Peter S. Pearlman

Peter S. Pearlman

Saddle Brook, New Jersey

Peter Pearlman practices primarily in the areas of commercial litigation and business transactional work.

Mr. Pearlman was graduated from the University of Illinois and Seton Hall University School of Law. He is admitted to practice and has represented clients before all state and federal courts in the State of New Jersey; The United States District Courts for the Northern District of California and the Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; the United States Circuit Court of Appeals and for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Seventh and D.C. Circuits; and the United States Supreme Court, among others. He has been permitted to appear pro hac vice before a number of state and federal district courts throughout the United States.

He also regularly represents clients before the Financial Industrial Regulatory Authority, the American Arbitration Association and other self-regulatory organizations. He has been certified continuously by the Supreme Court of New Jersey's Board on Trial Attorney Certification as a civil trial attorney since that certification first became available. Mr. Pearlman is and has been a member of the Lawyers' Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court District of New Jersey since 2008.

Mr. Pearlman is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Pearlman has been included in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Commercial Litigation. He is recognized in SuperLawyers for Business Litigation and Class Action/Mass Torts from 2005 through 2019, and also is listed in SuperLawyers Corporate Counsel.  Mr. Pearlman was selected by the Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey and the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law as a recipient of a 2017 Professional Lawyer of the Year Award.

See Awards and Honors Methodology

Mr. Pearlman has lectured on topics involving business litigation for the American Bar Association and the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education. He has taught trial advocacy for The National Institute of Trial Advocacy and has also taught trial and appellate skills at Hofstra, Widener and Roger Williams Schools of Law. He served for ten years as trustee of the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, and is co-chair of the Class Action Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association.

Cases in which Mr. Pearlman has been involved have been the subject of more than 60 published opinions, many of which have established important legal precedents.

As a transactional attorney, Mr. Pearlman has represented numerous clients in the formation, purchase, sale, reorganization and franchising of corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies in transactions ranging from a few hundred thousand dollars to in excess of $100 million.

Mr. Pearlman is a member of the Executive Committee of the firm.

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Class & Collective Action
  • Investor Litigation/Arbitration

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Civil Trial Attorney, Supreme Court of New Jersey’s board on Trial Attorney Certification

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1970
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1970
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1974
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1973
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims


  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1970
  • University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois
    • A.B., Bachelor of Arts - 1967

Published Works

  • What Is Security? New Jersey Lawyer Journal of the New Jersey State Bar Association, No. 123, May, 1988

