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B.A. degree, Morgan State University; J.D. degree, Columbia University Law School
Peter Harvey is a past Attorney General of New Jersey and a former federal prosecutor. As such, Harvey has been a central player in civil and criminal trials, government investigations and consumer fraud matters for many years. A gifted trial lawyer, his nearly 30 years of courtroom experience includes significant commercial matters, frequently within the hospitality, pharmaceutical and entertainment/sports industries.
Harvey was nominated to serve as independent monitor for the Newark Police Department, responsible for overseeing the NPD’s compliance with a Consent Decree issued by the U.S. Department of Justice. He also currently represents corporations and individuals in business disputes throughout the nation. He has tried several major civil and criminal jury and non-jury cases in federal and state courts. He also conducts internal investigations for senior executives seeking to learn facts about employee misconduct or inappropriate business practices. Harvey also assists clients in navigating Grand Jury Subpoenas and government Civil Investigative Demands. He works with clients to develop strategies to achieve the client’s desired result, whether through trial, court decision or settlement.
Harvey is sought out for many areas of practice and industries such a litigation; white collar defense and investigations; media, entertainment and sports; structured finance litigation; state attorneys general; privacy and data security; insurance coverage practice; false claims act and whistleblower defense; securities and derivatives litigation; alternative dispute resolution; complex commercial actions; class action litigation; manufacturing and consumer products.
Some recent civil and criminal matters handled by Harvey include: representing the board of directors of a leading hospitality company in a shareholders’ derivative action in federal court over a series of security breaches; protecting a major energy company from “whistleblower” claims made under a false claims act; representing major pharmaceutical companies in Attorneys General investigations and suits brought under state consumer fraud statutes; extracting a target from a federal criminal tax fraud investigation; defending a commercial bank in contract litigation; shielding an Internet ticket company from an Attorney General’s consumer fraud suit; enforcing the rights of a management company in a contract dispute with a major recording artist; defending a corporation and individual against criminal Medicaid fraud charges; protecting the intellectual property rights of a major film director; assisting a major professional sports league and teams with employee conduct policies and related issues; and defending a major art dealer against breach of contract claims.
Harvey is a member, National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), past representative to the DOJ Executive Working Group on Prosecutorial Relations; chairman, NAAG Subcommittee on Gang Violence; chairman, NAAG Corporate Responsibility Securities Working Group; member, NAAG Task Force on Youth Access to Alcohol; member, Columbia Law School Public Interest/Public Service Council; National Bar Association; American Bar Association.
Harvey has received many honors, most notably “Distinguished Leader,” New Jersey Law Journal (2017); “Most Influential Black Lawyers,” Savoy Magazine (2015); “Private Practitioner of the Year” by the Metropolitan Black Bar Association of New York City (2012); “100 Most Influential Black Americans,” Ebony Magazine (2005); “Top Black Lawyers in America,” Black Enterprise Magazine (2004); New Jersey Law Journal’s “Lawyer of the Year” (2003); Recognized in Super Lawyers in the area of Business Litigation.
Harvey has been a presenter of “Diversity in Law Practice: Recent Legal Developments,” on the PLI Webcast (February 10, 2017) and “The ABC’s of AML: An Introduction to the Law of Anti-Money Laundering,” for the Association of Corporate Counsel Webcast (February 14, 2014).
He received a J.D. from Columbia Law School where he led the Human Rights Law Review, and a B.A. with honors, from Morgan State University. He is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha.