Pete Marketos is a commercial trial lawyer who specializes in representing commercial plaintiffs in high-stakes business disputes from trial through appeal. Before founding RGM in 2011, Pete tried cases as an associate and partner with a national commercial law firm for more than 11 years. Pete is an active instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, and he served as an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at the University of Texas Law School for several years.
Pete tries cases with a passion for justice and vindication for his clients. He won his first multi-million dollar verdict from a unanimous jury in a fraud case before he turned 30 years old—then he defended the final judgment all the way to the Texas Supreme Court. Since then, Pete has won seven, eight, and nine-figure verdicts and judgments in both state and federal courts.
In 2013 alone, Pete was lead counsel in three separate jury trials with his RGM colleagues, all of which resulted in winning verdicts for RGM's clients.
In February 2013, Pete won a $136 million jury verdict from a unanimous jury in a two-week fraud trial against Mercedes-Benz—the largest business litigation verdict in the United States in 2013. The verdict was reduced to a final judgment in March 2013.
In November 2013, Pete defended a start-up internet marketing company against multiple claims brought by a market-dominant competitor, including trade-secret misappropriation and tortious interference with business relations. A unanimous jury found for RGM's client on every claim and on the client's sole counterclaim for antitrust violations—justifying an award of treble damages totaling more than $10 million to RGM's client.
In December 2013, Pete represented two small businesses against a 90-year-old corporation that canceled a $15 million supply contract in bad faith. After a two-week trial, the jury found that the defendant defrauded RGM's clients into the contract and awarded seven figures in damages.
In January 2014, Pete joined Mark and Doug Perrin of the Perrin Law Firm in representing a cyclist and his wife and children against United Parcel Service after a collision with a UPS truck rendered the cyclist a quadriplegic. The jury found in favor of Pete’s clients and awarded several million dollars in damages. After taking into account proportionate responsibility and attorney fees (pursuant to UPS’s rejection of an offer of settlement under Texas law), final judgment in the case is anticipated to exceed $6 million.
In prior cases, Pete won an eight-figure judgment against former corporate officers for civil racketeering ("RICO") violations, RICO conspiracy, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty after a three-week trial in federal court. Pete won a seven-figure jury verdict and obtained a final judgment as lead counsel in state court on his healthcare clients' claims of fraud, theft, and breach of contract against an investor. He tried a two-month-long federal jury trial in which his internet-technology client won a seven-figure verdict and successfully defended against a $20 million counterclaim under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
The Texas Lawyer recently recognized Pete as a Legal Leader on the Rise in the State of Texas. He was selected as a Texas Super Lawyer in the 2013 Thompson Reuters publication, and his fraud verdict against Mercedes-Benz was highlighted in the National Law Journal's "Big Money Wins" of 2013. The Texas Lawyer further recognized RGM as the Litigation Firm of the Year for 2013 in the small firm category.
Though a seasoned and passionate advocate, Pete never forgets his obligation to the profession to represent his client on the merits in an honest and forthright manner. After observing Pete in a jury trial several years ago, the presiding federal judge wrote that Pete was "one of the finest trial lawyers to appear in my court" and that he expected Pete to become "one of the best in the country."