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Douglas A. Petho

Wrongful death Attorney at Charlotte, NC

5.0   11 reviews

also known as Doug Petho, Douglas A. Petho

  • Licensed for 32 years
    State NC
    Acquired 1991
    Active No misconduct found

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About Douglas

Learn Douglas’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Car accident

  2. Personal injury
    I have personally tried over 250 jury trials and settled thousands of claims involving personal injuries and wrongful death.

    31 years

  3. Trucking accident

  4. Workers compensation

    31 years

  5. Wrongful death

    31 years

Highly-Rated Accident Lawyer in Charlotte
Attorney Douglas A. Petho is a native of the Charlotte area who joined the firm in 1993. Since joining the firm in 1993, attorney Petho’s primary focus has been the litigation of plaintiff’s personal injury suits.

He has successfully tried hundreds of cases to jury verdict involving automobile accidents, trucking accidents, pedestrian accidents, slip and fall accidents, animal attacks, intentional torts, and work-related accidents. He has served as a representative of the plaintiff’s bar on the Mecklenburg County District Court Rules Committee and has served as an arbitrator in numerous insurance disputes.

Mr. Petho began his trial career as an Assistant District Attorney for the 1st Judicial District of North Carolina serving under the Hon. H.P. Williams, where he was tasked with the prosecution of both misdemeanor and felony charges in a seven-county district in Eastern North Carolina.

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, B.S. in Administration of Criminal Justice, 1988
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, J.D., 1991
“AV Preeminent” Rating. Martindale Hubbell, 2011
Bar Admissions
North Carolina, 1991
U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina, 1991
Professional & Bar Associations
Mecklenburg County Bar Association
North Carolina Bar Association
American Bar Association
North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
North Carolina Advocates for Justice
Personal Injury and Workers Compensation Division

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Posted by Ty | January 31, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My family and I been client since 1989
My family and I have been doing business with them since 1989. Always the best. Was nice to see Mr Petho today.
Posted by Eli and Jenny | July 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
My wife had the ordeal of getting into an accident with a drunk driver. The drunk driver hit her in the back of the car doing 75 miles an hour. After contacting our normal lawyer for closing and other contracts, he directed us to Doug Petho. We can't say enough about his care and attention to our case. He is the most consummate professional that didn't want to just settle right away. He wanted to make sure that we received a full measure of justice. We can't thank him enough and if you want someone that is not just going to sell your case out but look for your best interest Douglas Petho is your lawyer.
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Posted by Debra | September 1, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Car accident involving personal injury
My vehicle was in stopped traffic when I was struck from behind by a female driving a large pick up truck @ a high rate of speed. My car was pushed into a concrete barrier then into the car in front of me. The female that caused the accident & I were transported via medic to area hospitals. I received extensive cuts to both eye areas. Upon contacting attorney Doug Petho it was decided he would come to my home the following Monday morning for the initial interview. That in itself was such a relief. Doug was such a nice, personable person to speak with. He along w/ his assistant, Jennifer were very efficient in dealing w/ all the people from the insurance companies & plastic surgeon concerning my case.
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Posted by Pamela | December 4, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Mr. Petho on all 3 times that I've used his services, has been excellent and provided me with excellent service. He and his staff are very professional.
Posted by TOSHIA | September 30, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I love this guy! I will tell all of my family and friends to use his services. He was prompt, courteous and extremely professional. Great job. I'm very satisfied.
Posted by Abby | April 27, 2015
5* Service
Mr. Petho and his staff were just amazing. They showed extreme knowledge and compassion about my case. Having a minor child involved, I was nervous about the process. They kept me up to date and explained everything. I highly recommend Mr. Petho.
Posted by Amanda | September 23, 2014
Very helpful and smart attorney
I was referred to this attorney by a friend. He had an accident that Mr. Petho helped him long time ago. I'm glad I hired him. He explained everything and answered all my questions. Staff is wonderful and he always returned my calls. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs a lawyer.
Posted by Alex | August 7, 2014
Great Attorney!
After trying to deal with the insurance company after my son's accident, I was given Mr.Petho's name by a co-worker. I should have hired him sooner. He took care of my son's bills and was able to take the headache and hassle out of a bad situation. I hope I never need a lawyer again, but if I do I know who to call.
Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2014
A favorable review of Douglas A Petho
After a car accident a few years ago, we were referred to Doug Petho by a co worker and have been pleased with his services ever since that time. He handled our case and was able to make sure that my husband was compensated for his injuries. He always was responsive and professional and kept us well informed. From the get go, he explained the process and the why's, which helped us have clarity before we decided to go with him. In fact we could not have done it without him..We highly recommend Doug Petho...he is the best!
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Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2014
Great Attorney for My Car Accident!
Doug Petho and his staff were fantastic! I thought when I was rearended that I would sort things out on my own - it can't be that bad, right? A family friend recommended Mr. Petho to me - she said just to talk it through with him, even if it seems small. Good thing I did, because shortly after, I had quite a bit of pain stemming from this incident, that I probably never would have been able to address, be reimbursed, or otherwise receive compensation for. I ended up missing work and going to quite a few PT appointments, and am still not totally 100%. The other person's insurance company would have barely covered me, and I would have actually lost a good bit of money in copayments, but Mr. Petho's persistence was fruitful. He kept me up-to-date with what was going on, and was more than willing to communicate via e-mail since my job doesn't allow me much time on the phone. I needed to visit for my initial consultation, and for the final paperwork, but otherwise, everything was really handled for me, and he didn't require me to travel. He made it clear, though, that if I did need to visit or talk with him or his staff, that they're available. Any inquiries from me received prompt responses from them. I'm VERY satisfied with the services provided, and would gladly recommend this office to any friends or family. (Oh, AND they're in a nice, accessible neighborhood in a gorgeous old house!)
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Posted by Linda | September 22, 2010
Thank you Mr. Petho!!!
I cannot imagine having to go thorough what my husband and I did without the help of Mr. Petho and his staff. He always took the time to explain what was going on and, unlike the insurance company, really cared about our family. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs help!
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Price, Petho & Anderson
  • 1993 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • District Attorney's Office, First Judicial District , Elizabeth City, N.C.
  • 1991 - 1993


  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1991
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1988

Legal Cases

  • McIlwaine v. Williams
  • settled


  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017


  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • ERISA Claims: Settlement and Distribution in Personal Injury Claims
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • Jury Selection Seminar
  • Jury Selection
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (3)
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Unknown Attorney | May 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am impressed with Mr. Petho's thoughtful advice and answers to legal questions on Avvo. He has an in-depth understanding of the law and an ability to communicate legal concepts clearly and effectively. I endorse this lawyer!"
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Doug is an extraordinary attorney. He knows the law, is a consummate professional, and there is no better trial attorney. Doug is dedicated to advocating for his clients. I would recommend him to anyone needing a personal injury attorney."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Douglas. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Doug and have consulted with him over the years on matters of law. Doug is an exceptional attorney and is well acquainted with the law of North Carolina. He also is very knowledgeable about his locality and anybody would be well served with Doug representing them in a jury trial."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Petho is very knowledgeable in this area of law. We have recommended his sevices to a number of our clients over the last few years who needed a trial attorney to handle their legal matters. All of these clients were extremely satisfied with his services."
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