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Peter Isajiw focuses on complex commercial and securities litigation, as well as regulatory investigations.

He represents corporations, financial institutions, directors, officers and other individuals in complex litigation involving business disputes, securities laws and regulations, fraud, tortious conduct, breach of contract, corporate governance and the fiduciary obligations of corporate directors. He also assists clients with regulatory enforcement matters and government investigations.

Peter has experience with electronic discovery and data privacy issues, which are essential areas of knowledge in modern litigation. He also devotes a significant amount of time to a variety of pro bono matters.

A frequent speaker and author, Peter has been recognized by Legal 500 U.S. as a Key Individual for securities and shareholder litigation in 2014–2016, and with a Recognition of Excellence in 2013. Super Lawyers has listed him as a top rated business litigation attorney in its 2014-2017 New York Metro editions. Both the New York Law Journal and Super Lawyers named him as a Rising Star in 2013.

Peter has also been honored with the 2015 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing for his article, “Cybersecurity Risks Reviewed: Directors and Officers Must Be Proactive and Prepared,” published in the Bloomberg BNA Corporate Accountability Report.

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Credentials

B.A. Sociology, Villanova University, honors program

J.D., Temple University, Dean's List

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

New Jersey

New York

State of New York, Supreme Court, Appelate Division, Third Judicial Department

Law Clerk, Honorable Yvette Kane, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

Empire State Counsel, New York State Bar Association, 2013-2014

Distinguished Legal Writing Award for “Cybersecurity Risks Reviewed” — Bloomberg BNA Corporate Accountability Report


Burton Awards, 2015

Key Individual: Securities and Shareholder Litigation


Legal 500 U.S., 2014–2016

Recognition of Excellence: Securities and Shareholder Litigation


Legal 500, 2013

"Terrific attention to detail and subject-matter knowledge."


Legal 500, 2013

Business, Securities and General litigation


Super Lawyers, New York Metro Edition, 2014–2015 and Business Edition, 2015

Rising Star


Super Lawyers, New York Metro Edition, 2013

Rising Star


New York Law Journal, 2013

Outstanding Service Award


The Legal Aide Society, 2011

Matters

Complex Commercial and Securities Litigation

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. in 26 class actions consolidated in the Southern District of New York claiming violations of Antitrust laws and the Commodity Exchange Act for alleged manipulation of gold and gold derivative prices, and six class actions making similar allegations concerning silver and silver derivatives.

The Special Committee of Directors exploring strategic bankruptcy alternatives for Digital Domain Media Group (DDMG), a digital effects provider responsible for visuals in movies including “Iron Man 3,” the “Transformers” and “Titanic” and for creating virtual performers such as the “Hologram Tupac” at the 2012 Coachella festival.

The Outside Directors of DDMG in a Section 11 securities class action and multiple state court matters alleging negligent misrepresentation, aiding and abetting fraud, and civil conspiracy, arising from purported misstatements concerning DDMG’s financial condition.

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Complex Commercial and Securities Litigation

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. in 26 class actions consolidated in the Southern District of New York claiming violations of Antitrust laws and the Commodity Exchange Act for alleged manipulation of gold and gold derivative prices, and six class actions making similar allegations concerning silver and silver derivatives.

The Special Committee of Directors exploring strategic bankruptcy alternatives for Digital Domain Media Group (DDMG), a digital effects provider responsible for visuals in movies including “Iron Man 3,” the “Transformers” and “Titanic” and for creating virtual performers such as the “Hologram Tupac” at the 2012 Coachella festival.

The Outside Directors of DDMG in a Section 11 securities class action and multiple state court matters alleging negligent misrepresentation, aiding and abetting fraud, and civil conspiracy, arising from purported misstatements concerning DDMG’s financial condition.

The CEO and Chairman of KIT digital Inc., a premium video management software provider, in a federal securities class action and several shareholder derivative suits stemming from financial restatements and disclosures of material weaknesses in the company’s internal controls over financial reporting.

The Home Depot in multiple putative class action complaints alleging violations of the Consumer Protection Acts of various states as well as violations of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. in multiple lawsuits against leading prime brokers alleging, among other claims, unlawful securities market manipulation, state RICO and federal antitrust law violations in connection with purportedly illegal “naked short selling” practices.

MBIA Insurance Corp. in connection with a New York State Court action for fraud and breach of contract related to financial guaranty insurance policies issued for multi-billion dollar residential mortgage-backed securitizations sponsored by Residential Funding Corp.

