Peter O'Donahoo

Peter O'Donahoo

Partner since 1991
Melbourne | +61 3 9613 8742
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Peter is expert at undertaking large-scale, multi-jurisdictional disputes both in Australia and abroad. He has extensive experience in constitutional litigation, products litigation, commercial disputes, regulatory investigations and inquiries, class actions, arbitrations (commercial and investment treaty) and defamation/media related work.

Peter has advised clients on and defended products claims concerning tobacco and other consumable products, pharmaceuticals, animal feed products, chemicals, motor vehicles, aerospace components, mobile telephones, alcoholic beverages and mechanical devices. Since 1997, Peter's expertise has been recognised in the International Who's Who of Product Liability Defence Lawyers. In 2013, Best Lawyers Australia named Peter 'Product Liability Lawyer of the Year', Melbourne.

For several years now, Peter has been ranked by Chambers Global as one of the leading litigators in Australia. In 2010, Peter was recognised as the 'Australian litigator of the year' at the International Law Office (Client Choice) Awards.

Peter has led a wide range of cases focusing on express and implied constitutional guarantees and rights and the validity of Commonwealth and State legislation. This work has included involvement in landmark decisions establishing and developing the content and scope of the constitutional protection of free speech in the context of defamation law.

In his role as relationship partner for several multi-national manufacturing clients, Peter has been involved in a number of 'think-tanks'. As a result he is well-versed in current thinking on emerging global litigation trends and dispute resolution law reform initiatives.

Peter is a past president of the National Product Liability Association, past Chairman of the Law Council of Australia's Media & Communications Committee, a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute and the International Bar Association.

Peter has also held a number of positions at Allens. These include:

  • Leader, Allens Products Group (2001 - 2005)
  • National co-chair, Allens Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice Group (2005 - 2012)
  • Board Member, Allens (2003 - 2012)