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Peter A. Holdsworth

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Peter A. Holdsworth



Professional Experience

Peter Holdsworth is a trial, appellate and regulatory lawyer.  For over 15 years, Pete has represented product manufacturers and suppliers around the country in high-stakes cases involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death.  His practice focuses on representing manufacturers, suppliers and retailers in product liability cases, particularly those involving outdoor power equipment, and cases involving fires and burns. Pete has also litigated cases involving international commercial disputes, Lanham Act violations and intellectual property rights, educator/student rights, medical malpractice, employment, and noncompetition agreements.  Pete regularly advises clients before the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in connection with product recalls, including coordinating directly with CPSC on behalf of clients and providing guidance in preparing corrective action plans.  He assists with product safety and risk management analysis. Pete serves as national coordinating counsel for a large manufacturer where he supervises nationally the defense of cases involving a variety of products including lawnmowers, tractors, blowers, trimmers, chainsaws and other outdoor power equipment.  Pete is based in Ohio but has litigated cases across the United States and before the International Chamber of Commerce.  Committed to the legal profession, Pete is a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI). He is also active in the Ohio State Bar Association and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association.

Practice Areas

Labor & Employment


Privacy & Cybersecurity

Product Liability


  • State of Ohio, 2002
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2003
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, 2008
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2016
  • United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2009
  • United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2013

Memberships / Honors / Awards

  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Honored as Rising Star, 2014-2015


  • J.D., Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 2002
  • B.S., University of Cincinnati, 1997

Publications / Presentations