Peter  R.  York


Peter York focuses on litigating and managing toxic tort, product liability, general liability, and environmental matters throughout the country. He specializes in asbestos-related claims involving lung-cancer and mesothelioma, as well as chemicals and substances, including silica and talc. As national coordinating counsel to multiple corporations in toxic tort litigation, Peter coordinates global defense strategies, prepares cases for trial, manages expert development, and coordinates the overall defense of thousands of cases.

Additionally, Peter has over twenty five years of experience trying cases arising out of premises liability, professional liability, construction, long-term care, bad faith and other insurance related matters and dispute resolution methods. From 2007-2022, he has been named one of the top rated civil litigation attorneys in Atlanta, Georgia.



  • University of Georgia School of Law  (J.D., 1990)
  • Sewanee: The University of the South  (B.A., 1986)

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia


  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia

Professional Affiliations

  • Atlanta Bar Association (1991-Present)
    • Board Member (1999-2001)
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • DRI (1991-Present)
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
    • Board Member (1998-2003)
  • Atlanta Council for Younger Lawyers
    • President (1999-2000)
    • Vice President (1998-1999)
    • Past President Elect (2000-2001)
  • Summer Economics Institute
    • Chairman (2000-2005)
    • Board Member (1997-2000)
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance


  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Georgia Super Lawyers (2007-2024)
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (2016-2024)
    • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
    • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Top Rated Lawyer in ‘Mass Torts Law,’ American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell (2013)


  • Beverley v. Cleveland Electric, State Court of Fulton County, Georgia
  • Johnny Franklin, et al. v. General Motors Corporation, et al.
  • Mark S. Grubb v. Coweta County 
  • Robert J. Cox v. Rheem Manufacturing Co., Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles
  • Brenda Williams v. R. T. Vanderbilt, et al.
  • Lankford v. Hensley
  • Crooked Creek v. Management Co.
  • Robinson v. GM
  • Matthew Weinberg v. Oregon Park
  • Moresi v. Evans
  • Robaey v. Fel-Pro
  • Hall v. Myers
  • Masters v. A-Tow
  • Sims v. Kings Glen Apartments
  • Fountain v. Hampton
  • Tatum v. Woodmere Trace Apts
  • Wilson v. Concepts 21
  • Braswell v. East Point Cycle and Key

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • Trinity Presbyterian Church
  • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation (AVLF)


  • “Talc Litigation and Defense Strategy,” In-House CLE Series, Hartford, CT (September 7, 2017)