Peter G. Neiman


Neiman, Peter G.

Peter Neiman is a partner in the firm's Litigation/Controversy Department, and a member of the Investigations and Criminal Litigation Practice Group. He joined the firm in 2006. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Neiman spent nine years as an Assistant United States Attorney with the Criminal Division of the Southern District of New York.


Mr. Neiman has in-depth experience with complex civil and criminal litigation and internal investigations. His recent representations have included:

  • A bank executive in SEC investigation of price manipulation and misrepresentations with respect to closed-end municipal securities funds
  • A hedge fund in parallel criminal and SEC insider trading investigations
  • A high tech company in a criminal investigation related to internet advertising of pharmaceuticals
  • The head of a private equity firm in a perjury and bribery investigation
  • A corporate CEO in a criminal accounting fraud investigation
  • An investment bank and its employees in parallel regulatory and criminal investigations related to securities lending
  • The chairmen of two publicly traded companies in criminal investigations related to internet gambling
  • An international organization in connection with the criminal investigation of its director
  • Several major pharmaceutical companies in criminal, civil, and internal investigations related to marketing practices

As an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Mr. Neiman focused on white collar criminal investigations involving mail and wire fraud, accounting fraud, tax fraud, securities fraud, healthcare fraud, art fraud, immigration fraud and foreign bribery.

As a prosecutor, Mr. Neiman tried nine white collar criminal cases, including the successful prosecution of the former owners of Days Inn of America for massive tax evasion and creditor fraud schemes, the former General Counsel of the United States Department of the Treasury for securities and wire fraud, and a leading antiquities dealer for conspiring to sell a sculpture looted from Egypt. He also led the government's largest Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation to date, into the alleged payment of tens of millions of dollars in bribes to the President of Kazakhstan and other senior officials there in connection with major oil deals in the 1990s.

Mr. Neiman served as the Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney from 2004-2005. He has argued more than fifteen appeals in the Second Circuit and supervised the government's response to more than forty criminal appeals, including that of the accused mafia boss John Gotti Jr. He also supervised the government's defense of the constitutionality of statutes criminalizing the sale of bootlegged recordings of live musical performances and the willful failure to pay child support.

Honors & Awards

  • Mr. Neiman was the recipient of the Executive Office of United States Attorneys' Directors Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney.
  • Mr. Neiman was selected as a "Future Star" in the 2012 and 2013 editions of Benchmark Litigation.
  • Mr. Neiman has been named a "New York Super Lawyer" in 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012.

Publications & News


January 28, 2016

Art World on Display to Law Enforcement

Art has become more than a reflection of its creator's vision and owner's style; it has emerged as an investment and important asset class. Billions of dollars exchange hands in art transactions every year. Unlike other markets, however, there is little government regulation or oversight.

February 28, 2013

Attorneys Publish Article on Off-Label Drug Promotion Resolutions in New York Law Journal

An article entitled "Revisiting 'Off-Label' Drug Promotion Resolutions in Light of 'Caronia'" by Peter Neiman, Seth Orkand and Peter Vigeland, published in the New York Law Journal.

March 28, 2012

The STOCK Act: More Questions Than Answers?

On March 22, the United States Senate passed the "Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012," or "STOCK Act." Although the Act does not include a much-discussed provision that would have required registration of "political intelligence" firms, its insider trading provisions still raise many interpretive questions, including ones that will directly affect private citizens speaking with Members of Congress and their staff members.

January 3, 2012

WilmerHale Announces the Elevation of Partners and Special Counsel

November 21, 2011

WilmerHale Recognized in 2012 Editions of Benchmark Litigation and Benchmark Appellate

December 9, 2009

WilmerHale Announces 2010 Promotions

WilmerHale is pleased to announce the firm's 2010 elevations, which will become effective on January 1, 2010. A full list of elevated partners and special counsel can be found at the end of this press release.

January 12, 2009

WilmerHale Team Assists in Successful Effort To Persuade Federal Prosecutors To Drop Charges Against David Stockman

Speaking Engagements


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JD, summa cum laude, New York University School of Law, 1991, (first in class); Developments Editor, New York University Law Review

BA, magna cum laude, Brown University, 1988, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

New York


The Hon. John M. Walker, Jr., US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1991 - 1992

Government Experience

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