The United States Treasury Department Presidential Auto Task Force in connection with the Chrysler bankruptcy proceedings.

Omnicare, Inc., the nation’s leading pharmaceutical care provider to the elderly, in the enforcement of a multi-million dollar contractual guarantee.

Charming Shoppes Inc., a leading multi-channel specialty women’s apparel retailer, in an action seeking to enjoin several hedge funds from violating various Securities Exchange and Clayton Act provisions in connection with a proxy contest.

The former Director of Investor Relations of Abercrombie & Fitch in a federal securities law class action alleging, among other things, selective disclosure of same-store-sales results to favored analysts.

Bank of America in multiple Enron-related lawsuits.

Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, UBS Securities, CS First Boston, Bank of America Securities, CIBC World Markets, Goldman Sachs and Salomon Smith Barney in a federal securities law class action against the underwriters of securities offerings in excess of $3 billion issued by The Williams Companies.

Regulatory Enforcement and Government Investigations

A major broker-dealer with multiple FINRA investigations related to the Market Access Rule (SEA Rule 15c3-5).

A major broker-dealer with FINRA investigations related to the Customer Protection Rule (SEA Rule 15c3-3).

A major international financial institution with a FINRA investigation concerning alleged rule violations related to certain prime brokerage activities.

A major international financial institution in connection with a CFTC non-competitive trading investigations.

A major international financial institution in connection with a CFTC investigation concerning certain Credit Default Swaps.

A major international financial institution and two individuals in a joint investigation by the FBI and SEC concerning the alleged improper use of “stock loan finders” in securities lending transactions.

A large retail mortgage lender in an SEC investigation related to the subprime mortgage crisis.

Pro Bono

A federal death row inmate in post-conviction proceedings for a new trial based on multiple constitutional errors. Peter’s work on this matter was featured in the 2009 American Lawyer Pro Bono 100 project and nominated for the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Representation Project’s Exceptional Service Award.

An unmarried woman who was fired because she chose to live with her boyfriend in violation North Carolina’s anti-cohabitation law. The law was declared unconstitutional because it violated the liberty rights established by the Supreme Court’s landmark decision, Lawrence v. Texas. As one of the first applications of Lawrence, Peter’s work was covered by The New York Times, BBC, CNN, Colbert Report and other international news outlets.

Working with Kids in Need of Defense (“KIND”), secured Special Immigration Juvenile Status in the U.S. for 3 children who entered the US immigration system without parents or guardians.

Assisted a low-income immigrant victim of domestic violence with minimal English-speaking abilities obtain legal status under the Violence Against Women Act.

Secured asylum for a woman facing severe political persecution in her home land of Moldova.

Matters

Complex Commercial and Securities Litigation

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. in 26 class actions consolidated in the Southern District of New York claiming violations of Antitrust laws and the Commodity Exchange Act for alleged manipulation of gold and gold derivative prices, and six class actions making similar allegations concerning silver and silver derivatives.

The Special Committee of Directors exploring strategic bankruptcy alternatives for Digital Domain Media Group (DDMG), a digital effects provider responsible for visuals in movies including “Iron Man 3,” the “Transformers” and “Titanic” and for creating virtual performers such as the “Hologram Tupac” at the 2012 Coachella festival.

The Outside Directors of DDMG in a Section 11 securities class action and multiple state court matters alleging negligent misrepresentation, aiding and abetting fraud, and civil conspiracy, arising from purported misstatements concerning DDMG’s financial condition.

See more
Icon close

Close

Matters

Complex Commercial and Securities Litigation

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. in 26 class actions consolidated in the Southern District of New York claiming violations of Antitrust laws and the Commodity Exchange Act for alleged manipulation of gold and gold derivative prices, and six class actions making similar allegations concerning silver and silver derivatives.

The Special Committee of Directors exploring strategic bankruptcy alternatives for Digital Domain Media Group (DDMG), a digital effects provider responsible for visuals in movies including “Iron Man 3,” the “Transformers” and “Titanic” and for creating virtual performers such as the “Hologram Tupac” at the 2012 Coachella festival.

The Outside Directors of DDMG in a Section 11 securities class action and multiple state court matters alleging negligent misrepresentation, aiding and abetting fraud, and civil conspiracy, arising from purported misstatements concerning DDMG’s financial condition.

