J.D., University of Miami School of Law
B.A., Washington Square College, New York University
Peter Halle, a retired Morgan Lewis & Bockius Partner, spent almost 30 years as a litigator in the Firm’s Antitrust & Trade Regulation Practice. During that time, he was extensively involved in corporate criminal defense, in the defense of civil treble damage class actions, in merger and acquisition advocacy before the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice, and the Federal Trade Commission, and in the defense of corporations accused of false and deceptive practices in administrative litigation brought by the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection.
Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Professor Halle practiced with Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, in Washington, DC. He has tried cases at the Federal District Court level, and has argued cases in the Court of Appeals.
Professor Halle was hired during his Senior Year at the University of Miami School of Law under the United States Department of Justice’s “Honors Program” and was assigned to the Special Trial Section of the Antitrust Division in 1973. There, he was a member of the original team that brought the monopolization case that resulted in the breakup of AT&T, which was then the country’s dominant telephone carrier. While the AT&T case was pending, he led the Grand Jury investigation and criminal prosecution that resulted in the conviction of J. Ray McDermott & Company, Brown & Root and several of their top executives, for fixing the price of off shore oil platforms, and undersea pipelines installed in the Gulf of Mexico. That prosecution resulted in the first maximum fines under the antitrust laws after the violation of Section 1 of the Sherman Act was made a felony.
While at Justice, he also served as a Special Assistant in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General and ran the Attorney General’s Hiring Program for Honor Law Graduates. He ended his Justice Department Career as Assistant Chief of the Division’s Trial Section before leaving to enter private practice in 1981.
As a Member of the Bar, he has served on the Board of Governors of The Bar Association of the District of Columbia. In the ABA, he chaired Committees in the Litigation Section, and he spent a year as “First Spouse” of the ABA. He is a Member of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. He is a Member of The Florida, and District of Columbia Bars, and an elected Member of the American Law Institute.
He is the author of Chapter 67 of Thomson West’s Treatise, Litigation in Federal Courts, 3d.
He earned his JD, cum laude, at the University of Miami School of Law, where he was an Associate Editor of the Miami Law Review, and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Iron Arrow, and a Student Instructor.
He earned his BA (History), at the Washington Square College of New York University, where he was a Distinguished Military Graduate.
After graduation from NYU, he was commissioned an Officer in the United States Army, and assigned to active duty with the Third Infantry Division in Germany, where he served as the Division’s Liaison Officer and Interim Aide de Camp to the Commanding General. He entered law school after being honorably discharged from the Army.
He married Carolyn B. Lamm, a classmate, during law school. They have two sons, Alex and Daniel, both of whom earned undergraduate degrees from the U. The family dog is named “Cane”.
At Miami Law he teaches Consumer Protection.