Representative Cases

  • MaxLite, Inc. v. ATG Electronics, Inc., _ F. Supp. 3d _, 2016 WL 3457720 (D.N.J. June 24, 2016)
  • King Drug Co. of Florence, Inc. v. SmithKline Beecham, 791 F.3d 388 (3d Cir. 2015) (the first appellate opinion to interpret the Supreme Court’s opinion in FTC v. Actavis, 133 S. Ct. 2223 (2013)
  • In re Lipitor Antitrust Litigation, 46 F. Supp. 3d 523 (D.N.J. 2014)
  • In re K-Dur Antitrust Litig., 686 F.3d 197 (3d Cir. 2012), vacated and remanded in view of Actavis v. Louisiana Wholesale Drug Co., Inc., (133 S.Ct. 2849 (2013)
  • Herman v. Yellow, LLC, 780 F. Supp. 2d 1028 (S.D.Ca. 2011)
  • Kalow & Springut v. Commence Corp., 272 F.R.D. 397 (D.N.J. 2011)
  • State of New Jersey Department of Treasury v. Fuld, 604 F.3d 86 (3d Cir. 2010)
  • National Junior Baseball League v. Pharmanet, 720 F. Supp. 2d 517 (D.N.J. 2010)
  • In re Merck & Co. Sec., Derivative & ERISA Litig., 493 F.3d 393 (3d Cir. 2007)
  • In re AT&T Securities Litigation, 455 F.3d 160 (3d Cir. 2006)
  • In re Remeron Antitrust Litigation, 367 F. Supp. 2d 675 (D.N.J. 2005)
  • In re K-Dur Antitrust Litigation, 338 F. Supp. 2d 517 (D.N.J. 2004)
  • U.S. ex rel. Quinn v. Omnicare Inc., 382 F.3d 432 (3d Cir. 2004)
  • Varsolona v. Breen Capital Services Corp., 360 N.J. Super. 292 (App. Div. 2003), aff’d as modified, 180 N.J. 605 (2004)
  • In re Cendant Corp. Litigation, 243 F. Supp. 2d 166 (D.N.J. 2003)
  • Naviant Marketing Solutions, Inc. v. Larry Tucker, Inc., 339 F. 3d 180 (3d Cir. 2003)
  • In re Honeywell International Securities Litigation, 211 F.R.D. 255 (D.N.J. 2002)
  • In re: PSE&G Shareholder Litigation, 173 N.J. 258 (2002)
  • In re: Honeywell International Securities Litigation, 182 F. Supp. 2d 414 (D.N.J. 2002)
  • In re America Online, Inc., 168 F. Supp. 2d 1359 (S.D. Fla. 2001)
  • Burgo v. Volkswagen of America, 183 F. Supp. 2d 683 (D.N.J. 2001)
  • California Public Employees Retirement System v. Chubb Corp., 127 F. Supp. 2d 572 (D.N.J. 2001)
  • Megatech, Inc. v. NSD Acquisitions LP, 215 F.3d 1320 (4th Cir. 2000)
  • In re: Nazi Era Cases Against German Defendants, 198 F.R.D. 429 (D.N.J. 2000) (billion dollar settlement achieved for the benefit of the class)
  • In re: Interneuron Pharmaceuticals Litigation, 188 F.R.D. 3 (D. Mass. 1999)
  • In re: Nice Systems Securities Litigation, 188 F.R.D. 206 (D.N.J. 1999); also 135 F. Supp 2d 551 (D.N.J. 2001)
  • Burger-Fischer v. DeGussa AG, 65 F. Supp. 2d 248 (D.N.J. 1999)
  • In re: Milestone Scientific Securities Litigation, 183 F.R.D. 404 (D.N.J. 1998), also 187 F.R.D. 165 (D.N.J. 1999), also 103 F. Supp. 2d 425 (D.N.J. 2000)
  • In re: Cendant Corporation Securities Litigation, 182 F.R.D. 144 (D.N.J. 1998)
  • In re: Computron Software Litigation, 6 F. Supp. 2d 313 (D.N.J. 1998)
  • Weikel v. Tower Semiconductor, Ltd., 183 F.R.D. 377 (D.N.J. 1998)
  • In re: Mobilemedia Securities Litigation, 28 F. Supp. 2d 901 (D.N.J. 1998)
  • In Re: PSE&G Shareholder Litigation, 315 N.J. Super. 323 (Ch. Div. 1998)
  • Matter of TDA Industries, Inc., 240 A.D. 2d 262 (N.Y.A.D. 1 Dept. 1997)
  • J.K. Funding, Inc. v. DeCara Enterprises, Ltd., 235 A.D. 2d 785 (N.Y.A.D. 3 Dept. 1997), also 270 A.D. 2d 456 (N.Y.A.D. 2 Dept. 2000)
  • Grassi v. Information Resources, Inc., 63 F. 3d 596 (7th Cir. 1995)
  • In Re: General Tire & Rubber Co. Securities Litigation, 726 F.2d 1057 (6th Cir. 1994)
  • Gelles v. TDA Industries, 44 F.3d 102 (2d Cir. 1994) (establishing new standards in the Second Circuit on the purchaser/seller requirement of SEC Rule 10b-5), also Fed. Sec. L. Rep. 1993 Transfer Binder 97,690 (S.D.N.Y. 1993), also Fed. Sec. L. Rep. 1990 Transfer Binder 96,110 (S.D.N.Y. 1991)
  • Easton & Co. v. Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Co., Fed. Sec. L. Rep. (CCH)1993 Transfer Binder 96,595, 97,294 and 97,348 (D.N.J. 1993)
  • Resolution Trust Corp. v. DiDomenico, 837 F. Supp. 623 (D.N.J. 1993)
  • Rachael Lerch, et als. v. Citizens First Bancorp, et al., 805 F. Supp. 1142 (D.N.J. 1992), also 144 F.R.D. 247 (D.N.J. 1992)
  • Franz v. Raymond Eisenhardt Sons, Inc., 732 F. Supp. 521 (D.N.J. 1990)
  • Zinberg v. Washington Bancorp, et al., 138 F.R.D. 397 (D.N.J. 1990)
  • Rose Cammer, et als. v. Bruce M. Bloom, et als., 711 F. Supp. 1264 (D.N.J. 1989)
  • Willis v. Rubiera Zim, 705 F. Supp. 205 (D.N.J. 1988)
  • Reufenacht v. O’Halleran, 737 F.2d 320 (3d Cir. 1984), aff’d, sub. nom. Gould v. Reufenacht, 471 U.S. 701 (1985)
  • In Re: General Public Utilities Corporation Securities Litigation, Fed. Sec. L. Rep. (CCH) 1983-1984 Transfer Binder, 99,566 (D.N.J. 1983)
  • Abramowitz v. Posner, 672 F.2d 1025 (2d Cir. 1982), also 513 F. Supp. 120 (S.D.N.Y. 1981)
  • Degenaars v. Degenaars, 186 N.J. Super. 233 (Ch. Div. 1982)
  • Turner v. Aldens, Inc., 179 N.J. Super. 596 (App. Div. 1981)
  • Roem v. Borough of Dumont, 176 N.J. Super. 397 (App. Div. 1980)
  • In re: General Tire & Rubber Co. Securities Litigation, 429 F. Supp. 1032 (J.P.M.L. 1977)
  • Scott v. Richstein, 129 N.J. Super. 516 (Law Div. 1974)
  • Crowell v. U.S., 1972 A.M.C. 2086 (D.N.J. 1972)


  • Taught Trial Advocacy for The National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • Taught Trial and Appellate Skills at Hofstra, Widener and Roger Williams Schools of Law
  • American Bar Association for Continuing Legal Education, Lecturer
  • New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Lecturer

Honors and Awards

  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • New Jersey Super Lawyers, in Business Litigation and Class Action/Mass Torts, 2005 - 2018
  • Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel
  • Best Lawyers in America, in Commercial Litigation
  • Included in (201) Magazine’s list of Bergen’s “Top Lawyers” in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019, in Civil Litigation, Criminal Litigation and Litigation
  • Selected by the Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey and The New Jersey Committee on Professionalism as a recipient of the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award, 2017 - Present
  • Super Lawyers, 2019

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Lawyers’ Advisory Committee to the U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, Member
  • Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, Past Trustee
  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Co-Chair, Class Action Committee
  • The Association of the Federal Bar of New Jersey, Member
  • Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, Member