Peter D. DeChiara joined the firm in 1989, and became a partner in 1999.
Mr. DeChiara works in the areas of labor and employment law, representing unions, employee benefit funds, and individual employees. He has extensive experience with federal and state court litigation and with labor arbitration.
Mr. DeChiara, who edits the firm’s bankruptcy labor law blog, also represents unions and funds in employer bankruptcy cases. He has represented unions in numerous Chapter 11 bankruptcies and in the City of Detroit and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico reorganization cases.
Prior to joining Cohen, Weiss and Simon LLP, Mr. DeChiara was a clerk for Judge Lawrence Pierce of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Mr. DeChiara has taught labor law at New York Law School and the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, and legal writing at University of Chicago Law School. He has published articles on labor law subjects in the Harvard Journal on Legislation, American University Law Review and the Rutgers Law Record. Mr. DeChiara was named as a Super Lawyer for Employment and Labor Law on the New York Metro Annual Lists of Super Lawyers magazine from 2010-2018.
Mr. DeChiara graduated from Columbia Law School in 1988, where he was Editor-In-Chief of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems and a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1984, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.