Bryan Cave Combines with Berwin Leighton Paisner to Form Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP Learn More

gradient
gradient

Courtney Peterson is an associate in the Commercial Litigation Client Service Group, and handles litigation involving complex business transactions, commercial contract disputes, commercial landlord-tenant disputes, securities, employment disputes and fiduciary duties of trustees and executors. Ms. Peterson regularly represents clients in state and federal proceedings, as well as in Surrogate’s Court proceedings, in both New York and New Jersey.

Ms. Peterson’s experience encompasses all aspects of litigation, including case strategy; discovery plans; witness preparation and depositions; negotiating settlements and drafting settlement agreements; and researching and drafting complex dispositive and non-dispositive motions, pleadings and appellate briefs, including civil matters such as claims of breach of contract, tortious interference, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, tortious interference, unjust enrichment, conversion, violations of state and federal statutes, including deceptive trade practices and consumer protection statutes. Ms. Peterson has also had experience representing clients in mediation proceedings.

Ms. Peterson is an active member of the New York Office’s Recruiting Committee and Lawyers of Color Affinity Group.

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Big Brothers Big Sisters Workplace Mentoring Program
    • Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Division, Intern (2006)
    • New York State Bar Association Mock Trial/Moot Court Program
    • Volunteer Lawyer’s Association – Pro Bono Attorney
    • KIND (Kids In Need of Defense) – Pro Bono Attorney
    • New York City Bar Association
    • New York State Bar Association Mock Trial/Moot Court Program
    • Volunteer Lawyer’s Association – Pro Bono Attorney
    • KIND (Kids In Need of Defense) – Pro Bono Attorney
    • New York City Bar Association
    • KIND (Kids In Need of Defense) – Pro Bono Attorney
    • New York City Bar Association
Read More

Representative Experience

  • Argued appeal before Appellate Division, First Department seeking reversal of summary judgment order on complex business dispute involving claims of conversion and aiding and abetting conversion and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • Represented commercial landlord in complex dispute with tenant involving injunctive relief, an action on individual guaranty, and two successful summary judgment motions resulting in more than $3 million judgment in favor of landlord.
  • Represented real estate developer in complex construction dispute involving zoning laws.
  • Represented publicly traded company in commercial real estate dispute before Supreme Court, New York County and Appellate Division, First Department, which concerned whether renewal right in lease violated the rule of perpetuities.
  • Represented an employer in claim of employment discrimination based on grooming policies resulting in successful negotiation of resolution of dispute.
  • Represented an employer in mediation of dispute involving claims of breach of contract, tortious interference with prospective economic advantage and retaliation under the New York City Human Rights Law.
  • Represented commercial banking client in bad faith hearing in New York State Court, and successful resolution of defendant’s claims that client acted in bad faith by failing to modify the terms of the parties’ contractual agreement.
  • Represented daughter of decedent in Surrogate’s Court, New York County, with respect to challenge to probate of a will executed while decedent was in a nursing home on the grounds of undue influence and lack of testamentary capacity where the decedent, with an estate of over $80 million, disinherited daughter contrary to disposition in prior wills.
  • Represented executor and leading charitable institution in ultimate settlement of claims by decedent’s cousin alleging lack of testamentary capacity and undue influence, where decedent left multi-million dollar residuary estate to charity.
  • Represented trustee of testamentary trusts in Surrogate’s Court, New York County trial of objections to an accounting proceeding, resulting in a decision dismissing objections.
  • Represented executor of estate in Surrogate’s Court, New York County trial of objections to an accounting proceeding. 

Pro Bono

  • Represented an immigrant mother who had lost custody of her children following her relocation to another state without court approval and, following a trial in New York state court, ultimately achieved a verdict awarding custody of children to mother.