Peter G. Siachos

Partner

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  • Biography

    Peter G. Siachos is an experienced trial lawyer and partner in the New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and South Carolina offices. Having taken over 60 trials to verdict, Mr. Siachos routinely handles class action and individual matters nationwide, many of which are high-exposure with media coverage, before federal and state trial and appellate courts, administrative and regulatory agencies, and arbitration panels.  

    Mr. Siachos is licensed in numerous jurisdictions (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, and South Carolina) and utilizes creative dispositive motions, aggressive deposition tactics, well-crafted trial strategies, and focused and effective appeals to regularly assist his clients with their litigation needs in all 50 states.

    Mr. Siachos has successfully litigated and tried individual and class action cases involving consumer protection claims, franchise issues, prosecution and defense of trademarks, product liability, shareholders disputes, financial institution liability, directors and officers claims, ADA accommodation (retail and website), professional liability (lawyers, accountants and design professionals), catastrophic transportation claims, sports and fitness club claims, construction claims, and employment matters, including claims regarding anti-competition, retaliation, discrimination, and harassment.

    In addition to his trial experience, Mr. Siachos has handled in excess of 50 hearings seeking injunctive relief (temporary retraining orders and preliminary injunctions), including trademark, franchise, shareholder, consumer protection, and real property matters.

    Representative examples of his specific expertise include the following:

    Franchise Law

    Mr. Siachos devotes a significant portion of his practice to the representation of franchisors. He has extensive experience litigating and enforcing franchise agreement terminations, non-competition restrictions, forum selection clauses, indemnification provisions, and liquidated damages provisions. Mr. Siachos has had repeated success in enjoining trademark infringement on behalf of his franchisor clients, and has obtained injunctive relief against franchisees in a number of jurisdictions, which ranged from enforcement of simple franchise agreement provisions to forcibly shutting down franchise locations.

    Class Action Defense Including Consumer Protection Statutes

    Mr. Siachos routinely defends class action litigations including, nationwide and state class claims arising under consumer protection statutes and false advertising or unfair competition statutes, including alleged violations of the TCPA (Telephone Consumer Protection Act), FDCPA (Fair Debt Collection Practices Act), and FCRA (Fair Credit Reporting Act).

    Product Liability

    Mr. Siachos defends clients in product liability matters and has tried nearly 20 products cases to verdict. He has represented manufacturers of automobiles, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer products, and diagnostic testing equipment in product liability matters. His extensive work on automotive products and warranty litigations, coupled with his love of cars, has allowed him to gain automotive technical proficiency that has proved to be invaluable during the defense of a case.

    Banking/Financial Institution

    Mr. Siachos has nearly two decades of experience representing financial institutions, including multinational and regional banks, credit unions, mortgage lenders and financial services companies. His practice includes the handling of matters related to lender liability, including the defense of FDCPA, FCRA, TILA, and RESPA claims, commercial collections, and other matters related to lender’s rights.

    Construction

    Mr. Siachos’ construction experience includes defending general contractors, subcontractors, owners, developers, design professionals, and building product manufacturers and suppliers regarding a diverse spectrum of matters involving both public and private works. Matters include alleged construction defects, breach of contract claims, alleged errors in design and workmanship, and construction site accidents, as well as general insurance litigation defense matters.

    Awards and Honors

    Mr. Siachos served as law clerk to South Carolina Governor James H. Hodges from 1999 to 2000. Mr. Siachos served on appointment by Governor Hodges and Governor Mark Sanford as South Carolina Commissioner for National and Community Service from 2000 to 2005, and was responsible for the administration and allocation of funds to state and federal-funded community service projects in South Carolina.

    In 1997, Mr. Siachos was awarded the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, the highest undergraduate award at the University of South Carolina.

    In 2013 Mr. Siachos was named as one of the 2013 New Leaders of the Bar, a recognition by the New Jersey Law Journal of attorneys under the age of 40 who have developed practice niches, amassed strong books of business, demonstrated leadership qualities, shown expertise in litigation or transactional work, and committed themselves to volunteer work.

    In 2019, the Franchise Times named Mr. Siachos a Legal Eagle, one of 154 attorneys in the US and Canada identified as the best franchise attorneys as designated by their clients and peers

    Admissions

    • New Jersey
    • New York
    • Pennsylvania
    • South Carolina
    • District of Columbia
    • Supreme Court of the United States
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second, Third, Fourth and Sixth Circuits
    • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
    • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina
    • U.S. District Court, Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of New York
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
    • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
    • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey
    • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York 

    Memberships

    • Defense Research Institute
    • International Franchise Association
    • American Bar Association
    • Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA)
  • Practice Areas
  • Representative Experience
    • Obtained an appellate class action defense ruling against a claim that consumers could not dispense the full labeled quantity of thick, viscous makeup from the pump bottles in which L’Oréal packaged multiple lines of cosmetics. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that plaintiffs’ case violates the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act ("FDCA"), which expressly preempts any state law requirements that differ from federal law. For more information, click here.
    • Obtained a complete class action dismissal of two-year pending case for L’Oréal against a claim of deceptively marketing a black women’s hair relaxer as scalp-protecting but instead caused burns and hair loss. For more information, click here.
  • Publications & Presentations

    Publications

    Physician Liability for Malfunctioning Equipment, Journal of the American College of Radiology, April 2008

    What to Know About the Warranties on Your Medical Equipment, Journal of the American College of Radiology, December 2007

    Presentations

    Ethics Quiz Show, Gordon & Rees Legal Education Conference (May 2019)

    How to Win at Trial When Your Case Won’t Settle, Gordon & Rees Legal Education Conference (May 2018)

    Responding to Subpoenas for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Records, Alere (August 21, 2015)

    Crossing the Finish Line: Best Practices in Avoiding Malpractice During Mediation and Settlement, Gordon & Rees National Professional Liability Webinar Series (July 16, 2015)

    Ethics Quiz Show, Gordon & Rees Legal Education Conference (January 22, 2015)

    Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Trade Secrets, Non-Competes and Franchise Issues in the Employment Arena, Gordon & Rees National Employment Webinar Series (December 9, 2014)

  • Education

    Education

    J.D., University of South Carolina School of Law, 2000

    B.A., University of South Carolina Honors College, 1997

    Honors

    2019 Legal Eagle, Franchise Times

    AV® Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell

    New Leaders of the Bar, New Jersey Law Journal (August 2013)

    Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

    Order of the Barristers

  • Languages
    • Greek
    • Spanish