Peter Kirsanow, Esq.

Peter Kirsanow returned to Cleveland in 2008, where he is a partner at Benesch’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. He returned to Benesch after serving on the President-appointed National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Washington D.C. for two years. While serving on the NLRB, he was involved with significant decisions including Oakwood Healthcare, Inc., Dana/Metaldyne and Oil Capital Sheet Metal, Inc. In addition, Peter testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nominations of John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. He also continues to testify before and advise members of the U.S. Congress on employment law matters, most recently on November 18 before the House Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight regarding disparate impact theory. Kirsanow has written articles for the National Review since 2003. He has also been interviewed for a position on the Trump Administration team.

Peter was recently reappointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives to his third consecutive six-year term on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. This is a part-time position which will expire in December 2019.

Additionally, Peter is past chair of the board of directors of the Center for New Black Leadership and is a member of Benesch’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. This committee helps ensure that the firm promotes an environment in which differences are respected, employees are treated fairly, and individual skills and talents are valued. He received his B.A. in 1976 from Cornell University and his J.D. with honors in 1979 from Cleveland State University.

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