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Peter J. Boyer

Peter J. Boyer, a partner with the firm, is a commercial litigator and trial lawyer. For over 35 years he has handled matters in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate level and in arbitration and mediation proceedings.

Peter regularly represents businesses and individuals in litigation arising out of business and commercial transactions, including real estate development; leasing and title issues; employment issues; business torts; claims arising out of franchise relationships; statutory claims under federal and state RICO; consumer fraud and franchise protection statutes; claims relating to dissolution of partnerships and business entities; restrictive covenants and the protection of trade secrets and confidential business information and intellectual property, among others.

In addition to representing parties in litigation, Peter provides pre-litigation counseling to parties seeking to initiate or avoid litigation. He applies a business-oriented approach to the handling of litigation matters with the goal of achieving the client's business objectives.

Admitted to practice in state and federal courts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Peter is also a member of the bar of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the ABA Litigation Section's Business Torts and Unfair Competition Committee, a former vice chair and a former co-editor of the ABA Business Torts Journal. Peter was appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to serve on the District IV Ethics Committee and served as Chair of that Committee. He also served as a member of the Professional Guidance Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association.  In 2015, Peter was appointed to the New Jersey Disciplinary Review Board.

Peter is actively involved in civic and professional activities and associations. A long time supporter of the arts, Peter is currently a member of the Board of Singing City and served as President for two years. He is a former Co-chair of Corporate Partners for the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia and served as a member of the Mann's Board of Directors.

Peter regularly writes and lectures on topics relating to his litigation practice. He has spoken at conferences and continuing legal education seminars on the protection of trade secrets and confidential business information, the enforcement of post employment restraints on competition, electronic discovery practices and ethics and professional responsibility.  He is a Member of the American Law Institute and has received the “AV®” peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Peter is a graduate of Georgetown University of Law Center (J.D. 1977), where he was the Editor of the American Criminal Law Review, and the University of Pennsylvania (B.A. 1972).

Outside of work, Peter's interests include tennis, skiing, choral singing and cheering for Philadelphia sports teams.

Representative Matters

Represented US Pharmaceutical Company in litigation with academic research institution over intellectual property rights relating to use of proprietary compounds for treatment of autoimmune diseases. Cephalon, Inc. v. The Johns Hopkins University et al, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 14046 (Del. Ch. 2009)

Represented Saudi Petrochemical Company in federal court actions against a major US oil company, involving claims of breach of contract and fraud arising out of disputed intellectual property rights. Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Saudi Basic Indus. Corp., 2005 U.S. Dist. Lexis 22166 (D.N.J. 2005)

Secured Summary Judgment for Farm and Home Products Co-op Distributor dismissing claims under New Jersey Franchise Practices Act. Southern States Cooperative, Inc. v. Global AG Associates, 2008 U.S.Dist.Lexis 25858 (E.D.Pa.2008)

On trial team that successfully defended fraud and RICO claims in jury trial in U.S. District Court. Katz v. Food Sciences Corp et al, 2000 U.S.Dist. Lexis 10285, 2000 WL 1022986 (E.D.Pa. 2000). In related proceeding, successfully moved to dismiss subsequent claims for salary and other compensation. Katz v. Food Sciences, 2000 U.S.Dist. Lexis 12353, 2000 WL 1230491 (E.D.Pa. 2000)

Successfully defended lender liability claims in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland

Secured summary judgment defeating claims asserting bad faith denial of disability benefits. Wedemeyer v. United States Life Ins. Co., 2007 U.S.Dist. Lexis 15742 (E.D.Pa. 2007)

Secured injunction precluding sports trading company from using name and likeness of professional athlete. The Score Board, Inc. v. Upper Deck Co., 959 F.Supp. 234 (D.N.J. 1997)

Member of litigation team that successfully challenged constitutionality of PA Department of Revenue efforts to compel out of state mail order retailer to collect and pay over sales tax on mail order purchases. Bloomingdale's By Mail, Ltd. v. Commonwealth of Pa, Department of Revenue, 130 Pa. Cmwlth. 190, 567 A.2d 773 (1989); aff'd, 527 Pa. 347, 591 A.2d 1047 (1991)

Handled numerous matters involving post-employment restraints on competition and restrictive covenants

Reported Cases

Speaking Engagements

"Business Divorce: The Privately Held Business and Shareholder Relations," NJ ICLE, New Brunswick, NJ, 2011

"Records Management and E Discovery," Philadelphia, 2009

"What Were the Drafters Thinking? Commercial Litigators on Shareholder, Partnership and Operating Agreements," Philadelphia, 2007

"Pretrial Skills, Thinking on your Feet," Philadelphia, 2006

"Specialty Ethics in Pennsylvania: Professionalism, Substance Abuse and Elimination of Bias," Philadelphia, 2004

"Are Lenders Out of the Woods? Lender Liability in the New Millennium," Philadelphia, 2001

"New Jersey Federal Litigation Practice," Cherry Hill, 1999

Publications

"The $25 Million Question: What Laws Applies?" New Jersey Law Journal, March 2017

"The Common Interest Rule - A Forgotten Tool?New Jersey Law Journal, June 2016

"Preemption of Business Torts Under the Uniform Trade Secrets Act", ABA Business Torts Journal, Winter 2013

"To Litigate or to Arbitrate: That is (Sometimes) the Question," New Jersey Law Journal, November 2011

"The Arbitration of Consumer Unfair Trade Practices Claims," ABA Business Torts Journal, October 2011

"Commercial Foreclosures: The Other Side of the Foreclosure Wave," New Jersey Law Journal, January 2011

"Putting the Genie Back in the Bottle: Preserving Privilege for Documents Inadvertently Produced," ABA Business Torts Journal, Spring 2010

"Supreme Court Opens New Term: Pro Labor Decisions from a Pro Business Court," Human Resources Executive, October 2009

"Employee's Use of Company's Email System Constitutes Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege," Labor and Employment Alert, July 2006

Honors