Peter C. Magnuson



Peter Magnuson is a commercial litigator and legal strategist. He defends clients in litigation across the country, particularly in consumer class actions, securities and corporate-related disputes, and appellate matters. He also represents clients in the sports industry, where he has defended major sports leagues in high-stakes litigation both at the trial and appellate levels.

Consumer Class Actions

Peter defends clients in class actions arising under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) investigations involving RESPA issues. He also advises clients on RESPA compliance to avoid disputes before they arise.

Peter also opposes class actions arising under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), helping clients obtain summary judgment, defeat class certification and obtain favorable individual settlements. In addition, he has represented clients sued under a variety of state consumer-fraud and other consumer-protection statutes.

Other Commercial Matters

Peter represents clients in a variety of other commercial disputes in both state and federal courts and at both the trial and appellate levels. He litigates claims arising under federal securities laws, and he represents companies in Securities and Exchange Commission investigations.

Peter also helps companies protect their trade secrets, having litigated complex trade-secret and non-compete matters in both federal and state courts.

Sports Law

Peter has significant experience in the sports industry, where he has represented the National Football League and the National Hockey League against suits brought by former players.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Hon. James B. Loken, 2011-2012


University of Michigan Law School
J.D. magna cum laude, Michigan Law Review (notes editor) (2011)

Duke University
B.A. with high distinction, Dean's List, Henry Schuman Prize in Music (2007)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Shareholder Litigation
    Co-author, Supplement and chapter update, Thomson Reuters, 2014-18
  • 10 Key Trade Secret Developments of 2015: Part 2
    Co-author, Law360, Jan. 15, 2016
  • Critical Trade Secret Developments
    Co-author, The Minnesota IP Book, 2013

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Tubman Safety Project — Peter helps victims of domestic violence obtain Orders of Protection.


  • Chambers USA — Minnesota, Litigation: General Commercial, 2023
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers—Rising Stars, Class Actions, 2019 
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2018
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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