Education & Background:
Pete Winebrake is a 1988 graduate (magna cum laude) of Lehigh University and a 1991 graduate (cum laude) of Temple University School of Law, where he served as Managing Editor of the Temple Law Review.
Upon law school graduation, from September 1991 through August 1992, Pete served as a law clerk to Justice William R. Johnson of the New Hampshire Supreme Court.
From September 1992 through February 1997, Pete served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel at the New York City Law Department’s General Litigation Unit. In this capacity, he represented New York City agencies and officials in federal civil rights and employment lawsuits and other complex litigation.
In 1997, he joined the Philadelphia law firm of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP as a litigation associate. There, he worked on complex litigation matters in the federal and state courts.
In 1999, he returned to public service, joining the Philadelphia Law Department. In this capacity, he represented City agencies and officials, including former Mayor Edward Rendell, in high-profile and complex federal civil rights matters. In 2001, Pete was appointed Chief Deputy City Solicitor in charge of the Philadelphia Law Department’s Labor and Employment Unit. As the City’s chief labor and employment lawyer, he managed a staff of eleven attorneys and oversaw all municipal labor and employment matters for the City of Philadelphia.
In 2002, Pete joined the Philadelphia law firm of Trujillo Rodriguez & Richards, LLC. There, he litigated and resolved a wide variety of complex lawsuits arising under federal and state wage and hour, employment, and civil rights laws. In January 2007, Pete founded The Winebrake Law Firm, LLC, which later changed its name to Winebrake & Santillo, LLC. The firm concentrates on Federal Court litigation seeking to vindicate the rights of employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and similar state wage and hour laws. These lawsuits are brought both as individual cases on behalf of one or more workers and as class/collective actions on behalf of large numbers of similarly situated workers.