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Hon. Peter N. Kirsanow

Commissioner, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Mr. Kirsanow is a partner with Benesch law firm's? Labor & Employment Practice Group and a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee. He returned to Benesch in January 2008 after serving on the five-member, President-appointed National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Washington D.C. for two years. While serving on the NLRB, he was involved with significant decisions including Oakwood Healthcare, Inc., Dana/Metaldyne and Oil Capital Sheet Metal, Inc.  Mr. Kirsanow focuses his legal practice on representing management in employment-related litigation, as well as in contract negotiations, NLRB proceedings, EEO matters and arbitration. He continues to testify before and advise members of the U.S. Congress on various employment laws and matters.

Mr. Kirsanow testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nominations of John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court.

He was also reappointed by President Bush to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, where he is serving his second six-year term. This is a part-time position.

Mr. Kirsanow formerly served as senior labor counsel of Leaseway Transportation Corp. and labor counsel for the city of Cleveland. He has extensive experience in public sector employment matters as well as in industries such as health care, trucking, heavy manufacturing, radio and television and employee leasing.?


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