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2200 Wells Fargo Center
90 S. Seventh Street

Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402

D: +1 612 766 6819
F: +1 612 766 1600


University of Minnesota Law School
J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Law Review (1981)
Dartmouth College
B.A., magna cum laude (1978)

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Eighth Circuit (BAP) U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

Peter C. Halls


Peter Halls is a member of the construction law practice where he formerly served as group leader. Peter represents a variety of participants in the construction industry, including architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, owners and sureties.

In serving construction industry clients for more than 25 years, Peter has handled a wide range of construction issues, including drafting contract documents, identifying potential claims, negotiating claims, conducting mediations, and handling arbitrations and trials. He has represented clients in construction projects in most U.S. states and several foreign countries, including Russia, Germany, China, India and Canada.

Peter has been involved in negotiating, reviewing or drafting several billion dollars worth of construction contracts, including contracts for:

  • Power projects
  • Ethanol plants
  • Industrial facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Sports facilities
  • Theater facilities
  • Concert halls
  • Museums
  • Libraries
  • Office buildings and office parks
  • High rises
  • Condominiums
  • Computer facilities
  • Shopping centers
  • Manufacturing facilities
  • Laboratories

Peter has prepared contracts for some of the largest owner, designers and contractors in the world. His published court decisions include:

  • United Power Association v. L.K. Comstock, Inc., 1992-2 Trade Cases 70,055 (D. Minn. 1992). The court held that client was entitled to add its interest costs to its bid rigging damages and then to treble that total as part of its RICO and antitrust causes of action against various bid riggers.
  • David Company v. Jim W. Miller Construction, 444 N.W.2d 836 (Minn. 1989). The court held that arbitrators had the authority to issue an award in favor of client requiring the contractor to buy back a failed townhouse project from client even though a court of law would not have had authority to issue such an award.
  • Gilbert Builders v. Community Bank of DePere, 407 N.W.2d 706 (Minn. App. 1987). The court held that lender had extinguished its own mortgage, thereby giving client's mechanic's lien priority in the project.

Pro Bono

  • LAP Clinic


  • The International Who's Who of Construction Lawyers, 2011-12
  • Law & Politics — Top 40 Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorneys, 2010
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business — Construction, 2010-16
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Construction/Surety, 2003-16
  • The Best Lawyers in America — Construction Law and Construction Litigation 2003-17 (Minneapolis Construction Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2016; Minneapolis Construction Lawyer of the Year, 2012)

Professional Associations

  • American Arbitration Association — Panel of Construction Arbitrators
  • American Bar Association — International Construction Law Division of the Forum Committee on the Construction Industry (Past Chair)
  • Minnesota Construction Association — Past President
  • Minnesota State Bar Association — Construction Law Section (Past Chair)
  • Minnesota Construction Association and Minnesota Chapter of Construction Management Association of America — Past President
  • Design-Build Institute of America — Upper Midwest Chapter, Steering Committee
  • American College of Construction Lawyers


  • Triple P: Public-Private Partnerships — Issues for Contractors and Suppliers
    Construction Law Seminar, Minneapolis, 2011
  • Discovery in Arbitration: International and Domestic
    American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry Annual Meeting, San Diego, Calif., 2006
  • The Key Elements and Modifications Necessary in a Design/Build Construction Contract - Including Revolutionary Changes to the AIA Form
    Minnesota State Bar Association, 23rd Annual Real Estate Institute, 2005
  • Preventing Deficiencies in Water and Wastewater Systems
    University of Wisconsin, College of Engineering, Department of Engineering Professional Development, 2005-07
  • Special Issues Involved With Obtaining Evidence in Foreign Countries for U.S. Litigation
    American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry Annual Meeting, Orlando, Fla., 1998
  • Panel on Political Risk Insurance and Embargoes
    American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry Annual Meeting, Vancouver, B.C., 1995
  • Construction Claims — Accounting and Litigation Support Services
    American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, 1988

Published Articles

  • Four Considerations for Mechanic's Liens on Alternative Energy Projects
    Co-author, Journal of Bankruptcy Law, July/August 2016
  • Design Professional and the Design-Build Project (Chapter 5)
    Co-author, Design Professional and Construction Managers Law, American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry, 2007
  • Legal Concerns in Construction Field Administration
    Construction Contract Administration, Ralph W. Liebing, Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1998
  • Discovery Desk Book for Construction Disputes (Chapter 8), Discovery Outside the United States
    Co-author, American Bar Association Forum by the Construction Industry (Hinkle, Mosely, and Smith editions), 2006
  • Minnesota Chapter in State Public Construction Law Source Book
    Michael K. Love and Douglas L. Patin editors, CCH, 2002
  • Preventing and Detecting Deficiencies in Design and Construction Documents
    College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin, 1993-2006
  • Getting Paid on a Construction Project
    Construction Law Section, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2nd Annual Construction Law Symposium, 1993
  • Recent Developments in State and Local Public Contract Law: Region V. (Section of Public Contract Law, American Bar Association)
    Public Contract Newsletter, Vol 28, No. 4, 1993
  • Government Contract Law Certification
    St. Thomas University Course, 1993
  • UCC and Construction Law Remedies
    Minnesota Institute of Legal Education, Construction Institute, 1992
  • Recent Developments in State and Local Public Contract Law: Region V
    Public Contract Newsletter, Vol. 28, No. 1, 1992
  • Construction Subcontracting: A Legal Guide for Industry Professionals
    Co-author, Chapter 19, Claims for Payment, John Wiley & Sons, 1991
  • Ethics for Arbitrators
    Arbitration Training Seminar for American Arbitration Association, 1990
  • Joint Venture Agreements
    Associated General Contractors of Minnesota Annual Convention, 1989
  • Construction Contracts and Specifications
    College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin, 1988
  • Effective Construction/Field Administration and Applications: 1989-2001
    College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin
  • Annual Issues: 1984-2007
    Co-author, The Construction Review, Construction Briefings, Federal Publications-Washington, D.C.
  • Mechanics' Liens in Minnesota: 1984, 1985, 1990 and 1992
    Minnesota Continuing Legal Education CLE Seminar
  • Preparing Owners and Design Professionals to Detect Deficiencies in Working Drawings and Specifications
    Chesterfield County, Virginia
  • Is Your Design in the Documents?
    Minnesota Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute, 1995
  • Minnesota Construction and Design Law, A State-by-State Guide to Construction and Design Law
    American Bar Association, 1998


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