Garrell, Peter E.



University of Bridgeport School of Law, J.D. 1991

Clark University, B.A. 1988


State Bar No. 155177

S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit U.S.

District Courts for the Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California

U.S. Supreme Court

Garrell, Peter E.


A seasoned and proven trial attorney, Peter Garrell represents the legal and business interests of clients in both state and federal court, arbitrations and various negotiations. Peter’s broad experience includes real estate, commercial, tort, employment and entertainment litigation matters.  He has successfully tried and arbitrated many complex matters ranging from employment and consumer class actions and government enforcement actions to complex commercial disputes. Peter has developed an arbitration and class action waiver for several clients upon which he has prevailed in litigation on multiple matters

Peter primarily focuses his practice on the unique challenges facing mid-market and emerging companies providing sound advice and counsel in business formation, buying and selling businesses, real estate issues such as zoning, parking and licensing issues, labor and employment, wage and hour matters, vendor relationships, contracts, and other issues.

Peter has represented several high profile individuals, and multi-state entertainment clients in real estate, entertainment, and complex employment litigation. He represented a major chemical company in its California toxic tort and asbestos litigation, where he litigated in more than 50 cases from initial pleading through summary judgment and trial.  Peter has represented shopping malls, office buildings, restaurants and entertainment venues in claims arising from alleged violations of the American with Disabilities Act and Unruh Civil Rights Act.   As outside litigation counsel for an international restaurant chain, Peter developed a dispute resolution program for the disposition of the chain’s unsecured creditor claims in its bankruptcy.

In recent years much of Peter’s practice has been dedicated to representing parties in litigation over misclassification and other wage and hour related issues.

Prior to joining Fortis, Peter was the principal shareholder of GARRELL LAW, P.C. from 2012 to 2019.  Before that, Peter was a partner in the Los Angeles office of Liner, LLP from 1999 until 2012 and a litigator with Christensen, Miller.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Peter has made California his home since 1991.