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Peter George Siachos

Peter George Siachos

also known as Peter Siachos, Peter G. Siachos

Practice areas:

Litigation, Franchising, Defective and Dangerous Products, Construction & Development, Appeals

About Me

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.


Representative Experience


Commercial Litigation


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.


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. 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.


Banking/Financial Institution


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).


Transportation Claims


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.


 

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Languages Spoken: Greek, Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 2000

  1. Litigation: 50%
    15 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. Franchising: 25%
    15 years, 100 cases
  3. Construction & Development: 10%
    15 years, 100 cases
  4. Defective and Dangerous Products: 10%
    15 years, 150 cases
  5. Appeals: 5%
    15 years, 20 cases

Payment

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Dannitte Mays Dickey

    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.

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    Dannitte Dickey Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Friend

  • Daniel Mark Santarsiero

    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.

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    Daniel Santarsiero Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact Info

Gordon & Rees, LLP

18 Columbia Turnpike, Suite 220
Florham Park, NJ, 07932

Gordon and Rees, LLP

1 Battery Park Plaza
New York, NY, 10004

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Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
PAActive201405/31/2015
DCActive 200605/24/2015
NYCurrently registered 200603/13/2015
NJActive200505/29/2015
SCGood Standing200007/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Martindale-HubbellAV Preeminent Rating2013
New Leaders of the BarNew Jersey Law Journal2013
Rising StarNew Jersey Super Lawyer2013
AV Preeminent RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Rising StarSuper Laywers2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
Best and Brightest Under 35Greenville Magazine2004
CALI Excellence for the Future Award for Appellate AdvocacyUniversity of South Carolina School of Law2000
J. Woodrow Lewis Moot Court AwardUniversity of South Carolina School of Law2000
Order of the BarristersUniversity of South Carolina School of Law2000
Algernon Sydney Sullivan AwardUniversity of South Carolina1997

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerGordon & Rees, LLP2013 - Present
PartnerChronakis Siachos & Kaplan2011 - 2013
AttorneyGarfunkel Wild, P.C.2007 - 2011
AttorneySills Cummis & Gross P.C.2005 - 2007
AttorneyNelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough1999 - 2005
Law ClerkOffice of the Governor of South Carolina1998 - 1999

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar Association, Forum on FranchisingMember2013 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2013 - Present
Defense Research InstituteN/A2013 - Present
American Bar Association, Forum on FranchisingN/A2013 - Present
International Franchise AssociationN/A2013 - Present
American Health Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - 2011
District of Columbia Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
AHEPA 242 Housing CorporationBoard Member2006 - Present
District of Columbia Bar AssociationN/A2006 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
New Jersey Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association #242Secretary2001 - 2005
South Carolina BarMember2000 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
South Carolina Commission on National and Community ServiceCommissioner1999 - 2005
American Hellenic Educational Progressive AssociationMember1993 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
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 ImagingVerdict for Defendants
Godbout v. General MotorsJury Verdict for Defendant

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Journal of the American College of RadiologyPhysician Liability for Malfunctioning Equipment2008
Journal of the American College of RadiologyWhat to Know About the Warranties on Your Medical Equipment2007

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of South Carolina School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2000
University of South Carolina Honors CollegeSpanishBA - Bachelor of Arts1997
University of South Carolina Honors CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1997

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Gordon & Rees Legal Education ConferenceEthics Quiz Show2015
Gordon & Rees Employment WebinarOut of Sight, Out of Mind: Trade Secrets, Non-Competes and Franchise Issues in the Employment Arena2014
Law ExplorersLaw and Government Symposium2004
Law ExplorersLaw and Government Symposium2003
Toyota Motor CompanySouth Carolina Lemon Law Primer2001