Peter is an award-winning litigator with a reputation for success in the courtroom. He represents a wide range of clients, including Indian tribes and their business partners, in disputes over commercial contracts, administrative actions, federal and state law, treaty rights, jurisdiction, and gaming. He also maintains an active practice in tribal courts, where he prosecutes child-welfare and adult-protection cases and handles general defense work for tribes.
Peter compliments his successful litigation practice with a robust transactional practice. He’s helped clients identify optimal business structures, drafted formation and governance documents, and provided compliance and risk assessment. He’s also represented clients in major finance transactions, corporate acquisitions, service and sale agreements, licensing agreements, and employment and consulting agreements. Peter uses the lessons he’s learned in court to help his clients build and run viable organizations, navigate federal, tribal, and state laws, and negotiate secure contractual relationships.
Before entering private practice, Peter served as a law clerk for the Honorable Heidi S. Schellhas with the Minnesota Court of Appeals. There he developed a unique understanding about how courts operate and how judges approach cases. He’s since built on that understanding by working side-by-side with judges and justices on the Minnesota Tribal Court/State Court Forum, which aims to better the relationships between tribal and state courts through education and collaboration. Peter employs his valuable insight into the court systems in every project he touches.
When he’s not practicing law, Peter enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and sons and feeding his passion for golf, chess, piano, and hunting. You also might find him playing board games or out on the lake with family and friends.