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Peter J. Pizzi

Peter J. Pizzi

Connell Foley LLP

New York, NY, USA


Peter J. Pizzi is the Managing Partner of the firm's New York office and is a business litigator with substantial experience in a broad range of subject areas. His practice focuses on business litigation, class action defense, internet and IP litigation, internal investigations, labor and employment law, and securities litigation.

Mr. Pizzi has handled matters on behalf of corporate clients in a broad array of industries, including aviation, pharmaceuticals, finance services, computer technology, cosmetics, industrial equipment, and food service and food processors. Within those industries, he is experienced with contract claims, tort actions, whistleblower and discrimination claims, securities and consumer class actions, shareholder derivative suits, minority shareholder disputes, and copyright and trademark actions.

The Board of Trial Attorney Certification of the Supreme Court of New Jersey designated Mr. Pizzi a Certified Civil Trial Attorney in 1998. He was recertified in 2006 and 2011.

He is a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section and Co-Chair of the Section’s Internet and Litigation Committee.

Mr. Pizzi regularly lectures at CLE programs, frequently writes on issues relating to technology law, and is often consulted by news media for insight regarding technology-related topics.

Honors and Awards:

  • "New Jersey's Top Rated Lawyers" as seen in Inside Jersey magazine
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers
  • Delbarton School Hall of Honor
  • Bowdoin College Presidential Award for Leadership in Bowdoin Alumni Schools and Interviewing Committee

Representative Experience:

  • Obtained summary judgment, before depositions, in a consumer class action against a chain of convenience stores alleging its beverage cups failed to deliver the quantity specified.
  • Obtained dismissal of consumer class action against fractional aviation company
  • Succeeded in obtaining withdrawal of third-party claims against multiple vendors joined by Goldman Sachs & Co. in a Fair Labor Standards Act class action
  • Counseled manufacturing client which successfully decertified union representing production employees
  • Obtained a preliminary injunction transferring sixteen domain names and four Twitter accounts on behalf of major New York area airport
  • Won the <quickchek.com> domain for client Quick Chek Corp.
  • In suit to collect payment for Chinese food products, won not only the full purchase price but also punitive damages for fraud and counsel fees as a discovery sanction
  • Won a federal jury trial representing a Sardinian pecorino cheese producer seeking to recover amounts due for shipments claimed by the defendant to be non-conforming
  • Represented defendants in Auction Rate Securities class action in the Southern District of New York
  • Obtained the withdrawal of claims against client in RICO litigation involving pricing practices in the food services industry which was recently certified as a class action
  • Advises the Audit Committee and Special Committee of a public company on compliance issues
  • Led a team performing an internal investigation of whistleblower claims by a former employee of a large insurance and financial services company
  • Defended a consumer class action which presented issues under the Class Action Fairness Act and a class-action waiver clause
  • Obtained dismissal of a Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower complaint
  • Obtained a favorable jury verdict defending a college professor’s claims of sex discrimination
  • Tried a favorable federal court jury verdict in an unfair competition case
  • Succeeded at trial in a minority shareholder’s squeeze-out lawsuit
  • Successfully represented corporate officers in securities class actions and related SEC investigations

Activities:

