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Peter is the national Chair of Reed Smith’s Complex Litigation Group (“CLG”), which specializes in business and corporate disputes, class action and multi-district litigation, litigation strategy and management, managed care, mass and toxic torts, and product liability. The CLG provides comprehensive solutions for clients facing a multitude of litigation, from general litigation to major exposure and “bet the company” litigation. Peter also serves as a member of Reed Smith’s Executive Committee, the Firm’s global governing board, where he chairs the Clients and Markets Committee.


  • Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, J.D.
  • University of Michigan, B.A.

  • Illinois
  • Ohio (inactive status)

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court - Southern District of Ohio

  • The Economic Club of Chicago, Membership Committee (Current)
  • Chicago United Business Leaders of Color (2017)
  • Advisory Board, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (2011 - present)
  • Chair, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (Appointed by Governor Quinn 2011 - 2014)
  • Council Member, Juvenile Justice Leadership Council (2012 - 2014)
  • Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (2011)
  • Co-Chair of Membership Committee, ABA Section of Litigation (2007 - 2009)
  • Fellow, ABA Section of Litigation 2005 - 2006 Young Lawyer Leadership Program
  • ABA Section of Litigation Raise the Bar Task Force (2005 - 2007)
  • ABA Section of Litigation Federal Courts Task Force (2005 - 2007)

  • Honorable Algenon L. Marbley, U.S. District Court - Southern District of Ohio

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • Trustee, Vice-Chair, Executive Committee, The Harris Theater for Music and Dance
  • Trustee, Vice-Chair, Executive Committee, Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Trustee, Rush University Medical Center
  • Forest Preserves of Cook County, Conservation and Policy Council
  • The Ohio State University College of Law, National Council
  • Fellow, Leadership Greater Chicago