Peter W. Yoars Jr.
Yoars Law, LLC
Peter Yoars is a solution-driven attorney with experience in all aspects and phases of complex civil and commercial litigation, settlements, arbitrations and mediations.
Peter has vast experience with jury and non-jury trials in state and Federal courts as well as arbitrations, mediations and other forms of ADR. As trial and lead counsel, he handles engineering and construction disputes, corporate litigation, environmental law, professional liability claims, toxic torts, product liability and consumer protection cases, among other cases. Peter has made hundreds of court appearances, drafted countless pleadings, motions and other court documents, managed intricate and voluminous discovery processes, taken and defended over 3,000 depositions.
Previously as Partner at Knox Law, Peter acted as outside counsel to one of the nation's largest health-systems, working with its risk management team on internal investigations, peer reviews and mediations. As highlighted by this relationship of trust, Peter’s hallmarks as an attorney are his ability to fully vet his clients’ business and legal situations, communicate clear legal strategy to senior executives and bring exceptional value to his clients.
Peter has received the Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell and is frequently interviewed by and mentioned in the legal and general press. Admitted in New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, he has managed jury trials in the New York State Supreme Court, U.S. District Courts and trial courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Areas of Law and Practice
|Areas of Law||Areas of Practice|
|Agency and Distributorships||Dealer and Distributor Termination, Distribution, Distribution Agreements|
|Alternative Dispute Resolution||Arbitration, Mediation|
|Appellate Practice||Civil Appeals|
|Business Law||Business Arbitration, Business Fraud, Business Litigation, Business Mediation, Business Torts, Family Business Mediation, Professional Practices|
|Civil Rights||Civil Liberties, Civil Rights Defense, Civil Rights Section 1983, Disability Discrimination, Disabled Access, Disabled Rights, Discrimination, Gay and Lesbian Rights, Handicapped Rights, Human Rights, International Human Rights, Personal Rights, Prisoners Rights, Prisoners Rights Class Actions, Public Interest Law, Race Discrimination, Reproductive Rights, Sex Discrimination, Womens Rights|
|Commercial Law||Commercial Arbitration, Commercial Bad Faith, Commercial Constitutional Law, Commercial Crimes, Commercial Fraud, Commercial Liability, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Mediation, Commercial Torts, Commercial Transactions, Commercial Transfers, Commercial Trusts, Complex Commercial Litigation, International Commercial Arbitration, International Commercial Law, International Sale of Goods, Negotiable Instruments, Retail Liability, Sale of Goods, Secured Transactions, Uniform Commercial Code, Warehousing|
|Constitutional Law||Fifth Amendment Law, First Amendment Law, Fourth Amendment Law, Freedom of Information, Freedom of Religion, Media and First Amendment|
|Construction Law||Architectural Law, Construction Accidents, Construction and Design Law, Construction and Surety Law, Construction Arbitration, Construction Claims, Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Equipment Liability, Construction Finance, Construction Insurance, Construction Insurance Defense, Construction Labor Law, Construction Liability, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation, Construction Mediation, Construction Products Liability, Construction Safety, Construction Workouts, Contractor Performance Bonds, Contractors Liability, Environmental Construction Law, International Construction Contracts, International Construction Law, Materialmens Liens, Mechanics Liens, Public Construction Law, Public Works, Roof Industry Liability, Scaffolding Liability, Structural Work Act|
|Consumer Law||Consumer Litigation|
|Contracts||Contract Drafting, Contract Fraud, Contract Litigation|
|Corporate Law||Corporate Investigations, Corporate Litigation|
