Peter J. Johnsen
Pete graduated from Susquehanna University in 2010, with a B.A. in English and a minor in Business Administration.
In 2012, Drexel University School of Law awarded Pete the Dean’s Merit Scholarship. He enrolled that same year. In his time there, Pete participated on Drexel’s exclusive Law Review and Moot Court boards. He won two national writing competitions, and was published in two academic journals. He received the “Best Student Performance” award in Drexel’s Trial Advocacy class, and later, helped teach that same class as a professor’s aide. He was selected as a Marshall Brennan Constitutional Law Fellow, which afforded him an opportunity to teach constitutional law and appellate advocacy tactics to students at a local Philadelphia high school.
Always aiming to hone his craft, Pete actively sought out numerous opportunities to acquire “hands-on” legal experience while in law school. To this end, he worked as a judicial intern in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, and, the United States District Court for the District of Delaware. Working behind-the-scenes in his judges’ chambers gave Pete an opportunity to figure out “what worked” and “what didn’t” when it came to courtroom advocacy. Beyond his time in chambers, he worked at several well-known civil litigation firms, centered in Philadelphia, where he was exposed to, and helped favorably resolve, a number of client issues. He spent a summer working as a Certified Legal Intern with the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office. And, upon graduating, he was awarded a Judicial Fellowship in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas—where he worked as a law clerk for a judge presiding in the Court’s civil-division.
Pete’s competitive edge, which he brings to the courtroom and his client’s cases, is rooted in his experience as a collegiate football player. At Susquehanna University, Pete was a four year starter on his university’s football team. His senior year, he received First Team All-League and Third Team All-Region honors, and was selected by coaches and teammates as his team’s captain and M.V.P.
As a trial-attorney at the Beasley Firm, Pete couples this competitive edge with his passion for helping others. He spent over a year volunteering with the “Youth Mentoring Partnership” Program, affiliated with the Upper Main Line YMCA, where he worked alongside elementary and high school children identified as “at-risk” youth, by acting as an academic and social mentor. He regularly returns to his law school alma-mater, where he coaches students participating on Drexel’s Moot Court team.
- First Place – University of Pennsylvania’s Public Interest Essay Competition.
- First Place (“Best Brief”) – Vanderbilt University’s National First Amendment Moot Court Competition
- Best Student Performance - Drexel University’s Basic Trail Advocacy Course
- CALI Excellence for the Future Award – Drexel University’s Basic Trial Advocacy Course
- Pennsylvania Bar
- New Jersey Bar