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Robert S. Peck is Of Counsel to Herman Herman & Katz and serves as President of the Center for Constitutional Litigation, P.C. (CCL), a New York law firm he established in 2001. Bob is among the most sought-after appellate litigators within the plaintiffs’ bar. He is credited with having developed groundbreaking constitutional challenges to laws impeding access to courts. He regularly appears before the U.S. Supreme Court, federal courts of appeal, and state supreme courts. Bob’s diverse practice includes state and federal constitutional law, complex civil litigation, federal preemption, personal jurisdiction, punitive damages, products liability, mass torts, consumer protection, Section 1983, and ERISA and Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement. He has previously litigated election law and First Amendment issues.
Bob has taught advanced constitutional law and state constitutional law at The George Washington University Law School and American University Washington College of Law as a member of the adjunct faculty. He served for a record three years as chair of the Board of Overseers of the RAND Corporation’s Institute for Civil Justice. He served on the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts and as co-chair of its Lawyers Committee, the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates; the Board of Directors of Justice at Stake; and the steering committee of the Sedona Conference’s working group on mass torts and punitive damages. He is also a past president of the U.S. Supreme Court Fellows Alumni Association and the Freedom to Read Foundation, and a past national chair of Lawyers for Libraries. His legal work has achieved Martindale-Hubbell’s prized AV rating and an October 2010 survey of the defense bar and corporate counsel named Peck one of the top 75 plaintiffs’ lawyers in the country in terms of expertise and effectiveness, the only appellate lawyer on the list.
Bob was honored with the American Association for Justice’s David S. Schrager Award (2014); the New Jersey Association for Justice’s Gold Medal award (2009); the Trial Lawyers of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.’s Champion of Justice Award (2008); the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers’ S. Victor Tipton Award (2002), the American Bar Association’s Pursuit of Justice Award (2001), Trial Lawyers for Public Justice’s Public Justice Achievement Award (2001), the 1988 White House Citation for Public-Private Partnerships, and the U.S. Information Agency’s Award for Outstanding Service (1987). He is a three-time finalist for Public Justice’s Trial Lawyer of the Year. His books include Libraries, Cyberspace and the First Amendment (ALA Editions 2000), The Bill of Rights and the Politics of Interpretation (West Publishing 1992) and We the People: The Constitution in American Life (Harry Abrams 1987). Mr. Peck also served as an executive producer and senior scriptwriter for the award-winning 1987 PBS series, We the People.