|Environmental Law||Air Pollution, Air Quality, Brownfields Redevelopment, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Chemical Regulation, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Climate Change, Coastal Environmental Law, Earth Movement, Endangered Species, Environmental Administrative Law, Environmental Arbitration, Environmental Auditing, Environmental Bankruptcy, Environmental Business Law, Environmental Class Actions, Environmental Cleanup, Environmental Compliance, Environmental Contamination, Environmental Corporate Law, Environmental Cost Recovery, Environmental Criminal Defense, Environmental Criminal Law, Environmental Diseases, Environmental Dispute Resolution, Environmental Due Diligence, Environmental Health and Safety, Environmental Insurance, Environmental Insurance Claims, Environmental Insurance Coverage, Environmental Insurance Defense, Environmental Legislative Practice, Environmental Lender Liability, Environmental Liability, Environmental Litigation, Environmental Mediation, Environmental Penalties, Environmental Permitting, Environmental Real Estate, Environmental Regulation, Environmental Reinsurance, Environmental Risk Management, Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, Gas Pollution, Groundwater Contamination, Habitat Conservation, Hazardous Materials and Substances, Hazardous Materials Management, Hazardous Materials Transportation, Hazardous Waste, Hazardous Waste Liability, Hazardous Waste Management, Hazardous Waste Permits, Hazardous Waste Regulation, Indoor Air Quality, International Environmental Law, Landslides and Subsidence, Medical Waste, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material, Nuclear Waste, Oil Pollution, Oil Spills, Pesticide Regulation, Pollution, Property Remediation, Protected Species, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Sick Building Syndrome, Solid Waste, Solid Waste Disposal, Solid Waste Management, Solid Waste Regulation, Superfund, Toxic Chemicals, Toxic Substance Liability, Toxic Substance Regulation, Toxic Substances, Underground Storage Tanks, Water Pollution, Water Quality, Wetlands Protection, Wetlands Regulation, Wildlife Law|
|Fraud||Civil Fraud, Fraud|
|Health Care||Health Care Liability, Health Care Litigation|
|Hospital Law||Hospital Liability, Hospital Liability Defense, Hospital Negligence, Hospital Premises Liability, Hospital Risk Management|
|Insurance||Accident Insurance, Automobile Insurance, Automobile Insurance Coverage, Automobile Liability, Captive Insurance, Casualty Insurance, Casualty Insurance Subrogation, Commercial Insurance, Commercial Property Insurance, Disability Insurance, Excess and Reinsurance, Excess Coverage, Extra Contractual Insurance Claims, Fidelity and Surety, Fidelity and Surety Bonds, Fire Insurance, Fire Insurance Subrogation, Fire Loss, First and Third Party Insurance, First Party Insurance, General Liability, Indemnity, Insurance Adjuster Liability, Insurance Administration, Insurance Agents and Brokers Defense, Insurance Agents and Brokers Errors and Omissions, Insurance Agents and Brokers, Malpractice, Insurance Arbitration, Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Collection, Insurance Company Demutualization, Insurance Company Taxation, Insurance Contracts, Insurance Coverage, Insurance Fraud, Insurance Guaranty Association Law, Insurance Insolvency, Insurance Investigations, Insurance Litigation, Insurance Mediation, Insurance Mergers and Acquisitions, Insurance Pooling Arrangements, Insurance Premium Fraud, Insurance Products, Insurance Rate Regulation, Insurance Receivership, Insurance Recovery, Insurance Regulation, Insurance Rehabilitation and Liquidation, Insurance Trusts, International Insurance, Life and Health Insurance, Life Insurance, No Fault Automobile Insurance, Personal Liability, Property Damage, Property Insurance, Property Insurance Coverage, Property Loss, Property Subrogation, Public Liability, Reinsurance, Reinsurance Arbitration, Reinsurance Mediation, Risk Management, Self Insured Law, Subrogation, Surety Bonds, Surety Law, Unfair Insurance Practices, Uninsured and Underinsured Motorists, Uninsured and Underinsured, Motorists Arbitration|
