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“I work for the little fellers, not the Rockefellers. I’m a firsthand witness to the difficult life-changing events that ordinary folks experience in their lives. Injuries, layoffs, illnesses, addictions, divorces, business failures, deaths, plain old mistakes – I know that they can happen to anyone at any time, and it helps keep me humble and non-judgmental. I’m a big believer in second chances and fresh starts. I consider myself lucky to be able to help people through tough times, and I get great satisfaction in seeing the positive results and sighs of relief after each case. And if a person has wrongfully suffered at the hands of a Rockefeller, I like to set things right.“
Peter C. Greenlee was born in Barron County, went to elementary school in Bloomer and high school in Shawano. With family roots in Eau Claire, he returned and obtained a law enforcement degree at Chippewa Valley Technical Institute. He earned his Bachelors of Science degree from Winona State University in 1989. After working as a paralegal in Cloquet MN, he graduated from Mitchell-Hamline School of Law in 1993.
While in law school, Peter clerked for a regarded twin cities law firm who specialized in municipal law. He was privileged to work as a student lawyer in criminal prosecutions and real estate matters. Peter also enjoyed a year with the Minnesota Department of Education in the Office of Monitoring and Compliance, where he assisted Minnesota school districts with special education and civil rights laws. He represented that agency’s finance and accounting for the Governor’s biennial budget.
Peter and his family have made their home in the Duluth area since 1994, where Peter began his law career in general practice, helping people with business, real estate, criminal defense and family law matters. In 1997 he began specializing in bankruptcy law and financial restructuring. He found his true love in guiding people through the trials and tribulations of financial distress, and founded Greenlee Law Office in 1999. He has represented thousands of consumers and small businesses in Northwestern Wisconsin, Northeast MN and North Dakota. After 21 years as s solo practitioner, He joined Nicolet Law Firm in 2019.
Peter and his wife Susan are lifelong Packer fans living in the land of the Vikings. He has to buy fishing and hunting licenses in both Wisconsin and Minnesota. He enjoys outdoor activities and the beautiful surroundings unique to Lake Gitchi Gummi.
Past president, United Way of Carlton County
Past president, Carlton Area Lions
Former adjunct faculty, University of Minnesota School of Business and Economics
Former adjunct faculty, Duluth Business University
Parishioner, St. Raphael Catholic Church
Volunteer Attorney, North East and North Central Minnesota Volunteer Attorney Program
- Minnesota, 1993
- Wisconsin, 2019
- U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1994
- U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 1997
- U.S. District Court District of North Dakota, 1998
- Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
Honors and Awards
- North Star Attorney, 2012 - Present
- Raeder Larson Award (US Bankruptcy Court D. Minn), 2015
- Volunteer Attorney of the Year, Volunteer Attorney Program, 2010
- Best Attorney in the Northland, Weekly Reader
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Minnesota Bar Association
- National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys
- 11th District Bar Association
- Minnesota Bar Bankruptcy Section
Past Employment Positions
- Minnesota Department of Education, 1991 to 1992
- Belfry law Office, 1993 to 1998
- Greenlee Law Office, 1999
- UMD School of Business, Assistant Professor, 1998 to 2004