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Michael Christian Peterson

Michael Christian Peterson

also known as Michael C. Peterson, CFLS

About me

Michael C. Peterson became a Certified Family Law Specialist by the California State Bar in July, 2015.

Mr. Peterson attended the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon from 1998 to 2002. There he earned a bachelor's degree in economics, graduating cum laude, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key national honors societies. 
Mr. Peterson then attended the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene, Oregon from 2003 to 2006, completing a rigorous legal education with a curriculum that balanced basic intellectual and analytic skills for the practice of law, an introduction to advanced and frontier areas of law, knowledge of the persistent values of law and the legal system, and opportunities to develop hands-on legal skills. While he earned his doctorate of jurisprudence, he also participated heavily with the Oregon Student Trial Lawyers Association and Oregon Student Moot Court.
Mr. Peterson was admitted into the Washington State Bar Association in January of 2007, and practiced there for a short time before leaving the rains of the northwest for the sunny Coachella Valley!
Mr. Peterson was admitted into the State Bar of California in December of 2009. He was an associate attorney for a local civil litigation practitioner until joining the Law Firm of Thurman W. Arnold III in December of 2011. 
Mr. Peterson has successfully litigated in a broad range of legal areas in his six years as a California attorney, including family, business, and personal injury actions. He has a proven track record of skillful negotiation, law and motion practice, and oral argument. Mr. Peterson has conducted and won a growing number of trials, including actions for spousal support, complex property division, date of separation, attorney fees, and multiple restraining orders.
Mr. Peterson, in joining forces with Thurman W. Arnold III, aspires to become an outstanding member of the Coachella Valley family law community and is available for mediation, litigation and Second Opinions!


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce & Separation: 30%
    6 years, 200 cases
  2. Family: 30%
    6 years, 160 cases
  3. Child Custody: 20%
    6 years, 30 cases
  4. Alimony: 15%
    6 years, 30 cases
  5. Criminal Defense: 5%
    6 years, 50 cases



Hourly ($375-395/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Bradley Jay Faber

    Michael is a formidable and knowledgeable opposing counsel, yet fair and compassionate.I highly recommend Michael to competently handle any family law matters. Moreover, he is a grande fellow. Anyone would like Mike.


    Bradley Faber Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • Laura Elizabeth Vocke

    Michael is a tenacious, motivated, and skilled lawyer. I recommend him for clients seeking a knowledgeable attorney in the Palm Spring area.


    Laura Vocke Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Firm of Thurman W. Arnold III

225 S Civic Dr Ste 1-3
Palm Springs, CA, 92262


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Specialist - Family LawState Bar of California2015
RecipiantPhi Betta Kappa2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Firm Of Thurman W. Arnold, III Certified Family Law Specialists2011 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of Certified Family Law SpecialistsMember2015 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaFamily Law Section2015 - Present
Desert Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2011 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember2009 - 2009
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
ConfidentialAffirmed (won)
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oregon School of LawN/AN/AN/A
University of OregonN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
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N/aNone to dateN/A