacturing. Notably, his clients include Community Health, 3G Capital, ABB, American Industrial Partners, Gaylord Container, Health Management Associates, Morgan Stanley and United Airlines.

Prior to joining Proskauer, Peter was a partner with Kirkland & Ellis. Earlier in his career, he served as a clerk in the Southern District of New York for the Honorable Denny Chin, who now serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

His key representations include:

*H.J. Heinz Co. takeover litigation: Lead trial counsel for defendants 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway. After lengthy hearing, Pennsylvania state court denied injunction and dismissed the consolidated lawsuits.

*Tenet v. Community Health: Lead defense lawyer. Won complete dismissal of federal securities fraud claims. Presently represent client in follow-on class actions, derivative lawsuits, and investigations.

*CSX Proxy Litigation: Lead trial counsel representing defendant in SDNY bench trial. CSX sought to block client's candidates for board of directors. Successfully argued before Second Circuit against CSX appeal. Client's nominees elected.

*Dow Chemical Defamation Matters: Defended Dow Chemical against defamation and libel claims brought by former director and senior officer terminated for cause. Matter settled with public apologies from plaintiffs.

*Computer Services Corp. v. Sears: Lead defense lawyer in arbitration seeking hundreds of millions of dollars based on client's termination of multibillion dollar outsourcing contract. Counterclaimed for breach of contract and achieved extremely favorable settlement.

*Kmart v. Capital One: Lead trial counsel for plaintiff in multi-week jury trial over contract and fraud claims in Michigan State Court. Defendants paid confidential eight-figures settlement before verdict.

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Morgan Stanley Research Analyst Litigation: Defended dozens of securities fraud class actions and derivative suits alleging breach of fiduciary duty, etc. based on client's research reports and mutual funds sales practices. All actions dismissed on defense motions.

*NorthPoint Communications, Inc. v. Verizon Communications Inc.: Defended multibillion dollar claims for fraud and breach of contract based on client's termination of merger agreement due to material adverse change. Uncovered significant fraud with plaintiff's stated financial results and operations. Case settled on very favorable grounds after disclosure of discovery results.

*Bogalusa Chemical Release Litigation: Trial co-counsel in four-month jury trial of 20 "bellwether" plaintiffs (out of 4,000) seeking damages in Mississippi state court due to railroad car explosion and release of toxic gas. Cross examined key experts and examined lead defense fact witnesses. Jury rejected plaintiffs' claims for bodily injury, evacuation, fear and fright, and property damage. Defense verdict.

*Gaylord Container Corporation v. CNA, et al.: Co-counsel in month-long bench trial in Louisiana State Court. Court awarded client more than $100 million and held that ten casualty insurers breached their contractual duties in applying an "absolute pollution exclusion." Defended award through numerous appeals.

*United Airlines Labor Matters: Spearheaded successful effort by UAL to obtain unprecedented bankruptcy court relief from oppressive terms in collective bargaining agreement.

*Beverly Enterprises, Inc. v. Andersen Consulting, LLP: Member of trial team for three-week federal jury trial on $50 million claim for fraud, breach of contract and negligence. Plaintiff's home-town jury rejected that claim and awarded client all of its multimillion dollar counterclaim. The National Law Journal selected as Top-Ten Defense Verdicts of the Year.

*ISO v. AMS Software, Inc.: Co-lead trial counsel in multi-week arbitration over failed project to jointly develop and sell software. Claimant alleged that client had breached contract by delivering product late and riddled with bugs. Successfully defended $35 million claim by proving client had used its "best efforts." Counterclaimed for unpaid fees relying on aggressive interpretation of contract. Panel awarded client its counterclaim, fees and costs.

*Ives Co. v. Dominion Textile Mauritius, Inc.: Co-lead trial counsel in two-week arbitration between partners in Argentine joint venture. Claimant sought more than $50 million from client based on alleged breach of contract. Arbitrators denied claims and awarded our client its attorneys fees.

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Education
JD, Dean's List
Class of 1993

Fordham University School of Law (commonly known as Fordham Law or Fordham Law School) is a part of Fordham University in the United States. The School is located in the Borough of Manhattan in New York City, and is one of eight ABA-approved law schools in that city.

BA with Honors
Class of 1988

Since its founding in 1864, Swarthmore College has given students the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good. Offering a liberal arts and engineering curriculum, the College is private, yet open to all regardless of financial need. It is also decidedly global in outlook, drawing students from around the world and all 50 states. The diversity of perspectives represented by Swarthmore students, faculty, and staff - including different viewpoints, identities, and histories - contributes to the community's strong sense of open dialogue and engagement with ideas and issues. So much of what Swarthmore stands for, from its commitment to curricular breadth and rigor to its demonstrated interest in facilitating discovery and fostering social responsibility, lies in the quality and passion of its faculty. A student/faculty ratio of 8:1 ensures that students have close, meaningful engagement with their professors, preparing the former to translate the skills and understanding gained at Swarthmore into the mark they want to make on the world. The College's Honors program features small groups of dedicated and accomplished students working closely with faculty; an emphasis on independent learning; ongoing dialogue between students and their peers, teachers, and examiners; and an examination at the end of two years' study by outside scholars. Swarthmore's idyllic, 425-acre arboretum campus features rolling lawns, a creek, wooded hills, and hiking trails, and is located just 11 miles from Philadelphia.

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Fordham has developed a tradition of accomplished advocacy through the Moot Court Board, consistently fielding championship competition teams year after year. All first year students are introduced to appellate briefs and arguments as part of their Legal Writing Course. Many students follow this initial experience with voluntary participation in the Moot Court Program during their subsequent years at the school. Staff members of the Board are from students who have earned exceptionally high scores for brief writing and arguing in either of two intramural competitions. The Moot Court Editorial Board consists of forty four third and fourth year students who have been chosen as a result of outstanding performance in previous competitions and who have completed one year as a member of the Moot Court Board.

Career History
Partner
2014 - Current

Proskauer Rose LLP is a law firm in New York, NY. It offers corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, real estate transactions, bankruptcy and reorganizations, taxation, litigation, trusts and estates, intellectual property, and labor and employment law services. It serves the chemicals, entertainment, financial services, health care, hospitality, information technology, insurance, internet, manufacturing, media and communications, pharmaceuticals, real estate investment, sports, and transportation industries. The company was founded in 1875.

Partner
Prior - 2014

Kirkland & Ellis LLP provides legal services. The company counsels clients in complex litigation, corporate and tax, intellectual property and restructuring matters. The company was founded in 1909 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Clerk
1994 - 1995

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (in case citations, S.D.N.Y.) is a federal district court. Appeals from the Southern District of New York are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit). The Southern District is one of the most influential and active federal district courts in the United States, largely because of its jurisdiction over New York's major financial centers.

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Awards & Honors
1996
Admitted to the Illinois Bar
Admitted to Practice U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
Court Admission: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
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