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Local Litigation Star

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Peter Tomlinson is Co-Chair of the Firm and a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation department, concentrating his practice in complex financial litigation. He is Co-Chair of the Firm’s Structured Finance Litigation Practice Group. He represents Ambac Assurance Corporation in several high-stakes litigations involving residential mortgage-backed securities transactions, including Ambac v. Countrywide, Ambac v. Nomura, and Ambac v. U.S. Bank. He has negotiated settlements of disputes involving residential mortgage-backed securities leading to recoveries of billions of dollars. He also advises institutional investors in connection with structured finance transactions, including advising on their rights under the transaction documents, representing directing certificate holders in connection with litigation, and negotiating settlements on behalf of certificate holders. He has handled cases in various state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate level. He also represents law firms in high-stakes cases alleging malpractice, conflict of interest, breach of fiduciary duty, and fraud. 

Mr. Tomlinson is recognized by Chambers USA as a leading practitioner in securities litigation. Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC’s Benchmark: America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys lists Mr. Tomlinson as a “Litigation Star” for New York. Peers have described Mr. Tomlinson to Benchmark as a “terrific lawyer.” In addition, he is recognized in Super Lawyers in the area of business litigation and has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest “AV” rating. 

Mr. Tomlinson graduated from Dartmouth College and received his J.D. from Emory University School of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif. He served as a Law Clerk to both the Hon. Raymond J. Dearie, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and the Hon. Will Garwood, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He joined Patterson Belknap in 1996. He serves on the Firm’s Management Committee, and previously served as Co-Chair of the Firm’s Pro Bono Committee. 

Updated Sep 2021