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I proudly represent consumers in lawsuits against debt collectors, furnishers of false or obsolete credit information, credit reporting agencies, and  furnishers of credit information concerning accounts which were discharged in bankruptcy.   

I also defend consumers who are being sued by credit card issuers and debt collectors who sued my clients to collect consumer accounts.


If you wish to contact me concerning representation, feel free to contact me by calling or via e-mail.  Please be sure to include telephone numbers where my staff or I can contact you directly if I decide that is more efficient.  Please also include a brief (1 or 2 sentences) description of  your situation. 


Thank you for your interest in my services.


Donald Petersen


A technical note : I've chosen the AVVO categories that I believe best describe my practice to non-lawyers.   Although much of my practice involves "debt collection", I represent only consumers who SUE the debt collectors who violated my clients' rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act ("FDCPA").   (I do NOT represent any businesses in lawsuits against consumers or defend debt collectors who are sued.)    A substantial portion of my practice consists of representing consumers in matters arising under or involving the Fair Credit Reporting Act ("FCRA") so I chose "credit repair" as the closest applicable category although I do not provide "credit repair" services as lawyers would use this term nor do I recommend that consumers use credit repair organizations.


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Practice areas


  1. Debt Collection: 40%
    25 years, 200 cases
  2. Litigation: 23%
    28 years, 400 cases
  3. Bankruptcy: 10%
    25 years, 800 cases
  4. Credit Repair: 10%
    25 years, 300 cases
  5. Other: 17%
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  • Tina M. Willis

    Don Petersen is an outstanding consumer rights attorney, to whom I would be proud to refer any client or even a family member, without hesitation. As many other fellow attorneys reviewing Don have indicated, his knowledge of consumer rights, collections, alternatives to bankruptcy, and procedural laws are all superb. Orlando truly is fortunate to have such an exceptional consumer advocate to help regular people fight unfair tactics often utilized by big business. I have consulted with Don in various areas of his practice. I have always been extremely impressed with his ability to drill down the issues, and think of a solution. Best of all, he does not charge unless he wins, and then is paid by creditors, not the debtor. So, for anyone dealing with harassing creditors, or harassing phone calls to mobile devices from creditors, calling Don should be a no-brainer. Consultations are free.


    Tina Willis Car accident Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Ronald Lee Burdge

    I have known Don and known of Don for probably a decade. I gladly endorse him for his legal skills and knowledge. He knows debt collector harassment law and how to explain it so people can understand it. He has even taught other lawyers about Credit Rights laws that few understand at all. You can read some of his answers to questions that have been published at Avvo and you'll see that he cares about making sure his clients know their rights too. And when you read some of his excellent blog articles at you too will see that he knows the law, cares about his clients, and likes to win. More important, he knows how to win too. If you have a problem with your credit or a debt collector is hounding you and you want to get back your peace of mind, Don knows how to do that for you. He is one of the very best, anywhere. I highly recommend him to you.


    Ronald Burdge Lemon law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community


FLMember in Good Standing198806/20/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certificate of AppreciationLegal Advocacy Center of Central Florida2010
J.D. with Honors; Project Editor, Law & Contemporary ProblemsDuke University School of Law1988
M.B.A. with Honors; Corporate Council AwardCrummer School of Business (Rollins College)1984
B.S.B.A. Summa Cum Laude; Beta Gamma SigmaUniversity of Central Florida1980
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/ALaw Office of Donald E. Petersen1992 - Present
Senior AttorneyFlorida Department of Insurance1990 - 1992
AssociateCommander, Legler, Werber, Dawes, Sadler & Howell1988 - 1990
Program PlannerMartin Marietta Orlando Aerospace1980 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States District Court for the Southern District of FloridaAdmitted to Practice2012 - Present
National Association of Consumer AdvocatesMember2001 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth CircuitAdmitted to Practice1996 - Present
United States Court of ClaimsAdmitted to Practice1995 - Present
Orange County Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law CommitteeMember1993 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationMember1993 - Present
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh CircuitAdmitted to Practice1993 - Present
United States District Court for the Middle District of FloridaAdmitted to Practice1989 - Present
Consumer Protection Law CommitteeMember2003 - 2008
National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy AttorneysMember2003 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
U.S. ex rel Mettevelis & Rowan v. Charter Hospital of St. Louis, Inc. d/b/a Charter Hospital Orlando South, et. al.Settled on the eve of trial.
Rosario & Phillips v. American Corrective CounsellingReopened class representative's bankruptcy
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Publication nameTitleDate
La Coe's Pleadings Under The Florida Rules of Civil ProcedureForms for defending consumers in collection actions2006
Consumer Law PleadingsContributor : Forms for defending collection actions against Florida consumers2005
Corporate Compliance Officer"Why Employees Bring Whistleblower Cases"1999
Computer Law Newsletter"Southern District of Florida Follows Altai"1995
Law and Contemporary ProblemsProject Editor : "Vice" Vol. 51, No. 1, Winter, 19881988
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Duke University School of LawN/ALaw (With Honors)1988
Rollins CollegeFinanceMBA1984
University of Central FloridaBusiness ManagementB.S.B.A.1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Florida Bar : Annual ConventionRecent Influential Consumer Law Cases : Fair Debt Collection Practices Act & Fair Credit Reporting Act2014
HFC Collection Center v. S.A.Testifying expert concerning attorney fees2013
WFTV (TV9)"Man Sued By Check Cashing Store" (News Interview)2012
Testified as expert witness re : consumer's attorney fees in Arrow Financial v. R.J.Collection Action2009
Testified as expert witness in Capital One v. J.S.Collection Action2009
"Ask An Attorney"Consumer Rights : Debt Collection & Credit Reporting2008
Interview : "Predatory Mortgage Lending & Foreclosures"Predatory Lending2007
"Real Talk With Kietta" (UPN)Identity Theft2005
Consumer Awareness SymposiumPredatory Lending2002
Compliance: The Real PictureQui Tam False Claims Act actions against health care providers2001
HealthCon 2000 (Toronto Canada)Using The Qui Tam Provisions of the False Claims Act to Punish, Deter And Prevent Health Care Fraud2000
Florida Association of Medical Coders : Annual ConferenceQui Tam False Claims Act actions against health care providers2000
Florida Employment Lawyers Association Winter SeminarIntroduction to the Qui Tam Provisions of the False Claims Act For the Plaintiff's Employment Lawyer1999
"Investigative Reports" with Tony PippitoneCharter Settles Qui Tam Action1998
"Employment Law"Employee Rights in the Workplace1994