Peter Leckman joined Langer Grogan & Diver in 2011 and was named a partner in 2014. He specializes in antitrust and consumer class actions and appellate work.
Peter’s antitrust practice has recently focused on the application of the antitrust laws to sports broadcasting. Together with Ned Diver and Howard Langer, he served as lead counsel in a pair of lawsuits challenging the broadcast practices of the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball. The settlement of these cases changed the sports broadcasting landscape, lowering prices and increasing options for consumers. Ned, Howard, and Peter were honored at the American Antitrust Institute’s 2016 Antitrust Enforcement Awards for their work, receiving an award for “Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Law Practice.” The firm is currently challenging the National Football League’s broadcast practices.
Peter has also sought to hold accountable financial institutions that enable telemarketing and internet frauds. The firm recently obtained a $37.5 million settlement in Reyes v. Zions First National Bank, a case that alleged the bank had violated the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act by knowingly processing fraudulent transactions. The settlement recovered over $8 million more than had been debited from consumers’ accounts.
Peter has an active pro bono practice focusing on election law and civil rights. He routinely co-counsels with the American Civil Liberties Union and other local non-profits. He and John Grogan are currently partnering with the ACLU of Philadelphia and other local firms in a series of lawsuits aimed at ending the arrest and detention of citizens who film police conduct. Peter also has an active interest in the Middle East, having spent several years living in the region working to improve children’s rights and welfare.
Prior to joining the firm, Peter worked as an attorney at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, LLP and Altshuler Berzon LLP in San Francisco. While at Altshuler, Peter was part of a team of lawyers that won California Lawyer magazine’s 2009 and 2010 “California Attorney of the Year” awards for defending voting rights and for litigating fraud claims against the for-profit University of Phoenix.
Peter is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where he was selected as a member of the Order of the Coif. During law school, Peter was an editor of the California Law Review and Director of the International Human Rights Student Board.
After law school, Peter served as a law clerk to Judge Diane P. Wood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.