Peter A. Lauricella Partner

     

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Peter Lauricella is the regional managing partner of the Albany office and vice chair of the firm’s nationwide Commercial Litigation practice. He represents clients in a wide variety of complex commercial, contract and corporate litigation matters, including employer unfair competition claims involving non-compete agreements, trade secrets, trademarks, confidentiality agreements and business defamation, across the state and in other jurisdictions. Peter also is regularly retained to defend engineers and architects, accountants, financial professionals, and directors and officers in professional liability lawsuits. He has extensive experience with all phases of litigation in state, federal, administrative and bankruptcy courts, including trials and appeals. Further, Peter represents clients in corporate transactions, such as contracts, financing and governance. Although Peter is based in the firm’s Albany office, he represents clients in matters statewide and in federal courts across the country.

As chair of the firm’s Government Investigations & Contracts practice, Peter assists corporate clients in navigating the complex maze of business regulations, provides representation to companies that are the subject of government investigations initiated by state and federal regulatory agencies, and handles proceedings involving the award or denial of government contracts.

Peter achieves successful outcomes for clients through his strong work ethic and his commitment to being unfailingly accessible and responsive. His approach to litigation emphasizes meticulous preparation prior to trial to attain the best possible resolution regardless of complexity and challenge.

Areas of Focus

Commercial Litigation
Peter's practice focuses on complex commercial and breach of contract lawsuits; business partner and shareholder disputes; business dissolution proceedings; business defamation and unfair business practice claims; non-compete agreements; intellectual property matters; Lanham Act claims; Internet defamation and the improper use of websites; claims involving financial improprieties by companies; claims involving group self-insured workers’ compensation trusts; and real estate, construction and creditors’ rights matters. His background in corporate matters also includes drafting and reviewing contracts; handling leases and credit and security agreements; and counseling on corporate finance, UCC issues and secured transactions. In addition, Peter has acted as a mediator on complex commercial cases.

Professional Liability
Peter represents and defends engineers and architects in a wide variety of claims, including alleged design defects, improper drafting of specifications, improper construction site supervision, and general errors and omissions. He has handled such claims prior to litigation, in mediation and arbitration, and in litigation in state and federal courts. His professional liability experience also includes the representation of accountants, insurance agents and brokers, financial professionals, lawyers and directors and officers.

Government Investigations and Contracts
As a business litigator in New York’s Capital District, Peter often is called upon to represent companies that are being subjected to an investigation, complaint or claim by the Attorney General’s office or another state or federal regulatory agency, whether it be for alleged unfair business practices or corruption charges. In addition, Peter represents clients in proceedings to protest or defend government contract awards and provides counseling on the bidding process. He also has handled a number of government procurement matters outside of New York for a national client.

Professional/Community Activities
Peter is very active in the local community, having served on the boards of directors for several not-for-profit organizations and Chamber of Commerce committees. Until 2015, he served as chairman of the board of directors of his local YMCA, and in that same year received the Y’s “President’s Award,” the highest recognition for a volunteer. Currently, he is a director on the board of Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York. In 2011, the Albany County Bar Association selected Peter to serve on its Judicial Qualifications and Screening Committee, where Peter assists in interviewing and reviewing the qualifications of candidates running for state judgeships. In addition, Peter was appointed by the Albany County Legislature in 2007 to serve as vice chairman of the Albany County Ethics Commission, where he served for six years and, most recently, was selected by the Town Board of Bethlehem, NY, to serve on its Ethics Board. He formerly served on a citizens committee charged with developing a plan to manage the growth of an important local business corridor, and he has taught business and commercial law at a local business school.