Peter J. Wanek


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Lorman Distinguished Faculty Member


Peter Wanek, a Member/Partner in the New Orleans office, has been with the Firm since 1998. Prior to joining McCranie Sistrunk Anzelmo Hardy McDaniel & Welch, Mr. Wanek practiced with the firm of Hulse & Wanek, where he handled the defense and trial of all aspects of liability and casualty claims, with an emphasis on the defense of physicians, architects, engineers, attorneys and accountants in professional liability claims.

Presently, Mr. Wanek’s areas of practice include construction, premises liability, professional liability including medical malpractice, commercial and business litigation, trucking/transportation law, employment law, and international law. A significant portion of his practice is devoted to the construction industry, representing contractors, subcontractors and owners, with regard to construction contracts, construction defects, liens, delay claims and construction litigation, mediation and arbitration. He also represents a number of products liability manufacturers which produce component parts for the construction industry.

Mr. Wanek also represents large retailers, national restaurant clients, food manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers in premises liability and food product liability cases.

He has first-chaired approximately three dozen jury trials in state and federal courts. Mr. Wanek has received Martindale Hubbell’s highest “AV” rating.

Mr. Wanek is a frequent lecturer on topics in premises liability, products liability and construction law. He is also a primary contact of the Firm with the USLaw Network.

Practice Areas
Commercial Litigation
Construction Law
General Civil Practice
Insurance Coverage
Insurance Defense
International Law
Products Liability
Premises Liability
Professional Liability
Transportation and Automobile Liability

B.A., Economics and European History, Washington & Lee University, 1990.
J.D., Tulane University School of Law, 1994.

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal
United States District Court for the Western District of Texas

The Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel (LADC)
Louisiana Bar Association
New Orleans Bar Association
National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA)
Defense Research Institute (DRI)
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)

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