Peter Guirguis

Sr. Associate

Fulbright & Jaworski LLP

Peter Guirguis

New York

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Peter Guirguis joined the New York office in 2008.  Peter has broad experience advising clients and litigating a wide variety of domestic and international matters involving complex contractual disputes, financial reporting, corporate control and governance, executive compensation and employment, bankruptcy, energy, real estate construction and financing.  

Peter focuses his practice at the intersection of law and technology, often advising clients in highly technical industries and using the latest technologies to reduce clients' legal costs and risks.  These interests often lead to representations involving intellectual property matters, including patent and trademark disputes, product development issues, unfair competition and restrictive covenants.  

Clients and colleagues rely on Peter for his practical advice and negotiation skills.  Peter has represented diverse clients, from individuals to major financial institutions, international manufacturers and retailers, and numerous software and technology companies.  

Peter has also advised clients in a wide variety of investigatory, regulatory and enforcement matters.  He has conducted internal investigations and participated in civil, criminal and regulatory proceedings with respect to a wide variety of regulatory issues including investigations and civil actions by the USAO, SEC, FTC, FCC, EPA, DEC, DEP, state attorney general offices, and investigations by foreign regulatory authorities. 

Peter served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Kevin T. Duffy in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and has substantial experience in federal and state courts around the country as well as arbitral forums in the Unites States and abroad.

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  • Education

    2002 - J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School
    1999 - B.A., honors, Philosophy, minor Biology, New York University

    While in law school, Peter was a Keedy Cup Moot Court finalist and two-time regional semi-finalist in the national mock trial competition. He was a James Wilson Scholar and also received the James J. Manderino Award for outstanding trial advocacy from the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association in connection with his advocacy as a student attorney in Pennsylvania's state and federal courts.  While in college, Peter was ranked as the best debater in the nation by the American Parliamentary Debate Association.   
  • Representative experience

     

    Business and Intellectual Property Disputes

    • Represent part-owner of investment firm in disputes over ownership and proprietary trading technologies. 
    • Represent Canadian investment marketer in dispute against South American fund in connection with fee owed for arrangement of substantial investment.
    • Represent bank on behalf of investors in consolidated litigation regarding leveraged buyout.   
    • Represent manufacturing company against allegations of failure to develop product per contractual requirements and unfair competition.
    • Advise luxury goods retailer regarding customs requirements and disputes with distributors in various countries.
    • Represent major supermarket chain with respect to property-related disputes.
    • Represent major telecommunications company as creditor against bankrupt bank.
    • Represent major food and beverage manufacturer in judgment enforcement proceedings involving foreign subsidiaries.
    • Represent international manufacturers and retailers in trademark enforcement matters; successfully obtained name changes of numerous businesses.
    • Represent administrators of professional licensing examination defending challenge to application of exam prerequisites.
    • Represent several parties in different matters resisting and attempting to compel arbitrations in various fora.
    • Represent client alleged to have sent defamatory letters around the world regarding a business dispute; successfully avoided any claims. 
    • Represented software company alleging that trade secrets had been stolen by a competitor; successfully negotiated settlement following arbitration.
    • Represented financial services technology firm against allegations by publishing company, that it had stolen trade secrets and engaged in unfair competition; obtained settlement with no liability and obtained significant sanctions and penalties assessed against plaintiff and its counsel.
    • Represented major Canadian pharmaceutical company pursuing claims against former employees based on theft of trade secrets, violations of restrictive covenants and unfair competition; used then-novel approach to gain federal jurisdiction through the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
    • Represented hedge fund in contract dispute with foreign satellite operator in connection with political exclusions. 
    • Represented and advised UK investment bank and Luxembourg asset fund in litigation in parallel litigations in English courts, Utah state and federal courts arising from disputes over ownership of technology and investments in a US technology company; obtained anti-suit injunction and dismissal of actions on grounds of forum non conveniens.
    • Advised foreign financial institution in connection with a multi-billion dollar portfolio of subprime mortgage instruments.
    • Represented hedge fund in enforcement of foreign judgment; successfully enforced judgment.
    • Advised numerous clients of litigation risks in connection with mergers and acquisitions. 
    • Represented individual accused of wrongfully claiming ownership of foreign company; successfully obtained a jury verdict for violations of the Alien Tort Statute and Torture Victim Protection Act.   
    • Represented owner of radio stations from a claim under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act; successfully obtained Sixth Circuit affirmance of dismissal of claims.
    • Advised telecommunications company with respect to FCC investigation of potential violations and regarding Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP).  
    • Advised securities holders with respect  to potential rights against issuer based on statements in prospectus.
    • Advised manufacturer with respect to potential intellectual property claims by the Recording Industry Association of America.
    • Drafted and filed successful objection to the "free and clear" sale of Nortel's patent portfolio on behalf of AT&T; numerous third parties joined in briefing  and conditions were attached to sale.  

    Regulatory and Investigative Matters

    • Representing several companies and individuals alleged to have violated the Telemarketing Sales Rule and FTC Act; successfully resisted government attempt to immediately put all companies in receivership and negotiated consent order permitting certain clients to continue in business. 
    • Represented employees of major investment firm in SEC investigation of alleged violations of securities law; avoided any criminal prosecution or civil penalties.     
    • Represented audit committee of hospital consortium with respect to financial reporting and alleged billing fraud.   
    • Represented high-level executive of a major international insurance company investigated for improper financial accounting; avoided any criminal prosecution or civil penalties.  
    • Represented government employees being investigated by EPA, DEC and DEP in connection with clean water act violations and alleged cover-up; avoided any criminal prosecution or civil penalties.
    • Represent major manufacturing company in investigation of death of user; avoided any criminal prosecution or civil penalties.
    • Represented international company accused of FCPA violations; avoided any criminal prosecution or civil penalties.  
  • Professional activities
    • New York State Bar Association
    • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
    • Federal Bar Council
    • New York American Inn of Court
    • American Bar Association International Section
    • Vice-Chair, Young Lawyers' Interest Network
  • Professional honors
    • Rising Star  - New York Law Journal (2013)
    • New York Metro Rising Star - business litigation, Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters (2011 - 2014)
  • Licenses
    • New York State Bar License