New York Lawyer Peter A. Antonucci to Receive 2012 Muskie Pro Bono Service Award
_ Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section is honoring lawyer Peter A. Antonucci of New York with its Edmund S. Muskie Pro Bono Service Award. The award recognizes TIPS members who have the attributes embodied by Sen. Muskie: his dedication to justice for all citizens, his public service, and his role as a lawyer and distinguished leader of the section.
“Peter’s pro bono representation of the families of firefighters who were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center and his ongoing leadership work in support of the Alzheimer’s Association make him a terrific recipient of this very important honor that TIPS bestows on its members dedicated to public service and justice for those in need of assistance during a very difficult period in their lives,” said Section Chair Randy Aliment of Seattle.
The award will be presented to Antonucci during the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago on Sunday, Aug. 5, at 6:30 p.m. during the James K. Carroll Leadership and Awards Dinner at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Antonucci serves as vice chair of the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Litigation Group at Greenberg Traurig, in New York. He has experience in litigation pertaining to products liability, consumer fraud, toxic torts, punitive damages, hotel management, criminal/internal investigations, aircraft lease disputes, antitrust, bankruptcy and contract and commercial matters. In addition, Antonucci has served as national coordinating counsel in class-action consumer fraud, medical device and pharmaceutical liability cases, and in litigated matters involving commercial airlines, luxury hotels, identity theft protection, body armor and heavy equipment.
His significant representations include doing pro bono work for the families of dozens of firefighters who were killed in the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center, after which he provided counseling on applying for and receiving payment from the Victim Compensation Fund; serving as lead counsel in the defense of a multidistrict litigation matter involving identity theft protection and consumer fraud and concurrent investigations and litigation filed by 35 attorneys general and the Federal Trade Commission; acting as national counsel for a major pharmaceutical company defending hundreds of personal injury and class-action lawsuits involving drugs used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease; and leading the defense of a series of national putative class actions involving alleged failures of bullet-resistant vests.
Antonucci earned his law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1990 and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester in 1982. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut; New York; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; and the Supreme Court of the United States. Antonucci is on the Board of Editors for the Law Journal Newsletters’ Product Liability Law & Strategy and has served in various leadership roles as a member of the ABA TIPS section, including section council member (2008-11); Task Force on Revenue Enhancement (2007-8); Long Range Planning Special Standing Committee (2007-8); Task Force on Strategic Alliances (2005-7); CLE Board (2004-5); Long Range Planning Committee (2003-5); Public Relations Committee (1999-2002); Year 2000 Task Force (1998-2000); and chair of the TIPS Committee on Toxic Substances and Environmental Law (1999-2000).
He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Alzheimer’s Association, New York Chapter (2008-present), and was chair of its 2011 “Forget Me Not” Gala. He has been president of St. David’s School Alumni Association (1995-2003) and is a member of the Board of Directors, East Sixties Properties Owners Association (1995-present).
Antonucci has received various awards and honors, including being listed in the Legal 500 United States in 2012; team member, Law360 “Product Liability Practice Group of the Year,” 2011; “Law and Public Service Committee’s Honor Roll Award,” ABA Annual Meeting, August 2011; Super Lawyers magazine, New York Super Lawyers, 2006-8, 2011; “Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals,” 2010; “Who’s Who in Finance and Business,” 2006; “Who’s Who in American Law,” 2002; “International Who’s Who of Entrepreneurs,” 1997; and “International Who’s Who of Professionals,” 1994.
A former law clerk to Paul P. Rao in the Court of International Trade, Antonucci is the author of two books, several chapters of other books and 34 published articles.
The ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section unites plaintiff, defense, insurance, and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. TIPS is a national source of expertise in tort, trial and insurance practice and brings lawyers together to share information and speak out on issues of importance. The section has about 25,000 members and over 30 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice. For more information about the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, visit the TIPS website, www.americanbar.org/tips.
Editors Note: Reporters are welcome to attend the award presentation at the 2012 ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago.