Upon graduation from law school, Peter R. Day served as a Marine Corps trial lawyer in Vietnam and Japan, then as Chief Prosecutor and Court-martial Judge at Camp Pendleton, California. Following release from active duty, he joined the Office of the District Attorney of San Mateo County, California, where he tried 22 jury trials.
After graduate studies in law in Germany and in business administration as a Fulbright scholar in France, he joined the legal department of The Boeing Company, where he enjoyed a 25-year career which included assignments as Chief Counsel for two division legal departments.
As Chief Counsel for Boeing Computer Services, he established a 10-lawyer legal department to support a division with annual commercial and government sales exceeding $200 million, plus legal support to the entire corporation for computer hardware and software acquisition. Subsequently, he established a legal department to support a division managing $2 billion of construction projects, over $1 billion of annual procurement of machine tools and other goods and services and the company's energy needs, including natural gas, electricity and co-generation planning. Concurrently, he set up and managed fully integrated in-house and outside counsel claims teams in the successful defense of over $100 million in construction claims at minimum cost, many of which were resolved through arbitration.
As examples of his experience in large, complex transactions, he was lead counsel for the renegotiation of a five-year $2 billion computer outsourcing contract, the $100 million divestiture of a fabrication operation, divestiture of a high technology business with annual revenues of $120 million, and for the $1 billion sale of the E-3A airborne weapon system (AWACS) to NATO, including multiple subcontracts with European suppliers.
He has negotiated scores of software licensing and development contracts (including CAD/CAM), sale and leasing transactions for computer hardware, and dealt with all aspects of intellectual property law. For nearly three years he concentrated on aircraft financing transactions, drafting and negotiating various types of domestic and international debt and equity financings, including leveraged leasing. He has also dealt with governmental agencies on a variety of regulatory issues.
Concurrent with his legal career and in addition to his teaching activities, he remained active in the Marine Corps reserve, with assignments as a Court-martial Judge and Assistant Legal Advisor to the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany. In addition to his legal assignments, for 3 years he served as Information Systems Officer for an 800-person landing support battalion, responsible for the introduction of PC's into the battalion.