Peter Leckman is a partner at Langer Grogan & Diver, P.C. He specializes in antitrust and consumer class actions. In 2016, he was elected to the American Law Institute, the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify and improve the law.
Peter’s antitrust practice has recently focused on the application of the antitrust laws to sports broadcasting. Together with his colleagues Howard Langer and Ned Diver, he served as lead counsel in a pair of lawsuits challenging the broadcast practices of the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball. The settlement of these cases changed the sports broadcasting landscape, lowering prices and increasing options for consumers. For this work, Peter shared the American Antitrust Institute’s 2016 award for “Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Law Practice.” The firm is currently challenging the broadcast practices of the National Football League.
Peter has also sought to hold accountable financial institutions that enable telemarketing and internet frauds. The firm recently obtained a $37.5 million settlement in Reyes v. Zions First National Bank, a case that alleged the bank had violated the Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act by knowingly processing fraudulent transactions. The settlement recovered over $8 million more than had been debited from consumers’ accounts.
Peter has an active pro bono practice that focuses on election law and civil rights. He routinely co-counsels with the American Civil Liberties Union and other local non-profits. He is currently working with the ACLU of Philadelphia and other local firms in a series of lawsuits aimed at ending the arrest and detention of citizens who film police conduct. This work resulted in a Third Circuit opinion recognizing a First Amendment right to peaceably record police activity. See Fields v. City of Philadelphia, 862 F.3d 353 (3d Cir. 2017).
Peter is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where he was selected as a member of the Order of the Coif. During law school, Peter was an editor of the California Law Review and Director of the International Human Rights Student Board. Following law school, Peter served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Diane P. Wood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.