Arnold P. Peter has a combination of specialized legal and business experience with national law firms, the public sector and international companies. He divides his practice between employment matters and complex entertainment and other commercial transactions and litigation. He currently represents a variety of clients for litigation and transactional matters, including clients in television and cable, new media, location-based entertainment, hospitality, real estate and franchising.
Mr. Peter began his career in the entertainment industry as Director of Labor Relations for Universal Studios. He has negotiated more than 40 labor agreements with ten unions representing more than 15,000 employees. Mr. Peter became an expert in employment contract negotiations with complicated equity compensation components. He was promoted to Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs for Universal Studios and led a 12-attorney team that negotiated agreements for the expansion of Universal Citywalk. Prior to Universal Studios, Mr. Peter was Assistant City Attorney for the City of Fresno, where he handled labor and employment issues and was elected Chair of the California State Bar Labor and Employment Section. He also was a partner and chair of the Entertainment and Media Practice at the international law firm of Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP. Through an American Bar Association project, Mr. Peter served as a consultant to the Republics of Belarus and Bulgaria on revisions of Labor and Employment codes.
As an adjunct professor at California State University, Fresno, Mr. Peter taught graduate-level courses in personnel management and labor relations. He was appointed to chair two academic inquiry teams for Fresno State University in charge of academic fraud against a professor seeking a National Science Foundation grant and violations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Code of Conduct by the football team. Recently, Mr. Peter was named a Southern California "Super Lawyer" and a National Finalist for Lawdragon's 500 Leading Lawyers in America.
Mr. Peter has published numerous articles in law reviews and journals and industry publications. He is a frequent lecturer and media commentator on legal and business issues and has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, Fox and various international news outlets.