Peter Marvin L'72
Lecturer in Law
Mr. Marvin’s litigation practice over a period of almost 40 years has addressed the full range of litigated business issues and includes a special focus on construction related problems. He has represented clients in federal and state trial courts, federal and state appellate courts and before arbitrators and mediators.
His representation of construction industry clients has encompassed bid protests, claims by and against owners and disputes between contractors and subcontractors. He has litigated bid protests on behalf of the successful bidders in what were, at the time, the largest construction project awarded by SEPTA (Market Street El Stations Contract; $140 Million) and by the Pennsylvania Department of General Services (SCI Graterford and SCI German; $ .5 Billion). He litigated issues involving some of the major public works projects in the region including the rebuilding of the Frankford portion of SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Elevated line, the construction of a new commuter runway at Philadelphia International Airport, the development of the recreational path on the east bank of the Schuylkill River, the rebuilding of portions of I-95 in northeast Philadelphia and the rebuilding of the Market Street portion of SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Elevated line. The projects in which he has been actively involved range in value from $3 million to $500 million.
Commercial disputes he has handled include all nature of contract disputes. Major commercial cases recently handled include disputes between parent corporations and former subsidiaries, environmental cost recovery actions, environmental and other insurance coverage disputes and issues related to online search engines and advertising. Representative clients include major heavy and highway contractors, general contractors, specialty contractors, architects, large national and regional privately held companies, small businesses and individuals.
Mr. Marvin serves actively as a neutral, both in mediating disputes and as an arbitrator and special master. He is a member of the national Commercial and Construction Panels of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association and of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution; he has served as a Member of the national Panel of Arbitrators appointed by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to implement the Nationwide Class Action Settlement in In Re: Diet Drugs (Phentermine/Fenfluramine/Dexfenfluramine) Products Liability Litigation (appointed 2001).
Mr. Marvin is a 1968 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a 1972 graduate of its Law School, where he served as Research Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. After graduating from law school, Mr. Marvin served as law clerk to the Honorable Arlin M. Adams of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 1972 to 1973.