Peter represents Indian tribes in high-profile litigation involving treaty rights, reservation boundaries, jurisdiction, sovereign immunity, and federal law. He also serves as a member of the Minnesota Tribal Court/State Court Forum, where he uses education, research, and advocacy to foster cooperation between the many judiciaries within Minnesota’s borders. Before he entered private practice, Peter served as a law clerk to the Honorable Heidi S. Schellhas with the Minnesota Court of Appeals. He compliments the skills he gained in that position with a passion for tribal sovereignty and self-determination.
When he is not in the office, Peter enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, snowboarding, playing board and card games, hunting, and fishing. He can also be found out on the lake with family and friends.
Representative Indian-law experience:
- Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians v. Evers (W.D. Wis. 2018 – present). Representing numerous tribes and their members in suit to preclude state taxation of fee property in reservations.
- Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians v. Snyder (W.D. Mich. 2015 – present). Representing the tribe in suit for recognition of treaty-defined reservation boundaries.
- In re Petition to Amend Rule 10 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice for the District Courts (Minn. 2016 – 2018). Successfully petitioned the Minnesota Supreme Court to adopt a more robust rule for recognition of tribal court orders and judgments in state courts.
- Bruguier v. Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, 237 F. Supp. 3d 867 (W.D. Wis. 2017). Successfully urged a federal court to dismiss 15 Title-VII and state-law claims against the tribal defendants, arguing that the claims failed under the text of Title VII and case law and were barred by sovereign immunity.
- NLRB v. Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan (6th Cir. 2013 – 2016). Represented the tribe in defending against the improper assertion of agency authority over on-reservation gaming activities.
- Lac Courte Oreilles Indian Tribe et al. v. Wisconsin, 769 F.3d 543 (7th Cir. 2014), cert denied 135 S.Ct. 1842 (2015). Assisted in successfully urging a federal appellate court to reverse a district court decision upholding a 1991 judgment that prohibited the tribal plaintiffs from hunting deer at night, arguing that changed circumstances warranted an amendment to the judgment.
- Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, 133 S. Ct. 2552 (2013). Assisted in representing amici curiae in briefing to the United States Supreme Court.
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- J.D. William Mitchell College of Law, 2014, summa cum laude
- M.Arch. North Dakota State University, 2009
- B.S. University of Minnesota, 2006
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
- U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
- Ho-Chunk Tribal Court
- Lac du Flambeau Tribal Court
- Lower Sioux Community in Minnesota Tribal Court
- Mille Lacs Band Court of Central Jurisdiction
- Prairie Island Tribal Court
- Sisseton Wahpeton Tribal Court
- Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer (2018)
- Rising Star in Native American Law, Super Lawyers (2018)
- North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association (2017)
- CALI Excellence for the Future Awards: Advocacy (2013); Constitutional Law-Liberties (2013); Persuasive Legal Writing (2012); and Sales (2012)
- Notes & Trends: Indian Law, Bench & Bar of Minnesota (2016 – present)
- The Digital Death Conundrum: How Federal and State Laws Prevent Fiduciaries from Managing Digital Property, 68 U. Miami L. Rev. 385 (2014)