Peter M. Alter

Senior Counsel Detroit (Southfield)


Peter is a partner in Taft's Commercial Litigation and Venture Capital and Emerging Companies practice groups. He specializes in complex commercial issues, including real estate, banking, restructuring, partnership, insurance, contract, business tort, and minority oppression litigation. He also has significant experience in various types of alternative dispute resolution cases. He tirelessly advocates for his clients’ positions and is ever-vigilant in anticipating pitfalls and challenges that may arise.

Through a candid, practical, and client-centered approach, Peter has achieved exceptional results. Peter is known for his excellent judgment and perseverance in every aspect of litigation. He has been selected as a top commercial litigator by numerous publications over the past several decades, and has also been chosen by courts and counsel to serve as a facilitator, mediator, or arbitrator in more than 90 cases.


    • Honoree, Michigan Lawyers Weekly 2021 Hall of Fame 
    • Honoree,  America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, Michigan
    • Honoree, Best Lawyers in America (2007-2022)
    • Honoree, Best Lawyers in America, Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan
    • Honoree, Michigan Super Lawyers (2007-2022)
    • Recipient, Oakland County Bar Association's Frances R. Avadenka Memorial Award (2008)
    • Recipient, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit's Fred M. Butzel Award for Outstanding Community Service (2011) 
    • Recipient, State of Israel Bonds, Eleanor Roosevelt Humanities Award (2007)

All Service Areas


  • Columbia Law School
  • Brandeis University

    magna cum laude
    Phi Beta Kappa
    Endowed Prize in Politics


  • State - Michigan
  • State - Texas
  • Federal - Western District of Michigan
  • Federal - Eastern District of Michigan
  • Federal - Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Federal - Southern District of Texas
  • Federal - District of Puerto Rico
  • Federal - 6th Circuit Court of Appeals

Professional Affiliations

  • Oakland County Bar Association

    President (2011-2012)
    President-Elect (2010-2011)
    Vice President (2009-2010)
    Member, Board of Directors (2002-2012)

  • American Inns of Court

    Master/Master Emeritus, Oakland County Chapter (2002-2013)
    Member, Executive Committee, Oakland County Chapter (2002-2013)

Community Involvement

  • Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

    Chairman, Executive Committee (2007-2010)
    President (2004-2007)
    Vice-President (1996-2001, 2002-2004)

  • Anti-Defamation League (Michigan)


  • National Anti-Defamation League Executive Committee and National Board of Commissioners

    Member (1982-Present)

  • United Jewish Communities

    Member, Board of Trustees (2004-2007)

  • Children's Leadership Council of Michigan

    Member, Board of Trustees (2016-2018)