Peter Kilgore is the chief legal counsel and corporate secretary for both the National Restaurant Association and the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation.

Since joining the Association in 1995, Kilgore has been a key player in initiatives involving the strategic direction of the Association and the NRAEF.

As part of the Association’s government affairs team, Kilgore has negotiated and drafted legislation on topics ranging from music-licensing requirements to tip-credit reform. He reviews all major NRA announcements on new laws and legal developments for the Association’s marketing, communications and media relations division. Since 2001, Kilgore has been a lead player in devising, negotiating and continuing a new approach to the relationship between the NRA and its state restaurant association partners under dual-membership agreements. Kilgore also oversees all financial aspects of the Association. He has been at the forefront of every major initiative affecting the NRA and NRAEF over the past decade, including serving as a member of the current “NRA-NRAEF-State Restaurant Association Unification Task Force,” which has been charged by the NRA Board of Directors and the NRAEF Board of Trustees with developing a new strategic direction for the NRA, NRAEF and state association partners to better serve the foodservice industry.

Kilgore previously served as acting president and chief executive officer of the National Restaurant Association between the terms of Herman Cain (1996 to 1999) and Steven C. Anderson (1999 to 2007). He also was acting president and chief operating officer of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation for six months before the arrival of current president Mary Adolf.

Before joining the Association in 1995, Kilgore practiced corporate law in a multi-state law firm in Washington, D.C. He represented corporations ranging from Top 100 companies to small businesses, including restaurants. His practice focused on appellate litigation, employment law, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate law. Prior to private practice, Kilgore served as assistant general counsel to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission in Washington, D.C.

Kilgore also served as an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University and the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and as a member of the U.S. Supreme Court bar and numerous other federal appellate-court bars. He has testified before Congress on restaurant issues and before the U.S. Civil Rights Commission on diversity and employee-relations issues.

Kilgore holds a bachelor’s of science, juris doctor and master of laws degrees. He has published articles on a number of legal topics and is a contributing editor to books on occupational safety and health law. He and his wife, Sharon, have been married for 30 years and have four children.

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