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  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 1966, magna cum laude
  • B.A., Harvard College, 1963, cum laude

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Tax Court

Other Professional Affiliations

Co-founder, President and Director of the Clean Water Fund

Co-founder and Chairman of the Finance Committee and Director of Clean Water Action

Government Experience

Law Clerk to the Honorable Thurgood Marshall, U.S. Supreme Court, 1967-68

Law Clerk to Chief Judge Bailey Aldrich, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 1966-67

Peter Van N. Lockwood

Member, Washington, D.C.
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Peter Van N. Lockwood is a member in Caplin & Drysdale's Washington, D.C. office. He joined the firm as an associate in 1968 and became a member in 1972. Prior to that, he served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the United States Supreme Court from 1967-1968 and to Chief Judge Bailey Aldrich of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit from 1966-1967.


Mr. Lockwood represents creditors committees and individual creditors in bankruptcy and reorganization cases, focusing on matters involving debtors with substantial asbestos personal injury tort liabilities who are seeking to reorganize under section 524(g) of the Bankruptcy Code. In such cases, he generally represents the asbestos claimant creditors committees. In that capacity, he is involved in both the negotiation and drafting of reorganization plans and related documents as well as participating in the litigation over confirmation of such plans.


Mr. Lockwood is a senior member of the firm's civil litigation and creditors rights group. In his litigation practice, he has handled a wide range of civil litigation representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He has served as class counsel in one of the most protracted securities fraud cases of this century, Anixter v. Home-Stake Production Co., (1973-1996), and also has represented corporate officers and directors in class-action securities law and derivative suits. Mr. Lockwood also has defended civil RICO and lawyer and accountant malpractice cases.

Over the past fifteen years, working with Elihu Inselbuch in the firm's New York office, Mr. Lockwood has devoted an increasing percentage of his time to the representation of asbestos claimants committees in mass tort bankruptcies. He is currently actively involved in the pending reorganization proceedings of Pittsburgh Corning, W.R. Grace, NARCO, A.P. Green, Thorpe Insulation and Plant Insulation. He previously participated in the reorganization proceedings of Burns & Roe, Raytech Corporation, Hillsborough Holding Co., Babcock & Wilcox, Owens Corning, Armstrong World Industries, G-I Holdings, U.S. Gypsum, Federal Mogul, Kaiser Aluminum, Western MacArthur and Mid-Valley reorganizations.

Mr. Lockwood speaks fluent French and has fundamental knowledge of Italian.

Awards & Rankings

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2010-Present
  • Chambers USA, Leading Lawyer, 2010-2014; Senior Statesman, 2015
  • The Legal 500, Recommended, 2014-Present
  • Super Lawyers, Washington, D.C., 2015

Recent News

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Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "Asbestos-Driven Bankruptcies: National Update on Recent Developments", March 17, 2014
  • Speaker, Insurance Issues in Bankruptcy Reorganization and Corporate Reanimation, Emerging Insurance Coverage & Allocation Conference, May 14, 2013
  • Speaker, Asbestos Bankruptcy & Insolvencies: Recent Developments, Emerging Insurance Coverage & Allocation Conference, February 23, 2012
  • Speaker, Asbestos Bankruptcy Issues: Recent Developments Affecting Insurers and Emerging 524(g) Trust Discovery Disputes, Conference on Emerging Insurance Coverage & Allocation Issues, January 24, 2011
  • Speaker, Asbestos Bankruptcy 2010 – A New Era or the Last Chapter?, Perrin Conferences Asbestos Bankruptcy Conference, June 21, 2010
  • Speaker, The State of the Asbestos Driven Bankruptcies – An Update on the Major Cases, Mealey's Asbestos Bankruptcy Conference, December 4, 2006
  • Speaker, Asbestos Bankruptcies: Past, Present, and Future, Asbestos Litigation in the 21st Century - ALI-ABA Sixth Annual Advanced Course of Study, December 1, 2006

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