Peter N. Wang

Partner

Overview

Peter N. Wang is a litigation lawyer and managing partner of the New York City office of Foley & Lardner LLP and a former member of the firm’s national Management Committee. As one of the firm's senior trial lawyers, he has had substantial experience in a wide variety of litigation areas, and is a member of the Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Construction, Securities Enforcement & Litigation and IP Litigation Practices, as well as the Insurance & Reinsurance Industry Team.

Mr. Wang was a founding partner of Friedman, Wang & Bleiberg, P.C. before the firm joined Foley in July 2004.

From 1973 – 1974, Mr. Wang served as a law clerk to the Hon. Milton Pollack, United States District Judge, Southern District of New York.

Education

Mr. Wang received his J.D. from Harvard University (cum laude, 1973) and his B.A. from Yale University (magna cum laude, 1970).

Admissions and Professional Memberships

Mr. Wang is admitted to the New York Bar; U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, and Eastern District of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, Third Circuit, Fourth Circuit, Fifth Circuit, Seventh Circuit, Tenth Circuit and Eleventh Circuit.

He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; Federal Bar Council; and in 2002 was inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an organization limited to the 500 leading trial advocates in the world.

Recognition

Mr. Wang has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system. He has been recognized as one of the Top 100 New York Super Lawyers® and has been selected for inclusion in the 2006 – 2018 New York Super Lawyers® lists. The "super lawyer" designation represents the top five percent of Manhattan attorneys in more than 60 areas of practice and Mr. Wang was one of the 100 highest point-getters in the New York Metro nomination. He was also selected by his peers for inclusion in the current edition of The Best Lawyers in America© in the areas of commercial litigation and construction law.

The September 2011 issue of Super Lawyers Magazine profiled Mr. Wang in an article paying homage to his mentor, Judge Milton Pollack. Mr. Wang is described as "one of the nation's top litigators in a variety of fields."

Presentations and Publications

Mr. Wang has written and spoken numerous times on the topic of litigation. His presentations and publications include the following:

  • “Dispositive Motions including Motions to Dismiss, Judgment on the Pleadings, and Summary Judgment Motions” New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Commercial Litigation Academy, 2017
  • “Expert Disclosure: State vs. Federal” New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Commercial Litigation Academy, 2014
  • “Discovery and E-Discovery,” panelist, New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Commercial Litigation Academy, 2012
  • "Arguing Your First Motion," New York State Bar Association, Commercial Litigation Academy, 2011
  • "Litigation Tactics Boot Camp: Beyond the Fundamentals," Association of Corporate Counsel, Greater New York Chapter, 2011
  • "Trying a Complex Construction Case," Associated Owners and Developers National Conference, 2007
  • "E-Discovery," University of Missouri, 2004
  • "The Use of Demonstrative Evidence," Federal Bar Council, 2001
  • "Effective Jury Communications," Federal Bar Council, 2000

Representative Matters

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Foley secured a complete victory in the Federal Circuit on behalf of Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLB Advanced Media), likely ending a 12-year patent dispute. Foley partner Cynthia Rigsby argued in the Federal Circuit in support of MLB Advanced Media’s District Court victory and received summary affirmance just two days post-argument.The case dates back to 2003 and stems from a dispute over a method of condensing a recorded baseball game. Plaintiff Baseball Quick claimed patent infringement and sought a royalty on MLB Advanced Media revenues alleged to exceed $400 million as of 2011. Baseball Quick also asked for damages to be trebled and for attorneys’ fees. MLB Advanced Media denied infringement and claimed that the Baseball Quick’s patent was invalid. In December 2014, U.S. District Judge Kathryn Forrest of the Southern District of New York granted MLB Advanced Media’s summary judgment motion, confirming MLB Advanced Media’s technology did not infringe Baseball Quick’s patent either literally, or under the doctrine of equivalents.Baseball Quick appealed the decision in March 2015 and on December 10, 2015, a Federal Circuit panel including Judges Dyk, O’Malley, and Stoll affirmed the District Court’s decision. MLB Advanced Media was represented on appeal by Cynthia Rigsby, Kevin Malaney and Michelle Moran. In addition to the appellate team, the District Court case team included George Beck, Mary K. Braza, Peter Wang, Yonaton Aronoff, Justin Gray and Sara Madavo.Our other representations for MLBAM involve patent litigation, patent counseling and procurement and licensing. To date, we have applied for 29 patents and successfully obtained 15 on MLBAM’s behalf. MLB has been a pioneer in its on-line sports content distribution and fan interaction strategies. Leading amongst professional sports leagues, MLB is at the forefront of new media technologies and opportunities for expansion to markets beyond the U.S., including Canada, Europe and Japan.
Represented an acquirer of a business that became embroiled in disputes with the former shareholders of that business, concerning the parties’ rights and obligations under a reorganization agreement with respect to certain litigations in which the business was involved. The plaintiffs' claims included fraud in connection with, and breach of, the acquisition agreement, and the matter included complex issues of good faith and the review of litigation strategy in the case-within-a-case context. The client prevailed entirely, in part via motions to dismiss and in part on summary judgment.
Foley represented the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) (formerly known as World Wrestling Federation (WWF) with regards to rights to the “names” of their “characters”.