Pedro L. Irigonegaray was born in Havana, Cuba, May 11, 1948, and at the age of 12 immigrated to the United States with his mother as political refugees. Weeks later, his two sisters, ages 3 and 7, came separately, followed by his father in March 1961. Pedro became a naturalized United States citizen in 1973.
He was raised in Topeka, Kansas, and graduated from high school at Kemper Military Academy in Boonville, Missouri, in 1966. Pedro also earned an Associate of Arts Degree from Kemper in 1968, a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and Economics from Washburn University in 1970, and his Juris Doctor from Washburn University School of Law in 1973.
Upon graduation from law school and successful completion of the Kansas and Florida bar examinations, Pedro began the private practice of law. Today, Pedro is a litigation lawyer specializing in tort litigation including medical malpractice and product liability, and intellectual property, Constitutional, environmental, regulatory, gaming, contract, and criminal law. His firm, Irigonegaray & Associates, is headquartered in Topeka.
Pedro is also admitted to practice before the United States Army Court of Military Review, the United States Court of Military Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.
Pedro has also lectured at Washburn University School of Law, has served as a Special Counsel to the late Gov. Joan Finney of Kansas, and as Counsel for the Majority of the Kansas Science Standards Writing Committee of the Kansas Department of Education’s Evolution/Intelligent Design Hearings.
Additionally, he is a former president of the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, and a former member of the Topeka Race Relations Council and the Kansas Hispanic Affairs Committee.