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Peter G. Farrell

Peter G. Farrell

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


Peter G. 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 practice exclusively in federal court and defend the City of New York and its municipal employees against individual and class actions brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983 alleging violations of the United States Constitution and state law.

Mr. Farrell’s management responsibilities as Deputy Chief include the oversight of the Division’s more than 100 attorneys with whom he meets regularly to assess the merits and decide the appropriate litigation strategy for every case within the Division.  

In addition to his management responsibilities, Mr. Farrell has led the City’s defense for the past several years of three cases brought in the district courts of New York and New Jersey that alleged the NYPD had a policy of conducting unlawful surveillance and investigations based upon religion.  Handschu v. Special Services Division and Raza v. City of New York were successfully resolved in 2017 after a fairness hearing and included revisions to the NYPD’s guidelines that govern counter-terrorism investigations and the New Jersey case, Hassan v. City of New York, was settled in 2018.

Mr. Farrell 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 (“RNC”).  As part of that litigation, he successfully argued that the City’s “no summons” policy at RNC protests met the strict scrutiny standard of review and the policy was deemed constitutional.  In addition, the City prevailed on its assertion of the law enforcement privilege over confidential intelligence documents and created leading 2d Circuit precedent on the law enforcement privilege. In Re City of New York, 607 F.3d 923 (2d Cir. 2010). 

Mr. Farrell was also one of the attorneys who successfully defended at trial the NYPD’s policy of conducting random bag searches when entering the NYC subway in the case of MacWade v. City of New York.  He has also successfully defended at trial cases asserting claims of false arrest and excessive force against individual police officers. 

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 Municipal Liability: Focus on Municipal Custom and Practice – A Discussion - 35th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Thursday, October 25, 2018
Demonstrative Evidence in Actions Against Law Enforcement - 35th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Thursday, October 25, 2018
Supervisory Liability - 35th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Thursday, October 25, 2018
Qualified Immunity: An In-Depth Analysis - 35th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Thursday, October 25, 2018
Claims Against Law Enforcement Officers: Arrests, Force, Searches and Speech - 35th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Thursday, October 25, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Demonstrative Evidence in Actions Against Law Enforcement - Demonstrative Evidence in Actions Against Law Enforcement, Thursday, October 25, 2018
Qualified Immunity: An In-Depth Analysis - Qualified Immunity: An In-Depth Analysis, Thursday, October 25, 2018
Municipal Liability: Focus on Municipal Custom and Practice – A Discussion - Municipal Liability: Focus on Municipal Custom and Practice – A Discussion, Thursday, October 25, 2018
Claims Against Law Enforcement Officers: Arrests, Force, Searches and Speech - Claims Against Law Enforcement Officers: Arrests, Force, Searches and Speech, Thursday, October 25, 2018
Supervisory Liability - Supervisory Liability, Thursday, October 25, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Claims Against Law Enforcement Officers: Arrests, Force, Searches and Speech - Claims Against Law Enforcement Officers: Arrests, Force, Searches and Speech, Thursday, October 25, 2018
Municipal Liability: Focus on Municipal Custom and Practice – A Discussion - Municipal Liability: Focus on Municipal Custom and Practice – A Discussion, Thursday, October 25, 2018
Qualified Immunity: An In-Depth Analysis - Qualified Immunity: An In-Depth Analysis, Thursday, October 25, 2018
Demonstrative Evidence in Actions Against Law Enforcement - Demonstrative Evidence in Actions Against Law Enforcement, Thursday, October 25, 2018
Supervisory Liability - Supervisory Liability, Thursday, October 25, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs 35th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Thursday, November 01, 2018, New York, NY
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