In her 37-year career, Peg has served as first chair trial and appellate counsel in state and federal courts in over 30 jurisdictions. Her work has spanned antitrust, commercial, class action, environmental, insurance, mass tort, product liability and reinsurance disputes. Peg has taken numerous cases to verdict/judgment before juries, judges and arbitration tribunals. Many of her cases have involved high-profile public policy issues from the Agent Orange litigation in the 1980s, environmental and Superfund litigation involving such notorious sites as Love Canal and the Hudson River in the 1990s, to sexual abuse, 9/11 and antitrust litigation in the 21st Century.
Peg is recognized as a leading national trial lawyer in a number of highly regarded legal directories and industry publications. She has been described as “an intimidating figure” “knowledgeable, assertive and in tune with clients’ needs.” She “excels at complex litigation and arbitration” and “has a reputation for being a hard-nosed, no nonsense and smart litigator.”
She has counseled numerous senior executives and boards of insurance entities on an array of business opportunities and exposures.
Peg and her team received The Financial Times 2012 US Innovative Lawyers Award for work resolving 9/11 litigation. She is a member of McDermott’s Management Committee.
Lead trial counsel for plaintiff trade association in a two-week federal jury trial involving a nationwide retirement program for municipal workers. Verdict returned for client on all counts
Lead trial counsel for plaintiff insurer in six-week jury trial involving Superfund, asbestos and corporate succession liability. Verdict achieved recovery of tens of millions of dollars in contribution action related to liability evolving over the next two decades
Lead trial counsel for plaintiff in complex bench trial involving proof of existence and terms of over 30 contracts dating back to the 1950s. Judgment won as to all contracts
Lead arbitration counsel for respondent in two international arbitration hearings addressing $150 million long-term transportation contracts in the Northeast Corridor. Awards totally vindicated client’s position and thwarted petitioners’ monetary and commercial allegations
Lead counsel who conceived, negotiated and secured S.D. NY approval of the landmark settlement of more than 10,000 mass tort cases against the City of New York and scores of private contractors that undertook rescue, recovery and debris removal operations after the 9/11 terrorist attack. The settlement’s 96 percent acceptance rate is the highest in any mass tort settlement of this size. Briefed, argued and won Second Circuit appeal on certain provisions of the settlement
Lead defense counsel in antitrust cases involving merger challenges, price-fixing and private class actions
Lead insurance counsel who conceived and negotiated the settlement of more than 600 sexual abuse cases involving the Roman Catholic church in California. The settlement remains the largest of its kind. Additional experience nationwide in numerous sexual abuse cases spanning allegations from the 1950s through the present
Lead trial and appellate counsel for plaintiff/appellee who secured over $238 million recovery relating to 9/11 terrorist attack
National coordinating counsel to major property and casualty insurers for environmental, mass tort, medical device and sexual abuse claims
US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia
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