Cozen O’Connor: Ennis, Peter J.

Peter J. Ennis



(412) 620-6512

(412) 275-2390

Peter J. Ennis represents employers before state and federal courts and agencies involving such claims as sexual harassment, race, sex, age and disability discrimination, wrongful discharge, breaches of covenants not to compete; cases arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act and ERISA, and various types of injunction proceedings. Peter has also handled many labor arbitrations and unfair labor practice charges involving a broad range of contract interpretation and disciplinary issues, including discharges arising from drug and alcohol related offenses, theft, fraud, insubordination and absenteeism.

Peter's practice includes counseling employers on such diverse personnel-related issues as compliance with discrimination laws, hiring, evaluating and discharging employees, drug and alcohol testing, developing record-keeping and personnel policies and employee handbooks, pay practices and employee benefits, negotiating and administering collective bargaining agreements, and health and safety issues. He is also responsible for advising employers of their affirmative action obligations, if any, under federal and state law. In this regard, he has drafted and revised affirmative action obligations and assisted clients in responding to OFCCP audits.

As general outside counsel to two non-profits and special counsel to numerous additional non-profits, Peter has been involved in a wide range of issues, including reviewing and revising corporate by-laws; training board members on fiduciary obligations; drafting and revising employee handbooks and numerous other policies relating to board members, staff and clients; succession planning; responding to government claims of misuse of funds and failure to comply with applicable regulations; real estate acquisition and development; obtaining status as an institute of purely public charity under Pennsylvania law; advising and responding to allegations of sexual abuse against clients; custody issues; and determining "in loco parentis" status.

Upon graduating from law school, he served as a law clerk to Justice Arthur H. Healy of the Supreme Court of Connecticut. He has also been honored by his peers and selected multiple times to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® list. Peter also serves as editor-in-chief of Pennsylvania Employment Law Deskbook, which is currently in its Fourth Edition and published by PBI Press.



126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Fifty-four Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

June 12, 2018

Super Lawyers has named 54 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2018 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

Cozen O’Connor Adds 17 Lawyers from Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

May 08, 2017

The new attorneys add depth in Pittsburgh across Commercial and Corporate practices and continues to expand its national Labor & Employment Department

Events & Seminars

Past Events

Hot Issues in Labor and Employment Law

April 17, 2018 - Pittsburgh, PA

PBI Employment Law Institute West

November 16, 2017 - Pittsburgh, PA

Transgender Issues in the Workplace

September 26, 2017 - Pittsburgh, PA

Labor and Employment Law Update

June 14, 2017 - Philadelphia, PA


  • New England School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 1982
  • Colgate University, B.A., 1978

Awards & Honors

Best Lawyers in America 2019

  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court -- Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court -- Western District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -- Southern District of West Virginia

Justice Arthur H. Healy, Connecticut Supreme Court