Paul N. “Pete” McCloskey, Jr., a partner at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, is considered to be one of the country’s great trial lawyers, as well as a great public servant and war hero.
A renowned attorney who has tried over 100 jury trials, Pete began his law career as Deputy District Attorney for Alameda County, and then as the founding partner in the law firm of McCloskey, Wilson & Mosher, which evolved into the firm of Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati.
During his law career, Pete served as President of the Palo Alto Bar Association, President of the Conference of Barristers of the State Bar of California, and as a Trustee of the Santa Clara Bar Association.
Pete received his B.A. from Stanford University and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. He has written four books and has taught legal ethics and political science at Stanford and Santa Clara Universities. His books include: Guide to Professional Conduct for New Practitioners, California State Bar (1961); The U.S. Constitution, BRL (1961); Truth and Untruth: Political Deceit in America, Simon & Shuster (1971); and The Taking of Hill 610, Eaglet Books (1992), describing his service in Korea.
After Stanford University, Pete joined the Marine Corps as an officer and served in the Korean War. While in the Marine Corps section, he commanded a reserve rifle company at San Bruno, California from 1953 to 1960. A recipient of the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism, the Silver Star for bravery in combat and two Purple Hearts, Pete was a platoon leader and company commander. He retired from the Reserve with a rank of Colonel.
Pete served from 1967 to 1983 in the U.S. House of Representatives and was re-elected seven times representing the San Francisco Peninsula and Silicon Valley. He served six years as Congressional Delegate to the International Whaling Conference, and as Congressional Advisor to the Law of the Sea Treaty Delegation. An ardent environmentalist, he was co-chair of the first Earth Day in 1970 with Senator Gaylord Nelson. In 1972, he ran for President on an anti-Vietnam War platform against Richard Nixon. One of Pete’s enduring legacies is his co-authorship of the 1973 Endangered Species Act. After serving in Congress for 15 years, Pete returned to private practice, taking on tough complex cases.
He has served as a Trustee for the Monterey Institute of International Studies, the Population Action Institute, and the U.S. Marine Corps Academy in Harlingen, Texas. Appointed by President George H. W. Bush, Pete served--and was elected its first chairman--on the U.S. Commission on National and Community Service from 1990 to 1992.
Pete served on the Advisory Council to the American Land Conservancy. He has been at the forefront in helping Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans receive college educations upon their return from duty. He serves on the Board of Advisors of The Fund for Veterans’ Education.
A film, entitled American Maverick, was done on the life and times of Pete McCloskey. The film is narrated by the late Paul Newman who said, “Pete McCloskey has spent his life fighting for peace” and “without doubt he will always be leading from the front.”
- CPM Partner Pete McCloskey - Former Congressman and War Hero - Honored at Opening Ceremony of Korean War Memorial
- CPM Clients California Indian Tribes Take Caltrans to Court Today for Knowingly Destroying Historic Preservation Sites10.30.2015
- Eureka Times-Standard, 12.05.2014
- Bay City News, 10.01.2014
- San Francisco Chronicle, 07.16.2014
- San Francisco Chronicle, 05.27.2014
- San Francisco Chronicle, 05.16.2014
- ABC 7 News, 05.15.2014
- Forbes, 05.13.2014
- Forbes, 05.09.2014
- San Francisco Chronicle, 05.08.2014
- San Mateo County Times, 05.05.2014
- The PCI News, 02.27.2014
- San Francisco Chronicle, 02.21.2014
- CPM prevails as appeals court reverses Richardson Grove decision; ruling states Caltrans violated state environmental lawTimes-Standard, 01.31.2014
- CPM Partner Pete McCloskey Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award by Peninsula Coalition at 6th Annual Community Honors Dinner05.06.2010
- Cipriani, New York, NY, 01.21.2016
- Huffington Post - The World Post, 06.25.2015
Honors & Awards
Honors & Recognitions
Recipient of the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism
Recipient of the Silver Star for bravery in combat
Recipient of two Purple Hearts
No Gun Ri Peace Commission Peace Prize Award
Peninsula Coalition Lifetime Achievement Award
Sierra Club Environmental Hero's Award
Korea War Memorial Association, President
Palo Alto Bar Association, Past President
Conference of Barristers of the State Bar of California, Past President
Santa Clara Bar Association, Past Trustee
Serves on the Board of Advisors of The Fund for Veterans’ Education
Stanford Law School, J.D.
Stanford University, B.A.