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Peter T. Enslein

Peter T. Enslein is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer with a history of success in a wide variety of practice areas in state and federal courts.

He has tried numerous cases before both juries and judges, as well as hundreds of cases before administrative tribunals. Peter’s practice is focused on asbestos-related disease cases and other product liability lawsuits, social security disability, and worker’s compensation claims, and landlord-tenant matters. A skilled writer is known for crafting winning appellate briefs and dispositive motions, Peter also serves as a brief-writing consultant for sole practitioners and smaller law firms, preparing motions and appellate briefs for their major cases. In his own appellate practice, Peter has handled a number of precedent-setting cases, some of which are noted below.

Peter has held a deep passion for helping others since he was young and, upon graduating from law school in 1980, joined the Women’s Law Fund located in Cleveland, Ohio. There, he advocated for women in employment discrimination matters and girls in gender-based athletics discrimination cases.  Peter then worked for a Cleveland-based law firm whose principal was a pioneer in the development and prosecution of asbestos cases. Over the next several years, Peter handled asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma cases throughout the country, yielding some of the first positive outcomes in claims made by plasterers and drywall workers.

In 1983, Peter joined the Washington, D.C. firm of Ashcraft & Gerel and, ultimately, became a partner before forming his own firm in 1991. At Ashcraft, he continued to litigate asbestos-related personal injury matters and other large mass tort actions. Most notably, Peter crafted the winning argument in the brief for the appellant in the U.S. Supreme Court case Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317 (1986) and later successfully argued the case before the D.C. Circuit on remand.  The Supreme Court case is now widely known in legal circles as simply Celotex, and has become one of the most cited cases in modern legal history on the standard for summary judgment. Over the years, Peter has specialized in handling appellate cases involving summary judgment issues, including two landmark cases in the District of Columbia, Weakley v. Burnham Corp., 871 A.2d 1167 (D.C. 2005) and Cormier v. D.C. Water & Sewer Auth., 959 A.2d 658 (D.C. 2008).

In addition to his law practice, Peter has taught appellate writing to local law students for a number of years. Peter is a 1979 graduate of Cleveland Marshall College of Law and a 1975 graduate of Case Western Reserve University, both located in Cleveland, Ohio. He is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and Maryland, numerous federal district and appellate courts, and the U.S. Supreme Court.


  • Secured over $650 million in asbestos case settlements
  • Won the largest award of damages in an asbestos case in the history of the District of Columbia
  • Obtained $3.0 million settlement in a silicosis sandblaster case
  • Won $4.5 million verdict in a property damage case for the General Conference of Seventh Day Adventists
  • Won benefits in over 250 Social Security disability cases

For a comprehensive list of Peter’s Reported Cases, CLICK HERE