George Washington University Law School,
J.D., with honors, 1985
B.A., magna cum laude, 1981
Missouri USDC, Eastern District
Missouri USDC, Western District
Illinois USDC, Central District
Illinois USDC, Southern District
US Ct Appeals, 7th Circuit (IL, IN, WI)
Environmental Health and Safety Leaders Network
Co-Organizer and Founder
The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Environmental and Conservation Law Committee
American Bar Association
Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law
The Missouri Bar
Environmental & Energy Law Committee
Former Reviewer, Missouri Environmental Law, Missouri Bar Deskbook - Superfund Chapter
Illinois State Bar Association
Section on Environmental Law
Chemical Industry Council of Illinois
University of Missouri Engineering Extension
St. Louis Environmental Advisory Committee, 1992-1997
ArcelorMittal USA, Inc.
Bemis Company, Inc.
BNSF Railway Company
Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis
Bunge North America, Inc.
Colas Inc./Delta Asphalt
Crop Production Services, Inc.
ExxonMobil Coal USA, Inc.
GAF Corporation & related entities
Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District
Missouri Employees' State Retirement System
Special School District of St. Louis County
Terminal Railroad of St. Louis
US Bank, N.A.
Waterway Gas & Wash Company
Named "2015 St. Louis Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year," The Best Lawyers in America®
Named "2013 St. Louis Litigation-Environmental Lawyer of the Year," The Best Lawyers in America® (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.)
Named "2012 Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year, St. Louis," The Best Lawyers in America®
Recognized by Chambers USA and ranked "Band 1"
Says one source: "He can manage litigation, he can do a deal, he can solve a problem," 2017
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®
Environmental Law and Environmental Litigation
Inducted as a Fellow, American College of Environmental Lawyers, 2010
Listed in Super Lawyers Missouri and Kansas Edition and Corporate Counsel Edition
Recognized for Environmental Litigation
Named on multiple occasions as one of the top 50 lawyers in St. Louis and one of the top 100 attorneys in Missouri and Kansas
Recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as one of the region's “top up and coming attorneys”
Former Chairman, Environmental and Conservation Law Committee, The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Thompson Coburn LLP
Recipient of the Boys and Girls Club "Capture the Vision" Award, 2013
American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate
Member, Board of Directors, 2002-2010
American Heart Association, St. Louis Division
Chairman of the Board of Directors, 2000-2002
Member of Board of Director, 1996-2010
Recipient of the Arthur E. Strauss Award, St. Louis Heart Association’s Highest Honor
Alumni Association Board-John Burroughs School
Youth Emergency Service
Past President, Board of Directors, 1976-1977
Peter is a nationally recognized environmental attorney who helps companies respond to major environmental incidents, navigate regulatory actions, and successfully resolve civil and criminal litigation and other disputes. He is the co-chair of Thompson Coburn's environmental group.
Cited in Chambers USA as a "strong and savvy advocate for his clients," Peter draws on 30 years of environmental law experience to pursue unique and highly effective strategies that resolve environmental issues. He is one of the region's few environmental litigators who also has extensive experience in transactions. Peter has developed solutions for clients that have dramatically reduced cleanup costs or liability, resulted in successful "no action required" determinations, and allowed for the closure or sale of previously contaminated sites. Frequently Peter's contributions have enabled a company to favorably resolve expensive litigation or put an end to decades of costly and ineffective environmental cleanups.
With first-hand experience on many of the most significant environmental incidents to occur in the Midwest over the last three decades, Peter has been named multiple times as the "St. Louis Lawyer of the Year" for environmental law and litigation by Best Lawyers. He counsels some of the country's leading companies in environmental matters, and has represented and litigated successfully on behalf of transportation concerns, mining companies, agribusinesses, chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturers, developers, and energy companies.
Peter's broad national practice includes work on CERCLA cost recovery and contribution litigation, insurance coverage litigation, and a wide variety of regulatory and compliance matters. He has worked on issues related to wetlands, groundwater issues, Superfund sites, and brownfields.
In each matter and for each client, Peter applies dedication and creativity, and works to solve problems and craft solutions that align with his client's ultimate business objectives.
"Do you need a Section 404 permit for your real estate development?"
"Cleaning the Carter Carburetor site to transform a neighborhood";
St. Louis Business Journal, August 2014
"Chemical Safety Board investigator outlines discoveries from West Fertilizer, Charleston water incidents";
"Top Region 7 attorney details EPA’s biggest enforcement, compliance priorities";
Co-Author, "Supreme Court Severely Limits Cost Recovery Options for Environmental Cleanups";
Midwest In-House, January 2005
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