Golan & Christie Attorneys at Law

Peter M. Katsaros

Peter M. Katsaros


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Areas of Practice

Commercial and Business Litigation, including:
Complex Civil Litigation, Labor and Employment Litigation, Tort Litigation


  • Antitrust, breach of contract, fiduciary duties, business torts
  • Fraud and misrepresentation, defamation
  • Employment discrimination and wrongful discharge
  • Representation of businesses, unions, pension funds and individuals
  • Prosecution and defense of lost profits claims
  • Jury work
  • Internet litigation


J.D. University of Chicago and University of Illinois, 1978
B.S. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Indiana University, 1972
   Rhodes Scholar finalist

Bar Admissions

Federal Court Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois, 1982
Illinois, 1978

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1978
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 1982
U.S. District Court of Delaware, 1992
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1982
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1995

Professional Affiliations

Peter is a member of the following legal organizations:
American Bar Association
American Association for Justice
American Trial Lawyer Association
Federal Bar Association

Career Highlights

Peter joined Golan & Christie as partner in 2009. He has 31 years of experience in civil litigation, including work in multi-million dollar commercial, tort, and employment litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants. He has been lead counsel in 34 trials and numerous appeals, and has handled civil litigation in federal and state courts in 20 states, as well as in England.

Peter has taught as a NITA faculty member in Trial Advocacy since 1984 and as Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy and Ethics at the Northwestern University Law School since 1990. He also has written extensively on jury instructions in fraud cases and defamation on the Internet.

Peter is the co-founder of Speaking Legally, Inc., an Illinois MCLE consulting firm on the art of public speaking in a court room.

“In trial work, there is no substitute for knowing everything.”