Pete is Of Counsel with Calcagni & Kanefsky. He is a seasoned litigator who draws on his extensive background in private practice and his federal and state prosecutorial experience. Pete focuses his practice on white-collar criminal matters. He also represents whistleblowers related to all types of government fraud, with particular attention to the healthcare and financial industries. Pete has extensive experience conducting internal investigations and providing monitoring services arising from fraud, waste, abuse, and corruption allegations.
Prior to joining Calcagni & Kanefsky, Pete was a partner with a prominent criminal defense firm, representing clients in the areas of healthcare and financial fraud, including securities, bank, mortgage, wire, and mail fraud. Before moving to private practice, Pete served as a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Fraud Section, where he focused on complex white-collar cases and supervised teams on the Health Care Fraud Strike Force.
Pete served for nearly a decade as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for both the District of New Jersey and the Eastern District of New York, where he led investigations and prosecutions related to healthcare, bank, tax, wire, mail, and insurance fraud. Pete also prosecuted matters involving money laundering, bank robbery, narcotics, and weapons trafficking conspiracies, as well as RICO, capital murder, public corruption, and obstruction of justice.
Pete began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. For eight years, he handled varied prosecutions with the Homicide Investigation Unit and the Asian Gang Unit.
Pete also served as a Principal at the Berkeley Research Group, where he provided strategic litigation support advice to various public and private clients.
Pete is a frequent lecturer and author on his practice specialties, notably in the areas of health care compliance, government investigations, and state and federal enforcement. He recently served as a presenter for the Quarterly Litigator Roundtable, hosted by Sobel & Co., on “The Ten Commandments for Corporate Compliance, In-House Counsel, and Internal Investigations in the Era of #MeToo.”
Pete is a dedicated member of his Cranberry, NJ community, and in 2017, was elected to serve on the District’s School Board.
Pete maintains an adjunct professor appointment at both Rutgers Law School – Camden, and at Rider University. He teaches upper-level courses on Health Care Fraud and Abuse, White Collar and Corporate Crime, Criminal Justice, and Rights of the Accused.
Pete is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Health Lawyers Association, the Eastern District of New York Alumni Association, the District of New Jersey Alumni Association, and is a Hogan-Morgenthau Associate.