Notable Cases

Representative litigation

Kristan Peters-Hamlin notable cases
  • Won $5.55 million retaliation jury verdict in federal court on behalf of African American manager against Wal-Mart.
  • Represented a portfolio manager against world's second largest asset manager in whistleblower suit.
  • Represented a U.S. Senator accused of sexual harassment.
  • Represented a biotechnology company in Maryland in a trade secret, RICO and theft of confidential information claim against Archer Daniels Midland.
  • Won summary judgment in the Southern District of New York on behalf of an insurance company accused of age, disability and racial discrimination.
  • Won dismissal after trial before the American Arbitration Association of breach of contract claim brought against Allied Domecq
  • Won six-figure settlement in Dodd-Frank/Sarbanes-Oxley claim on behalf of whistleblower executive against the world's largest asset manager
  • Represented whistleblower in a fraud claim against Carlyle Group, the world's largest private equity company. (See WSJ article)
  • Won summary judgment in the Eastern District of New York on behalf of a pharmaceutical company in a defamation and racial discrimination claim.
  • Won summary judgment on behalf of Autozone in national origin, race and religious discrimination case
  • Won dismissal of a defamation claim in New Jersey federal court based on discovery abuses.
  • Won summary judgment in the District of Maryland on behalf of an agricultural company in a sex discrimination claim.
  • Won a well-publicized civil rights class action on behalf of a Connecticut golf club sued by a group of members.
  • Successfully defended an American businessman prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's office for export violations. (See Fox News article.)
  • Represented a business executive in connection with a New York Attorney General investigation of title insurance companies.
  • Won a temporary restraining order and permanent injunction on behalf of a legal information company in a trade secret, conversion and theft of confidential information case in a claim against both the executive who removed computer technology and his new company employer.
  • Won a temporary restraining order and injunction on behalf of a legal publishing company against a competitor and a departing executive who transferred to his new employer key customer information.
  • Won temporary restraining order against union picketers in Maryland state court.
  • Won summary judgment in the District of New Jersey on behalf of a medical publishing company sued for breach of contract by marketing company.
  • Won dismissal of executives' breach of contract and CUTPA claims for Allied Domecq before the AAA in Connecticut.

Sample of published decisions

  • Brown v. Astrazeneca Pharms., L.P, 2006 U. S. Dist. LEXIS57377 (E.D.N.Y. Aug. 16 2006) (summary judgment granted to Peters' client in case involving African American manager's race discrimination and defamation claim).
  • Barnes v. CCH Corporate Sys., 2004 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 12504; 94 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas. (BNA) 570; 15 Am. Disabilities Cas. (BNA) 1473 (S.D.N.Y. July 7, 2004) (Peters won summary judgment in case involving claims of disability discrimination based on AIDS, race discrimination, gender discrimination and various tort claims where employer proved employee unqualified for job).
  • Anyan v. New York Life Ins. Co., 192 F. Supp. 2d 228 (S.D.N.Y 2002), aff'd, 2003 U.S. App LEXIS 13786 (2d Cir. 2003) (Peters secured summary judgment in favor of employer against insurance agent's race and other discrimination claims).
  • Jordan v. CCH, 2002 U.S dist. LEXIS 19104 (E.D.Pa., 2002), vacated, 2003 US Dist. LEXIS 24388 (E.D. Pa. 2003) (Peters won partial win for employer on ERISA and intentional age discrimination claims; and secured vacation of partial loss).
  • Delahunty v. Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, 56 F. Supp. 2d 231 (D. CT. 1999)(Peters successfully persuaded court to compel arbitration; held plaintiff signed enforceable arbitration agreement).
  • Humphrey v. New York Life Insurance Co., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 97395 (E.D.N.Y.Dec. 29, 2006) (won summary judgment in race discrimination case brought by manager).
  • United States v. Sammoury, 74 F.3d 1341 (D.C. Cir. 1996) , 74 F. 3rd 1341 (D.C. Cir. 1996) (Peters successfully argues to uphold Court's refusal to provide downward departure from sentencing guidelines when defendant stole from charitable organization in Palestine).
  • United States v. Bruce, 89 F. 3rd 886 (D.C. Cir. 1996) (Peters successfully prosecuted defendant convicted of scheme to commit bank fraud; conviction upheld on appeal).
  • Johnson v. Albright, 992 F. Supp. 37 (D.D.C. 1998) (Peters' motion to dismiss on behalf of government granted because certain incidents occurred after the charge filing period and there was no allegation of ongoing discrimination).
  • Passarell v. Glickman, 1997 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 2719 (D.D.C. 1997) (Peters successfully prevailed on argument Agricultural Secretary's failure to timely act did not create due process rights or automatic entitlement to relief).
  • Deters v. United States Parole Comm'n, 85 F. 3rd 655 (D.C. Cir. 1996) (Peters wins summary judgment for government on the ground that parole records did not violate Privacy Act).
  • United States v. Starks, 1996 U.S. App. LEXIS 1226 (D.C. Cir. 1996) (Peters successfully upholds on appeal District Court decision that there was ample reason for measures of juror protection taken as juror tampering evident during first trial).
  • United States v. Olibrices, 979 F. 2d 1557 (D.C.Cir. 1992) (Peters successfully secures Court of Appeals' affirmation of District Court denial of downward departure where her role was major in smaller scheme for which she was convicted).
  • United States v. Montague, 958 F. 2d. 1094 (D.C. Cir. 1992) (Peters secures affirmation of District Court where no error in admission of prior consistent statement of witness when offered to rebut express charge against declarant of recent fabrication or improper influence or motive).
  • Gonzalez v. United States, 697 A.2d 819 (D.C.C.A. 1997) (Peters secures affirmation that competence of interpreter at defendant's trial is within sound discretion of the court).
  • Minnick v. United States, 607 A. 2d 519 (D.C.C.A. 1992) (In case of first impression, Peters secures 4th Amendment precedent in arguing successfully for establishment of "plain smell test" for first time in District of Columbia).
  • Colbert v. United States, 601 A. 2d 603 (D.C.C.A. 1992) (Peters secures affirmation of bribery conviction).
  • Cornetta v. United States, et al, 851 F.2d 1372 (Fed. Cir. 1985) (won reversal of summary judgment in en banc appeal)
  • United States v. Allen, 960 F.2d 1055 (D.C. Cir. 1992)  (successfully upheld conviction where name alias introduced was hearsay, but held to be harmless error)
  • United States v. Boney, 977 F.2d 624 (D.C. Cir. 1992)  (secured confirmation of conviction challenged because expert provided opinion on ultimate issue of fact within jury's province)
  • United States v. Farahbakhsh (D.Ct. 2008) (Kristan Peters successfully represents businessman accused of terrorism)