Peter W. Morgan

Biography

Peter Morgan has assisted some of America's leading corporations in developing and implementing creative and cost-effective strategies to resolve or manage complex liability risks. For example, Peter has served as national settlement counsel for Amgen, AT&T, and Baxter in mass tort and pricing litigation; lead negotiator for Accenture and Lorillard with respect to Justice Department litigation; and represented other major companies in a variety of class litigations.

Peter has also acted as counsel or co-counsel for a wide array of individuals and organizations in connection with federal criminal or ethical investigations, including:

  • a counselor to the president
  • a former national security advisor
  • the chairman of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board
  • an assistant secretary of state
  • a Wall Street law firm

Peter also advises clients (including the nation's leading mutual fund association) on antitrust issues.

Peter has devoted substantial time to writing on the subjects of legal and government ethics and mass tort litigation. His views have been published in The Wall Street Journal, law reviews, and in a book on the subject of post-Watergate ethics (co-written with Professor Glenn H. Reynolds), The Appearance of Impropriety: How the Ethics Wars Have Undermined Government, Business, and Society (Free Press, 1997).

Peter has spoken at numerous professional and law firm conferences and symposia. These engagements include invitations from the Central Intelligence Agency to be a keynote speaker for a retreat for their inspector generals and staff; law schools at Columbia University, the University of Virginia, Georgetown University, Washington University, and the University of Tennessee; the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR Institute); the Association of Corporate Counsel; and the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University.

Experience

  • Settlement counsel for Baxter, Amgen, and Immunex with respect to the average wholesale pricing litigation involving three nationwide drug-pricing class actions and dozens of state attorneys general lawsuits.
  • Settlement counsel to Accenture in the resolution of Justice Department and qui tam claims seeking hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • National settlement counsel for Baxter in silicone-gel breast implant litigation, as well as other pharmaceutical litigation (e.g., class actions concerning hepatitis C and blood-factor concentrates).
  • National settlement counsel for AT&T in the negotiation, design, and implementation of dozens of complex statewide class settlements involving landowner trespass claims against AT&T's nationwide fiber-optic cable network.

News & Views

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Recognitions

  • 2010, listed in Best Lawyers in America©
  • 2017, listed in Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll

Affiliations

Memberships

  • District of Columbia Bar Association
Professional Activities

Peter has taught at three universities—as a full-time law professor and, more recently, as an adjunct. He is currently an adjunct professor at both the Georgetown Law Center and the Kogod School of Business at American University. He has also taught at the School of Public Affairs at American University.

Peter recently stepped down after eight years of service to the District of Columbia Bar as a member of its Rules Review Committee.

Credentials

Admissions

  • District of Columbia

Education

  • Davidson College, BA
  • University of Virginia School of Law, JD
  • University of Virginia, MA