|Insurance Defense||Arson and Insurance Fraud, Automobile Insurance Defense, Automobile Insurance Fraud Defense, Automobile Liability Defense, Casualty Insurance Defense, Commercial Insurance Defense, Disability Insurance Defense, Extra Contractual Insurance Defense, Fire Insurance Defense, First and Third Party Insurance Defense, First Party Insurance Defense, Flood Insurance Defense, General Liability Defense, Insurance Bad Faith Defense, Insurance Coverage Defense, Insurance Defense Subrogation, Insurance Fraud Defense, Life Insurance Defense, Loss Recovery, No Fault Auto Insurance Defense, Personal Liability Defense, Property Damage Defense, Property Insurance Defense, Public Liability Defense, Reinsurance Defense, Self Insured Defense, Surety Defense|
|Intellectual Property||Intellectual Property Litigation|
|Legal Malpractice||Legal Malpractice Defense, Legal Negligence, Legal Professional Liability|
|Litigation||Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Complex and Multi-District Litigation, Complex Litigation, Defense Litigation, E-Discovery, Federal Civil Litigation, Federal Litigation, International Litigation, Long-Arm Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Trial Practice, U.S. Supreme Court Litigation|
|Medical Malpractice||Birth Trauma, Chiropractors Malpractice, Cosmetic Surgery Malpractice, Dental Malpractice, Dental Malpractice Defense, Failure to Diagnose, Gynecology Malpractice, Medical Disciplinary Proceedings, Medical Liability, Medical Malpractice Defense, Medical Negligence, Medical-Legal Law, Medication Errors, Mental Health Professionals Malpractice, Nursing Liability, Nursing Malpractice, Nursing Negligence, Obstetric Malpractice, Oncology Law, Optometric Malpractice, Orthopedic Malpractice, Pediatric Malpractice, Pharmacists Liability, Physicians Professional Liability, Physicians Rights, Physicians Risk Management, Podiatric Malpractice, Psychiatric Malpractice, Psychology Malpractice, Psychotherapy Law, Surgeons Liability, Wrong Site Surgery|
|Municipal Law||Chapter 9 Municipal Reorganization, Firefighter Labor Law, Municipal Bankruptcy, Municipal Bonds, Municipal Bonds Taxation, Municipal Civil Rights, Municipal Contracts, Municipal Corporation Law, Municipal Defense, Municipal Derivative Products, Municipal Finance, Municipal Labor Law, Municipal Leasing, Municipal Liability, Municipal License Tax, Municipal Pension Law, Municipal Prosecution, Municipal Redevelopment, Municipal Risk Management, Municipal Securities, Municipal Solid Waste, Municipal Solid Waste Resource Recovery, Municipal Taxation, Municipal Torts, Municipal Utility Law, Municipal Utility Regulation, Police Labor Law, Tax Increment Finance|
|Natural Resources||Oil and Gas Litigation|
|Personal Injury||Accidents, Animal Attacks, Aquatic Injuries, Automobile Accidents and Injuries, Automobile Negligence, Bicycle Accidents, Boating Accidents, Bodily Injury, Brain Injury, Bus Accidents, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Catastrophic Injury, Commercial Vehicle Liability, Dog Bites, Electrical Injury, Head Injury, Motor Vehicle Accidents and Injuries, Motorcycle Accidents, Neurolaw, Pedestrian Injuries, Personal Injury Appeals, Product Liability, Severe Burns, Sexual Abuse, Slip and Fall, Spinal Injury, Subway Accidents, Third Party Wrongful Death, Work Place Injury, Whiplash, Wrongful Death|
|Premises Liability||Inadequate Security, Negligent Security, Premises Liability Defense, Premises Security, Private Security Litigation|
