Peter A. Bellacosa, Phillips Lytle Partner

Peter A. Bellacosa

New York City, Albany
(212) 508-0474
(518) 472-1224 ext. 0474
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Mr. Bellacosa concentrates his practice in the areas of product liability, mass torts, class action defense, ERISA, securities, and commercial disputes. He also has extensive experience with criminal and regulatory investigations, as well as handling matters in state and federal trial and appellate courts, and in arbitrations. Mr. Bellacosa has represented a diverse group of leading U.S. and international companies in complex, high-stakes disputes. Prior to joining Phillips Lytle, Mr. Bellacosa was a partner in Kirkland & Ellis LLP’s litigation department for over 20 years.

Admitted to Practice

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Honors & Awards

  • Appointed by Governor George Pataki as Member of the Council for the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, 1997 (Reappointed 2002); Reappointed by Governor David Paterson, 2009
  • Appointed by New York Court of Appeals to the Board of Trustees of the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection, 2009 (Reappointed and Elected Treasurer 2012)
  • Appointed Member of the Appellate Division, First Department, Departmental Disciplinary Committee, 2008 (Reappointed 2010)
  • Appointed by Ret. Chief Judge Judith Kaye, Chief Judge of the State of New York, to the Committee to Promote Public Trust and Confidence in the Legal System, 1998
  • Certified Guardian and Court Evaluator pursuant to Part 36 of the Rules of the Chief Judge of the State of New York and Article 81 of the New York Mental Hygiene Law


  • St. John's University School of Law, J.D., 1988
  • Georgetown University, B.A., 1985

Professional Associations

  • New York City Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association