Mark A. Peterson

Attorney at Law / Mediator

Mark Peterson
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  • University of Illinois—B.S. in Journalism and Communications, cum laude
  • Marquette University—J.D.
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution [basic and advanced mediation training]


  • State of Wisconsin
  • State of Colorado
  • US Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin
  • US District Court of Colorado
  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh and Tenth Circuits
  • US Court of Claims
  • US Supreme Court

Ratings and Certifications

  • “A-V/Pre-eminent” (5.0 out of 5) in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory Peer Rating system
  • Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy 1994 to 2019
  • Wisconsin “Super Lawyer” in business litigation since 2009
  • Named in “Best Lawyers in America” since 2013

Significant Reported/Appellate Cases

  • Crabtree Residential Living, Inc. v. City of Kenosha (E.D. Wis. 2011) - Civil Rights/Zoning - FHA, ADA and §504 challenge to application of group home and City's enforcement of distance and density rules
  • Options for Community Growth v. City of Milwaukee (E. D. Wis. 2006) - Civil Rights/Zoning - FHA, ADA and §504 challenge to City zoning ordinance and State distance rule for group homes resulting in modification of City's zoning ordinance
  • Gross v. Lloyd's of London Ins. Co., 118 Wis. 2d 367, 347 N.W.2d 899 (Ct. App. 1984) -Insurance-scope of duty to defend; and Gross v. Lloyd's of London Ins. Co., 121 Wis. 2d 78, 358 N.W.2d 266 ( 1984) - Insurance--scope of duty to defend
  • Farr v. Gruber, et al., 950 F.2d 399 (7th Cir. 1991) - Employment-wrongful discharge of City Clerk
  • Eau Claire County v. Employers Ins., 146 Wis. 2d 101 , 430 N.W.2d
    579 (Ct. App. 1988) - Insurance--scope of coverage under a surplus lines policy
  • Big Top Popcorn v. Milwaukee Mut. Ins. Co., 1993 APOO 1400 (Dist. 1) (unpublished) -Insurance--timeliness of notice of claim
  • Paige K.B. v. Molepske, 211 Wis. 2d 572, 565 N.W.2d 549 (Ct. App. 1997)- Duty of guardian ad litem; and Paige K.B. v. Molepske, 219 Wis. 2d 418, 580 N.W.2d 289 (1998)- Duty of guardian ad litem
  • Oconomowoc Residential Programs v. City of Greenfield, et al., 23 F.Supp.2d 941 (E.D. Wis. 1998)-Represent provider of group home for people with developmental disabilities in ADA and FHA litigation; and Oconomowoc Residential Programs v. City of Milwaukee, 300 F.3d 775 (7th Cir 2002)-Represent provider of group home for people with developmental disabilities
  • Paige K.B. v. Steven G.B., 226 Wis. 2d 210, 594 N.W.2d 370 (1999)- Seeking discovery safeguards for minor in molestation case
  • City of Elkhorn v. Centralia Street Corporation, 2004 WI App. 139 - Insurance claim regarding environmental site
  • Meyer v. Laser Vision Institute, LLC, 2006 WI App. 70 -Advertising
    claim class action
  • In the Matter of the Petition for Establishment of Standards and
    Procedures for Permanent Revocation, Sup. Ct. of WI (November
    2010)- Represent Office of Lawyer Regulation seeking rule change
    on permanent revocation of law licenses
  • Flack v. Wisconsin Department of Health Services, No. 3:18-CV-309 (W.D. Wis. 2018)-Civil rights and Affordable Care Act claims regarding scope of coverage for gender-confirming surgery under state Medicaid program
  • First American Title Insurance Company v. Westbury Bank, 12-CV-
    1210, 2013 WL 1677911 (E.D. Wis. Apr. 17, 2013)- Action against
    bank for aiding and abetting title agent defalcation

Previous Practice Experience and Training

  • Shareholder, civil litigation, McNally Peterson, S.C./McNally, Maloney & Peterson, S.C.
  • Associate/Shareholder, civil litigation, Mulcahy & Wherry, S.C.
  • General practice with an emphasis in civil and criminal litigation, Podell, Hodan & Podell, S.C.
  • Law clerk/judicial intern for Hon. John A. Decker, Milwaukee County Circuit Court
  • Law clerk, Wisconsin Department of Justice, Office of Consumer Protection

Professional Associations/Public Service Activities

  • Wisconsin Supreme Court, Office of Lawyer Regulation, Board of Administrative Oversight, Vice-Chair and Special Investigator
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, District 2 Professional Responsibility Committee/Board of Attorneys Professional Responsibility, Vice-Chair and Chair; Litigation Section; Board of Directors; Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Milwaukee Bar Association, serving on Committees in Specialization, Interprofessional Relations, Judicial Selection, Joint Bench-Bar Committee/Circuit Court, Judicial Polling, Fee and Bench-Bar/Civil Courts.
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • Thomas E. Fairchild Inns of Court, Master
  • Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Association for Conflict Resolution

Publications and Papers

  • “Liability of Owners and Occupiers of Land,” Marquette Law Review
  • The Law of Damages in Wisconsin, chapter entitled “Aggravation of Pre-existing Injuries,” ATS-CLE, State Bar of Wisconsin; co-authored with Daniel A. Peterson, Esq., since 2013


  • Presenter in more than 45 CLE programs sponsored by the State Bar of Wisconsin, ATS-CLE, Wisconsin Academy of Trial Lawyers, Office of Lawyer Regulation, Milwaukee Bar Association, Waukesha County Bar Association, National Business Institute, University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering, Hall-Kimbrell Environmental Services, Waukesha County Estate Planning Council, Lorman Education Services and Thomas E. Fairchild Inns of Court

Peterson Law and Mediation, LLC
1433 N. Water Street, Suite 400
Milwaukee, WI 53202