Peter D.Laun


Dallas + 1.214.969.4530

Pete Laun has recovered more than $2 billion for Firm clients as plaintiff's counsel and has successfully defended lawsuits with damages claims as high as $1.6 billion. His experience includes insurance recovery, engineering/construction, product liability, contracts, securities, employment, and class actions. He has litigated in more than 20 federal and state courts, including in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Texas, Mississippi, Minnesota, New Jersey, and California. His trial experience includes trials in state and federal courts, injunctions, and arbitrations. Pete has handled matters in the United Kingdom, Bermuda, Europe, and Latin America. He has taken and defended more than 500 depositions.

Pete regularly represents policyholders in coverage disputes and counsels clients on insurance matters. He has litigated matters involving virtually every type of insurance policy, including property/business interruption, directors and officers, errors/omissions, general liability, employment, environmental, crime, and workers compensation, as well as reinsurance policies. He has drafted insurance policies and has litigated against virtually all major U.S. and non-U.S. insurers. Pete also regularly represents owners, contractors, and professionals in construction disputes, and he has drafted construction contracts for projects valued up to $500 million.

Before joining Jones Day in 1993, Pete was an in-house lawyer with Alcoa. He is an avid tennis and pickleball player and played lacrosse in college, serving as captain. Pete has been involved in a wide range of community activities ranging from pro bono matters to coaching youth lacrosse. He has taught, spoken, and written on a range of insurance, construction, and expert witness topics.


