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Peter J. Dunne


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.


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Peter J. Dunne

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 is President of the Eastern Missouri/Southern Illinois Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

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 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.


  • University of Missouri, Columbia
    • J.D., 1983
  • Saint Louis University
    • A.B. History, 1978
  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • United States District Courts
    • Eastern District of Missouri
    • Western District of Missouri
    • Southern District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals
    • 8th Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

ADR Certifications
  • Court Approved Mediator
    • St. Louis City Circuit Court
    • St. Louis County Circuit Court
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri

  • 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 Avocates
    • 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
  • Principal, Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C. (2011 - Present)
  • Principal, Rabbitt, Pitzer & Snodgrass, P.C. (1991 - 2010)
  • Associate, Brown, James & Rabbitt, P.C. (1985 - 1991)
  • Staff Trial Attorney, 21st Judicial Circuit (St. Louis County) State of Missouri, Office of the Public Defender
Litigation Experience

In twenty eight years as a lawyer, Peter Dunne has tried over 175 jury trials in the State and Federal courts of Missouri and Illinois.

Publications and Seminars
  • University of Missouri - CLE Programs - Trial Practice
  • 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

  • St. Louis Lawyer Magazine
    • Contributing Bi-Monthly Columnist: "Historical Perspectives"
Community Involvement
  • Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
    • Volunteer Lawyer of the Year 2005
  • American Board of Trial Advocates 2007 - Present;
    • President, 2010 - 2011
    • Volunteer Lawyer of the Year 2005 Advocate


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Christopher J. Lang

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J.D. Luhning

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Dean C. Nichols

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Jerome C. Simon

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