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.
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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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
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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 www.fdcpa.me 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
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||1988||06/20/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Certificate of Appreciation||Legal Advocacy Center of Central Florida||2010|
|J.D. with Honors; Project Editor, Law & Contemporary Problems||Duke University School of Law||1988|
|M.B.A. with Honors; Corporate Council Award||Crummer School of Business (Rollins College)||1984|
|B.S.B.A. Summa Cum Laude; Beta Gamma Sigma||University of Central Florida||1980|
|N/A||Law Office of Donald E. Petersen||1992 - Present|
|Senior Attorney||Florida Department of Insurance||1990 - 1992|
|Associate||Commander, Legler, Werber, Dawes, Sadler & Howell||1988 - 1990|
|Program Planner||Martin Marietta Orlando Aerospace||1980 - 1985|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida||Admitted to Practice||2012 - Present|
|National Association of Consumer Advocates||Member||2001 - Present|
|United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit||Admitted to Practice||1996 - Present|
|United States Court of Claims||Admitted to Practice||1995 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association, Bankruptcy Law Committee||Member||1993 - Present|
|Orange County Bar Association||Member||1993 - Present|
|United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit||Admitted to Practice||1993 - Present|
|United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida||Admitted to Practice||1989 - Present|
|Consumer Protection Law Committee||Member||2003 - 2008|
|National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys||Member||2003 - 2008|
|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 Counselling||Reopened class representative's bankruptcy|
|See all legal cases|
|La Coe's Pleadings Under The Florida Rules of Civil Procedure||Forms for defending consumers in collection actions||2006|
|Consumer Law Pleadings||Contributor : Forms for defending collection actions against Florida consumers||2005|
|Corporate Compliance Officer||"Why Employees Bring Whistleblower Cases"||1999|
|Computer Law Newsletter||"Southern District of Florida Follows Altai"||1995|
|Law and Contemporary Problems||Project Editor : "Vice" Vol. 51, No. 1, Winter, 1988||1988|
|Duke University School of Law||N/A||Law (With Honors)||1988|
|University of Central Florida||Business Management||B.S.B.A.||1980|
|The Florida Bar : Annual Convention||Recent Influential Consumer Law Cases : Fair Debt Collection Practices Act & Fair Credit Reporting Act||2014|
|HFC Collection Center v. S.A.||Testifying expert concerning attorney fees||2013|
|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 Action||2009|
|Testified as expert witness in Capital One v. J.S.||Collection Action||2009|
|"Ask An Attorney"||Consumer Rights : Debt Collection & Credit Reporting||2008|
|Interview : "Predatory Mortgage Lending & Foreclosures"||Predatory Lending||2007|
|"Real Talk With Kietta" (UPN)||Identity Theft||2005|
|Consumer Awareness Symposium||Predatory Lending||2002|
|Compliance: The Real Picture||Qui Tam False Claims Act actions against health care providers||2001|
|HealthCon 2000 (Toronto Canada)||Using The Qui Tam Provisions of the False Claims Act to Punish, Deter And Prevent Health Care Fraud||2000|
|Florida Association of Medical Coders : Annual Conference||Qui Tam False Claims Act actions against health care providers||2000|
|Florida Employment Lawyers Association Winter Seminar||Introduction to the Qui Tam Provisions of the False Claims Act For the Plaintiff's Employment Lawyer||1999|
|"Investigative Reports" with Tony Pippitone||Charter Settles Qui Tam Action||1998|
|"Employment Law"||Employee Rights in the Workplace||1994|