Pete Putzel

Senior Counsel

New York

Henry Putzel III (“Pete”) is Senior Counsel in Orrick’s New York office. Pete focuses as a defense lawyer on both criminal and civil white-collar cases and attorney disciplinary matters.

Pete graduated from Yale College and the Yale Law School. From 1968 to 1970, he was associated with Davis Polk and Wardwell. From 1970 to 1974 he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. While serving in the Criminal Division of that office, he received the Assistant United States Attorney’s Award “for superior performance as an Assistant United States Attorney.”

From 1974 to 1979, he served as Associate Professor of Law at the Fordham University School of Law, where he taught courses in Professional Responsibility, Evidence, Trial Advocacy and Constitutional Problems in Criminal Law. From 1979 through 2016, he served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School, where he taught Trial Advocacy and Advanced Trial Advocacy and served as coordinator of Fordham’s Trial Advocacy program. In 1997 he was honored by Fordham’s Student Bar Association as a co-recipient of the Eugene J. Keefe Memorial Award “for outstanding contributions and service to the Fordham Community.”

Pete entered private practice in 1979. He is a member of the New York City Bar Association, the New York Council of Defense Lawyers and the Federal Bar Council. Pete is a Past President of the Federal Bar Council American Inn of Court and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a past Trustee of the Federal Bar Foundation and currently serves on the Board of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. From 1995-2016 Pete served as a member of the Magistrate-Judge Selection Panel for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and, from 1998 through 2000 served as Chair of the panel.

Pete is the recipient of the 2005 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award, conferred jointly by the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the American Inns of Court.