PETER A. STEINMEYER is a Member of the Firm in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, the Chicago office Managing Shareholder, and a member of the firm's Board of Directors. Practicing in all aspects of labor and employment law, he co-leads the firm's Non-Competes, Unfair Competition, and Trade Secrets strategic initiative.

Mr. Steinmeyer:

  • Advises clients on the enforcement and drafting of non-compete, non-solicitation, and employment agreements, and on the movement of employees between competitors
  • Litigates trade secret, non-compete, non-solicitation, raiding, and other restrictive covenant matters in numerous industries, including health care, financial services, insurance, energy, education, real estate, and retail
  • Represents clients in employment-related litigation on a broad array of issues pertaining to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, Title VII, and related statutes and regulations
  • Counsels clients on workplace discipline and discharge, policies and procedures, and accommodation issues under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Conducts investigations of alleged workplace misconduct, including alleged harassment and retaliation

Mr. Steinmeyer's notable cases include the following:

  • Grant Park Commodities LLC et al. v. GFI Group Inc. et al., Case No. 10 L 4474 (Circuit Court of Cook County Nov. 2, 2015) (after two-and-a-half week jury/bench trial, court entered directed finding or directed verdict in favor of defendants on all remaining counts of the case—breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraudulent concealment, and tortious interference)
  • Intertek USA Inc. AmSpec, LLC, James Graca, et al., Case No. 14 CV 6160, 2014 WL 4477933 (N.D. IL Sept. 11, 2014) (after four-day preliminary injunction hearing, court declined to enjoin three individuals represented by Epstein Becker Green from working for plaintiff)
  • Canon Solutions America, Inc. v. Joseph Biegler, Case No. 12 CH 33531 (Circuit of Cook County, IL July 16, 2014) (granting default judgment in trade secret misappropriation case as a sanction for evidence spoliation and lying under oath, and awarding Canon $297,981.04 in attorney’s fees and costs)
  • Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc. v. York Risk Services Group, Inc. et al., 2012 IL App. (2d), slip op. (August 29, 2012) (affirming the dismissal of a five-count complaint against two former employees and their new employer for alleged violations of restrictive covenants, alleged tortious interference, and alleged trade secret misappropriation)
  • Contempo Design, Inc. v. Chicago & N.E. IL Dist. Council of Carpenters, 226 F.3d 535 (7th Cir. 2000) (en banc) (affirming an award of $445,000 against the carpenters' union for an illegal strike and declaring a collective bargaining agreement signed in order to end the illegal strike null and void)

Mr. Steinmeyer has received an "AV Preeminent" Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, signifying the highest level of professional excellence. He was selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers list (2006 to 2017) in the area of Employment & Labor, and he was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (2016, 2017) in the fields of Employment Law – Management and Labor Law – Management. Mr. Steinmeyer was also listed in Chicago’s Top Rated Lawyers by The American Lawyer and Martindale-Hubbell (2014, 2015). In 2012 and 2013, he was "Recommended" in the Labor and Employment Litigation category by The Legal 500 United States. A former law clerk to The Honorable Brian Barnett Duff (U.S. District Court, North District of Illinois), Mr. Steinmeyer is a past president of the Chicago Council of Lawyers.

Mr. Steinmeyer's publications include the following:

  • “Non-Compete Laws: Illinois” (coauthor), Practical Law Company (May 2016)
  • “Preparing for Non-Compete Litigation” (coauthor), Practical Law Company Labor & Employment (May 2016)
  • “A Primer on Illinois Law Regarding Noncompetes,” Law360 (Nov. 2015)
  • Hiring from a Competitor: Practical Tips to Minimize Litigation Risk” (coauthor), Practical Law Company (May 2014)
  • “Restrictive Covenants in Employment Contracts” (coauthor), Practical Law Company, The Journal – Litigation (July/Aug. 2013)
  • “10 Steps to Take When Hiring from a Competitor,” Law360 (Feb. 2013)
  • “True HR Leadership: Standing Firmly in the Right Place,” Illinois Society of Human Resource Management Magazine (Aug. 25, 2011)
  • “Beware of the Newly Enacted Illinois Employee Credit Privacy Act” (coauthor), Bloomberg Law Reports - Labor & Employment, Vol. 4, No. 39 (Oct. 11, 2010)
  • “Drafting Enforceable Non-Competition Agreements in Illinois,” Illinois Bar Journal (May 18, 2010)

Mr. Steinmeyer also regularly teaches seminars and gives speeches on a broad range of issues involving the workplace, and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The National Law Journal, The Chicago Tribune, and other publications. He is an editor of the Trade Secrets & Noncompete Blog.

Outside of the office, Mr. Steinmeyer enjoys reading (primarily history and politics), golf, and his three children. He is a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish (La Grange, Illinois) and the University Club of Chicago.


  • University of Chicago Law School (J.D., 1990)
  • University of Virginia (B.A., 1987)

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Missouri


  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Council of Lawyers (President, 2009 - 2010)
  • Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission Hearing Board
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Chamber of Commerce Employment Law & Litigation Committee