Peter M. Skinner

Partner | New York | (212) 336-4142
(212) 336-4142

Peter M. Skinner is a partner in Morrison Foerster’s Securities Litigation, Enforcement, and White Collar Defense practice groups. Leveraging his experience as a former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), Peter represents companies, financial institutions, boards, and individuals through all phases of investigation and litigation. He is experienced in all aspects of white-collar crime, and his global practice focuses on regulatory compliance, white-collar defense, corporate internal investigations, and complex civil litigation.

Before returning to private practice in 2015, Peter spent nearly eleven years at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, where he served as a senior prosecutor in the Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit and Organized Crime Unit. He had extensive experience prosecuting international money laundering crimes and helped develop the prosecution of trade-based money laundering. Peter also frequently investigated global and domestic criminal organizations for racketeering, extortion, and labor corruption crimes. In 2012, Peter was named Prosecutor of the Year by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation for his work prosecuting RICO violations. In addition to his work as a criminal prosecutor, Peter also served in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office, where he regularly advised the intelligence community on sensitive non-criminal matters affecting national security.

Peter was most recently a partner at another global law firm where he was the Head of Global Investigations and White Collar Defense group and, earlier in his career, practiced at another leading law firm in New York City.

Peter earned his B.A. in Government from University of Notre Dame and earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Boston College Law School, where he was elected Order of the Coif and he served as the Executive Editor of the Boston College Law Review.

Representative Experience

  • Representation of Nike in connection with the prosecution of Michael Avenatti for extorting Nike.
  • Defense of The New York Times in a libel case.
  • Defense of the CEO of Uber in a federal antitrust class action alleging price fixing and defense of Uber in follow-on arbitration concerning the same price-fixing allegations.
  • Representation of Nike in connection with DOJ investigation of alleged corruption in elite high school basketball programs.
  • Defense of a privately held healthcare technology company in DOJ and SEC investigations of statements the company made while raising capital.
  • Representation of plaintiffs in a national class action against agencies that colluded to pay low wages to au pairs.
  • Representation of a Fortune 100 company in a global corruption investigation.
  • Defense of a sharing-economy tech startup in litigation seeking to hold the company responsible for the conduct of a contractor.
  • Representation of foreign sovereign and foreign bank in civil litigation alleging RICO and money laundering violations.
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