Overview

Peter L. Rossiter brings both legal and business experience to his practice. His career with the firm includes an active corporate, securities, and financial institutions practice, service on the Executive Committee from 2009 until 2013, and service as the firm’s General Counsel from 2013 through 2016. As a business leader, he served Northern Trust Corporation from 1992 to 2004 in successive roles as Executive Vice President and General Counsel; as President of its Corporate and Institutional Services Business Unit; and as its first head of Corporate Risk Management.

With a focus on corporate governance and regulatory issues, Peter has advised public companies on such matters as reporting and disclosure under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Sarbanes-Oxley Act compliance and the public offerings of securities. Clients such as a leading global manufacturer of fluid transfer systems, a publicly held telecommunications company and a leading publicly held provider of higher education turned to Peter for counsel on complex corporate governance and securities law compliance issues, mergers and acquisitions, and general commercial matters. After his return to the Firm, Peter also drew on his unique experience as General Counsel and a business unit leader at Northern Trust to represent clients ranging from large national and international financial institutions to community banks on strategic acquisitions, governance issues and regulatory compliance issues.

In his present role, Peter assists the firm’s General Counsel and advises the firm’s management, attorneys, and staff on a broad range of professional responsibility, loss prevention and practice-related issues.

  • Credentials

    Education

    • Yale Law School, J.D., 1973
      The Yale Law Journal, Board of Editors
    • Princeton University - Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, A.B., 1970, with high honors

    Bar Admissions

    • Illinois

            Clerkships

            • Hon. Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice of the United States (1975-1976)
            • Hon. Alvin B. Rubin, U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of Louisiana (1973-1975)

            Professional Memberships

            • American Bar Association
            • Chicago Bar Association
            • Chicago Council of Lawyers
            • Illinois State Bar Association
            • The Lawyer’s Club of Chicago, Past President

            Teaching Appointments

            • Adjunct Faculty, The University of Chicago Law School (1979-1981; 1999)
            • Adjunct Faculty, Tulane University Law School (1975)
          • Insights

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            News Release

            Schiff Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2022

            Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that 51 attorneys have been listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2022.

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            Eighty-One Attorneys Named to 2021 Leading Lawyers

            Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to have 81 attorneys named to the 2021 Leading Lawyers list.

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            Best Lawyers Recognizes 59 Schiff Attorneys, Six “Lawyers of the Year,” and 21 Ones to Watch

            Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that 59 attorneys have been listed in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, with six attorneys also being named a “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of practice and location.

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            Eighty-Eight Attorneys Named to 2020 Leading Lawyers

            Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that 88 attorneys have been named to the 2020 Leading Lawyers list.

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            2020 Best Lawyers in America Lists Recognizes 63 Attorneys, Three “Lawyers of the Year”

            Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to announce that 63 attorneys have been included in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, with three attorneys also being named a “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of practice.

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            2019 Leading Lawyers Lists Recognize 95 Schiff Attorneys

            Schiff Hardin LLP is pleased to have 95 attorneys named to the 2019 Leading Lawyers list.

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            61 Schiff Attorneys Named to 2019 Best Lawyers in America List and Six Recognized as “Lawyer of the Year”

            Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that 61 attorneys have been included in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, as well as six who were named a “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective areas of practice.

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            95 Schiff Hardin Lawyers Named to 2018 Leading Lawyers Lists

            Ninety-six Schiff Hardin lawyers have been named to the 2018 Leading Lawyers lists for Illinois and Michigan.

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            Schiff Hardin Lawyers Named to 2018 The Best Lawyers in America

            Schiff Hardin is pleased to announce that five attorneys have been named a “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.

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            99 Schiff Hardin Attorneys Named to 2017 Leading Lawyers List

            Ninety-nine Schiff Hardin lawyers have been named to the 2017 Leading Lawyers list for Illinois and Michigan.

          • Citizenship

            Pro Bono Activities

            • Diocesan Endowment Fund of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago Chair (2007-2013)
            • Episcopal Diocese of Chicago Chancellor (1989-1994)

            Civic and Charitable Memberships

            • The Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services, Cook County’s legal aid hotline – Advisory Board
            • INROADS, Inc., a minority internship organization – past Board Member
            • Yale Law School Alumni Association – past Executive Committee Member
          • Awards & Honors

            • The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers (2007-2009, 2012-2022)
            • Illinois Leading Lawyer, Law Bulletin’s Illinois Leading Lawyers Network (2008-2021)
            • Who’s Who Legal Illinois, Law Business Research Limited (2008)
            • Peer Reviewed AV® Preeminent™, Martindale-Hubbell (Since 1987)