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California - Litigation Star

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Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Practice area:

Intellectual property

Peter Wald is one of the country’s most sought after, influential, recognized, and successful trial lawyers. He has an outstanding record of winning “bet the company” cases for US and international clients in federal and state courts across the country. His cases are routinely featured in the national press. From 2004-2011, Mr. Wald served as Global Chair of Latham & Watkins’ Litigation & Trial Department. In 2015, he was named a Securities MVP by Law360 for his ground-breaking work on behalf of Allergan in successfully resisting a hostile takeover attempt by Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Pershing Square Capital Management. 

Mr. Wald has extensive experience representing corporations and their officers and directors, and financial services, professional services, and accounting firms in financial fraud cases. Select trials, arbitrations, and summary judgments include: 

  • Won complete defense jury verdict on behalf of NextGen Healthcare in the first holder’s claim to go to trial in the US in nearly 90 years. 
  • Secured a net recovery of $65 million on behalf of claimant utilities in an ICC arbitration against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries relating to the manufacture of defective nuclear steam generators. 
  • Successfully defended a national accounting firm against claims of professional malpractice and aiding and abetting breaches of fiduciary duty in a $1.6 billion lawsuit. Following a two-week arbitration but before any award was rendered, Claimant settled the case for a nominal payment. 
  • Successfully defended a national accounting firm against claims of professional malpractice, breach of contract, and negligent misrepresentation in a $300 million lawsuit. Following a three week hearing, the panel rendered a defense award. 
  • Secured summary judgment for Larry Ellison and Oracle in a $3 billion securities fraud class action, and secured affirmance by the 9th Circuit. 

Mr. Wald has three times been recognized by The Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California, with the paper stating: “Wald’s client list reads like a who’s who of companies affected by the financial crises in the early and late 2000s.” He has also been recognized by Lawdragon as one of the 500 Leading Lawyers in America, and one of the 100 Lawyers You Need to Know in Securities Litigation, and is consistently ranked by Chambers and The Legal 500. 


Updated Oct 2021