I am proud to be a third generation attorney in Pierce County. The profession of lawyering has a long tradition of serving and helping people in need. This philosophy guided my grandfather's and father's practices and it continues to guide mine as well.
I started practicing by defending physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice cases. For the last decade, my practice has focused on representing individuals, both in personal injury cases and in all types of estate matters.
The practice of law is built on trust. Professional ethics are of utmost importance to me. You can expect me to always be honest with you about your case. In return, I will expect you to be honest with me about the situation.
I limit my cases and clients to make sure that each client receives the attention he/she deserves. Because of that, every client benefits from my 29 years of experience.
I sincerely thank you for taking time to learn more about my practice. I look forward to hearing from you and about how I might help.
You will find my office environment casual and friendly. Our discussion will be held in strict confidence as it is protected by the attorney client privilege.
Hourly ($175-200/hour), contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2013|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|President/"Optimist of the Year"||West Tacoma Optimist Club||2004|
|Owner||Clifford L. Peterson, Attorney at Law||1995 - Present|
|Partner||Rosenow Hale & Johnson||1990 - 1995|
|Attorney||Williams Lanza Kastner & Gibbs||1982 - 1989|
|Law Clerk||Washington State Court Of Appeals, Div. Il||1981 - 1982|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|United States Supreme Court||Admitted||2010 - Present|
|American Inns of Court||Program Chairman||1995 - 1996|
|Washington Defense Trial Lawyers||Casenotes Co-Editor||1992 - 1995|
|American Bar Association||Member||1990 - 1995|
|Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association||Member||1982 - Present|
|King County Bar Association||Member||1982 - 1995|
|Federal Bar Association||Member||1982 - Present|
|Washington State Trial Lawyers Association||Member||1982 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||1981 - Present|
|Car accident driver||$179,000 total settlement|
|Toddler with burns||$163,000 mediated settlement|
|$4 million probate litigation for King County Judge's estate||Successful resolution|
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|Willamette University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1981|
|Washington State University||Economics||BA - Bachelor of Arts, cum laude||1977|
|Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Annual Convention||"Transition from Private Practice to the Bench"||2003|