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Elliot Peters Named Attorney of the Year

The Recorder

The Recorder named Elliot Peters one of 16 Attorneys of the Year. “Countless attorneys get good results for clients every day of the year,” Recorder Editor-in-Chief Scott Graham said in an article announcing the awards. “We felt these 16 obtained something tangible, and made headlines, in a way that truly stood out.”

Mr. Peters was recognized for his big-ticket commercial dispute, in which his firm’s client, Univision, took on Grupo Televisa in Southern Calfornia. That case settled during trial. On the criminal side, Mr. Peters guided Silicon Valley scion William "Boots" Del Biaggio through his plea negotiations with the government, and his sentencing, for defrauding investors.

In the appellate sphere, Mr. Peters represented the Major League Baseball Players Association in a privacy battle over steroid test results. He persuaded the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to deem federal seizure of those records unconstitutional, leading to broad new Fourth Amendment principles for the digital age.

And Mr. Peters did well on the civil rights front. He secured a $4.6 million settlement for John Tennison, a man wrongly imprisoned 13 years for murder by San Francisco authorities. That case had gone up to the Ninth Circuit as well, where the appellate court denied the city’s attempts to kill it.

For three decades Elliot Peters has litigated, tried and advised clients in some of the nation's most high-profile, high-stakes complex commercial and white-collar criminal cases. Mr. Peters has tried more than 50 cases on behalf of CEOs, leading law firms, and major corporation clients.