Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck was appointed United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York on February 27, 1995, and served as Chief Magistrate Judge in 2004-2005. Judge Peck is co-chair of the S.D.N.Y.-E.D.N.Y. Local Rules Committee, and a member of the Second Circuit Federal-State Judicial Council.
Judge Peck graduated with honors from Cornell University in 1974 and from Duke University School of Law in 1977, where he was an Editor of the Duke Law Journal. Judge Peck is a member of the Duke Law School Board of Visitors (2012 to Present).
Judge Peck served as law clerk to Judge Paul Roney of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh (then-Fifth) Circuit, during the 1977-1978 term. Judge Peck was a litigator at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison from 1978-1995.
Judge Peck is a frequent lecturer on issues relating to electronic discovery and is a member of the Sedona Conference and the Sedona Conference Judicial Advisory Board. Judge Peck also is a judicial observer to the Legal Tech Educational Advisory Board (2015 to present). He was awarded the Champion of Technology Award for 2011 by Law Technology News, the 2013 Judicial Leadership Award by the Electronic Discovery Institute (“EDI”), and honored by the American Lawyer Discovery Innovator (in Top 50 Innovators of the Last 50 Years).
Judge Peck’s key e-discoveryopinions: Rio Tinto PLC v. Vale S.A., 14 Civ. 3042, 2015 WL 4367250 (S.D.N.Y. July 15, 2015) (appointing TAR Special Master); Rio Tinto PLC v. Vale S.A., 306 F.R.D. 125 (S.D.N.Y. 2015) (black letter law that producing party can use TAR); Da Silva Moore v. Publicis Groupe, 287 F.R.D. 182 (S.D.N.Y. 2012) (first judical decision approving use of predictive coding), aff’d, 2012 WL 1446534 (S.D.N.Y. Apr. 26, 2012); William A. Gross Constr. Assocs., Inc. v. Am. Mfrs. Mut. Ins. Co., 256 F.R.D. 134 (S.D.N.Y. 2009) (keyword search); In re NTL, Inc. Sec. Litig., 244 F.R.D. 179 (S.D.N.Y. 2007) (spoliation & adverse inference instruction), aff’d, 2007 WL 1518632 (S.D.N.Y. May 17, 2007); Anti-Monopoly, Inc. v. Hasbro, Inc., 94 Civ. 2120, 1995 WL 649934 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 3, 1995).
In his spare time, Judge Peck is a member of the Baker Street Irregulars and other Sherlock Holmes societies. Judge Peck also has served as a member of the Board of Directors and as Executive Vice President of the Mystery Writers of America, Inc. (“MWA”), which awards the Edgar® Award each year for the best works in the mystery field, and currently is a member of the MWA New York Chapter Board of Directors.