• OVERVIEW

    Peter focuses his practice on representing clients in trust, estate, and family and other closely-held business disputes, as well as other types of fiduciary litigation.  He has represented fiduciaries and beneficiaries in litigation before courts in numerous jurisdictions, as well as in connection with out-of-court negotiations and alternative dispute resolution.

    Peter has substantial experience representing fiduciaries and beneficiaries in various forms of trust litigation, including actions for breach of fiduciary duty, trust contests, contested accountings, trust construction suits, actions against fiduciaries arising under ERISA, actions involving the enforcement of in terrorem provisions, and defending trust assets against creditor claims.  In addition, Peter has handled numerous estate litigation matters, including will contests, contested probate claims, and tortious interference with prospective inheritance claims.  Peter’s experience with family and closely held business disputes has included succession disputes, appraisal litigation, breach of fiduciary duty actions, derivative claims, and accounting actions.

    Prior to joining Levin Schreder & Carey, Peter was a partner at McDermott Will & Emery and served as a head of its Private Client Litigation Team.  Peter also writes and speaks regularly about fiduciary litigation and other legal issues that arise in the administration of trusts and estates.

    EDUCATION

    • J.D., Northwestern University School of  Law, 2008
    • MA., Tulane University, 2004
    • B.A., Tulane University, 2003

    ADMISSIONS

    • Illinois, 2008
    • United States District Court – Northern District of Illinois (Trial bar member)
    • United States District Court – Central District of Illinois
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

    CLERKSHIP

    • Law Clerk, the Honorable Virginia M. Kendall, United States Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2012- 2013
  • PRESENTATIONS/PUBLICATIONS

    “Charting a Course in Complex Trust Litigation: Safe Harbors from In Terrorem Storms” Estate Planning, August 2021 (with R. Maher).  Click to read the article.

    “Planning for Post-Death Litigation,” Estate Planning, Sept. 2020 (with N. Mann).

    “Divergence Among States In Enforcement of In Terrorem Clauses in Wills and Trusts,” available in Wealth Strategies Journal and the National Law Review, Aug. 4, 2020

    “Trust Administration in Volatile Markets,” McDermott Will & Emery Webinar, June 18, 2020

    “Trust Administration in Volatile Markets: How Should a Fiduciary React to the COVID-19 Crisis,” available in the National Law Review, June 17, 2020

    “Recent Developments in Trusts & Estates Controversy,” McDermott Will & Emery Trusts & Estates Controversy Forum, Chicago, IL, Sept. 2019

    “Arbitration Clauses in Wills and Trusts” McDermott Will & Emery Trusts & Estates Controversy Forum, Chicago, IL, Sept. 2019

    “Illinois Enacts New Trust Code: What Fiduciaries Need to Know,” available in the National Law Review, Sept. 16, 2019

    “Are Claims Concerning a Trust’s Validity Arbitrable? Another Court Says No,” available in the National Law Review, July 15, 2019

    “Illinois Estate Guardians Receive a New Job: Guardianship Estate Planning No Longer Optional?,” available in the National Law Review, June 2019

    “Trustees Duty to Disclose in the US,” Transcontinental Trusts: International Forum, Hamilton, Bermuda, June 2019

    “Recent Developments in Trusts & Estates Controversy,” McDermott Will & Emery Trusts & Estates Controversy Forum, Chicago, IL, Sept. 2018

    “Investment Disputes: Trustee Obligations and Beneficiary Claims When Things Don’t Go as Planned” McDermott Will & Emery Trust & Estates Controversy Forum, Chicago, IL, Sept. 2018

    “Fiduciary Liability of Non-Profit Directors: The Fundamentals,” A Governance Institute White Paper, Spring 2010, (with M. Peregrine, J. Schwartz, R. Schreck and R. Louthian).

  • PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

    • American Bar Association – Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law
    • Chicago Bar Association – Trust Law Committee