  • Speaker, "Information Technology Law Institute 2013: Privacy and Cybersecurity, Mobile Advertising, Digital Distribution, Social Media and the Third Industrial Revolution," Practicing Law Institute's Information Technology Law Institute, New York, NY (April 2013) and San Francisco, CA (May 2013)
  • Speaker, "Cutting Edge Technology Litigation Issues," Practicing Law Institute's 2012 Information Technology Law Institute; New York, NY (April 2012). The presentation is available here.
  • Speaker, "Nuts and Bolts of E-Discovery," New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (November 2010)
  • Speaker, "Limiting Your Risk from Lawsuits and Government Investigations," New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) Seminar: “HR101: An Employment Law and HR Primer” (March 2010)
  • Speaker, "Preventing Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace," New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) Seminar: “Hot Topics in Employment Law” (October 2009)
  • Moderator, “Strategies for Protecting Sports, Music and Publication Content on the Internet, Litigating against Domestic and Foreign Content Pirates” Panel, New York State Bar Association’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Spring Meeting (May 2009)
  • Speaker, “Web 2.0 Liability Risks,” New York State Bar Association's Commercial & Federal Litigation Section Spring Meeting (May 2008)
  • Speaker, "Litigation Issues in the Web 2.0 World," Practicing Law Institute's 2008 Information Technology Law Institute (March 2008)
  • Interviewed, Money Matters syndicated radio show on the RIM Patent Battle (2006)
  • Interviewed, Money Matters syndicated radio show on Grokster and the File-Sharing Conundrum (2005)
  • Panelist, "Ethical Issues Presented by Ex Parte Subpoenas To Unmask Anonymous Defendants," New York State Bar Association Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Spring Meeting (2004)
  • Panelist, "Privacy Issues in the E-Workplace: Individual Freedom of Speech vs. The Company's Right to Protect Itself," New Jersey ICLE Seminar (2001)
  • Panelist, "Cyber Smear" Litigation, Privacy, The Internet and the Workplace," New Jersey ICLE Labor Law Forum & Bench Bar Conference (2001)

Publications:

  • Author, “Litigation Proliferates Over The Streaming of Broadcast Television, NY Litigator, January 2014
  • Presentation, "Cutting Edge Technology Litigation Issues," Practicing Law Institute's 2012 Information Technology Law Institute; New York, NY (April 2012).
  • Author, "Where Cyber and Employment Law Intersect Risks for Management Abound," published in "Understanding Developments in Cyberspace Law: Leading Lawyers on Examining Privacy Issues" by Aspatore's "Inside the Minds" Series (June 2011)
  • Author, "Best Practices for Employers Choosing To Google Job Applicants," published in USLAW magazine (Fall/Winter 2010)
  • Author, "Reducing the Burden of Privilege Logs in ESI Productions," published in New Jersey Law Journal (May 2010)
  • Co-author, "ADAAA Fall Out: What Should Employers Do Now? 7 Steps to Prevent Lawsuit Risk and Exposure," published in USLAW magazine (Spring/Summer 2009)
  • Author, "Real World Litigation About Virtual Conduct," published in New Jersey Lawyer (December 2008)
  • Co-author, "A Primer on Net Neutrality" (November 2007)
  • Author, "Disloyal Employees," published in New York Law Journal (September 2006)
  • Author, "Google Image Search: Court Deals a Blow to Fair Use in Adult Site Litigation," published in New York Law Journal (May 2006)
  • Author, "Patent Injunctions: The Effect of the Public Interest in NTP v. RIM," published in New York Law Journal (March 2006)
  • Author, "The Google Book Project Takes Aim at Industry's Content Cache," published in New York Law Journal (January 2006)
  • "Grokster Means More Litigation For Tech Firms," published in New Jersey Law Journal (August 2005)
  • Author, "Employer Communication: E-Mail Can Compel Employees to Arbitrate Workplace Claims," published in New York Law Journal (July 2005)
  • Author, "Lessons from ‘Uncle Henry's’," published in New York Law Journal (May 2005)
  • Co-author, "Idea versus Expression: Copyright Claim for Industrial Parts Vexes the Third Circuit," published in New York Law Journal (February 2005)
  • Author, "Perfect 10 v. Google: Adult Web Site Challenges Search Engine on Image Hits," published in New York Law Journal (January 2005)
  • Author, "Sony v. Does: P2P Filesharing May Involve Protected Speech," published in New York Law Journal (October 2004)
  • Author, "Doe' Defendants: The RIAA's New Front in the Battle Against 'P2P' Filesharers," published in New York Law Journal (June 2004)
  • Co-author, "Strategies for Unmasking the 'Anonymous' Internet User," published in the New York State Bar Association's Commercial and Federal Litigation Section Newsletter (Spring 2004)
  • Author, "New Jersey's Conscientious Employee Protection Act Is Amended," published in The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (2004)
  • Author, "Record Company Lawsuits Explained--RIAA 'Doe' Lawsuits Seek to Unmask File-Sharers," published in New York Law Journal (2004)
  • Co-author, "OPTING IN: Congress Passes the Can-Spam Act of 2003" (2004)
  • Author, "Courts Balance First Amendment Interests in Lawsuits Aimed at Stopping 'Cybersmear’," published in The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (2002)
  • Author, "Grappling with 'Cybersmear'," published in New Jersey Law Journal (July 2001)
  • Author, "How to Respond to 'CyberSmear'," (2001)
  • Author, "Sons of Thunder v. Borden: State High Court Has No Faith in Contracts," published in The Legal Opinion Newsletter (October 1997)

