Peter B. Allport focuses his practice on representing clients in trust and estate litigation, other fiduciary litigation, as well as other complex commercial litigation.
Peter represents trustees, executors, and other fiduciaries in cases involving allegations of breaches of fiduciary duty, will contests, trust contests, and other types of trust and estate litigation. Peter has also represented trust beneficiaries in cases involving breaches of fiduciary duty as well as will and trust construction and reformation suits.
Peter also represents public companies, private companies, and their directors and officers in defending breach of fiduciary duty claims arising out of, among other things, mergers and acquisitions, the sale of corporate assets, alleged accounting irregularities, alleged self-dealing transactions, and the alleged waste of corporate assets.
In addition, Peter has defended clients in a variety of class actions, including consumer fraud, product liability, securities, and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) class actions. He has obtained dismissals of class allegations and defeated motions for class certification in federal and state courts around the country.
Previously, Peter served as a law clerk to the Honorable Virginia M. Kendall, US District Court Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.
Represented the beneficiaries of various multi-million dollar trusts in bringing claims against the trustee for breaches of fiduciary duty that resulted in favorable settlements
Represents a major trust company in a declaratory judgment action involving claims arising under the Illinois Trusts and Trustees Act with respect to a trustee’s duty to account
Represents the trustee of an employee stock ownership plan in a case involving allegations of breaches of fiduciary duty
Defeated motion for class certification, obtained disqualification of plaintiffs’ retained expert witness and obtained summary judgment for James Hardie Building Products Inc. on claims brought by thirteen plaintiffs in case where plaintiffs alleged that fiber-cement home-siding product possessed an alleged defect that led to premature deterioration of the siding
Represents a manufacturer of asphalt roofing shingles in a multi-district litigation proceeding where plaintiffs have asserted claims for breach of warranty and consumer fraud under the laws of seven states
Represents a manufacturer of asphalt roofing shingles in a case filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania where plaintiffs have asserted claims for breach of warranty and consumer fraud
Obtained complete dismissal of breach of fiduciary duty and class claims brought against the directors of a major travel company in a shareholder derivative and class action case
Represented the former CFO of a Fortune 500 company in several securities and fiduciary related actions, including a derivative case, a securities class action, and in a case brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission that all resulted in favorable settlements
Obtained a multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of a parent holding company in a case where the holding company asserted claims for breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract against an officer of a subsidiary arising out of improprieties that occurred in connection with an asset sale
Represented former officers of a commodity pool operator and commodity trading advisor in an action brought by a court-appointed receiver concerning alleged breaches of fiduciary duty that resulted in a favorable settlement
Represented a criminal defendant in appealing and successfully obtaining the reversal and remand of a criminal conviction after arguing the appeal before the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Obtained a finding on behalf of an individual convicted of various federal crimes, after an evidentiary hearing, that the individual had received ineffective assistance from his trial counsel
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