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Peter J. Woo

Principal
Orange County

P 949-885-5266 F 949-885-1380

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Peter J. Woo

Biography

Peter J. Woo is a principal in the Orange County, California, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. Peter believes that equally important to knowing and understanding the law, a legal advisor must earn the trust of clients by anticipating their questions and offering solutions before they even know there is an issue requiring attention. Peter advises corporations, not-for profit companies, and private entities who benefit from his experience gained working in-house, in litigation and at trial.

Peter defends clients facing claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, contractual disputes and fraud, as well as professional liability claims such as directors and officers (D&O) insurance. He also defends clients against claims made under the Americans with Disabilities Act and equivalent state-based claims involving public accommodations. Peter also defends clients against wage and hour claims on an individual, class, and/or representative basis.

In his legal career, Peter worked at several insurance companies as a claims professional. He successfully handled complex coverage issues, managed litigation and supervised outside counsel on thousands of complex EPL, D&O, and E&O professional liability matters. This experience enables Peter to look at issues from both an in-house and litigation point of view, helping him to better serve his clients.

Peter also advises clients on issues such as risk-management, hiring and termination, workplace investigations, and drafting employee policies, and when faced with litigation, Peter helps his clients each step of the way. He facilitates sexual harassment training and develops materials for executives, managers, and employees under current California and federal law with emphasis on practical solutions.

Outside of the office, Peter is active in the Los Angeles and Asian American legal and business communities, serving as general counsel for A-List Magazine, a nonprofit periodical that highlights Asian professional leadership and success in the United States and Canada. He previously was as a volunteer attorney for the Los Angeles County Bar Association Domestic Violence Services Project, assisting with preparing the paperwork necessary to protect survivors of domestic violence and their children, including sexually abused minors and abused elderly persons.

Before joining Jackson Lewis, Peter was the vice-chair of the Labor and Employment practice group at an AMLaw 200 national law firm overseeing the firm’s employment practice nationwide and leading the firm’s team of employment attorneys in California. As a law student, Peter gained experience as an extern for the Honorable Maureen A. Tighe of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Central District of California, and after graduating, he served as a clerk for the Honorable Alison Y. Tuitt of the New York State Supreme Court, Civil Division, Bronx County.

Litigation Experience

  • Trial counsel on numerous employment and professional liability cases that resolved favorably for client, including obtaining defense verdict on case involving $3M exposure
  • Lead counsel who brokered a non-monetary settlement of a shareholder derivative lawsuit by significantly restructuring six major corporate transactions while negotiating employment termination and release of all claims of its chief executive officer
  • Obtained dismissal of all wage and hour and breach of contract claims made by employee in an employment and wage action
  • Vigorously defended a $3 million employment disability-related lawsuit through summary judgment, which resulted in a nuisance value settlement
  • Obtained dismissal of a Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) nationwide federal class action against a major employer after contentious class wide discovery
  • Obtained favorable resolution of a highly publicized lawsuit alleging sexual harassment while negotiating separation of employment with executive
  • Strategically defended a gender and national origin discrimination case involving a minimum wage employee resulting in a settlement of one week of wages, inclusive of attorney fees
  • Vigorously defended two sexual harassment cases brought by a prominent plaintiff’s law firm against the same employer, leading to the plaintiff’s firm withdrawing as counsel and resulting in a de minimis settlement
  • Obtained dismissal of claims from law firm partner involving multi-million dollar claim against national law firm
  • Obtained dismissal of numerous administrative complaints filed with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing involving claims of discrimination and retaliation
  • Obtained dismissal of harassment claims in three weeks after assignment of claim
  • Obtained dismissal of wage-and-hour matter after negotiating settlement of 4 percent of opening demand

Honors and Recognitions

  • Chambers USA, “Labor & Employment - California” (2021)
  • Los Angeles Business Journal, "Leaders in Law for Employment Law" inductee, (2019-2020)
  • Los Angeles Business Journal, "Diversity and Inclusion Executive of the Year" inductee, (2021)
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, "AV Preeminent® - Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence" (2018-Present)
  • Super Lawyers®, Southern California, "Rising Stars" (2020)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS)
  • National Asian American Association of Professionals
  • Korean American Bar Association
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA)

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • A-List Magazine, General Counsel

Published Works

  • “Employers are Bracing for Four Types of Employment Claims Arising Out of the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Advisen Front Page News (May 2020) [Co-Author]
  • “Virus Could Spur Avalanche of Tort and Employment Litigation,” Courthouse News (March 2020)

Speeches

  • “Coronavirus Risk Forecast: Coverage and Claims Analysis for Toxic tort, Employment, Workers’ Compensation, Cyber, and Insurance Policy Concerns,” Perrin Conferences (Virtual, March 2020) (presenter)
  • “The Current Legal Landscape of Website Accessibility,” Allied World Assurance Company (Virtual, March 2020) (presenter)
  • “Stay tuned with Employment Law Issues,” New York City Association of Insurance Women (New York, NY, June 2019) (presenter)
  • “Ensuring that #METOO is Not You Too: Defending a #MeToo Claim, Including Practical Tips for Clients,” International Association of Defense Counsel Professional Liability Roundtable (New York, NY, May 2019) (presenter)
  • “What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You! – Avoiding Accounting Malpractice and California Employment Law Update,” Korean American CPA Society of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA, April 2019) (presenter)
  • “Sex Drugs and Real Estate”, Korean American Real Estate Brokers Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 2019) (presenter)
  • “Sex, Drugs and Claims Management: 2019 Developments on #MeToo and Marijuana in the Workpace,” Starr Indemnity Insurance Company, Allied World Assurance Company (New York, NY, June 2019) (presenter)
  • “Construction Law 101: Tools to Manage Risk in Employment, Contracts, Insurance, Bonds, and More,” Chinese American Construction Professionals (Los Angeles, CA, January 2019)
  • “Employment and Wage and Hour Issues Today: A Guide on New and Existing Labor Laws in California,” Marsh (Los Angeles, CA, August 2018)
  • “Employment and Labor Issues Facing the Apparel Industry,” Korean American Apparel Manufacturers Association (Los Angeles, CA, June 2018)
  • “California Fair Claims Settlement Practices Regulations,” Arya Claims Services, LLC (New York, NY, June 2016 and September 2017)
  • “Recent Developments in Federal and California Employment Law,” University of California Los Angeles School of Law LL.M. Program (Los Angeles, CA, February 2016)