Peter Bach-y-Rita

Associate, New York

(Admitted only in California)

Peter is an experienced and creative lawyer with a focus on representing clients in complex commercial disputes, including crypto-asset, contract, shareholder and insolvency matters.

Peter’s experience includes:

  • Representing a crypto-asset investment company seeking to enforce its profit-sharing agreement with a large online lending platform.

  • Counsel for individual crypto-asset investor in criminal and civil proceedings stemming from software bug on the blockchain.  

  • Representing a private investor in a securities fraud arbitration against a blockchain identity verification startup.

  • Representing a bondholder in fraudulent transfer and unlawful distribution actions against the owners of a Spanish language media company.

  • Defending a large national retailer in a sex discrimination class action involving over one million alleged class members.  

  • Representing law firms in cases filed by the bankruptcy estates of other defunct law firms seeking to claw back fees from unfinished business of their former partners.

  • Member of the plaintiff’s trial team in the historic 2008 lawsuit successfully challenging the Constitutionality of California’s ban on same-sex marriage.

  • Stanford Law School, J.D.

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D., Philosophy

  • Princeton University, A.B., Philosophy

  • The Causal Mechanism Theory of Legal Causation, Ratio Juris 34 (1):57-73 (2021)

  • Why the Assignability of Intellectual Property Licenses in Bankruptcy Might Not be Settled After All, ABI Law Review, 25:315-326 (2017)

  • California

  • S. Court of Appeals: Ninth Circuit

  • S. Court of Appeals: Second Circuit

  • S. District Court: Northern District of California

  • S. District Court: Central District of California

  • S. District Court: Northern District of Illinois