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Peter is the global chair of Reed Smith’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and Senior Management Team. He leads a group of more than 950 attorneys who handle complex commercial disputes and regulatory proceedings across the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Peter has served in various leadership roles at the firm and is the immediate past co-chair of the firm’s Global Commercial Disputes Group. In his own practice, Peter concentrates on complex commercial and business litigation and advises clients concerning a wide variety of business related disputes and corporate transactions. His practice includes the representation of national and multi-national clients in the areas of franchise, licensing and distribution, product liability, retail, unfair competition, trademark, trade secrets and other intellectual property claims, contract disputes, employment counseling and defense, and defending consumer related claims.


  • The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, 法学博士
  • University of Michigan, 学士

  • 伊利诺伊州
  • 俄亥俄州(不活跃状态)

  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Michigan
  • 联邦地区法院-伊利诺伊州北区
  • 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 (Current)
  • Chicago United Business Leaders of Color, Honoree (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 (Appointed by Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle, 2015-2018)
  • The Ohio State University College of Law, National Council
  • Fellow, Leadership Greater Chicago