Peter L. Haviland
Peter L. Haviland is an accomplished civil trial lawyer with a national and international practice. He has tried cases in state, federal, and bankruptcy courts and arbitral forums and has argued a wide range of appeals.
Over the course of his 30-year legal career, and prior to joining the California-certified women and minority-owned law firm The Wheaton Law Group, Peter has been an equity litigation partner with three AmLaw 100 firms: Ballard Spahr LLP, where Peter also served as Managing Partner of the Los Angeles office; Kaye Scholer, now Arnold and Porter, where Peter was the firm’s Relationship Partner with E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company and co-chair of the firm’s Media & Entertainment Litigation Group; and Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, where he coordinated the Los Angeles office Trial Training Program and also served as firm-wide Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee. Peter has been recognized as one of America’s “Most Influential” and “Top 100” Black Lawyers.Peter’s docket includes defense and prosecution of cases for a number of Fortune 500 corporations on matters ranging from intellectual property to products liability, mass tort, bankruptcy, and environmental disputes. Based in Los Angeles, Peter also has prosecuted high profile entertainment matters in music, film, television, and social media.
Peter is a former law clerk to the Hon. Warren Ferguson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is a graduate of Harvard University and Stanford Law School.