Pete Marketos is a commercial trial lawyer who specializes in representing commercial plaintiffs in complex 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 has served as an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at the University of Texas School of Law and is an active instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
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 February 2013, Pete won a $136 million jury verdict from a unanimous jury in a fraud trial against Mercedes-Benz—the largest jury verdict in the State of Texas this year. He 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 obtained a seven-figure jury verdict and successfully defended against a $20 million counterclaim under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
The Texas Lawyer recently recognized Pete as one of the top 25 lawyers under 40 in the State of Texas, and he has been repeatedly selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers publications.
Pete frequently lectures on electronic discovery and the use of computer-forensic evidence in litigation. He has served as a panelist for the E-Discovery Roundtable series in the Texas Lawyer, written for the Metropolitan Corporate Counsel on Electronic Discovery, and presented to attorneys and clients on electronic discovery and computer forensics in Beyond Electronic Discovery: Digital Evidence and the New Age of Litigation. Pete is a contributing author to McGraw-Hill’s authoritative text, Hacking Exposed: Computer Forensics (2nd Ed.) (2010).
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." The judge expected Pete to become "one of the best in the country." More important, the judge described Pete as a "true officer of the court" who "proceeds with integrity."