As vice chair of the firm's White Collar and Investigations Practice group, Peter Morris represents institutional clients and senior executives in federal prosecutions, including securities, banking and healthcare fraud, criminal antitrust, bribery, money laundering, tax evasion and environmental crimes. Peter’s decades of experience support him in serving as a tenacious investigator and advocate.
Peter concentrates his practice on white collar criminal defense, complex business litigation, healthcare matters and securities litigation. He has represented institutional clients and senior executives in more than 20 SEC actions and investigations, including claims against one of the largest global semiconductor companies involving alleged options backdating and claims against one of the largest U.S. defense contractors involving alleged improper revenue recognition.
Notably, Peter offers honed skill and experience in the area of monitorships. He is a member of the core team assisting the Special Compliance Coordinator appointed by the U.S. Department of Commerce to monitor, assess and report on the U.S. export control compliance of Zhongxing Telecommunications Equipment Corporation, of Shenzhen, China, and ZTE Kangxun Telecommunications Ltd. of Hi-New Shenzhen, China (collectively, ZTE).
Peter also served on the legal team assisting partner Larry Mackey, the independent corporate compliance monitor for a large U.S. medical device manufacturer and distributor, pursuant to the company’s deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. government.
In addition, Peter previously held a full-time faculty appointment with the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. He also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California.
Chambers USA, 2009-2011
Southern California Super Lawyers, 2012-2015