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Peter J. PingitorePeter J. Pingitore

Peter J. Pingitore concentrates his practice in the areas of business and employment law and litigation. Peter represents a diverse client base that includes engineering, manufacturing, transportation, publishing, freight, construction, custom design and fabrication, nursing and hospice care, and various service based businesses, providing representation in commercial litigation matters and employment issues, and serving many of these companies in the role of outside general counsel.

Peter has successfully tried cases before the state superior courts and the federal district court, involving a wide range of claims including breach of contract, construction negligence, employment discrimination, personal injury, shareholder disputes, breach of duty of loyalty, and unfair business practices.

Peter counsels clients on various employment issues including termination, discrimination, retaliation, and wage and hour laws. He represents employers on charges of employment law violations before Federal and State administrative agencies and courts. Peter has litigated numerous disputes regarding the scope and enforceability of non-competition, non-solicitation and other restrictive employment covenants, in a broad array of industries including, business to business publishing, medical device, internet hardware, food brokerage, and engineering software.

Peter has been a member of the bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 1986 and is admitted to practice before the Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Peter is a member of the Boston Bar Association (Business and Commercial Litigation, and Labor and Employment Sections).

Peter has been selected as a "Super Lawyer" by Boston Magazine in the area of Business Litigation every year since 2005 and received a peer review AV-Rating from the legal guide, Martindale-Hubbell. He is active in his local community, serving for over 14 years as an elected Needham Town Meeting Member. Peter has also served for over 8 years as an elected Commissioner for the Needham Housing Authority and currently is its Chair.

Peter received his B.A., cum laude in Economics from the University of New Hampshire in 1980, and his J.D. degree from Northeastern University School of Law in 1985. After graduating from law school, Peter served for one year as a law clerk in the Superior Court of New Jersey.

Representative matters include:

  • In a matter tried to a jury (United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts), successfully defended a former officer and shareholder of an international air freight shipping company against claims by the shipping company alleging breach of duty of loyalty and breach of fiduciary duty.
  • In a case litigated before the American Arbitration Association involving the interpretation of a “pay when paid” provision of a standard form AIA contract, obtained a $250,000 arbitration award (including an award of attorney’s fees) on behalf of a New England regional engineering firm against a Vermont-based architectural firm.
  • Obtained summary judgment (Middlesex Superior Court) in favor of a syndicated advertising firm on claims by former employee of breach of commission agreement and covenant of good faith and fair dealing.
  • Defended President and CEO of publishing company against claims by former employer of misappropriation of confidential information, breach of duty of loyalty, and breach of severance agreement.
  • Prosecuted, on behalf of wholesale distributor of building materials, claims against industrial park developer based on promissory estoppel, breach of contract, and violations of Chapter 93A in connection with purchase and development of commercial parcel.
  • Represented quasi-governmental agency in defending claims by its former director that he was unlawfully discharged and was owed unpaid compensation in the form of unused vacation days and sick days dating back over a nine year period.
  • Successfully defended custom design and fabrication company in an action alleging negligence, breach of warranty, and violation of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 93A related to the company’s role in the design and supplying of a component part of an allegedly defective glass topped table.