Overview

Peter Santos has represented businesses for over twenty-five years in both commercial transactions and litigation. He previously was the law firm’s Managing Member of Professionals and in that role served as a senior member of the firm’s Management Team. He also previously served on the firm’s Board of Directors.

Peter’s practice focuses on representing companies of all sizes in various business-related matters including, when necessary, mediation, arbitration and litigation. Many of his clients are international companies operating in the U.S. Peter lived in London for three years where he worked with a broad range of international clients advising them on issues arising under American law.

Most recently, Peter has used his training and experience in Legal Project Management to develop solutions for clients using artificial intelligence to review non-disclosure agreements, commercial contracts, and terms and conditions of sale. Peter works closely with artificial intelligence solution provider LegalSifter. Peter and his team have successfully implemented several artificial intelligence projects using LegalSifter’s platform to increase efficiency and improve results in commercial contract review and negotiation. The firm is a Combined Intelligence Partner of LegalSifter. Peter holds a yellow belt certification in Lean – Six Sigma Process Mapping and Process Improvement.

Peter and his team regularly advise clients on commercial sales and financing arrangements. This can include the creation and operation of equipment leasing programs, cross border leasing arrangements, the negotiation of sales and distribution agreements with seller financing protections, development agreements, and licensing arrangements. They have also been engaged to provide substantive work on joint development agreements and cross border financing.

Peter practiced law at a large Pittsburgh based law firm before relocating in 2001 to open and manage its Charlotte office. In 2004, he joined Nexsen Pruet. From 2011 through 2014, he worked in London increasing his experience in international matters, including both international commercial transactions and international arbitration of disputes. For the past five years, he has been active in matters involving Chinese companies.

Peter began his practice as a general litigator. Now, resolving commercial disputes through negotiation, arbitration and litigation are just a part of Peter’s legal practice. For many years he handled the defense of asbestos lawsuits and brings years of experience personally handling and managing thousands of lawsuits across the U.S. In addition to over fifty different defendants, Peter represented a major industrial equipment manufacturer in all of their cases across the U.S. for ten years. When retained, the company had been sued in more than 20,000 cases in more than 20 states. When he left for England, Peter had reduced that number to less than 500.

Community & Professional

  • American Bar Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Representative, Mackrell International
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Allegheny County Bar Association

Outside Nexsen Pruet

Peter may be part fish and part bird.

He is an active scuba diver, and has spent time under water in most of the major seas and some of the best dive locations around the world.  This corresponds to Peter’s interest in traveling - he usually logs hundreds of thousands of miles a year flying for business and personal travel. Ask him about a recent trip, and he'll surely have one to tell you about.

Experience

Peter recently negotiated the successful resolution of an international arbitration matter that involved one of the largest powdered milk manufacturing facilities in the world.

He has also:

• Handled the resolution of disputes filed before various arbitration tribunals, both domestic and international, including the AAA, ICDR and the ICC.
• Successfully managed the defense of over twenty thousand toxic tort claims.
• Negotiated the resolution at various stages both before and after trial of more than fifty commercial disputes ranging in size from several hundred thousand dollars to tens of millions of dollars.
• Routinely advises clients on commercial transactions and issues arising in connection with them including contract negotiations, asset protection, and cross-border financing.
• Obtained a Preliminary Injunction prohibiting competitor from hacking into his client's computer system in a "bet the company" case.
• Successfully defended a nearly $2 million preference action in a well-known bankruptcy case. This included vacating a default judgment that had been entered prior to his retention.
• Represented a savings and loan institution in series of lender liability claims that resulted in the dismissal of all claims. The dismissal was affirmed by the Pennsylvania Superior Court.
• Served as lead bankruptcy counsel for a metropolitan county with a population in excess of one million.
• Admitted pro hac vice in more than 20 different jurisdictions.

Recognitions

  • Martindale-Hubbell "AV" Preeminent Peer Review Rated 
  • Previously a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer
  • Certified Legal Lean Sigma® and Project Management Yellow Belt

Media

Peter frequently speaks to employees of his clients on issues related to contract law including terms and conditions of sale and purchase and contract review and approval procedures.  His speaking engagements typically include, at least several times a year, customized training classes on commercial law for business people.   

Speaker, Association of Corporate Counsel Contracts Symposium, November 2013, “The Ps and Qs of Ts and Cs - Three Key Contract Provisions You Need When Trouble Comes: Warranty, Indemnification, Data Privacy.”

Videos/Podcasts

Admissions

  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
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