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Peter Slocum

Peter Slocum

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  • Litigation
  • Business Divorce
  • Business Litigation
  • Appellate

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Lowenstein Sandler LLP
New Jersey, U.S.A.

Profile

Peter represents public and private clients in a variety of areas, with a focus on state government issues ranging from complex licensing and regulatory matters to permit revocations, constitutional challenges, and internal investigations.  Combining sound advice and sharp judgment with extensive trial and government experience, Peter also represents clients in a wide array of litigation matters, including white collar criminal defense, arbitrations, business divorce, appellate practice, and civil litigation. 

Peter returned to the firm in 2018 after serving as First Assistant Attorney General for the State of New Jersey, where he was the second-ranking lawyer in the State and served as one of the principal legal advisors to both the Governor and the Attorney General.  Peter also previously served as Counsel to the Attorney General, Assistant Counsel to the Governor, and Deputy Attorney General.  In these various roles, Peter attained a thorough understanding of the operations of state government and represented the State in some of its most pressing legal challenges.  These included litigating New Jersey’s sports betting challenge from the first district court proceeding through the ultimate win before the U.S. Supreme Court; prevailing in a first-of-its-kind constitutional challenge before the New Jersey Supreme Court that defined legislative powers; prevailing in a test case before the New Jersey Appellate Division concerning the Mistaken Imprisonment Act; successfully defending the Executive Order that restructured all information technology in the state government; and fending off challenges to the carry-permit regulations of the Division of New Jersey State Police.  Peter also handled a wide variety of other matters, ranging from complications arising after Superstorm Sandy to employment law, tort law, election law, condemnation, public procurement, and litigation under the Open Public Records Act.  He also assisted the Office of the Governor in sorting through legal issues arising out of the “Bridgegate” affair, and successfully tried to verdict numerous matters in New Jersey Superior Court as first chair. 

Peter routinely draws on his government experience in providing key insight and advice to his clients.  He regularly represents entities in the cannabis industry in matters ranging from license applications and approvals to post-licensing business transactions, as well as other private entities faced with regulatory or compliance issues.  Peter represents governmental entities in enforcement actions and internal investigations, and handles appeals of administrative rulemaking and final agency decisions.  And he handles a wide variety of related civil litigation in state and federal courts, ranging from contract disputes to attorney ethics to tort claims. 

Peter began his career as a law clerk for the Honorable Barry T. Albin of the Supreme Court of New Jersey.  In addition to his work with the firm, he also serves as a member of the State Board of Psychological Examiners.

Bar Admissions

    New York
    New Jersey

Education

Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., 2010), magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Business Editor, Seton Hall Law Review; Chair, Seton Hall Mock Trial Board
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (B.S., 2007), Accounting, magna cum laude
 
Areas of Practice

Appellate | Business Divorce | Business Litigation | Litigation | White Collar Criminal Defense

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Represents an electricity generation company before the New Jersey Appellate Division, defending a decision from the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities worth hundreds of millions of dollars per year.

Represents private companies in connection with an investigation concerning billions of dollars of tax credits awarded by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.

Represented the Office of the Governor in response to a legislative investigation concerning the administration’s hiring practices.

Successfully defended against an action claiming participation in a massive corporate fraud in Russia, defeating claims for millions of dollars in damages.

Represented the Governor and other state officials in federal district court to the United States Supreme Court, ultimately defeating challenges to New Jersey’s sports betting statutes.

Prevailed on a constitutional issue of first impression before the New Jersey Supreme Court concerning separation of powers.

Routinely advises clients on permitting and regulatory issues concerning legalized cannabis and other regulatory compliance matters.

Prevailed in dismissing a million-dollar claim against a supermarket owner accused of anticompetitive behavior.

Represented the State of New Jersey in numerous matters, including a securities enforcement action, a consumer fraud action and legislative inquiries.

Conducted an internal investigation of alleged antitrust violations in the pharmaceutical industry.

Successfully defeated challenges to numerous Executive Orders, including the restructuring of the information technology community throughout state government.

Represented the Office of the Governor during the “Bridgegate” investigations.

Prepared expert opinions on New Jersey procedural law for use in Italian courts.

Successfully tried to verdict numerous jury trials under the Tort Claims Act and the Law Against Discrimination.

Successfully argued a test case concerning the Mistaken Imprisonment Act before the New Jersey Appellate Division, ultimately resulting in the dismissal of dozens of cases against the State.

Successfully defended against legal challenges to the Governor’s decision to hold a special election after the death of Senator Frank R. Lautenberg.

Handled countless requests and litigations under the Open Public Records Act. 

Successfully resolved a public contract dispute with the State of Florida.

Successfully negotiated a business divorce for a wine manufacturer.

Represents clients for licensing and permit issues before state agencies, including the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the professional licensing boards.



Professional Activities and Experience

Accolades
  • Peter Slocum - New Jersey Law Journal (2016) Recognized as a New Leader of the Bar

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