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About me

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.


Practice areas


  1. Wills: 40%
    30 years, 150 cases
  2. Car Accident: 30%
    33 years, 200 cases
  3. Medical Malpractice: 20%
    17 years, 50 cases
  4. Copyright Application: 10%
    21 years, 10 cases



Hourly ($175-200/hour), contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Free consultation (60 minutes)

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    Cliff is a highly skilled litigator that will work hard in behalf of his client to obtain the best possible results that he can.


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Contact info

Clifford L. Peterson

4423 Pt. Fosdick Dr. NW, Ste. 100-8
Gig Harbor, WA, 98335


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
President/"Optimist of the Year"West Tacoma Optimist Club2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerClifford L. Peterson, Attorney at Law1995 - Present
PartnerRosenow Hale & Johnson1990 - 1995
AttorneyWilliams Lanza Kastner & Gibbs1982 - 1989
Law ClerkWashington State Court Of Appeals, Div. Il1981 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States Supreme CourtAdmitted2010 - Present
American Inns of CourtProgram Chairman1995 - 1996
Washington Defense Trial LawyersCasenotes Co-Editor1992 - 1995
American Bar AssociationMember1990 - 1995
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1982 - 1995
Federal Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1982 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1981 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Car accident driver$179,000 total settlement
Toddler with burns$163,000 mediated settlement
$4 million probate litigation for King County Judge's estateSuccessful resolution
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Willamette University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Washington State UniversityEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts, cum laude1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Annual Convention"Transition from Private Practice to the Bench"2003