Peter J. Gallagher

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Peter Gallagher is an accomplished litigator with experience representing clients in commercial disputes, and counseling clients on various issues in an effort to mitigate potential problems before they become the subject of litigation. Over the course of his career, Pete has represented clients at the trial and appellate levels in state and federal courts in both New York and New Jersey. As a generalist, he has enjoyed a wide-ranging practice requiring flexibility to respond to the ever-changing needs of clients faced with business disputes in divergent fields including real estate, telecommunications, financial services, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare. At Porzio, Pete has continued to focus his practice on general commercial litigation, while also representing the firm’s real estate clients in matters involving commercial lease litigation, real estate contract disputes, prerogative writs, and zoning appeals. Regardless of the engagement, his approach is detail-oriented and focused on understanding the clients’ business objectives and working with clients to achieve their goals cost-effectively and efficiently. 

An avid writer, Pete has authored articles for publications ranging from the New Jersey Law Journal to journals at the Georgetown University Law Center and the Seton Hall University Law School. He is also the editor and blogger of Pete's Take.

In addition, since 2005, Pete has helped teach the next generation of legal writers as an adjunct professor of Legal Research and Writing at the Seton Hall University School of Law. In recognition of his work at the law school, he was nominated for Adjunct Professor of the Year 2011.

Prior Relevant Experience
  • Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Florham Park, New Jersey, Associate, 2006-2010
  • Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP, Short Hills, New Jersey, Associate, 2005
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, Florham Park, New Jersey, Associate, 2001-2005
Opinions, Decisions and Cases
  • In re N.J.A.C. 7:1B-1.1 et seq., ___ N. J. Super. ___ , 2013 WL 1150506 (App. Div. March 21, 2013)
  • State v. Minitee, 210 N.J. 307 (2012)
  • State v. Kaltner, 210 N.J. 114 (2012)
  • Holt v. Laube, 2011 WL 6141466 (App. Div. December 12, 2011)
  • North American Steel Products, Inc. v. Watson Metal Products, Corp., et al., 2010 WL
  • 3724518 (D.N.J. Sept. 14, 2010), aff’d 2013 WL 1095445 (3d Cir. March 18, 2013)
  • State v. Broom-Smith, 201 N.J. 229 (2010)
  • State v. Webster, 190 N.J. 305 (2007)
  • Lance v. McGreevey, 180 N.J. 590 (2004)
  • J.O. ex rel. C.O. v. Orange Tp. Bd. Of Educ., 287 F.3d 267 (3rd Cir. 2002)
Honors and Awards
  • Top 50 Verdicts in New Jersey,, Danish Crown Amba v. Rupari Food Services, 2016
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Amicus Curiae Award, 2016
  • Recognized by New Jersey Law Journal on their annual “New Leaders of The Bar” list of attorneys, 2013
  • Recognized on the New Jersey Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" List, 2007-2014
  • Selected by Benchmark Litigation as a "Future Star," 2008


  • New Jersey Supreme Court Appointment to the District V-C Ethics Committee, 2008 - present
  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association - Amicus Committee
  • Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, New Jersey
Speaking Engagements
  • "Navigating the Ethical Minefield of Promoting Attorney Awards," Legal Marketing Association Seminar, Morristown, NJ, August 16, 2016.
  • "Top 5 in Business Torts," New Jersey Association of Justice Boardwalk Seminar 2016, Atlantic City, NJ, April 7, 2016.
  • "The Effects of the Waiver Rule on NJ Developers and Other Businesses," Porzio Real Estate and Environmental Law Roundtable, Morristown, NJ, May 10, 2013.



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Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 2001
  • New York, 2003
  • United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 2001
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 2009
  • United States Supreme Court, 2010


Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., J.D., 2001

  • Georgetown University Criminal Justice Clinic
  • Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy, Executive Editor

The College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey, B.A., 1996

Contact Address

100 Southgate Parkway

Morristown, NJ 07962-1997

Phone: 973.538.4006

Fax: 973.538.5146

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