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Peter G. Mikhail

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Practice Areas:

  • Eminent Domain
  • Governmental
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Real Estate

Additional Practice Areas:

  • Land Use & Zoning

Peter Mikhail is a shareholder with LeVander. He concentrates his litigation and counseling practice on eminent domain, real estate, public works, constitutional law, and municipal law. He represents cities, counties, school districts and the Metropolitan Council in all types of eminent domain matters. He is a founding board member of the Minnesota Eminent Domain Counsel's Association and former president of the Hennepin County Bar Association's Eminent Domain Section. He annually updates the Minnesota Civil Practice Series chapter on eminent domain and is a regular presenter at conferences and seminars on eminent domain topics. He tries cases before courts and juries and argues appeals in state and federal courts. His work typically involves public infrastructure, real estate, construction and land use matters. He is honored to serve as the City Attorney for the City of South St. Paul.

Peter attended the University of Minnesota Law School, graduating cum laude in 1994. He earned his Bachelor of Art's degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He is admitted to the bar in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Pennsylvania, the U.S. Supreme Court, the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. He is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and a former chair of its Human Rights Committee. His volunteer activities include serving as a mediator for the Minneapolis Civil Rights Department and assisting The Advocates for Human Rights with labor trafficking cases. In his free time, he likes to practice traditional martial arts, play the piano, travel, and walk or bike some of the many trails in the area.


  • University of Minnesota Law School
    • Juris Doctorate (J.D.), 1994, Cum Laude
  • Washington University
    • B.A., English Literature, 1991

Bar Admission(s)

  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Wisconsin
  • Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Shareholder, Kennedy & Graven, Chartered (2008 - 2019)
  • Associate, Kennedy & Graven, Chartered (2006 – 2008)
  • Assistant City Attorney, St. Paul City Attorney’s Office (2000 – 2004)
  • Adjunct Professor, William Mitchell College of Law (2003 – 2013)

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Hennepin County Bar Association: Eminent Domain Section (former president)
  • Minnesota Eminent Domain Counsel’s Association (Founding Board Member)
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association
  • First Judicial District Bar Association
  • Dakota County Bar Association

Publications & Seminars

  • "Flag on the Play? The Supreme Court's Latest Revisions to the 1st Amendment Rule Book", Austin v. Reagan Nat’l Advertising of Austin and Shurtleff v. City of Boston”, Minnesota City Attorney’s Association Annual Conference, 2023
  • Caselaw Update, Minnesota Eminent Domain Counsel’s Association CLE, 2020
  • “Access and Construction Interference Claims in Temporary Takings”, Real Estate Institute, 2019
  • “Hot Topics in Eminent Domain”, Conference on Eminent Domain Practice in Minnesota, 2019
  • “Limestone Quarry Case Study”, MnDOT Right of Way Conference, 2018
  • “Condemnation is Still a Consideration”, Ehler’s Conference, 2018
  • “Condemnation – Legally Compensable vs. Real World”, North Star Chapter of the Appraisal Institute, 2017
  • “Project Influence – How Far and How Long”, Hennepin County Bar Association, Eminent Domain Section, 2017
  • “Damages Unrelated to the Taking: Defending Construction-Related Interference Claims”, Hennepin County Bar Association/Minnesota Eminent Domain Institute, 2016
  • “Confidentially, Can We Talk? A Review of the Privilege Rules Governing Work with Experts, Co-Defendants, and Former Employees of the Organizational Client”, League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust, 2016

Honors & Awards

  • Minnesota Super Lawyers

Volunteer & Pro-Bono Activities

  • City of Minneapolis Civil Rights Department Pro Bono Mediator