Peter J. Dunne is a St. Louis native who received his B.A. in History from Saint Louis University in 1978 and his J.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1983. He was admitted to the Bar of the State of Missouri in 1983 and the Illinois Bar in 1986. He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit and the United States District Courts of Eastern and Western Missouri and the Southern District of Illinois. His Martindale-Hubbell rating is AV.
Peter is a Member of The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (Chair, Municipal Law and Practice Committee 1992-1993); The Lawyers Association of St. Louis (President, 2002); the International Association of Defense Counsel, and served as President of the Eastern Missouri/Southern Illinois Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates from 2010 to 2011.
Peter is an adjunct faculty member at Webster University in the Legal Studies Program; he is a volunteer lawyer for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri and is a frequent speaker at CLE programs on litigation and trial practice. He has tried over 175 cases to jury verdict in State and Federal courts and concentrates his practice on the defense of civil rights suits against police officers and health care providers, personal injury claims and general litigation.
Publications and Seminars
University of Missouri – CLE Programs – Trial Practice and Civil Rights Litigation
Mealey Publication and Lorman Continuing Legal Education
1995 – 2000, Moderator, Effective Use of Depositions at Trial
2000 – 2001, Toxic Torts: Defense Perspectives in Lead Paint Litigation
2001 – 2002, Defense Perspectives in Federal Civil Rights Litigation
PS Partner: Peter Dunne
We represented: City of Ferguson and Police Officer Defendants
Venue: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
Henry Davis, plaintiff, alleged he was the victim of excessive force an [...]
Holland v. City of Gerald, et al.
PS Partner/Associate who tried case: Peter J. Dunne and Peter M. Rohrich
We represented: Missouri Public Entity Risk Management
Venue: United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
Facts: Th [...]
Peter Dunne Jessica Liss Directed Verdict for Defendants Kenneth Charron v. Correctional Medical Services et al.
Partner who tried case: Peter J. Dunne/Jessica L. Liss
We represented: Dr. Marcos Nalagan and Dr. Charles Chastain
Venue: USDC EDM [...]
ASSOCIATIONS & ORGANIZATIONS
The Lawyers Association of St. Louis
President, 2001 - 2002
The Bar Association of Metropolitan Saint Louis
Municipal Law and Practice Committee Chair, 1993 - 1994
Adjunct Faculty, Webster University, St. Louis
2004 - Present: Legal Studies Program
American Board of Trial Advocates
Chapter President, 2010 - 2011
St. Louis University School of Law
Adjunct Faculty 2009 - Present
Associate Member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police
Legal Officers Section
University of Missouri, Columbia
Saint Louis University
A.B. History, 1978
United States District Courts
Eastern District of Missouri
Western District of Missouri
Southern District of Illinois
United States Court of Appeals
Supreme Court of the United States
Court Approved Mediator
St. Louis City Circuit Court
St. Louis County Circuit Court
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
"I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon Constitutions, upon laws and upon courts. These are false hopes; believe me, Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it."