Peter G. Lawrence, General Counsel
Pete joined Copley in 2019 and currently serves as its General Counsel. Prior to joining Copley, Pete practiced law at several prominent law firms in Chicago, most recently as a partner with Perkins Coie LLP. Pete has over 20 years of experience advising clients regarding complex mergers, acquisitions and capital raising transactions. In his practice Pete focused on private equity and venture capital transactions, including leveraged buyouts, early-stage investments, growth equity investments and the formation of private equity funds and other pooled investment vehicles. Pete’s experience spans numerous industries and market segments, including manufacturing, technology, health care, education, financial services, consumer retail, energy, mining, forestry, distribution, logistic services, hospitality and lodging.
Pete earned his JD, summa cum laude, from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1997, where he graduated as a member of the Order of the Coif. While in law school, Pete participated in Law Review and Moot Court and graduated as a Harno Fellow. Pete earned his BA, cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 1994, where he double majored in history and computer applications. Pete is a member of the Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society (history) and the Computer Applications Honor Society. Pete is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois.