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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1994

  1. Criminal Defense: 60%
    14 years, 1.8 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 40%
    14 years, 2 thousand cases



Hourly ($200/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

10 total 

  • Tregg Robert Lunn

    Mr, Petersen is highly respected in the criminal defense bar in Nebraska. I highly recommend him.


    Tregg Lunn Debt Collection Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Robert Jason De Groot

    For nearly 2 decades this lawyer has been the heavyweight that you want in your corner


    Robert De Groot Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact Info




Professional Misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Suspension
    issued in NE, 2006


    This means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

  2. Reciprocal - Suspension
    issued in NE, 2004


    This means that the attorney's misconduct in another state, or jurisdiction, also violated the rules for practicing law in Nebraska.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 100 LawyersNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2014
Client Choice AwardAVVO2014
Top 100 LawyersNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2013
Lead Counsel in Criminal LawLead Counsel2013

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
LawyerPetersen Criminal Defense Law1995 - Present
Office ManagerDecker Law Office1986 - 1994


Association NamePosition NameDuration
National College of DUI DefenseGeneral Member2014 - Present
Nebraska Lawyers Assistance ProgramCommittee Member2014 - Present
National Advocacy for DUI DefenseNominee2013 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2013 - Present
Nebraska Criminal Defense Attorneys AssociationMember2000 - Present
Omaha Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Nebraksa Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Phi Delta PhiParliamentarian1992 - 1994

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Defended Freedom of Speech in Omaha, NebraskaNot guilty at jury trial.
Use of a Firearm In Commission of a FelonyNot guilty at jury trial.

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Creighton University School of LawLawJ.D.1994
Eastern Washington UniversityGovernment and International AffairsBA - Bachelor of Arts1990

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Wills and Trusts for Gay and Lesbian CouplesWills and Trust2005
The Dangers of Drunk DrivingDUI Prevention2004