MIAMI – September 17, 2019 – Miami-based litigation boutique Podhurst Orseck is pleased to announce that partner Peter Prieto has been inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL). Mr. Prieto leads the commercial litigation and class action practice at Podhurst Orseck, which has served as lead counsel in several of the nation’s most significant class action and multidistrict litigation or MDL matters. The induction took place at the organization’s Mid-Year Meeting in Whitefish, Montana.
The International Academy of Trial Lawyers limits membership to a select group of 500 Fellows from the United States and nearly 40 countries around the world. The Academy honors those who have achieved a career of excellence through demonstrated skill and ability in jury trials, trials before the court and appellate practice. Only lawyers who have attained the highest level of advocacy and take part in a comprehensive screening process are invited to join.
“Peter’s recognition as a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers is a tribute to his achievements in the courtroom, his high ethical standards, and his tireless pursuit of excellence on behalf of clients,” said Podhurst Orseck partner Bob Josefsberg.
Bob Josefsberg and Founding Partner Aaron Podhurst have both served as past presidents of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Prieto becomes only the third lawyer at the 52-year-old Podhurst Orseck firm to become a Fellow of both the Academy, as well as the American College of Trial Lawyers, another invitation-only trial lawyers organization.
For more than 25 years, Peter has focused his practice on complex commercial litigation, including class actions and white-collar criminal defense. Peter currently serves as Plaintiffs’ Chair Lead Counsel overseeing both class actions and personal injury actions in the Takata Airbags Product Liability Litigation, which is considered the largest automotive defect case in United States history. Peter also serves as the only Florida Lawyer on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee for the General Motors LLC Ignition Switch Litigation. He also serves on the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in the Checking Account Overdraft Litigation and is Chair of the Experts Committee in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Antitrust MDL.
In addition to being inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Peter recently served as the Eleventh Circuit’s representative on the America Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. Peter is also a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been recognized by publications including Florida Trend Magazine, Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America.
Peter received a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from St. Thomas University where he also is a current member of the Board of Trustees. He received his juris doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law and serves on the Alumni Advisory Board of the University of Miami Law Review.
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About Podhurst Orseck
Miami-based Podhurst Orseck, P.A., established over half a century ago, is a top-flight boutique trial and appellate firm focusing its practice on tort litigation matters including aviation, products liability, serious personal injury, and wrongful death claims, as well as complex commercial litigation and white-collar defense. Additionally, the firm has a strong appellate practice, handling appeals for its own attorneys and attorneys throughout the nation, in various state and federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court. The firm has consistently received an AV-Rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest possible rating, based on legal ability and general ethical standards. For more information, please visit www.podhurst.com