Peter C. Alkalay was born in New York City and received his B.A. degree from Princeton University in 1968 and his J.D. from Columbia University in 1973, where he was Chief Judge of the law school’s Moot Court Program.
Mr. Alkalay concentrates his practice in the area of matrimonial law, but also practices in the areas of sports law and general commercial litigation. His matrimonial practice covers all New York counties, and he has not only represented parties to a divorce, but has also acted as a Law Guardian to minor children involved in custody issues. Mr. Alkalay offers mediation services in all areas of Family Law, and has participated in Collaboration Law to facilitate matrimonial settlements. He has also been involved in several high-profile matrimonial matters involving high net worth individuals.
For a number of years he has also been the principal outside counsel to various amateur sports organizations charged with fielding the competitive teams for participation in the Olympics and the Pan American Games. These organizations include USA Track and Field, the United States Soccer Federation and the American Horse Show Association. In this connection, Mr. Alkalay has dealt with strategic issues involving endorsements, arbitrations relating to performance-enhancing substances and other eligibility issues. He has appeared before the United States Supreme Court in this connection. He has been called upon by foreign sports organizations in European countries to consult on the formation and governing documents and rules for their amateur sports bodies. He also served as the chair of the Arbitration Tribunal of the International Amateur Athletics Federation, the world governing body for track and field. Most recently, he was named as an arbitrator of the International Court of Arbitration for Sport, which has global jurisdiction over many sport disputes.
Mr. Alkalay has lectured widely and chaired symposiums addressing the United States’ participation in the Olympic and amateur sports movements. In addition, he headed a firm group which represented clients in the purchase of a well-known Major League Baseball franchise.
Mr. Alkalay’s other litigation experience includes major trials in the federal and state courts. Among the cases in which he has been involved are a major government antitrust litigation against one of the country’s largest corporate entities, and lender liability cases.
Mr. Alkalay is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and is involved with a number of cultural and charitable institutions.