The Board

Allan Rooney – President

Having studied at Edinburgh University Law School and the University of Texas School of Law, Allan Rooney is the founding partner of Rooney P.C. (, a boutique commercial law firm specializing in all aspects of corporate and business law. The firm represents domestic and international clients ranging from emerging small businesses to established multi-national corporations, as well as governments, educational institutions, and non-profit entities. Allan has been a board member of ScotBarNY since 2006, is President of the New York Association of Edinburgh University Alumni, and serves on the New York City Bar’s Corporate Law Committee.

Education: University of Edinburgh, LL.B. with honors; University of Texas School of Law. Admitted NY, 2003

Allan Rooney Esq.
Rooney, P.C
800 Third Avenue, Floor 25
New York, New York 10022
Tel: +1 212 545-8022
Fax: +1 646 417-7000


Neil Oxford – Vice President

Neil Oxford is a partner in Hughes Hubbard’s litigation department. His practice focuses on litigation, business disputes and professional liability. He has represented Deloitte, Ernst & Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers in a broad range of civil litigation and regulatory matters, including securities fraud, malpractice and RICO issues. He is currently representing the Trustee for the liquidation of Lehman Brothers, Inc. in a dispute arising from the sale of the bankrupt broker-dealer in September 2008. He has also represented Merck in its defense of Vioxx and Fosamax product liability litigation. Prior to joining Hughes Hubbard & Reed in 2001, he qualified as solicitor in Scotland and practiced commercial litigation at Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in Glasgow.

Education: University of Aberdeen, 1994; University of Cambridge, 1996; Admitted to New York Bar, 2003
You can read more about Neil’s experiences as a lawyer in New York by clicking on the attached link to an article written by Neil for the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland –

Neil Oxford
Partner Hughes, Hubbard and Reed
One Battery Park Plaza
New York, New York 10004-1482
Phone: (212) 837-6000
Fax: (212) 422-4726


Pete Reid – Board Member

Pete Reid is an honors graduate of the University of Edinburgh School of Law. He was also selected for a one year international scholarship at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas. Following law school, Pete Reid gained extensive experience working with the Texas Legislative Council, The Scottish Parliament, as a mediator with the charity “Children in Scotland”, and in commercial litigation with the Australian law firm of Blake, Dawson and Waldron.

Pete was admitted to the New York Bar in 2005 and worked exclusively in New York City until 2010 where he focused on trial work and commercial litigation, specifically, real estate litigation, contract disputes, and sports law. Since 2010, Pete has resided in Austin, Texas, where he manages his own firm ‘Pete Reid Law, PLLC’, a law practice specializing in business litigation, real estate litigation, and sports law. Mr. Reid continues to represent clients in both New York and Austin. His award-winning lawyer ad was recently cited as “arguably the greatest lawyer commercial ever”.

Education: University of Edinburgh School of Law; University of Texas School of Law.

Pete Reid
3901 South Lamar, Suite 260
Austin, Texas 78704
Tel: 512 261 2500


Adam Balfour – Board Member

A graduate of the University of Dundee and Harvard Law School, Adam D. J. Balfour began his practice at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, then working for Kirkland & Ellis LLP where he concentrated his practice on the Capital Markets Group. Adam moved in-house with Bridgestone in 2014. He has been a member of ScotBarNY since 2008 and is available to answer questions about Harvard Law School and the Kennedy Memorial Scholarship.

Education: University of Dundee; Harvard Law School

Adam Balfour
In-house, Bridgestone
501 Broadway
Nashville, TN 37203
Tel: +1 615 770-2000


Duncan Peterson – Board Member

Duncan began his legal career at the New York City Law Department. As an Assistant Corporation Counsel, Duncan defended New York City and was involved in multimillion-dollar real estate and construction law suits as well as civil rights, employment, and personal injury actions which received media coverage. Duncan received the ‘Legal Rookie of the Year Award’ in 2006. Duncan is known for his strong advocacy skills, and has negotiated numerous settlements with favorable terms for his clients. Duncan holds a B.A. from Strathclyde University in Scotland and an M.S. with honors from New York University. Duncan received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School where he was President of the Moot Court Honor Society and received an academic scholarship. Duncan is admitted to the bar in New York and has also passed the California bar examination.

Education: Strathclyde University; New York University; Brooklyn Law School

Duncan Peterson
Partner Peterson Dellecave LLP
Woolworth Building
233 Broadway, Suite 18000
New York, New York 10279
Tel: 212 240 9075


Roderick N. Devlin – Board Member

Roderick Devlin’s legal practice focuses on US and international project finance transactions and public-private-partnership projects, with a specialization in transportation and energy transactions. Prior to commencing his practice in the US, Roddy worked at Brodies law firm in Edinburgh and taught jurisprudence at both the University of Edinburgh and the University of Strathclyde Law Schools. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the University of Edinburgh Law School and the University of Aberdeen Law School. Roddy has published numerous articles on project and infrastructure finance.

Education: University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1993; University of Edinburgh Law School, 1991; University of Aberdeen Law School, 1990

Roderick N. Devlin
Squire Patton Boggs
T +1 212 872 9806


Paul Hughes – Board Member

A graduate of the University of Glasgow, the University of Oxford and Harvard Law School, Paul Hughes was an associate in Davis Polk & Wardwell’s litigation department before joining his current law firm, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP. He was born and raised in Lanark, Scotland. Prior to commencing practice in the US, Paul worked as a Foreign Law Clerk with the Supreme Court of Israel. He joined ScotBarNY in 2009 and is happy to answer questions from students or recent graduates.

Education: LLB, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 2006
B.C.L., Balliol College, University of Oxford, 2007
LLM, Harvard Law School, 2008
Admitted to New York Bar, 2009

Paul Hughes
Associate, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
51 Madison Avenue, 22nd Floor
New York, New York 10010
Phone: +1 212 849 7000