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Peter Rigelhaupt

Peter D. Rigelhaupt

Peter Rigelhaupt

Skilled New York City Personal Injury Lawyer

Peter D. Rigelhaupt joined The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. in 2009, bringing his vast experience garnered over the course of his 20-year career as a litigator to the firm. For approximately 10 years prior to joining the firm, Mr. Rigelhaupt defended attorneys from inception of suit through trial in all types of legal malpractice actions. This experience gives him an intimate knowledge of the defense bar and insurance industry, and a unique insight into that side of the practice, making Mr. Rigelhaupt a very effective negotiator in addition to being an extremely well-rounded attorney.

Experienced, Knowledgeable, Proven

In addition to Mr. Rigelhaupt’s skill in the courtroom trying cases, he is perhaps best known for his writing skills and considerable knowledge of the law. He heads the firm’s motion and appellate practice group. Most notably, Mr. Rigelhaupt was part of the team, along with David Perecman and Zachary Perecman, that convinced the New York State Court of Appeals to grant leave to appeal, something it rarely does, in a case that had been dismissed by the trial court and unanimously affirmed by the Appellate Division, Second Department, involving a woman who claimed to have been incarcerated for four years because of a coerced confession to murder. After granting leave to appeal and hearing argument, the Court of Appeals reversed the prior decision and reinstated the plaintiff’s case in a groundbreaking decision in the area of civil rights law, paving the way for a $4 million dollar settlement.

Mr. Rigelhaupt regularly appears before the First and Second Departments of the Appellate Division and has argued before the New York State Court of Appeals. He has over 75 reported cases to his credit in state and federal courts, as well as countless successes on motions for summary judgment. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and New York State Trial Lawyers Association. He is married with two children.

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Civil Rights
  • Appellate Practice

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 2016
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2007


  • Albany Law School of Union University, Albany, New York
    • Juris Doctor - 1988
  • S.U.N.Y at Oneonta, Oneonta, New York
    • Bachelor of Science, 1983
    • Major: Political Science


  • Super Lawyers, 2013-2017


  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York State Trial Lawyers Association

More Than $500 million In Verdicts & Settlements For Our Clients

The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C.'s team of NYC personal injury attorneys have recovered more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements for their clients. We understand the financial and emotional toll a serious accident can have on your life. That’s why we dedicate ourselves to maximizing your recovery and securing what you deserve.

See Our Results
  • $40,000,000*
    Medical malpractice. Child's brain damage.
    Construction worker fell from a ladder, jury verdict.
    Construction worker/ laborer fell from the scaffold, jury verdict.
See Our Results


  • “He made a difference for me and my family.”

    - Jose J.

  • “Like Family!”

    - Alyssa O

  • “One of the best decisions I had ever made”

    - Joseph L.

  • “Mr. Perecman had my best interests at heart”

    - Anonymous

  • “Se experimenta una emoción muy bonita al ganar un caso porque te das cuenta que le has salvado la vida a alguien.”

    - Jose J.

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