Peter founded the firm in 1960. He is a trial lawyer and a counselor to all. He is also a farmer, an author, a painter, a world traveler, and a chef. Peter handles matters from traffic cases to arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court. He was elected State’s Attorney of Addison County in 1960, just months after graduating from the University of Chicago Law School. Since then he has been involved in virtually every type of trial, in every county and every Federal courthouse in Vermont, and as far away as Sitka, Alaska. He twice argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and four of his cases were carried on Court TV.
Peter is a life member of the Uniform Laws Commission and is active on several drafting committees. He has served on the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association, and as Chair of the Section of Individual Rights & Responsibilities. He is the author of two books, Addison County Justice (Eriksson 1997) and Beyond The Courthouse (Eriksson 1999), and numerous legal articles.
Peter’s awards and peer recognitions are too numerous to list, but examples include recognition: by The Best Lawyers in America® for commercial litigation, criminal defense and personal injury litigation; by Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for commercial litigation; and by New England Super Lawyers for general litigation, first amendment litigation, personal injury litigation and criminal defense.
At heart Peter is a farmer. At one time he had a dairy farm, and he now raises beef cattle, Clun Forrest sheep, and Standardbred horses on a farm six miles south of Middlebury. Besides his love for trout fishing and bird hunting (he has two English Setters), he races Standardbred trotters (but no longer drives them) at Saratoga Raceway and at Vermont fairs. His current passion is doing Impressionist-style oil paintings.
Peter’s practice areas include: appeals; civil rights; complex litigation; criminal defense; environmental; family; and personal injury.