Peter J. Kahn L'76

Peter Kahn

Peter Kahn is a partner in the Washington, DC law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP. He joined the firm in 1976. Mr. Kahn has extensive experience with litigation involving international disputes, both before American and foreign tribunals. His international practice involves both civil and criminal matters including extradition and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases, as well as cross-border commercial litigation. He represented the Israelis in the Jonathan Pollard spy case during the 1980s and the family of the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin following his assassination. More recently he represented Alan Gross, the United States government contractor arrested and convicted in Cuba for alleged crimes against the Cuban State. The ultimate resolution of that case has led to the beginning of normalization of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba. 

Mr. Kahn graduated cum laude with a degree in political science from Yale University in 1973, and from Duke University Law School in 1976.

He and his wife, Debbie, live in Bethesda, MD, and New York City. Mr. Kahn has two children, Alyssa T'09, L'12 and Jake.

Mr. Kahn was elected to the Duke University Board of Trustees in 2009 and serves as vice chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee and serves as a member of the Graduate and Professional Education and Research Committee and The Future of Central Campus Task Force. 

He has served on the Duke Law School Board of Visitors since 1995 and was its chairman from 2001-07. Mr. Kahn received the Charles A. Dukes Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service to Duke University, and the Dean's Alumni Achievement Award for Extraordinary Service, Commitment, and Dedication to Duke Law School.

August 2018