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Peter W. Wanning



Legal Specialist

Peter serves as a local, regional, and national coordinating counsel for clients involved in a variety of toxic torts, personal injury defense, product liability, and consumer contract litigation matters. In asbestos-related litigation he has an extensive track record representing manufacturers, premise owners, and contractors through all phases of litigation including initial assessment and investigation, discovery, motion practice, case strategy, alternative dispute resolution (ADR), trial, and appeal.

More About Peter

Peter’s practical experience has earned him a reputation as a knowledgeable speaker on critical legal trends and developments. He is a regular presenter at client groups and industry conferences on witness deposition strategies, including topics relating to current litigation and trial advocacy trends.

He is a member of the Minnesota State and Ramsey County Bar associations, the Defense Research Institute (DRI), and the Haws-KM management committee. In 2022, Peter was named to the Minnesota Super Lawyers list. Peter is active in the Twin Cities Diversity in Practice organization and committed to supporting the career advancement of attorneys of color and other minority groups in the Twin Cities.

Born and raised in Iowa, he graduated from the Creighton University School of Law after obtaining his B.A. in Political Science from St. John’s University in Minnesota.

Member Affiliations

  • Defense Research Institute
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Ramsey County Bar Association


  • Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2022-2023
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2010


  • Change Under Foot? – Recent Court Rulings Could Impact the Asbestos Litigation Bankruptcy Trust Scheme, Experts, and Liability of Certain Defendants, MB Legal News – January 2014

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Practice Areas

  • Consulting
  • Product Liability Defense
  • Toxic Torts


  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota – Chapter 11
  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin


  • J.D., Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska
  • B.A., St. John’s University, Political Science

Outside of the Office

Outside of court, Peter can be found on the golf course, reading a good book or outside with his family and friends. He is also a culinary enthusiast in search of a great new restaurant or recipe.