Peter J.


A seasoned attorney, Peter Anderson helps public companies, their officers and directors, along with financial services, accounting and law firms and their principals vigorously respond to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement actions, Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations and criminal prosecutions and complex civil litigation. Peter also represents brokerage firms, broker-dealers and individual brokers before the SEC, all self-regulatory organizations, state securities regulators and attorneys general in investigations relating to supervision, suitability, sales practices and insider trading.

Peter frequently conducts investigations at the request of audit and special committees of the boards of directors of public and private companies. Representations include investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and securities sales practice abuses such as insider trading and market manipulation, financial reporting fraud and financial defalcation.

Peter’s securities litigation background includes the defense of multidistrict class actions, as well as the defense of financial services and accounting firms in more than 40 federal and state jury trials and in numerous complex securities arbitrations.

A member of Sutherland’s Crisis Management and Complex Litigation team, Peter helps clients navigate crises and develop legal response strategies tailored to each specific situation. To learn more about how Sutherland defends companies facing challenges on multiple fronts, including civil litigation and parallel criminal investigations, multidistrict litigation proceedings, putative class actions, Congressional investigations and hearings, regulatory investigations, internal investigations, shareholder direct and derivative claims, and corporate disclosure issues, contact Peter or visit

Selected Experience

Sutherland negotiates FCPA settlement with the SEC; DOJ declines to prosecute.
Sutherland conducted an internal investigation for our client and negotiated a favorable FCPA settlement with the SEC. The DOJ declined to prosecute.
Sutherland defeats SEC in mutual fund supervision enforcement action.
Sutherland successfully defended IFG Network Solutions and David Ledbetter, its president, in an enforcement action trial before an SEC ALJ and on appeal to the SEC relating to the supervision of the sale of mutual funds.
Multifaceted eleventh-hour settlement favors Morgan Keegan & Company Inc.
On the eve of the trial against the SEC, Sutherland negotiated a settlement with the SEC, FINRA and the states of Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee. The settlement resolved administrative proceedings against a broker-dealer/investment adviser client involving the sales of mutual funds. The settlement included significantly reduced charges and a fine substantially less than what the regulators originally demanded.

Awards and Rankings

Recognized by Chambers USA: Guide to Leading Business Lawyers in the area of litigation (2012-2013)

Recipient, Justice Robert Benham Award for Community Service, State Bar of Georgia (2013)

Named to The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of bet-the-company litigation, litigation – banking & finance, litigation – regulatory enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), litigation – securities, and securities regulation (2012-2014)

Professional Activities

Member, Securities Litigation and Business Law Subcommittees, American Bar Association
Member and Liaison on Variable Annuity Issues, State Regulation of Securities Committee, Business Law Section, American Bar Association
Treasurer and Member, Board of Directors, ServeHAITI
President and past Chairman, The Childhood Autism Foundation in Georgia (CADEF)
Member, Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Autism Resource Center at Emory University
Member, Board of Directors, Midtown Assistance Center, Atlanta GA
Former Chairman of the Board, Paideia School, Atlanta
Member, Board of Trustees, Dickinson College, Carlisle PA

  • J.D., The Dickinson School of Law
  • B.A., Dickinson College
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  • Georgia
  • Pennsylvania
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Our Story

Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP is a law firm helping the Fortune 100, industry leaders, sector innovators and business entrepreneurs solve their biggest challenges and reach their business goals. Dedicated to unfaltering excellence in client service, we are known for our business savvy and industry intelligence, providing creative and custom solutions for each of our clients. Industry and business experience makes the difference for our clients.

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