Peter Siachos is a partner in the New Jersey and New York offices of Gordon & Rees, and is a member of the Commercial Litigation, Franchise, Product Liability, and Hospitality practice groups. Having tried over forty cases to conclusion, Mr. Siachos has comprehensive litigation experience representing major corporations, franchisors, closely-held businesses, partnerships, and individuals in multiple jurisdictions in a wide range of complex commercial disputes before federal and state trial and appellate courts, administrative and regulatory agencies, and alternative dispute resolution panels.
Mr. Siachos has considerable experience handling litigations through trial and appeal involving contract disputes, franchise and manufacturer/dealer disputes, restrictive covenants, trademark claims, shareholder disputes, financial institution liability, insurance coverage disputes, product liability claims, breach of warranty claims, construction defects, and real estate disputes.
Mr. Siachos devotes a significant portion of his practice to the representation of franchisors. He has extensive experience litigating and enforcing franchise agreement terminations, non-competition restrictions, forum selection clauses, indemnification provisions, and liquidated damages provisions. Mr. Siachos has had repeated success in enjoining trademark infringement on behalf of his franchisor clients, and has obtained injunctive relief against franchisees in a number of jurisdictions, which relief ranged from enforcement of simple franchise agreement provisions to forcibly shutting down franchise locations. He also has litigated and successfully defended against claims asserted against franchisors by single franchisees, groups of franchisees, franchisee associations, suppliers to the franchise system, and area developers.
Mr. Siachos served as law clerk to South Carolina Governor James H. Hodges from 1999 to 2000. Mr. Siachos served on appointment by Governor Hodges and Governor Mark Sanford as South Carolina Commissioner for National and Community Service from 2000 to 2005, and was responsible for the administration and allocation of funds to state and federal-funded community service projects in South Carolina.
Mr. Siachos received his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Barristers and the Moot Court Bar. Mr. Siachos received his B.A., magna cum laude, in Spanish and Political Science from the University of South Carolina Honors College. In 1997, Mr. Siachos was awarded the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, the highest undergraduate award at the University of South Carolina.