Practice Areas

Civil Litigation and Trial Practice in State and Federal Courts

Mr. Peterson has litigated, tried cases and handled appeals throughout Wisconsin and in other states, as well as in Federal district courts, circuit courts of appeal and the U.S. Court of Claims. He also handled hundreds of cases, acting as local counsel representing large self-insured companies, working with or reporting to in-house or national litigation counsel. He has represented individuals and small companies, plaintiffs and defendants, in a broad range of claims and litigation.

  • Business Litigation

    Mr. Peterson has worked with clients to prevent potential business litigation, which can be risky, costly, time consuming and a distraction from the important tasks of running a business. His experience in this area has included breach of contract, fraud and breach of fiduciary duty disputes and representation of lawyers, doctors, dentists, architects, engineers and other professionals in the break-up of their professional practices.

  • Product Liability Litigation

    Mr. Peterson’s experience in product liability matters includes representing both manufacturers and sellers of airplanes, construction machinery, toys and bicycles and asbestos-containing and other potentially toxic materials.

  • Wrongful Death and Personal Injury Litigation

    Mr. Peterson has represented people injured due to:

    • Harmful prescription drugs and vaccines
    • Negligent nursing home care
    • Auto, Bicycle and Other Recreational Vehicle accidents
    • Boating accidents
    • Construction equipment accidents
  • Construction Law and Litigation

    In Mr. Peterson’s construction law practice, he has represented contractors, subcontractors, developers, architects and engineers in court and through mediation or arbitration claims over substantial completion, retained funds, liquidated damages and extras, construction design and defects and related insurance coverage issues.

  • Disability, Fair Housing and Civil Rights Litigation

    Mr. Peterson has advised clients and litigated on behalf of providers of group housing to persons with disabilities about the Federal and state laws requiring reasonable accommodations that allow disabled persons to live in housing of their choice. He has also handled zoning and other municipal ordinance issues. Mr. Peterson has represented individuals in civil rights claims based on the U.S. Constitution and Federal statutes.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Neutral

Traditional litigation can be risky, costly and time-consuming. The use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) is an effective and efficient alternative to litigation for resolving disputes. The principal advantage of ADR is the flexibility its various methods offer to achieve resolutions not otherwise available through litigation. ADR also provides the client with the additional advantages of a confidential setting in which to resolve a dispute and a time frame to address issues that meets the needs of the parties, as opposed to deadlines imposed by a court.

Mr. Peterson is qualified to serve as a mediator, neutral decision maker in arbitration hearings and a neutral evaluator, helping parties resolve disputes without resorting to litigation. He also serves as a court-appointed referee.

  • Mediation

    Mediation is a non-binding process in which a neutral mediator guides adverse parties through the settlement negotiations. Mediations can occur before a lawsuit is filed, during litigation or while a case is on appeal. Mr. Peterson uses his formal training as a mediator and his experience as a trial lawyer to help plaintiffs and defendants reach a reasonable settlement.

  • Neutral Evaluation

    Neutral evaluation is a settlement process in which the parties present summaries of their respective cases to a neutral evaluator. Mr. Peterson often assists parties in moving toward resolution of their disputes by providing neutral evaluations of the strengths and weaknesses of their respective claims and facilitating a settlement analysis. He is able to do this based on his years of experience representing parties in a number of areas of law. 

  • Arbitration

    Arbitration involves an independent and impartial third-party decision maker who can render a binding decision following an arbitration hearing. Mr. Peterson has represented parties in arbitration and has served as both a sole neutral arbitrator and as a party-selected arbitrator in three-arbitrator panels.

  • Referee

    In Wisconsin state court proceedings, a court-appointed referee can analyze case-related issues. Mr. Peterson has been appointed by several judges to act in this capacity and has made recommendations to the presiding judge about discovery issues and other complicated procedural and substantive law questions.

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