Barkan Meizlish would like to honor and thank all military veterans for their service. Our firm is proud to represent and advocate on behalf of many veterans through the work we conduct in our various practice areas. We would also like to honor Chris Peifer, a partner in our Labor Department and a veteran of the United States Air Force.
During law school, Chris considered what he should do with his law degree. He decided that he wanted to do something that would be impactful and would fulfill his strong sense of duty to his country. He was also unsure about which specific area of the law he wanted to practice. Therefore, when he heard about the opportunity to become a Judge Advocate General (JAG) after graduation, Chris decided becoming a JAG was the perfect way to begin his legal career.
After graduating from the University of Dayton Law School and passing the State of Ohio bar examination, Chris accepted a commission in the United States Air Force as a Judge Advocate General. Chris was assigned to RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, where he worked in the Staff Judge Advocate Office and the Area Defense Counsel’s Office. While at RAF Lakenheath, Chris’ work ranged from advising the general, to defending airmen in criminal matters, to working as a prosecuting court marshall. The subject matter of the cases and issues Chris worked on included aviation law, labor law, employment law, criminal law, tax law, wills and estates, operational law, international law, and other areas of military law.
Later, Chris was assigned to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio. There, Chris worked on a variety of contract matters and continued building upon his knowledge of many areas of the law. Chris spent a total of six years in his career as a JAG before he separated from the United States Air Force in March of 2007 and accepted a position at a Dayton law firm.
After his time in the Air Force, and before coming to Barkan Meizlish, Chris has worked in a law firm setting, in his own solo practice, and in-house at the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local 1224, in Wilmington, Ohio. Currently, Chris represents labor organizations in the public and private sectors, in collective bargaining, arbitration, and litigation in federal and state courts and before federal and state agencies charged with enforcing the nation’s labor laws. He provides advice and guidance to labor organizations on the myriad of issues that arise on a daily basis. Chris brings a unique breadth of experience, substantive knowledge, and sense of service to our team of attorneys.
Our firm would like to thank all veterans, including Chris, for their service to our country.