Representative Experience

Since its founding, Peters Brovner has:

  • Represented numerous clients in matters involving City and State Agencies. The firm has successfully defended entities that are under investigation by the government as well as entities that provide essential services to the government and are not getting timely paid. The firm focuses on holding governmental agencies accountable for following their own rules, regulations and contractual obligations.
  • Represented several individuals and entities accused of misconduct. We have obtained positive results for our clients from these investigations while also helping to manage the reputational risk that comes with such investigations.  Where appropriate, we have conducted internal investigations to help defend clients and demonstrate that no wrongdoing occurred.
  • Represented entities not under investigation that needed counsel on whether certain ongoing operations were likely to trigger investigations and how best to mitigate the risk any such operations might entail.
  • Aggressively brought litigation to vindicate clients’ rights.
  • Successfully represented multiple individuals in sexual abuse cases against major private and public institutions including the City of New York, recovering millions of dollars in settlements for our clients.

Prior to founding Peters Brovner, Mark and Lesley ran the City’s Department of Investigation, where they supervised hundreds of complex criminal and civil investigations that lead to thousands of prosecutions and millions of dollars in civil recoveries. Some of the most significant cases include:

  • An investigation into the New York City Police Department (NYPD) that demonstrated that the NYPD was failing to properly investigate allegations of sexual assault.
  • An investigation into the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) that showed that NYCHA was not properly inspecting apartments for lead paint hazards;
  • Multiple investigations into non-profits that revealed that those non-profits were misusing City funds.

Prior to joining the City’s Investigation Department, Mark was a partner at an international law firm where he represented banks and insurance companies who were being investigated by federal and local regulators.

Prior to joining the City’s Investigation Department Lesley served as the Chief Compliance Officer at the New York Liquidation Bureau, a part of the State Department of Financial Services.

Lesley and Mark spent many years at the New York Attorney General’s Office doing both criminal and civil work. Their cases included:

  • Some of the earliest challenges to the legality of sub-prime lending tactics
  • Criminal prosecution of senior officials at an entity misusing federal welfare funds for political purposes
  • School procurement fraud
  • Social security fraud