Peter G. Siachos is an experienced trial lawyer and a partner in Gordon & Rees' New Jersey, New York, and South Carolina offices. Having tried nearly 50 cases to conclusion, Mr. Siachos routinely handles matters nationwide before federal and state trial and appellate courts, administrative and regulatory agencies, and alternative dispute resolution panels. As a member of the Commercial Litigation, Franchise, Product Liability, Heath Care, Hospitality, and Transportation practice groups, he represents a diverse group of major corporations, franchisors, closely-held businesses, partnerships, and individuals in multiple jurisdictions in a wide range of complex commercial disputes. Mr. Siachos is licensed in numerous jurisdictions (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, and South Carolina) and utilizes creative dispositive motions, well-crafted trial strategies, and focused and effective appeals to regularly assist his clients with their litigation needs nationwide.
Mr. Siachos has considerable experience handling litigations through trial and appeal involving general commercial litigation claims, including contract disputes, restrictive covenants, shareholder disputes, prosecution and defense of copyrights and trademarks, product liability claims, breach of warranty claims, construction defects, real estate disputes, privacy rights and defamation actions, directors and officers claims, errors and omissions claims, and premises liability claims. Mr. Siachos also regularly defends businesses and individuals in employment matters, including claims regarding anti-competition, retaliation, discrimination, and harassment.
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. He also has litigated and successfully defended against claims asserted against franchisors by single franchisees, groups of franchisees, franchisee associations, suppliers to the franchise system, and area developers.
Mr. Siachos has fourteen years 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.
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).
Mr. Siachos has extensive experience defending trucking and transportation companies in complex litigation, including freight and property claims, commercial litigation, driver citations, and most importantly, large loss injury and death claims. He understands the importance of rapid response to catastrophic incidents, early case evaluation, the economics of transportation litigation, and, if necessary, the need to aggressively defend cases through trial.
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.
Languages Spoken: Greek, Spanish
Licensed since 2000
Cash, Check, Credit Card
Despite his involvement in a traumatic incident involving a tractor in my childhood, I enthusiastically endorse Peter and encourage any potential client to consider seeking his counsel. He's always been known as a particularly bright & capable person, and he's an excellent lawyer and a good guy.
Dannitte Dickey Divorce & Separation Attorney
Having personally litigated matters against Peter; I can attest to the fact that he is a highly intelligent and skilled attorney who remains committed to his clients’ interests during all phases of litigation. His advocacy skills, coupled with his client first approach to the practice of law have cemented his reputation as a formidable adversary who obtains positive results on behalf of his clients. Most importantly however, Peter’s skills as an aggressive litigator and trial attorney are rivaled only by his integrity.
Daniel Santarsiero Employment & Labor Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Martindale-Hubbell||AV Preeminent Rating||2013|
|New Leaders of the Bar||New Jersey Law Journal||2013|
|Rising Star||New Jersey Super Lawyer||2013|
|AV Preeminent Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Rising Star||Super Laywers||2012|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2011|
|Best and Brightest Under 35||Greenville Magazine||2004|
|CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Appellate Advocacy||University of South Carolina School of Law||2000|
|J. Woodrow Lewis Moot Court Award||University of South Carolina School of Law||2000|
|Order of the Barristers||University of South Carolina School of Law||2000|
|Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award||University of South Carolina||1997|
|Partner||Gordon & Rees, LLP||2013 - Present|
|Partner||Chronakis Siachos & Kaplan||2011 - 2013|
|Attorney||Garfunkel Wild, P.C.||2007 - 2011|
|Attorney||Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.||2005 - 2007|
|Attorney||Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough||1999 - 2005|
|Law Clerk||Office of the Governor of South Carolina||1998 - 1999|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising||Member||2013 - Present|
|American Bar Association||N/A||2013 - Present|
|Defense Research Institute||N/A||2013 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Forum on Franchising||N/A||2013 - Present|
|International Franchise Association||N/A||2013 - Present|
|American Health Lawyers Association||Member||2007 - 2011|
|District of Columbia Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|AHEPA 242 Housing Corporation||Board Member||2006 - Present|
|District of Columbia Bar Association||N/A||2006 - Present|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|New Jersey Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association #242||Secretary||2001 - 2005|
|South Carolina Bar||Member||2000 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2000 - Present|
|South Carolina Commission on National and Community Service||Commissioner||1999 - 2005|
|American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association||Member||1993 - Present|
|Jean-Louis v. N. Shore Univ. Hosp., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92103 (December 14, 2007)||Summary judgment for defendant client|
|S&D Imaging v. Pavonia Diagnostic Imaging||Verdict for Defendants|
|Godbout v. General Motors||Jury Verdict for Defendant|
|Journal of the American College of Radiology||Physician Liability for Malfunctioning Equipment||2008|
|Journal of the American College of Radiology||What to Know About the Warranties on Your Medical Equipment||2007|
|University of South Carolina School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2000|
|University of South Carolina Honors College||Spanish||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1997|
|University of South Carolina Honors College||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1997|
|Gordon & Rees Legal Education Conference||Ethics Quiz Show||2015|
|Gordon & Rees Employment Webinar||Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Trade Secrets, Non-Competes and Franchise Issues in the Employment Arena||2014|
|Law Explorers||Law and Government Symposium||2004|
|Law Explorers||Law and Government Symposium||2003|
|Toyota Motor Company||South Carolina Lemon Law Primer||2001|