  • Asbury Automotive Group to acquire Larry H. Miller Dealerships and Total Care Auto for $3.2 billionJones Day is advising Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: ABG), one of the largest automotive retail and service companies in the U.S., in its acquisition of Larry H. Miller Dealerships, and Total Care Auto, Powered by Landcar for $3.2 billion.
  • Follett sells Follett School Solutions to Francisco PartnersJones Day advised Follett Corporation in the sale of Follett School Solutions to Francisco Partners.
  • Signature Aviation sells Global Engine Services business to StandardAero for $230 millionJones Day advised Signature Aviation plc, a market-leading provider of global aviation support services, in the $230 million sale of the Engine Repair and Overhaul (ERO) business to StandardAero, a portfolio company owned by The Carlyle Group and a leading provider of maintenance, repair, and overhaul services.
  • Truck-Lite receives significant investment from Genstar CapitalJones Day advised Truck-Lite Co., LLC, a leading provider of safety lighting, filtration systems, and telematics services for commercial vehicles, in connection with Genstar Capital's significant investment in Truck-Lite.
  • Bad Boy receives investment from The Sterling GroupJones Day advised Bad Boy, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high-performance zero-turn riding lawn mowers, in its cash and stock sale to The Sterling Group.
  • Beneficient Company Group acquires shares in GWG Holdings, Inc.Jones Day advised The Beneficient Company Group, L.P. (BEN), a provider of liquidity products and services to the owners of alternative assets and illiquid investment funds, in its acquisition of shares in GWG Holdings, Inc. (GWG Holdings), a NASDAQ listed company that is a leading provider of liquidity to owners of life insurance in the secondary market, previously held by GWG Holdings’ founding stockholders, Jon R. Sabes and Steven F. Sabes.
  • Motorola successfully obtains affirmation of judgment in case involving clean room claimsJones Day successfully represented Motorola Solutions, Inc. in insurance coverage litigation in Cook County, Illinois arising from "clean room" cases asserted against Motorola.
  • Granite Construction acquires Layne Christensen for $536 million stock mergerJones Day advised Granite Construction Incorporated in its $536 million stock-for-stock acquisition of Layne Christensen Company, a global water management, construction, and drilling company.
  • KeyBank sells Key Insurance & Benefits Services to USI Insurance ServicesJones Day advised KeyBank in the sale of Key Insurance & Benefits Services, Inc. to USI Insurance Services.
  • Calgon Carbon acquired by Kuraray for $1.3 billionJones Day advised Calgon Carbon Corporation (NYSE:CCC) in its $1.3 billion all-cash acquisition by Kuraray Co., Ltd. (TSE:3405).
  • Koch Disruptive Technologies leads $150 million investment in INSIGHTECJones Day advised Koch Disruptive Technologies, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. focused on finding and funding innovative and emerging companies, as the lead investor in a $150 million Series E funding round for INSIGHTEC, a commercial stage medical device company.
  • Smith & Nephew acquires Rotation Medical Inc. for up to $210 millionJones Day advised Smith & Nephew plc in its acquisition of Rotation Medical Inc., a developer of a novel tissue regeneration technology for shoulder rotator cuff repair, for an initial cash consideration of $125 million and up to $85 million over the next five years, contingent on financial performance.
  • USI Insurance Services acquires Wells Fargo Commercial Insurance businessJones Day advised USI Insurance Services ("USI"), a portfolio company of KKR and CDPQ, on the acquisition of Wells Fargo Insurance Services USA, Inc. ("WFIS") from Wells Fargo & Company.
  • comScore achieves successful settlement agreement with Starboard Value LPJones Day advised comScore, Inc. in its successful settlement agreement with activist shareholder Starboard Value LP.
  • Pennsylvania man granted injunction ending 36 years of solitary confinement by state Department of CorrectionsJones Day represented a man who has been held in solitary confinement by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections since 1979 in spite of having no major disciplinary infractions in over 25 years.
  • The Southern Company, Kinder Morgan finalize Southern Natural Gas pipeline strategic ventureJones Day advised The Southern Company ("Southern") in its acquisition from Kinder Morgan of a 50 percent equity interest in the 7,600-mile Southern Natural Gas ("SNG") pipeline system.
  • American Capital Agency Corp. acquires American Capital Mortgage Management, LLC for $562 millionJones Day advised American Capital Agency Corp. (NASDAQ: AGNC), a mortgage REIT that invests primarily in agency securities, in its $562 million cash acquisition of American Capital Mortgage Management LLC from American Capital Asset Management, LLC ("ACAM"), a wholly-owned portfolio company of American Capital Ltd. (NASDAQ: ACAS).
  • Southern Air sold to Atlas Air Worldwide for $110 millionJones Day represented the Board of Directors of Southern Air Holdings, Inc. in connection with its $110 million sale to Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAWW).
  • naviHealth acquires RightCare SolutionsJones Day represented Cardinal Health and its subsidiary, naviHealth, Inc., in connection with the acquisition of RightCare Solutions, Inc., a health care decision support software service provider specializing in hospital discharge planning software and readmissions management.
  • Newell Rubbermaid acquires Elmer's for $600 millionJones Day advised Newell Rubbermaid Incorporated in its $600 million acquisition of Elmer's Products, Inc. from an affiliate of Berwind Corporation, a family-owned investment management company.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • November 7, 2017
      2017 Jones Day Speaker Series: Current Trends in Securities Litigation and Enforcement
    • October 15, 2015
      2015 Regional Energy Conference: Navigating Turbulences in Global Oil & Gas Markets
    • April 26-29, 2015
      "On Directors & Officers Insurance: 50 Ways to Lose Your Coverage." and "Deconstructing Construction Coverage: What on Earth Do Construction Project Policies Cover?", RIMS 2015 Annual Conference and Exhibition
    • July 25, 2014
      Jones Day Regional Energy Conference, International Implications of the Marcellus and Utica Shale
    • May 20, 2014
      2014 Speaker Series: Energy and Construction Law Update
    • February 14, 2013
      Jones Day Regional Energy Conference, Harnessing Regional Opportunity in the new Energy Economy
    • November 15, 2012
      2012 Speaker Series
      International Disputes: Laying the Foundation for an Effective Resolution Strategy
    • April 2012
      Insured/Insurer Privilege: Can You Tell Your Insurer Your Deepest Secrets, RIMS 2012
    • April 2012
      On Foreign Soil - Best Practices for International Property Insurance Claims, RIMS 2012
    • February 2012
      Global Insurance Risks, Business Insurance Risk Management Summit 2012
    • March 2, 2009
      Insurance Coverage Issues, Association of Corporate Counsel