Peter J. Cambs
“When it comes to practicing law, my philosophy is to treat every client as I would a member of my own family.”
Mr. Cambs is the Managing Partner of the Firm’s Mass Tort and Class Action practice which includes complex product liability claims, medical and professional malpractice, toxic torts, consumer fraud, wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury. In addition to representing individuals, Mr. Cambs has represented the interests of many national and international companies, such as John Deere, Federal Express, Westinghouse, General Electric, Honeywell, TDS Telecom, and Panera Bread. Our clients benefit from Mr. Cambs more than 30 years of experience which is highlighted by serving as lead and co-lead counsel in prominent class action and multi-district litigation throughout the United States, including more than 125 jury trials that have gone to verdict.
Mr. Cambs considers his most meaningful professional accomplishments to be when he secured a $9,000,000 medical malpractice wrongful death settlement for a 39 year-old widow and her three young children because he was the sole attorney for the family facing 12 defendants and their counsel, and his successful negotiation of an estimated $300,000,000 settlement which resolved the claims of over 1,000,000 class members against a major automobile engine manufacturer where he was appointed by the United States District Court Judge to the Plaintiffs Steering Committee and was a principal negotiator for the class.
Pace University School of Law, J.D., 1983
State University of New York at Oswego, B.S., 1979
The Florida Bar, 2010
United States District Court for the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Florida
New York Bar, 1984
United States District Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
United States District Court for the Southern, Eastern, Western, and Northern Districts of New York
HONORS, AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent
SuperLawyers, 2008, 2009, 2010
PUBLICATIONS & SPEAKING
Wrongful Death Damages Arising From Medical Malpractice (NYSTLA 2014, Vol. 1)
Economic & Environmental Impacts of Gas Fracking (Fordham Law School, 2013)
Recent Developments in Hydro-Fracking Litigation (Pace University Law, 2013)
Litigating Under the Alien Tort Claims Act & Torture Victims Protection Act (2012)
Litigation & Deposition Strategies and Discovery (NYSBA-2009)
Jury Selection Techniques (NYSBA-2008)
Investigating Truck Accidents and Accident Reconstruction (NYSBA-2008)
The Serious Injury Threshold in Automobile Accident Litigation (NYSBA-2008)
Liability of Component Part Manufacturers—At What Stage Do Component Parts Become Finished Products? (NYBSA Journal-2007)
Mass Tort and Class Action Cases
Lead Trial Counsel in first Bellwether Trial: Risperdal and Invega Product Liability Cases, JCCP 4775. Essure Product Liability Cases, JCCP 4887, In Re Zofran (Ondansetron) Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2657.
Lead Counsel, Bolton v Koppers Inc., United States District Court, Northern District of Florida.
Lead Counsel, U1it4less, Inc. v. FedEx Corp., et al., a RICO Class Action, 11-cv-1713, United States District Court, Southern District of New York.
Co-Lead Counsel, In Re Long Island Power Authority Hurricane Litigation. Plaintiff Steering Committee.
In re: Ford Navistar Diesel Engine Products Liability Litigation, MDL No.2223.
Trial Team Member: In Re Chinese Manufactured Drywall Product Liability Litigation, MDL-2047.
Law & Briefing, Damages and Client Relations Committees for In Re Apple IPhone 3G and 3GS Marketing and Sales Practices, MDL-2116.
Law & Pleading, and Discovery Committees for In re: Light Tobacco Marketing Litigation Sales Practices Litigation, MDL-2068
In Re: AT & T Mobility Wireless Data Services Sales Tax Litigation, MDL-2147.
In Re: Verizon Wireless Data Charges Litigation, MDL-2141.
In Re: Toyota Motor Corp., Unintended Acceleration Marketing, Sales Practices and Product Liability Litigation, MDL-2151.
In Re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010, MDL-2179.
Published Appellate Court Decisions:
O’ Connor v Syracuse University, 66 A.D.3d 1187
Moriarity v Wallace, 61 AD 3d 1088
Johnson v Panera Bread, 59 AD 3d 1118
Zamito v Patrick Pontiac, Inc., WL 3930502 (WDNY)
Federal Ins. Co. v U.S. Distributing Inc., WL 3726139
Diaz v Syracuse University, 41 AD 3d 1302
Perkow v Frank Winnie, 36 AD 3d 1189.
Millard v Alliance Laundry Systems, 32 AD 3d 1293
Beaumont vs Federal Express, 16 Ad 3d 1106
Lakeshore v General Electric, 307 Ad 2d 781
Excellus vs Smyth, 784 NY 2d 284
Gallagher v TDS Telecom, 294 A.D. 2d 860
Cumis v Tooke, 293 AD 2d 794
Orzel v Livesly, 292 Ad 2d 880
Husted vs Vermelyea, 291 AD 2d 825
Middelton v Kenney, 286 AD 2d 957
Cummins v Central Tractor, 281 AD 2d 792
Mamorella v Derkash, 276 Ad 2d 152
Cook v Parish Oil 239 AD 2d 956
Shue v Red Creek School, 266 Ad 2d 899
Tanner v Onondaga, 225 Ad 2d 1074
Koperda v Whitetown, 224 AD 2d 946
Cole v Syracuse Community Health center, 209 AD 2d 1005
Musserlli v Niagara Machine, 214 AD 2d 856
Niles v Shu Roofing 219 Ad 2d 782
Baker vs Micro-Switch, a div. of Honeywell, 197 Ad2d 933
LaFrance v State, 147 AD 2d 985
Bradt v Hamel, 144 Ad 2d 921
Welch v Dura-Wound, 894 F. Supp 76. (NDNY)
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