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 led to the beginning of normalization of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba   during the Obama administration.

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 chair of the Audit and Compliance Committee and  as a member of the Executive Committee, Resources Committee, and Duke’s Centennial Celebration Strategic Task Force.

Mr. Kahn has served on the Duke Law School Board of Visitors since 1995 and was its chairman from 2001-07. He currently serves as chair of the Bolch Judicial Institute at Duke Law School. 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 2020