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Peter G. Farrell

New York City Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel
Deputy Chief, Special Federal Litigation Division
New York, NY, USA


Peter Farrell is employed by the New York City Law Department as a Deputy Chief of the Special Federal Litigation Division.   Mr. Farrell and the Division defend the City of New York and its municipal employees in federal court against individual and class action lawsuits brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983 alleging violations of the United States Constitution and pendent state law claims.

In addition to his management responsibilities in assisting in the oversight of the Division’s more than 100 attorneys, Mr. Farrell recently received a defense verdict in a six day jury trial in the Southern District of New York defending individual police officers against claims of false arrest and excessive force.  He also has been leading the City’s defense in several cases including Handschu v. Special Services Division against claims that the NYPD conducts unlawful surveillance based solely upon religion in its counter-terrorism efforts.  He previously supervised and led the City’s defense in over one-hundred individual and class action cases arising out of arrests of protesters during the 2004 Republican National Convention and was on the trial team that successfully defended the challenge to the New York City subway bag search program in MacWade v. City of New York.

Mr. Farrell graduated cum laude from the SUNY Buffalo Law School in 1990 where he was a member of the Buffalo Law Review and began his career at Lord Day and Lord, Barrett Smith and subsequently worked at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP before moving to the NYC Law Department in 2002.

Peter G. Farrell is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Section 1988 Attorney's Fees in Federal Civil Rights Lawsuits: A Discussion - 33rd Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Friday, September 30, 2016
Section 1983 Litigation: Qualified Immunity in Excessive Force Cases - 33rd Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Friday, September 30, 2016
Section 1983 Litigation: Fabrication of Evidence Claims and Immunity Defenses - 33rd Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Friday, September 30, 2016
The Law of Section 1983: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going? - 33rd Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Friday, September 30, 2016
Section 1983 Litigation: Abuse of State Power -- When Is It State Action? - 33rd Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Friday, September 30, 2016
Supreme Court Review, October 2015 Term: Important Decisions for Section 1983 Litigators - 33rd Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Friday, September 30, 2016
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Section 1983 Litigation: Fabrication of Evidence Claims and Immunity Defenses - Section 1983 Litigation: Fabrication of Evidence Claims and Immunity Defenses, Friday, September 30, 2016
Section 1983 Litigation: Abuse of State Power -- When Is It State Action? - Section 1983 Litigation: Abuse of State Power -- When Is It State Action?, Friday, September 30, 2016
The Law of Section 1983: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going? - The Law of Section 1983: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?, Friday, September 30, 2016
Section 1988 Attorney's Fees in Federal Civil Rights Lawsuits: A Discussion - Section 1988 Attorney's Fees in Federal Civil Rights Lawsuits: A Discussion, Friday, September 30, 2016
Supreme Court Review, October 2015 Term: Important Decisions for Section 1983 Litigators - Supreme Court Review, October 2015 Term: Important Decisions for Section 1983 Litigators, Friday, September 30, 2016
Section 1983 Litigation: Qualified Immunity in Excessive Force Cases - Section 1983 Litigation: Qualified Immunity in Excessive Force Cases, Friday, September 30, 2016
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg The Law of Section 1983: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going? - The Law of Section 1983: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?, Friday, September 30, 2016
Section 1983 Litigation: Fabrication of Evidence Claims and Immunity Defenses - Section 1983 Litigation: Fabrication of Evidence Claims and Immunity Defenses, Friday, September 30, 2016
Section 1983 Litigation: Qualified Immunity in Excessive Force Cases - Section 1983 Litigation: Qualified Immunity in Excessive Force Cases, Friday, September 30, 2016
Section 1988 Attorney's Fees in Federal Civil Rights Lawsuits: A Discussion - Section 1988 Attorney's Fees in Federal Civil Rights Lawsuits: A Discussion, Friday, September 30, 2016
Supreme Court Review, October 2015 Term: Important Decisions for Section 1983 Litigators - Supreme Court Review, October 2015 Term: Important Decisions for Section 1983 Litigators, Friday, September 30, 2016
Section 1983 Litigation: Abuse of State Power -- When Is It State Action? - Section 1983 Litigation: Abuse of State Power -- When Is It State Action?, Friday, September 30, 2016
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs 33rd Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Wednesday, October 05, 2016, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast 34th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Thursday, October 26, 2017, New York, NY
Pro Bono  Pro Bono 34th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Thursday, October 26, 2017, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web 34th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Thursday, October 26, 2017, Atlanta, GA
34th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Thursday, October 26, 2017, New Brunswick , NJ
34th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Thursday, October 26, 2017, Cleveland, OH
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