Peter M. Katsaros

“In trial work, there is no substitute for knowing everything.”

Peter M. Katsaros


  • Complex Civil Litigation
  • Antitrust, breach of contract, fiduciary duties, business torts
  • Fraud and misrepresentation, defamation
  • Employment discrimination and wrongful discharge
  • Representation of businesses, unions, pension funds and individuals
  • Prosecution and defense of lost profits claims
  • Jury work
  • Internet litigation
  • Professional malpractice
  • Attorneys and accountants
  • Construction litigation
  • Termination of physician privileges
  • Tort Litigation
  • Mediator


U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1978
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 1982
U.S. District Court of Delaware, 1992
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1982
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1995


Martindale-HubbellLeading Lawyers

  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rating (highest)
  • Recognition as a “Leading Lawyer” by Leading Lawyers Network (Illinois) in: commercial litigation, employment litigation, and computer and technology law


Golan & Christie Partner To Present Public Speaking Seminar, Golan Christie Taglia Fall 2012 Newsletter

"Custom-Built Fraud Instructions Benefit Jury, Lawyers" Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Lawyers’ Forum (co-authored with Foster Marshall, Jr.), June 1995

“Court Gives Go-Ahead to Defamation on the Web,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Lawyers’ Forum (co-authored with Frederick S. Rhine), January 2013

“The Success Principles of Trial Advocacy,” Speaking Legally, Inc., January 2013


J.D. University of Chicago and University of Illinois, 1978

B.S. in Economics from Indiana University, Summa Cum Laude, 1972

Rhodes Scholar finalist, Stahr Award for Outstanding Undergraduate, Moffat Award for Outstanding Undergraduate in Economics, Honors Degree for senior thesis in government, four-year General Motors Academic Scholarship, President of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity


Federal Court Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois, 1982
Illinois, 1978


American Bar Association
American Association for Justice
American Trial Lawyer Association
Federal Bar Association


Peter joined Golan Christie Taglia as a partner in 2009. He has 38 years of experience in civil litigation, including work in multi-million dollar commercial, tort, and employment litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants. He has been lead counsel in 34 trials and numerous appeals, and has handled civil litigation in federal and state courts in 20 states, as well as in England.

Peter has taught as a NITA faculty member in Jury Trial Practice, Deposition Practice, Negotiation, Mediation and ADR since 1984 and as Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy and Ethics at Northwestern University Law School since 1990. He also has written extensively on jury instructions in fraud cases and defamation on the Internet.

Peter is the co-founder of Speaking Legally, Inc., an Illinois MCLE consulting firm on the art of public speaking in a court room.


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