Although my life in the law has been as a litigator - I started out trying felonies for the Chicago Public Defender's Office 1967 -'69 and switched to civil litigation when I came to California in 1970 - most of my cases are resolved through negotiation. I have participated in hundreds of successful mediations over the years, and for the last 20 years I have acted as a pro tem Judge for the Superior Courts of several counties, handling both trials and settlement conferences. A few years ago, at the request of the local judges, I completed a week-long instuction course for mediators at Pepperdine Law School, and since then have acted as a mediator from time to time. I taught Civil Procedure at Western State University School of Law and have given state-wide seminars for State Bar CLE credit. I have been a presenter at our local Inns of Court, a frequent lecturer at the Orange County Claims Managers Forum, various local colleges, and State Bar Continuing Legal Education seminars.
I am proud of the fact that for at least the last two decades, the judges and lawyers of my legal community have anonymously awarded me a completely unsolicited "AV" rating (the highest available in both ethics and legal competence) in the Martindale-Hubbel National Legal Directory. Every year starting in 2005 through to the present, I have been designated a "Super Lawyer" by Los Angeles Magazine, an unsolicited designation based on peer reviews by the judges and fellow lawyers in my legal community. Our statewide legal newspaper "The Daily Law Journal" designated me to be among "The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California" in 2005. In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI awarded me the Papal Cross of Honour, the highest award available to a member of the laity.
I am married to my wife of 45 years and we have been blessed with two daughters, the older is a lawyer married to an accountant and has two sons, and the younger is a doctor of psychology who is married to a doctor of psychology and has a son and a daughter.
Licensed since 1967
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I endorse this lawyer. I have known Peter for decades, both through ABOTA and as an opposing counsel. Peter is the consummate professional. He is smart and very hard working; Peter the highest integrity, morals and ethics. Even when we disagreed on an issue in litigation, he always demonstrated a high level of competence and civility. He was approachable, responsive, resolution-oriented, while representing his client passionately and zealously. He maintains his humanity and judgment while being an excellent litigator.
Michelle Reinglass Mediation Attorney
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
I have known Pete for over 25 years both personally and professionally. He is a lawyer I have looked up to and admired as so many in the legal community have. He is without question a true "super lawyer”: a trial lawyer extraordinaire. His record of success and legal acumen are legendary. When I need to refer a client with a complex or high profile litigation, I immediately think of Pete, whom I know will deliver the finest legal services available anywhere.
Deborah Pernice-Knefel Employment & Labor Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|IL||Not Authorized To Practice Law||1967||05/14/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Cross of Honour||Pope Benedict XVI||2009|
|"100 Most Influential Lawyers in California"||Daily Law Journal (California statewide)||2005|
|Top Fifty Orange County Super Lawyers||Los Angeles Magazine||2005|
|Papal Knighthood||Catholic Church||2005|
|American Board of Trial Advocates||Ethics, Professionalism and Civility Award||2004|
|Lawyer of the Year||St. Thomas More Society||2004|
|Phi Kappa Phi||The Academic Honor Society (Lifetime)||1994|
|Partner||Callahan, Thompson, Sherman and Caudill||2009 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Chaminade University||Board of Governors||2003 - 2009|
|Special Forces Association||Life Member||2003 - Present|
|California Paralyzed Veterans of America||Special Counsel||2002 - 2002|
|National Institute of Forensic Studies||Industry Advisory Committee||2000 - 2000|
|American Legion||Life member||2000 - Present|
|International Association of Defense Counsel||Board of Editors, Defense Counsel Journal||1998 - Present|
|Community Incentives for Teaching Excellence||Board of Directors||1998 - 1998|
|Orange County Legal Foundation||Board of Directors||1990 - Present|
|American Board of Trial Advocates||Diplomate||1976 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association||member||1975 - Present|
|American Bar Asociation||member||1970 - Present|
|The Orange County Lawyer, Vol. 43, No. &||Metatag Cyber Theft||2001|
|Western State Law Review, Vol. 14, No. 73||Some Thoughts On The Avoidance of Extra-Contractual Damages||1986|
|Loyola Univ SOL||N/A||law||N/A|
|Masters in Trial||Cross Examination||2007|