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John M. Persinger

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Phone: (814) 870-7702
Fax: (814) 454-4647

100 State St #700
Erie, Pennsylvania 16507

John Persinger is an Associate at MacDonald Illig where he is a member of the Firm's Business Transactions, Labor & Employment, Government Services, and Emerging Technologies Practice Groups. Mr. Persinger is a 2012 graduate of the University of Notre Dame Law School, which he attended on a Rumsfeld Foundation Graduate Fellowship. While at Notre Dame, Mr. Persinger was on the editorial staff of the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Persinger served in several government and political roles. He was Associate Director of Scheduling for President George W. Bush's re-election campaign in 2004, worked in the White House as an aide to White House Counsel Harriet Miers and Deputy Counsel William Kelley, and also served in a chief-of-staff role to U.S. Ambassador to Australia Robert McCallum at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia. Mr. Persinger received a bachelor's degree in History from Harvard University in 2003. While at Harvard, he was captain of the men's swimming and diving team and competed at the 2000 Olympic Team Trials. Mr. Persinger's family has deep ties to northwest Pennsylvania. His grandparents, Dr. John and Dorothy DeMarco, moved to Erie in the early 1950s to raise their five children. Members of Mr. Persinger's extended family continue to live in the area.


J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School - Notre Dame, IN, 2012

B.A. History, Harvard University - Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2003

Bar & Court Admissions Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Western District of PA

Solicitations Editor, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy

President, The Federalist Society

Rumsfeld Foundation Graduate Fellowship Recipient