Peter J. Harrington received his bachelor’s degree in 2006 from Fordham University (B.A., Political Science), graduating cum laude. He received his J.D. in 2010 from the St. John’s University School of Law, where he served as executive notes and comments editor of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Mr. Harrington authored the article “Untying the Knot: Extending Intestacy Benefits to Non-Traditional Families by Severing the Link to Marriage,” 23 J. Civ. Rts. & Econ. Dev. 323 (2011). While in law school, Mr. Harrington was a legal intern in the Mayor of New York City, Michael R. Bloomberg’s office and worked for the St. John’s University School of Law Securities Arbitration Clinic, representing individual investors on a pro bono basis in securities arbitration claims involving misrepresentation, unsuitability, and unauthorized trading.
Mr. Harrington concentrates his practice on commercial and securities litigation. In 2015-2019, Mr. Harrington was selected to the New York Metro Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers Magazine.
Mr. Harrington has worked on several securities fraud class actions including City of Austin Police Retirement System v. Kinross Gold Corporation, No. 12‑CV-01203-VEC (S.D.N.Y.), in which the firm recovered $33 million for investors.
He also litigated an individual action brought by the Public Employees Retirement Association of New Mexico against Wells Fargo Bank and affiliates arising from defendants’ mismanagement of the pension fund’s securities lending program that was settled for $50 million — representing over 60% of the plaintiff’s alleged damages. Mr. Harrington was also involved in a similar action on behalf of the New Mexico Educational Retirement board that resulted in a $5 million settlement, representing 50% of the plaintiff’s alleged damages.
Mr. Harrington also represented a screenwriter in an intellectual property claim against 20th Century Fox Television and others in Lewis v. 20th Century Fox Television, Inc. et al., alleging that the defendants used the writer’s teleplay without his permission and without compensation as a basis for the Fox TV program “The Mick.”
Currently, Mr. Harrington represents a number of public pension funds in various class actions. For example, Mr. Harrington represents the Oklahoma Police Pension and Retirement System in Avila v. LifeLock Inc., 15-cv-01398-SRB (D. Ariz.), a securities fraud action alleging that executives made material misrepresentations to investors concerning LifeLock’s identity protection business and the status of a Federal Trade Commission investigation. Mr. Harrington also represents the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System in Employees’ Retirement System of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority v. Conduent, Inc., 19-cv-08237-SDW (D.N.J.), a securities fraud class action alleging that executives made material misstatements regarding the sufficiency of Conduent’s IT infrastructure and its effect on the company’s ability to generate revenue.
Mr. Harrington is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York. He is also admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.