Decisions:

  • Dr. Zhu Investment Trade Corp. v. Natural Food Import USA, Inc., 2012 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 1672 (N.J. App. Div. July 12, 2012)
  • DeFeo v. Quick Chek, 2012 WL 1617419 (Super.Ct May 4, 2012)
  • Haberkorn v. Marquis Jet Partners, Inc., 2011 WL 5822281 (S.D.N.Y. November 17, 2011)
  • Bartone v. NetJets Inc., 2011 BL 166821 (D.N.J. June 24, 2011)
  • Banville & Jones Wine Merchants, Inc. v. La Casa Del Ray S.A., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 41184 (April 26, 2010) (remand motion denied) and 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64310 (June 24, 2010) (motion to dismiss tort claims granted)
  • Black Sheep Television, Ltd. v. The Town of Islip, 2010 WL 4970766 (E.D.N.Y. 2010)
  • Town of Islip, New York v. Black sheep Television Ltd., National Arbitration Forum, Claim Number: FA1008001339861 (October 11, 2010) Petter Rindforth, Arbitration Panelist
  • Hettinger v. Kleinman, 733 F.Supp.2d 421 (S.D.N.Y. 2010)
  • Quick Chek Corp. v. Dynamo.com LLC, National Arbitration Forum, Claim Number: FA1006001329173 (July 14, 2010) Nelson A. Diaz, Arbitration Panelist
  • Torn Ranch, Inc. v. Sunrise Commodities, Inc., 2009 WL 2834787 (N.D.Cal.,September 03, 2009)
  • Duravest, Inc. v. Viscardi, A.G., 581 F.Supp.2d 628 (S.D.N.Y. October 7, 2008)
  • In Re Optionable Securities Litigation, 577 F.Supp.2d 681 (S.D.N.Y. 2008)
  • Luna v. Kemira Specialty Inc., 575 F.Supp.2d 1166 (CD Cal. 2008)
  • National Utility Service Inc. v. Huntsman Chemical Corporation, 70 F. Supp.2d 496 (D.N.J. 1999)
  • National Utility Service, Inc. v. Chesapeake Corporation, 45 F.Supp.2d 438 (D.N.J. 1999)
  • APC Commodity Corp. v. Ram Dis Ticaret, A.S., 965 F. Supp. 461 (S.D.N.Y. 1997)
  • NYT Cable TV v. Homestead at Mansfield, Inc., 543 A.2d 10 (N.J. 1988)
  • Direct Satellite Communications, Inc. v. Bd. of Publ. Util., 615 F. Supp. 1558 (D.N.J. 1985)

Practice Areas:

Class Action Defense
Intellectual Property
Commercial Litigation
Labor & Employment Law

Admitted to Practice: 

State of New Jersey
State of New York
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
State of Colorado
United States District Courts for the District of New Jersey
Eastern District of New York
Southern District of New York
District of Colorado
United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits

Education:

Fordham University School of Law (J.D., 1978)
Bowdoin College (A.B., Government, magna cum laude, 1975)

Affiliations:

American Bar Association
New York City Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
New Jersey State Bar Association
Essex County Bar Association

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