|Products Liability||Airbag Injury, All Terrain Vehicle Products Liability, Automotive Crashworthiness, Automotive Design Liability, Automotive Products Liability, Automotive Restraints, Automotive Warranty Law, Bicycle Products Liability, Biomedical Products Liability, Blood Bank Liability, Breach of Warranty, Breast Implant Litigation, Chemical Explosions, Chemical Products Liability, Dalkon Shield Litigation, Diet Drug Litigation, Drug and Medical Device Defense, Drug and Medical Device Litigation, Drug Contamination, Elevator Liability, Engineering Products Liability, Environmental Products Liability, Escalator Liability, Explosions, Firearms Litigation, Flammable Fabrics, Food Borne Disease, Food Products Liability, Gas Explosions, Heart Device Litigation, Heavy Equipment Products Liability, Industrial Products Liability, Lemon Law, Manufacturers Liability, Motorcycle Products Liability, Office Equipment Products Liability, Product Defects, Product Failure, Product Recall, Product Safety, Product Warning Labels, Products Liability Arbitration, Products Liability Defense, Products Liability Insurance Coverage, Products Liability Mediation, Products Liability Subrogation, Propane Products Liability, Recreational Products Liability, Recreational Vehicle Products Liability, Seat Belt Injury, Tire Defect Litigation, Tire/Rim Mismatch, Tobacco Litigation, Vaccine Injury, Vehicle Rollovers, Warranty Law, Welding Products Liability|
|Professional Liability||Accountants Liability, Accountants Malpractice, Agents and Brokers Errors andOmissions, Agents and Brokers Liability, Appraisers Liability, Architects and Engineers Errors and Omissions, Architects and Engineers Liability, Architects and Engineers Malpractice, Auditors Malpractice, Clergy Malpractice, Clergy Sexual Misconduct, Design Professionals Errors and Omissions, Design Professionals Liability, Design Professionals Malpractice, Directors and Officers Errors and Omissions, Directors and Officers Insurance Coverage, Directors and Officers Liability, Funeral Directors Liability, Professional Conduct, Professional Discipline, Professional Errors and Omissions, Professional Indemnity, Professional Liability Defense, Professional Liability Insurance Coverage, Professional Malpractice, Professional Negligence, Professional Sexual Misconduct, Surveyors Malpractice|
|Torts||Civil Liability, Intentional Torts, Mass Torts, Tort Defense, Tort Liability|
|Toxic Torts||Asbestos Defense, Asbestos Litigation, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Chemical Exposure, Latex Allergy Litigation, Lead Poisoning, Mesothelioma, Mold Litigation, Occupational Cancer, Occupational Disease, Pesticide Litigation, Radiation Injury, Silicosis Litigation, Toxic Exposure, Toxic Tort Class Actions, Toxic Tort Defense|
|Trade Secrets||Theft of Trade Secrets, Trade Secret Misappropriation|
- New York
Principal, President | Yoars Law LLC.
2016 - 2018
Providing consulting services and represeneting clients in complex litigation, depositions, e-discovery, appellate practice, transactional work and providing outside general counsel services.
Partner | Goldberg Segalla LLP
2015 - 2016
Served as trial and lead counsel defending clients in engineering and construction disputes (90%+ of practice), corporate litigation, environmental law, professional liability, toxic torts, product liability and consumer protection cases, among other matters. Handled claims in federal and state courts, primarily in New York City and nearby counties. Member of professional liability, construction and general defense practice groups.
Partner & Shareholder | Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett, P.C.
2007 - 2015
Served as trial and lead counsel in defense and commercial cases, including professional liability (architects/engineers and medical), corporate litigation, engineering and construction litigation, environmental litigation, products liability, intellectual property and other matters in Pennsylvania and New York state and federal courts. Acted as outside general counsel to numerous corporations and businesses including one of the nation’s largest health systems; worked with risk management team on internal investigations, employment issues, peer reviews and mediations. Spearheaded Knox McLaughlin's New York State presence in 2008 and made partner at this well-established firm. Left firm to return to Westchester/Fairfield area.
Juris Doctor | Pace University School of Law
1993 - 1997
Internship: Environmental Litigation Clinic under Prof. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
(oversaw eight environmental law cases).
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science | Allegheny College
1989 - 1993
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