Early 2023: Achieve early Trial Court dismissal of will contest action vigorously brought against a surviving spouse, probate estate value approximately 1.2 Million Dollars, with other assets for total value in excess of 2 Million Dollars.
Summer/Autumn 2022-2023: Work in the defense of a family fiduciary respondent and achieve complete and best settlement, in trust estate of approximately $12 Million Dollar value.
Summer/Autumn 2022: Trial victory and complete defense in approximate 2.1-million-dollar trust estate litigation. Completely defended a beneficiary and prospective trustee in action whereby the client was alleged to have committed fraud, financial elder abuse, undue influence and six other causes of action.
August 2022: Trial victory and complete defense in approximate 350K- 400K value Will contest, litigation.
2020-2022: Chief counsel in series of multi-party actions in different estate cases, to the preservation of an inheritance of approximately 2 Million Dollars, and then achieved further combined recovery in separate for same two clients of about $4 Million Dollars, through a greatly beneficial mediated settlement after sustained litigation with considerable discovery and pre-trial litigation work.
$45 Million Dollars
2019-2020: Chief counsel in the defense of full enforcement of a largely charitable trust with overall value of $45 Million Dollars, through a beneficial mediated settlement after heavy litigation with extensive discovery and pre-trial litigation work.
2017-2018: Trial victory and complete defense and vindication of a surviving spouse trustee in an approximate 13 Million Dollar trust estate. The trial conducted by Attorney Bochnewich resulted in a complete victory for the client.
Successfully defended and preserved the right of inheritance of a client wrongfully accused of acts of undue influence, in the amount of approximately $2 million, against attack by disputing relatives.
$ 2 Million
Obtained a $2 million settlement, in September 2014, for an 87-year-old client, on the 5th day of a projected 15 – 20 day trial before an Orange County Superior Court Complex Litigation Panel judge
Successfully obtained a judgment after trial, recovering over $1.2 million, plus interest, from an estate executor and fiduciary, which was wrongfully obtained by the acts of undue influence by the fiduciary. These assets were returned to the lawful heirs of the decedent’s estate. Peter introduced evidence in the two-week trial in this matter, including testimony from sophisticated handwriting experts, to prove the breach of fiduciary duty and acts of dishonest and undue influence against the fiduciary, and to also have him removed from office and determined to be an invalid donee/recipient of any inheritance from the decedent.
Successfully obtained the return of real property and other assets approaching $1 million against defendants who secretly obtained such assets from an incapacitated, elderly woman.
Successfully cancelled, through judgment obtained at trial, the wrongful transfer of real property taken at the expense of an incapacitated elder, and quieted title to that real property residence to its rightful owner.
Successfully defended a client through trial, against allegations of financial mismanagement of estate properties and alleged forgery and manipulation of estate documents.
Represented a homeowner against a large title insurance company for recovery of almost 20 times what the title company was willing to pay for liability in failing to disclose a burdensome easement on a title report, in a complex easement and insurance case. This matter was tried in a binding arbitration setting.
Successfully obtained a seven-figure settlement for a retailer claim against a major nationally known manufacturer in a complicated antitrust/price-fixing case.
At the Court of Appeal: Peter has been routinely and almost universally successful in several significant matters he has personally briefed and argued before the Court of Appeal, in the area of trust and estate oriented litigation.