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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 Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation (34th Annual) - Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation (34th Annual), Friday, October 27, 2017
Evidence Developments in Section 1983 Litigation - Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation (34th Annual), Friday, October 27, 2017
Section 1983 Malicious Prosecution – The Claim and Defenses - Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation (34th Annual), Friday, October 27, 2017
Anatomy of a Section 1983 Wrongful Conviction Case (Newton v. City of New York) - Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation (34th Annual), Friday, October 27, 2017
Municipal Liability: Municipal Policies and Practices (Including Interplay between State and Local law) - Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation (34th Annual), Friday, October 27, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Municipal Liability: Municipal Policies and Practices (Including Interplay between State and Local law) - Municipal Liability: Municipal Policies and Practices (Including Interplay between State and Local law), Friday, October 27, 2017
Supreme Court Review of Section 1983 Decisions - Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation (34th Annual), Friday, October 27, 2017
Evidence Developments in Section 1983 Litigation - Evidence Developments in Section 1983 Litigation, Friday, October 27, 2017
Section 1983 Malicious Prosecution – The Claim and Defenses - Section 1983 Malicious Prosecution – The Claim and Defenses, Friday, October 27, 2017
Anatomy of a Section 1983 Wrongful Conviction Case (Newton v. City of New York) - Anatomy of a Section 1983 Wrongful Conviction Case (Newton v. City of New York), Friday, October 27, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts Evidence Developments in Section 1983 Litigation - Evidence Developments in Section 1983 Litigation, Friday, October 27, 2017
Municipal Liability: Municipal Policies and Practices (Including Interplay between State and Local law) - Municipal Liability: Municipal Policies and Practices (Including Interplay between State and Local law), Friday, October 27, 2017
Anatomy of a Section 1983 Wrongful Conviction Case (Newton v. City of New York) - Anatomy of a Section 1983 Wrongful Conviction Case (Newton v. City of New York), Friday, October 27, 2017
Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation (34th Annual) - Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation (34th Annual), Friday, October 27, 2017
Section 1983 Malicious Prosecution – The Claim and Defenses - Section 1983 Malicious Prosecution – The Claim and Defenses, Friday, October 27, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Anatomy of a Section 1983 Wrongful Conviction Case (Newton v. City of New York) - Anatomy of a Section 1983 Wrongful Conviction Case (Newton v. City of New York), Friday, October 27, 2017
Section 1983 Malicious Prosecution – The Claim and Defenses - Section 1983 Malicious Prosecution – The Claim and Defenses, Friday, October 27, 2017
Evidence Developments in Section 1983 Litigation - Evidence Developments in Section 1983 Litigation, Friday, October 27, 2017
Municipal Liability: Municipal Policies and Practices (Including Interplay between State and Local law) - Municipal Liability: Municipal Policies and Practices (Including Interplay between State and Local law), Friday, October 27, 2017
Supreme Court Review of Section 1983 Decisions - Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation (34th Annual), Friday, October 27, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation (34th Annual), Thursday, November 09, 2017, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast 35th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Thursday, October 25, 2018, New York, NY
Pro Bono  Pro Bono 35th Annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, Thursday, October 25, 2018, New York, NY
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