Start-up experience

Before law school, Pete served on the management team of a fledgling San Francisco company that collects used kitchen oil for biodiesel conversion. He handled everything from collecting oil to managing finances. This greasy experience gave him valuable insight into the challenges of running a business, and informs his practical, client-focused approach to practicing law.

Scout's honor

A second-generation Eagle Scout, Pete spent much of his youth heavily involved with scouting. He remains a strong advocate for the power of the scouting program.

An environmental lawyer at heart

Pete’s interest in environmental law stems from a lifelong passion for the outdoors. He has camped, fished, and built trails throughout the country, and is happiest with a pack on his back, a fly rod in his hand, or a tent over his head.

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Peter Keays focuses his practice on environmental law and litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Pete served as a law clerk to the Honorable Peter W. Hall of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable Dana L. Christensen of the United States District Court for the District of Montana.

Pete earned his law degree, summa cum laude, from Vermont Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Vermont Law Review, taught legal writing, and worked as a teaching assistant for Contracts, Constitutional Law I and II, and Appellate Advocacy. During law school he worked as a judicial intern to the Honorable Marilyn Skoglund of the Vermont Supreme Court and as a summer associate at Beveridge & Diamond, a national environmental law firm based in Washington, D.C.

Honors & Awards

Vermont Law Review, Editor-in-Chief

2013 Dean’s Leadership Award, Vermont Law School

ALI-ABA Scholarship and Leadership Award

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