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Peter Cancelmo provides business-centered legal advice and transaction solutions to publicly-held and private businesses, entrepreneurs and investors. He works closely with corporate boards and management teams to provide practical advice on corporate governance and compliance topics and to complete financial and strategic transactions effectively and efficiently. Peter is Chair of the firm’s Business Practice Group.

Peter brings an organized approach to transactional matters and is frequently called upon to assemble and lead right-sized legal teams composed of diverse substantive experts to complete transactions with complex regulatory, legal, financial or industry considerations. He adds value by gaining an understanding of each client’s organizational culture and developing custom strategies that are optimally suited to his client’s business and organizational needs.

Peter’s transactional practice encompasses representation of domestic and foreign issuers in public securities offerings, private placements and a range of other capital raising transactions, as well as representation of businesses and financial sponsors in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.  A significant portion of Peter’s practice is devoted to advising corporate clients on matters arising from their status as public companies, including periodic reporting and disclosure obligations, corporate governance and securities exchange listing matters. Peter's practice also includes frequent representation of private technology companies and venture investors. 

Peter joined Garvey Schubert Barer in 2007. Prior to joining GSB he practiced in the corporate and securities area at Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP, in Boston and in the New York office of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, a major Canadian law firm.

Professional Activities

  • Board Member, The First Tee of Greater Seattle, 2013-Present
  • Board Member, Washington Clean Technology Alliance, 2010-2014



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Speaking Engagements

Past Appearances

  • "Securities Law and Financing the Emerging Business," 2011 Advising the Small Business Client: Legal Issues for the Emerging Business Owner Seminar, Washington State Bar Association CLE
    Speaking Engagement
    Seattle, WA, 9.22.11
  • “Incorporation and Early Stage Finance for Growth Companies,” The Founder Institute
    Speaking Engagement
    Garvey Schubert Barer, Seattle, WA, 1.3.11
  • "Incorporation and Early Stage Legal Issues," The Founder Institute
    Speaking Engagement
    Seattle, WA, 2.9.10
  • "Politics and Your Project," Harvesting Clean Energy Conference 2010
    Speaking Engagement
    Seattle, WA, 2.8.10
  • "Clean Technology Finance During the Downturn," Washington Clean Technology Alliance and Washington Technology Industry Association
    Speaking Engagement
    The Rainier Club, Seattle, WA, 1.22.09



  • Washington, 2007 
  • Massachusetts, 2003


Boston University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2003

  • Articles Editor, Boston University Law Review

Saint Michael's College, B.A., English, magna cum laude, 2000

Honors | Recognitions

  • Named by peers as one of Washington's "Rising Stars" in Super Lawyers Magazine, 2010, 2013-2018
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