Peter J. Paukstelis brings more than 20 years of diversified experience to the Diligence, LLC team. He has represented a wide array of corporate, institutional, and individual clients in a host of different litigation and transactional matters.
Pete served as Associate General Counsel at Kansas State University for 11 years, where his practice focused on intercollegiate athletics, Title IX, Title VII, the ADA, and complex transactional work. In his role, Pete guided hundreds of internal discrimination investigations and regularly provided training for internal investigators. He successfully defended discrimination claims, including disability and sex discrimination. He has been a repeated guest speaker for Columbia University’s Sports Management program, and he has spoken at the National Association of College and University Attorney’s national conference regarding Title IX issues.
Before joining the university, Pete managed a successful solo practice focused on plaintiff’s employment discrimination and personal injury litigation. He has personally investigated and built hundreds of plaintiff’s cases, including those involving abuse of children, sexual assault and harassment, and discrimination based on race, color, sex, age, disability, and pregnancy. As a solo practitioner, Pete never lost a case on a motion to dismiss, a motion for summary judgment, or at trial.
Pete has also represented many large corporations while working as a senior associate at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles and as an associate at Stinson, Mag & Fizzell (now Stinson LLP) in Kansas City. His litigation practice was diverse and included matters such as employment discrimination, oil and gas explosions, commercial litigation, and theft of trade secrets.
He received his juris doctor from The University of Michigan Law School in 1995 and his bachelor’s degree in philosophy and biology from the University of Kansas in 1992.