Peter H. Gunst

Pete is the Firm's "voice of reason." You can hear him giving reasons why we should buy more wine for the wine closet or why he should take off a couple of hours early on Friday to play chess at the Fell's Point Chess Club, a club he formed to challenge local chess players (and lighten a few wallets).  In practice, Pete is our voice of reason and is often called upon by partners and associates alike for his strategic advice on litigation issues.

Pete hales from New Jersey, and earned his Bachelor of Arts from Johns Hopkins University in 1966 and Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1969, where he was a member of the Law Review's editorial board and was elected Order of the Coif.

Over his more than 38 years of practice, Pete concentrated on commercial litigation with a focus in the areas of antitrust, intellectual property, unfair competition, the Petroleum Marketers Practices Act and RICO.  He is known nationally for his expertise in the service station industry and for his knowledge of distribution law, and received the Friend of the Industry award from the Washington, Maryland and Delaware dealers' association and has been elected to its Hall of Fame. His petroleum industry expertise has been called upon by local and national dealer associations located as far away as Brazil, El Salvador, and Guam. He also serves as general counsel to two national trade associations, the Tire Industry Association and the Service Station Dealers of America.

Pete was elected to the Maryland Bar Foundation and serves on the Board of the University of Maryland School of Law Alumni Association.

Pete imparts his knowledge to all who will listen. He serves on the adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland School of Law, where he has taught courses in antitrust, complex litigation and trade secrets. He has also participated on MICPEL panels, and has published writings on appellate practice and antitrust issues, as well as authored nationally published columns for both the petroleum industry and the tire industry. For clients looking for a commercial litigation attorney, a business and commercial litigation expert, or an intellectual property lawyer, Pete is your guy.


Antwerpen Dodge, LTD. v. Herb Gordon Auto World, Inc., 117 Md. App. 290, 699 A.2d 1209 (1997).

DSMC Inc. v. Convera Corp., 349 F.3d 679 (D.C. Cir. 2003).

General Motors Corporation v. Bannings Beltway Pontiac, 138 Md. App. 671, 773 A.2d 584 (2001).

Chesapeake Fiber Packing Corp. v. Sebro Packaging Corp., 143 B. R., 360, 19 UCC Rep. Serv.2d 600 (D. Md. 1992), aff'd, 8 F.3d 817 (4th Cir. 1993).

Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors v. Hughes, 596 F. Supp. 906 (D. Md. 1984).

Racetrac Petroleum Inc., v. Prince George's County, 601 F. Supp. 892 (D. Md. 1985).

Levitt v. State of Maryland Deposit Insurance Fund, 66 Md. App. 524, 505 A.2d 140 (1986).

Applied Signal and Image Technology, Inc. v. Harleysville Mutual Ins. Co., 216 F. Supp.2d 534 (D. Md. 2002), 252 F.Supp.2d 215 (D. Md. 2003).


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