Founding Partner, Peter Law Group
Arnold P. Peter is one of the most prominent attorneys assisting Indian and United States based clients, navigating the interaction between Hollywood and Bollywood. He currently represents a variety of clients for litigation and transactional matters, including clients in television and cable, new media, location-based entertainment, hospitality, real estate and franchising. Mr. Peter has assisted Bollywood’s biggest studios and celebrities including Yash Raj Films, Vinod Chopra Films, Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra. Daily Variety, the entertainment industry’s leading trade publication, recently named him a Hollywood Dealmaker and reported: “Few people are better placed than Peter to advise Indians making English-language films for global markets. His Indian heritage has put him in a position to rep such entities as Yash Raj Films for $42 million action-thriller Dhoom 3, the most expensive film made in India and the first to shoot on Imax.”
With his roots in India, Mr. Peter is the only attorney member of the Los Angeles-India Film Council, an initiative of the Motion Picture Association of America. The Council represents a who’s who list of celebrated producers, directors and filmmakers in both markets. He serves as outside general counsel to the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE). Mr. Peter was named one of the 25 most prominent South Asians in the media and entertainment industry by Korn/Ferry International and currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Taj Hotel Group, the largest hotel chain in India.
Mr. Peter began his career in the entertainment industry as Director of Labor Relations for Universal Studios and Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs for Universal Studios. He later served was a partner and chair of the Entertainment and Media Practice at the international law firm of Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell LLP. Mr. Peter began his legal career at New York based Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, the nation’s oldest Wall street firm, after completing a clerkship with the Honorable Edward Dean Price, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California. Mr. Peter has published numerous articles in law reviews and journals and industry publications. He is a frequent lecturer and media commentator on legal and business issues and has been featured on CNN, MSNBC, Fox and various international news outlets.