Mr Peter White > Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP > Washington DC, United States > Lawyer Profile

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
901 Fifteenth Street,
NW, Suite 800
Washington, DC 20005
United States
Peter White photo

Work Department

Litigation, Financial Institutions, Regulatory & Compliance, Securities Enforcement, Securities Litigation, White Collar Defense & Government Investigations, Cybersecurity & Data Privacy, Antitrust


Peter H. White is co-chair of the Litigation Group and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. One of the nation’s leading white collar lawyers, Pete represents corporations and executives in managing crisis situations, including grand jury investigations, internal investigations, SEC enforcement proceedings, False Claims Act and qui tam lawsuits, and shareholder class actions. He achieved acquittals on all counts in multiple federal fraud trials, including allegations of accounting and securities fraud, government program fraud, false claims and public corruption. He served as lead counsel in over 80 federal and local jury trials and many more bench trials.

Pete is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. A recipient of the Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Pete has performed with comparable skill as a private practitioner. Among the many publications that have recognized him as a leading litigator are: The Best Lawyers in America (corporate compliance law, criminal defense: white collar, and litigation-securities), Chambers USAEthisphere: Attorneys Who MatterThe Legal 500 United StatesWashington DC Super LawyersWashingtonian’s “Washington’s Top Lawyers” (criminal defense, white collar) and The Washington Post (“Their Own Defense,” June 18, 2007). Pete obtained his B.A., with high honors, from University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from The University of Virginia School of Law, where he was Order of the Coif and on the Management Board of the Virginia Law Review. Upon graduation, he had the distinction of serving as a law clerk to The Honorable Richard L. Williams of the Eastern District of Virginia.


Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers.


University of Virginia School of Law, J.D. (Order of the Coif; Notes Editor, Virginia Law Review); University of Notre Dame, B.A., with high honors.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP has a five-partner team that handles securities litigation from both its New York and Washington DC offices. It frequently defends federal and state securities claims across the US, with a particularly prominent role in the defense of hedge funds and private equity firms. Its work also includes the representation of Fortune 500 corporations, securities underwriters and broker-dealers. It has recently shown its prowess in financial services cases, having acted for individuals and organizations accused of insider trading and in short-swing, as well as in disputes relating to blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. Practice head Michael Swartz in New York and Peter White in DC are the lead partners. Regulatory specialists Gary Stein in New York and DC-based partner Howard Schiffman are also recommended.

United States > Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense

Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP joins the ranking this year partly on the strength of the work done by Michael Swartz in New York, who along with Peter White in Washington DC leads the firm’s litigation group. The firm is a key adviser to the financial services industry on corporate and transactional matters, as well as providing counsel on regulatory, compliance, enforcement and investigative issues. Swartz handles a growing number of complex corporate disputes arising out of failed or contested mergers and acquisitions and joint ventures, and the firm has a well-established shareholder activism practice that also sees it involved in contentious matters.

United States > Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes

From its offices in New York and Washington DC, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP excels in litigation related to investment management. It also has expertise in broker-dealer disputes, shareholder activism and proxy contests. In a highlight matter, co-chair Michael Swartz recently won a series of victories for hedge fund venBio Select Advisor and is continuing to advise the company relating to its proxy contest at Immunomedics. Elsewhere, William Gussman is representing TPG Specialty Lending in securing repayment of credit from IHeartMedia, after the latter went into bankruptcy. Other key lawyers to note are co-chair of litigation group Peter White (in DC); Taleah Jennings, who focuses on fiduciary-related issues; Gary Stein, who has deep experience at appellate level; and Robert Ward, who specializes in commercial and securities litigation.