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Peter York is an accomplished first-chair trial lawyer and senior partner at Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP. Peter’s practice focuses on toxic tort and environmental litigation defense; he specializes in asbestos-related claims involving lung cancer and mesothelioma as well as chemicals and substances such as talc, vermiculite and mold. Additionally, Peter has over fifteen years of experience trying cases arising out of trucking and automobile accidents, construction matters, premises criminal assault, professional negligence, contract disputes, malicious prosecution, premises liability, bad faith and other insurance related matters and dispute resolution methods. He currently serves as national trial counsel for a prominent manufacturer of furnaces and water heaters.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 20%
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
  3. Transportation: 20%
  4. Personal Injury: 20%
  5. Defective Products: 20%

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Contact info

Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP

4000 Suntrust Plaza 303 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA, 30308


GAActive Member in Good Standing 199007/15/2016
ILActive Out of State Lawyer - Permitted to PracticeUnknown05/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Product Liability LitigationThe Best Lawyers in America©2016
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2016
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Top Rated Lawyer in ‘Mass Torts Law’American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2008
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2007
AV Preeminent® Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell®N/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerHawkins Parnell Thackston & Young LLP1991 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Atlanta Bar AssociationBoard Member1991 - Present
Defense Research InstitutMember1991 - Present
Claims and Litigation Management AllianceMemberN/A
Lawyers Club of AtlantaMemberN/A
Georgia Defense Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of GeorgiaMemberN/A
Atlanta Council for Younger LawyersPast President Elect2000 - 2001
Summer Economics InstituteChairman2000 - 2005
Atlanta Council for Younger LawyersPresident1999 - 2000
Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers FoundationBoard Member1998 - 2003
Atlanta Council for Younger LawyersVice President1998 - 1999
Summer Economics InstituteBoard Member1997 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Beverley v. Cleveland ElectricThe Plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury for $6,600,000 in his closing argument, and after an hour of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict for the Defendant.
Robert J. Cox v. Rheem Manufacturing Co.N/A
Brenda Williams v. R. T. Vanderbilt, et al.Settled at trial
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Georgia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
University of GeorgiaLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A