Perry Pittenger

Bar Admission

New Jersey
West Virginia
U.S.  District Court, District of NJ

Education

Penn State University – 1981
West Virginia University, College of Law – 1984

Memberships

National Association of Dealer Counsel (NADC)

Specialized Practice Areas

Auto Dealership Law, General Litigation, Franchise Law, Administrative Law, Class Action Litigation

In 2000, Perry Pittenger, along with Ted Schiller, established Schiller & Pittenger, P.C. with the goal of creating one of the very few New Jersey law firms able to serve the needs of the nearly 400 auto dealership franchises in the State.  This goal, however, quickly expanded, and Schiller & Pittenger is now proud to offer legal services in a wide variety of practice areas.

Prior to establishing Schiller & Pittenger, Perry served as Vice President and General Counsel of Toresco Auto Group, a privately held management company that operated multiple automobile franchises in a number of states, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Florida.

During Perry’s tenure at Toresco Auto Group, he was responsible for overseeing all legal matters involving the Toresco Auto Group dealerships.  Moreover, Perry was personally responsible for litigating hundreds of cases involving claims of common law fraud, consumer fraud, breach of warranty, breach of contract and negligence.

Currently, Perry’s focus is in the field of general business litigation; however, his primary focus is the representation of retail auto dealerships in consumer litigation, administrative proceedings and related areas.  With more than 25 years of experience in representing auto dealers, Perry is uniquely qualified to counsel dealers on a wide variety of legal issues, such as the following:

  • Regulatory compliance
  • Employment issues
  • Advertising regulations
  • Licensing issues
  • Vendor contracts
  • Floor plan financing
  • Retail credit relationships
  • Financing and insurance matters

 

In 2005, Perry was chosen by nearly one-third of all of New Jersey’s new car dealerships to represent them in the state’s largest ever class action lawsuit filed against New Jersey’s new car dealers.  He quickly became a key member of the joint defense team and played a major part in negotiating a favorable settlement on behalf of all of the defendants, including his auto dealership clients.

As a result of Perry’s substantial experience in representing auto dealerships, he has been recognized as one of the state’s leading authorities in this area of law.  Consequently, he is routinely asked to speak at New Jersey Coalition of Automobile Retailers meetings on a variety of legal topics that affect its members.  He has also been asked to pen many articles on auto dealership law, and has been approved by numerous insurance companies to represent auto dealerships in a wide range of dealer related litigation.