The CEO and Chairman of KIT digital Inc., a premium video management software provider, in a federal securities class action and several shareholder derivative suits stemming from financial restatements and disclosures of material weaknesses in the company’s internal controls over financial reporting.

The Home Depot in multiple putative class action complaints alleging violations of the Consumer Protection Acts of various states as well as violations of the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. in multiple lawsuits against leading prime brokers alleging, among other claims, unlawful securities market manipulation, state RICO and federal antitrust law violations in connection with purportedly illegal “naked short selling” practices.

MBIA Insurance Corp. in connection with a New York State Court action for fraud and breach of contract related to financial guaranty insurance policies issued for multi-billion dollar residential mortgage-backed securitizations sponsored by Residential Funding Corp.

The United States Treasury Department Presidential Auto Task Force in connection with the Chrysler bankruptcy proceedings.

Omnicare, Inc., the nation’s leading pharmaceutical care provider to the elderly, in the enforcement of a multi-million dollar contractual guarantee.

Charming Shoppes Inc., a leading multi-channel specialty women’s apparel retailer, in an action seeking to enjoin several hedge funds from violating various Securities Exchange and Clayton Act provisions in connection with a proxy contest.

The former Director of Investor Relations of Abercrombie & Fitch in a federal securities law class action alleging, among other things, selective disclosure of same-store-sales results to favored analysts.

Bank of America in multiple Enron-related lawsuits.

Merrill Lynch, Lehman Brothers, UBS Securities, CS First Boston, Bank of America Securities, CIBC World Markets, Goldman Sachs and Salomon Smith Barney in a federal securities law class action against the underwriters of securities offerings in excess of $3 billion issued by The Williams Companies.

Regulatory Enforcement and Government Investigations

A major broker-dealer with multiple FINRA investigations related to the Market Access Rule (SEA Rule 15c3-5).

A major broker-dealer with FINRA investigations related to the Customer Protection Rule (SEA Rule 15c3-3).

A major international financial institution with a FINRA investigation concerning alleged rule violations related to certain prime brokerage activities.

A major international financial institution in connection with a CFTC non-competitive trading investigations.

A major international financial institution in connection with a CFTC investigation concerning certain Credit Default Swaps.

A major international financial institution and two individuals in a joint investigation by the FBI and SEC concerning the alleged improper use of “stock loan finders” in securities lending transactions.

A large retail mortgage lender in an SEC investigation related to the subprime mortgage crisis.

Pro Bono

A federal death row inmate in post-conviction proceedings for a new trial based on multiple constitutional errors. Peter’s work on this matter was featured in the 2009 American Lawyer Pro Bono 100 project and nominated for the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Representation Project’s Exceptional Service Award.

An unmarried woman who was fired because she chose to live with her boyfriend in violation North Carolina’s anti-cohabitation law. The law was declared unconstitutional because it violated the liberty rights established by the Supreme Court’s landmark decision, Lawrence v. Texas. As one of the first applications of Lawrence, Peter’s work was covered by The New York Times, BBC, CNN, Colbert Report and other international news outlets.

Working with Kids in Need of Defense (“KIND”), secured Special Immigration Juvenile Status in the U.S. for 3 children who entered the US immigration system without parents or guardians.

Assisted a low-income immigrant victim of domestic violence with minimal English-speaking abilities obtain legal status under the Violence Against Women Act.

Secured asylum for a woman facing severe political persecution in her home land of Moldova.

Credentials

B.A. Sociology, Villanova University, honors program

J.D., Temple University, Dean's List

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

New Jersey

New York

State of New York, Supreme Court, Appelate Division, Third Judicial Department

Law Clerk, Honorable Yvette Kane, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

Empire State Counsel, New York State Bar Association, 2013-2014

Distinguished Legal Writing Award for “Cybersecurity Risks Reviewed” — Bloomberg BNA Corporate Accountability Report


Burton Awards, 2015

Key Individual: Securities and Shareholder Litigation


Legal 500 U.S., 2014–2016

Recognition of Excellence: Securities and Shareholder Litigation


Legal 500, 2013

"Terrific attention to detail and subject-matter knowledge."


Legal 500, 2013

Business, Securities and General litigation


Super Lawyers, New York Metro Edition, 2014–2015 and Business Edition, 2015

Rising Star


Super Lawyers, New York Metro Edition, 2013

Rising Star


New York Law Journal, 2013

Outstanding Service Award


The Legal Aide Society, 2011