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Denise Ereka Peterson

Mediation Attorney at Jersey Village, TX

5.0   1 review
  • State Years
    New York - NY 5 years
    Texas - TX 13 years
  • Licensed for 5 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2019
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2010
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

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I am a mediator, arbitrator, and former litigator. A professional neutral, I am there to serve all parties. I am committed to ensuring all parties involved have an equal opportunity to present their case and be heard. I have abundant experience working with difficult personalities, contentious situations, and respecting confidential matters. I believe a neutral panelist or mediator may be the most crucial aspect of a fair hearing. Since 2016, I have maintained a full-time alternate dispute resolution practice, including speaking engagements and conducting instruction for civil mediation.

From 2010 to 2015, I represented major multinational clients in litigation and government investigations in mortgage banking, consumer debt litigation, employment law, toxic tort, and real estate. Among my professional responsibilities were running investigations, which included teams of up to twenty attorneys and paralegals, engaging in settlement negotiations with consumers and government regulators, and managing local counsel.

I am a second career attorney. Proper to law school, I had a successful business career in IT consulting during the dot-com era. Before that, I worked for a range of companies and industries from mortgage banking to manufacturing and retail. I worked for start-ups, family-owned businesses, and in corporate environments. I am familiar with the unique business issues for these organizations.

I maintain an active pro bono practice. I have worked with Catholic Charities to get an infant human trafficking victim a permanent and loving home; with Houston Volunteer Lawyers to help a domestic violence survivor and veterans, and even ensure that rescued snow monkeys stayed safe. I believe that as an attorney has the responsibility to serve my community and secure access to justice.

Before entering law school, Denise worked as an information technology consultant, with clients including a major computer manufacturer, a mortgage lending agency, and a governmental mortgage agency.

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Law Office of Denise Ereka Peterson
Jersey Village, TX, 77065-5547

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Posted by anonymous | September 23, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Understanding and Realistic
I hired Denise to handle my divorce and some other stuff related to it. From the beginning, she was brutally honest with me and didn't candy coat anything. I really needed that. To start, she had me literally get all my ducks in a row as far as paperwork, account statements, etc as well as working out my timeline for everything. That paid off many times over getting everything organized. Every step of the way in the negotiations she helped put me at ease but was still very realistic as to what to expect. I was really worried about a long court thing but we were able to come to an understanding before having to spend to much time and money with that. I know I had to bug her with my questions but she was nice enough to answer every single one whether I liked the answer or not. Like I said, she didn't sugar coat anything. If I had to get divorced again, I'd hire her since she was a real voice of reason.
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • PetersonADR
  • 2015 - Present
  • Associate
  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius
  • 2011 - 2015
  • Intern
  • Harris County District Attorney's Office
  • 2009 - 2011


  • South Texas College of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • 2010
  • University of Houston
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2007

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Mediation
  • High success rate


  • Hispanic Bar Association of Houston
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Association of Women Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • HIAC
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Fellow
  • 2017 - Present
  • Association of Attorney Mediators
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Houston Bar Association
  • 2011 - Present
  • Texas Lawyers Group
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyers
  • Houstonia
  • 2018
  • Pro Bono Associate of the Year
  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius
  • 2015


  • State Bar of Texas
  • Implicit Bias in Mediation
  • 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • ADR Monthly Meeting
  • International Arbitration - Ten Common Pitfalls
  • 2019
  • Monthly meeting
  • When to Pull the Trigger on Mediation
  • 2018
  • Monthly meeting
  • Pitfalls in Landlord-Tenant Law
  • 2017
  • Legal Updates
  • Contracts 101
  • 2017
  • Mediation training
  • Post-Obergfell – LGBT Issues in Family Law
  • 2016
  • Mediation Training
  • Ethics in Mediation Protective Orders
  • 2016
  • Lunch and Learn
  • Landlord Tenant Law Legal Updates
  • 2016
  • Family Law Mediation Training
  • Post-Obergfell – LGBT Issues in Family Law
  • 2016
  • Basic Mediation Training
  • Ethics
  • 2016
  • 40 Hour Basic Mediation Training
  • The Terrible Three - Child, Elder, and Disabled Adult Abuse
  • 2016
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (8)
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Mediation Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse Denise. She is sharp and knowledgeable about a multitude of areas of law. She goes above and beyond to analyze a case before mediation. She's one of the few mediators I've seen go that extra mile. She is fair to both sides and will handle your matters with diligence."
Mediation Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Denise is a fantastic mediator - she's been able to settle several cases I've brought to her that I did not believe would settle that included nuanced areas of law. I could tell she took the time to independently research the issues and was well versed in the facts, the statutes, and case-law authority when the Parties dug in. Will absolutely work with her again and highly recommend her for mediation services."
Mediation Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer because Denise is sedulous and empathetic. She always seems to get clients to understand why settlement is important irrespective of their wants for litigation."
Mediation Attorney | Dec 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Denise is a top mediator. You won't find better."
Mediation Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Denise is an excellent mediator and successful at bringing parties to an amicable resolution. I highly recommend her mediation services."
Mediation Attorney | Mar 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Peterson is objective and provides pragmatic advice and perspective. She is able to dilute conflict and help parties resolve their disputes in an amicable manner. I endorse this attorney."
Mediation Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Denise Peterson for mediation and Arbitration. Denise understands people naturally and brings them to resolution of conflict. I highly recommend Denise Peterson."
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