Peter Bulmer

Adjunct Faculty

401 UCB
2450 Kittredge Loop Drive
Wolf Law Building
Boulder, CO  80309

After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Pete was a volunteer in the Peace Corps from 1981 to 1983, in what was then known as Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). Upon returning from the Peace Corps, Pete attended Creighton University School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Creighton Law Review. Since graduating law school in 1986, and with the exception of pro bono litigation, Pete has devoted his practice exclusively to employment law. Pete retired in 2019 from Jackson Lewis P.C., where he was a Principal based in its Chicago, Illinois, office.

Pete counseled management on employment matters and preventive measures to avoid litigation and, where litigation could not be avoided, he defended employers before state and federal administrative agencies and courts. His counseling practice ran the gamut of employment and labor law issues. A substantial component of his litigation practice consisted of representing employers in prosecuting and defending claims of unlawful competition, including misappropriation of trade secrets and breaches of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements. He has trained and mentored many employment lawyers, of whom many "students" have now become "teachers" in their own right. He is most proud of their career success.

Pete currently is licensed in the state of Illinois, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Circuits, and nine U.S. District Courts in six states, including the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. In addition, he has appeared pro hac vice to try cases in numerous state and federal courts, including those located in Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, and Wisconsin. He also is a trained mediator.

In addition to his purely legal practice, Pete was the managing partner of Jackson Lewis' Chicago office for eight years. That experience infused his practice with the "client side" perspective, in that he managed attorneys and non-attorneys in a quest to grow the Chicago office as a business and thus acted not as a lawyer, but as a business executive.

Pete is a featured speaker and author on employment law topics, a member of several associations of human resources professionals (including the Boulder Area Human Resources Association, where he has been on its Board as Legislative Director for 2018 and 2019), and a past chair of a national association of labor and employment lawyers. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2012, as well as being an Illinois "Super Lawyer" since the inception of that designation, which is limited to five percent of licensed attorneys in the state.


Fall 2019 Employment Law LAWS 6521-801