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Meet Lee A. Peifer

Partner (Atlanta), Eversheds Sutherland

Background

Lee Peifer represents companies, individuals, schools, and governmental entities in commercial and education litigation. He advises clients on a variety of matters—including contractual disputes, business torts, corporate governance, employment issues, school funding, and constitutional law—and across a range of industries.

Lee has experience in state and federal courts and has represented clients in arbitration, at trial, and on appeal. He also has defended clients in consumer, shareholder, employment, and education class actions. His experience in education contexts includes representing state governments and officials, defending and pursuing claims against major metropolitan school districts, and advising public and private schools.

Lee joined Eversheds Sutherland after clerking for the Honorable Phyllis A. Kravitch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. During law school, he served on the managing board of the Virginia Law Review, received awards for winning and delivering the
best oral argument in the 80th Annual William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition, and participated in the University of Virginia’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic.

Experience

  • Lead counsel to the Florida Senate, House of Representatives, and State Board of
    Education in a constitutional challenge to Florida’s $19-billion K–12 public school
    funding system. After a four-week trial, the court entered judgment in favor of the
    State. That judgment was upheld by the First District Court of Appeal and the
    Florida Supreme Court.
  • Lead counsel to the Florida Department of Education defending the State’s charter school
    capital-funding statute, which was upheld by the trial court and on appeal.
  • Co-counsel to the Governor and State of Delaware in a constitutional challenge to
    the adequacy of the State’s public education funding system.
  • Obtained a damages award and specific performance for a timber assetmanagement
    company and investment firm in connection with an environmental
    mitigation-bank project.
  • Represented a consortium of charter schools challenging the Atlanta Public Schools’
    decision to withhold millions of dollars of the system’s unfunded pension liability
    from those schools. The trial court ruled in favor of the charter schools, and the
    decision was affirmed by the Georgia Supreme Court.
  • Obtained dismissal of breach of contract claims brought by former dealers against a
    leading provider of specialized payment products and services.
  • Obtained summary judgment for a pharmaceutical company against claims of unfair
    competition and misappropriation asserted by a brand-name competitor.
  • Assisted diverse metropolitan-area school district in obtaining administrative
    preclearance from the U.S. Department of Justice for redistricting legislation.
  • Successfully defended international corporation in series of FLSA collective actions
    across the country.
  • Defended a Big Four accounting firm in a multibillion-dollar litigation following an
    audit client’s bankruptcy.
  • Obtained dismissal of a shareholder action seeking to enjoin the merger of a major
    defense and aerospace firm.

Awards

Recognized as a stand-out lawyer by Acritas Stars: Independently Rated Lawyers (2018-2020)

Professional Activities

  • Member, State Bar of Georgia
  • Member, Atlanta Chapter, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, Scribes: The American Society of Legal Writers
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Volunteer Lawyer, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
  • Member and Past Corporate Secretary, Board of Directors, Men Stopping Violence
  • Member, Young Professionals Board, Meals on Wheels Atlanta

Articles

Federal Courts Can’t Solve Our Education Ills (Spring 2017 / Vol. 17, No. 2)
Education Next

Books

Corporate Secretary’s Answer Book (Updated Annually)
Aspen Publishers

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • Georgia Trial and Appellate Court

Clerkships

Honorable Phyllis A. Kravitch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit