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Education
  • J.D., cum laude, Northwestern University School of Law, 1995; Northwestern University Law Review, 1994-95
  • B.A., cum laude, DePauw University, 1990 (economics)
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
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Peter G. Land

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Pete represents private and public sector higher education, academic medical center, and business clients in a wide array of litigation and counseling matters. Pete regularly advocates on behalf of institutions in court and agency proceedings, mediations, and arbitrations, as well as counseling on employment and student disputes, policy drafting, and training. 

Pete also has extensive experience with sensitive internal investigations regarding senior administrators, preparing confidential and privileged reports, and assisting decision-makers in addressing investigative findings in a variety of contexts, including board-mandated, government, and athletic-department investigations.

Pete has served as lead counsel in a variety of litigation, including employment discrimination and harassment cases, faculty terminations and tenure disputes, institutional governance issues, First Amendment disputes, student matters, school and program closings, non-compete agreement and trade secret disputes, and defamation and privacy issues. He has also counseled institutions on accommodation and leave requests pursuant to the ADA and FMLA, privacy issues and compliance with FERPA, academic program closures and institutional affiliations, reductions in force, compliance with Title IX student-discipline and gender-equity standards, accreditation issues, and investigations by the DOE’s Office for Civil Rights, the EEOC, and state and municipal administrative agencies. Pete has published and structured training programs on Title IX issues.

Prior to joining the firm, Pete was a partner in the firm of Babbitt, Land & Warner LLP (1998-2011), a Chicago firm that concentrated in representing colleges and universities. Pete also practiced as an associate at the Chicago firm of Butler, Rubin, Saltarelli & Boyd, and he worked on an interim basis in the general counsel’s office at two major Chicago universities and at a Fortune 1000 company.

Pete is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). Pete has served on NACUA committees and has spoken at seminars addressing a variety of liability issues, including internal investigations, supervisory best practices, faculty speech, sexual assault protocols, and other institutional compliance matters. 

In addition to practicing law, Pete has a life-long interest in athletic administration forged from his father’s role as a Big Ten university head coach, personal experience as a two-sport Division III college athlete, and current service as leader of a youth baseball organization.

A complete list of Pete's speaking engagements and publications available here.

Representative Experience  click to view

  • Counseled clients and conducted confidential, privileged internal investigations of sensitive allegations against senior administrators, executives, staff, or faculty members for variety of alleged misconduct; prepared reports and assisted decision-makers in addressing investigative findings.

  • Served as lead counsel for several private institutions of higher education in litigation by tenured faculty, medical school faculty, students, administrators, and staff seeking injunctions or damages for contract, whistleblower, discrimination, retaliation, and defamation claims.

  • Served as lead counsel for several public universities, senior officials, and board members in litigation initiated by tenured faculty members and senior administrators regarding discrimination, retaliation, due process, and state ethics law claims.

  • Defended online marketing company against unpaid commissions claims and asserted counterclaims for violations of trade secret statute, non-compete agreement, and electronic spoliation against former employee that resulted in payment by plaintiff-employee to defendant-employer

  • Represented publicly-traded banking institution with respect to reductions in force, employment litigation, and successor liability issues following acquisition.

  • Advised for-profit education client regarding Title IX gender-equity issues relating to athletic program adjustments and developments.

  • Designed and delivered training to national for-profit education client’s employee relations staff regarding conducting and documenting internal investigations including “hot line” inquiries.

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