Peter McGuire has been practicing law in Western North Carolina since 2002. A native of Asheville, Peter is proud to call this area home and feels a deep responsibility for its people and places. Prior to practicing law, Peter worked as a fly fishing guide on the waters of Western North Carolina and Western Montana.
Peter began his practice at a large law firm in Asheville in 2002 practicing primarily insurance defense and professional malpractice defense. In 2008, Peter formed a solo firm focusing on environmental law and general litigation, which allowed him to practice in varied legal areas and on myriad cases ranging from class actions and insurance matters to sedimentation pollution and property disputes. Peter joined the Strauss Attorneys firm in late 2014. Here, Peter leads the firm’s estate and fiduciary litigation team, which focuses on controversies arising out of trust and estate administration, as well as estate planning, business succession planning, and corporate formation. Peter especially enjoys handling complex estate planning projects that include advanced tax and asset protection strategies.
Peter is a 2002 graduate with High Honors (Top 3 in class) from the University of Montana School of Law. He holds a B.A. in Religion from Davidson College, which he received in 1996. He is admitted to practice by the North Carolina State Bar, the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation Tribal Court. He is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association in both the Litigation and Estate Planning sections. He was honored by his peers in 2009 and 2011 and listed in Business North Carolina Magazine’s Legal Elite, and is an inaugural member of the Harry C. Martin American Inn of Court.
Peter served as a member of the Board of Directors of EnergyXchange, a non-profit organization for the research, promotion, and utilization of renewable and alternative energies, primarily landfill gas capture. From 2003-2009 he was a member of the Mission Health Systems Institutional Review Board. Other community affiliations include past memberships on the board of the Asheville Downtown Association, Downtown After Five Series. He also served as the inaugural Legal Counsel for the Asheville Brewers Alliance, establishing its non-profit 501(c)(6) corporation, and has continued to represent multiple craft brewers since 2009.