Peter A. Kraus

Founding Partner

Peter Kraus is a founding and managing partner of Waters Kraus & Paul. A native of Dallas, Texas, Peter earned his bachelor’s degree from Duke University and his law degree from the University of Texas. He began his career as a commercial litigator in Washington, D.C., and has since focused his practice on toxic torts, False Claims Act whistleblower cases, and pharmaceutical injury litigation. He has tried numerous asbestos, benzene exposure, and pharmaceutical cases to verdict in state and federal courts across the country, including many multimillion-dollar verdicts. He is an ardent supporter of consumer and victims’ rights, having testified before the Texas Legislature and frequently lobbied Congress on behalf of asbestos litigants. Peter also serves on several asbestos bankruptcy creditor and trustee advisory committees. He is involved in steering committees for both U.S. and Texas asbestos multidistrict litigation, and has served on the ABA Commission on Asbestos litigation. In December, 2014, he was appointed by then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to serve on the board of the Federal Judicial Center Foundation. Licensed to practice law in Texas, California, Missouri and Virginia, Peter has been elected for membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates by his peers. He has been recognized on the D Magazine “Best Lawyers in Dallas” list and the Thomson Reuters Texas Super Lawyers® list repeatedly in the last fifteen years.

Peter is active in the community, particularly in the areas of education, medicine and the legal profession. He is the former chairman of the boards of the Greenhill School and the St. Paul Medical Foundation, and is a current board member of the Southwestern Medical Foundation. Peter also currently continues to serve on the board and executive committee at Greenhill, the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice and the board of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association. He formerly served on the board of Public Justice, a public interest law firm that he and the firm continue to support. He also formerly served his alma mater as a member of the Duke University Annual Fund executive committee. He is a member of the Dallas Bar Association.

Areas of Practice

  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Toxic Tort
  • Pharmaceutical Litigation
  • Medical Device Litigation
  • False Claims Act Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation

Pro Bono & Community Service

  • Greenhill School
    • Chairman, Board of Trustees, 2012-2014
    • Board of Trustees, 2008-Present
  • Southwestern Medical Foundation
    • Board of Trustees, 2011-Present
  • St. Paul Medical Foundation, 2004-Present
    • Chair, Foundation Board, 2006-2008
  • Duke University Annual Fund Executive Committee, 2007-2014
  • Major Sponsor, Dallas Area Volunteer Program, 2004-2011
  • Lead Donor, Dallas Area Volunteer Program, 2001, 2003

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1985
  • Texas, 1992
  • California, 2011
  • Missouri, 2013
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 2013

Education

  • University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas J.D., 1985
  • Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, A.B., 1982

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Association for Justice
    • Board of Governors, 2011-Present
    • Budget Committee, 2010-Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Public Justice Foundation
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Missouri
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
    • Executive Committee, Board of Directors
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Foundation
    • Baker Clerkship Committee, 2012
  • Dallas Trial Lawyers Association

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient, Above and Beyond Award, American Association for Justice, 2017
  • Appointed to Federal Judicial Center Foundation Board, 2014
  • Selected for recognition on the “Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers” list, produced by LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® and published by ALM Media Properties, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • American Association for Justice “David S. Shrager President’s Award,” 2012
  • American Association for Justice “Heavy Lifting” Award, 2010, 2011
  • Selected for recognition on the Texas Super Lawyers list, published by Thomson Reuters, Legal, 2003-2011, 2017
  • Selected for recognition on the Best Lawyers in Dallas” list in D Magazine, published by D Magazine Partners, 2001, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
  • AV® Preeminent 5.0 out of 5, Martindale-Hubbell Featured Peer Review Rated Lawyer

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