Peter Durning is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Durning is a commercial litigator in the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation and International Arbitration practices, with significant experience in civil and criminal matters in state and federal court, and in arbitration. Mr. Durning has particular experience in complex and technical issues of causation and damages (a subject on which he has co-authored work in a practitioner’s guide), and his matters frequently involve sophisticated questions of contractual interpretation.
Mr. Durning has been the lead associate on numerous key witnesses at arbitral hearings, and on several successful summary judgment and summary adjudication motions, and other pretrial motions in limine, discovery motions, and related proceedings. He is experienced in trial (including witness examination and cross-examination), as well as the taking and defending of depositions, and he has delivered numerous oral arguments to the court.
In addition to his civil practice, Mr. Durning has presided as an arbitrator pursuant to appointment by the International Chamber of Commerce. His pro bono work focuses on the representation of the interests (as a third party in various federal proceedings) of an international charitable organization that combats human trafficking and other abuses in developing countries.
Mr. Durning's signature matters include:
- Lead associate representing world-famous musician in suit seeking injunctive relief to remedy cross-border antitrust claims
- Lead associate defending developer in multimillion-dollar land use dispute in federal court, where all of plaintiff’s claims were successfully dismissed on summary judgment
- Lead associate in numerous international arbitrations arising from multimillion-dollar construction disputes in the hydroelectric and solar power industries
- Lead associate on successful motion to dismiss declaratory relief claims in inter-LLC dispute in the financial services industry
- Lead associate on computer system data breach matter arising under federal anti-hacking laws
- Lead associate on the damages case in a multibillion-dollar international arbitration arising from equipment failures at a nuclear power plant
- Lead associate on successful motion seeking summary adjudication of a key issue in case involving assignment of assets in a complex series of corporate mergers and divestitures
- Lead associate on successful motion opposing summary judgment in commercial indemnity case for a major California municipality
- Casework in the following industries: electric power, commercial aviation, biopharmaceutical, construction, insurance coverage, and financial services
Mr. Durning is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an Articles Editor of the Columbia Business Law Review. During law school, he worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and the New York County (Manhattan) District Attorney. He also served as a judicial extern to Judge Robert D. Sack of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.