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Brian Petersen

Family Attorney at Mesa, AZ

4.7   14 reviews

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About Brian

Learn Brian’s areas of practice.

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Practice area
  1. Family
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    Dissolution, Paternity, Parenting Time, Legal Decision Making, Child support establishment and enforcement.

Brian is a member of the State Bar of Arizona and a member of the Professional Chapter of the J. Reuben Law Clark Society. Brian has served on the Board of Directors for the Young Lawyer's Division of the Maricopa County Bar Association and is still an active member. 

Brian received a certificate in mediation training while in law school and was one of the flagship members of the American Indian Law Clinic. Brian served on the Executive Board of the Phoenix School of Law Student Bar Association. Brian also participated in many volunteer organization activities and events which included the Phoenix School of Law High School Law Day, Phoenix School of Law Day of Service, Wills For Heroes with the State Bar of Arizona and gave time to the Volunteer Lawyers Program Friends of the Bankruptcy Court. Brian also participated in focus groups and in evaluating potential faculty members during their onsite interviews with the law school. 

 

Brian has continued his commitment to volunteering and has participated in the Volunteer Lawyers Program Debt Clinic and volunteers his time in 

Prior to his undergraduate and law school career, Brian served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Montreal Quebec where he learned to speak French. Brian finds great strength and support in his faith as well as family relationships. Brian is married to a wonderful woman who is a great strength and support in all that he does. Brian and Bethany have four children. Brian loves camping, basketball, racquetball, woodworking and getting together with family and friends to play card or board games.

 

Education:

Arizona State University, B.A. Sociology 2009, Magna Cum Laude

Phoenix School of Law, J.D. 2011

 

Practice Areas: 

Family Law

Custody/Child Support

Divorce/Dissolution

Juveline Law

 

 

 

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Licensed for 10 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 2012
Updated 12/21/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Brian

Edwards & Petersen, PLC
2345 S. Alma School Road Suite 204
Mesa, AZ, 85210

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very fast to respond and knowledgeable with answers!
I am getting a divorce and wasn't sure of my next steps. He was able to review my paperwork via email and answer my questions during a phone consultation. I know now the direction I need to go with my Consent Decree and I appreciate his fast and timely response!
Posted by Andrea Smith | March 5, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very kind, helpful and honest
Our son had a dispute with an ex-girlfriend over a property they owned together. She had him removed from the home, then months later demanded he remove himself from the deed and was threatening to sue him for half of the household expense for the past six months. We needed to know the possible outcomes and options and advice on how to proceed. Brian really made the situation clear, and helped us decide on how to move forward with peace of mind.
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Posted by Scott Hashisaki | May 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
You want transparency and someone that will look at all angles...
Call Brian! I have a complicated case, CCDC is no joke people I have been dealing this case for over 3 years now and it has been intense. Brian sorted through everything for me piece by piece and made sense of it all.
Posted by anonymous | May 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Brian Petersen Five Stars +++
Brian Petersen is not only an excellent attorney, but also an awesome person. Initially when I found myself facing a divorce, I thought I could handle it myself. However, when I realized there was going to be some very unique & complex issues, I knew I had to seek legal assistance. As this was my first experience working with an attorney, I began my process by interviewing various ones. When I met with Brian, he listened attentively to my situation & never rushed the interview. At the end, Brian said "I just want you to know, I don't represent anyone who is not honest and truthful". Those words were the turning point & I knew I had met the attorney for me, one with integrity! And I have never regretted that decision! Throughout this entire process, Brian has listened attentively, and advised me not only in a professional manner, but with compassion. He has made me feel comfortable contacting him at any time, allowed me to speak freely, and has responded quickly and with good advice. He was also very professional, knowledgeable and direct when communicating with my ex-husband's attorney. It has been a long battle, but in the end, Brian helped me save the things most important to me. I will never hesitate recommending Brian Petersen to anyone I know! Thank you so much Brian!
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Response from Brian Petersen May 24, 2016
Your words are very kind. I enjoyed working with you and the fact that when I gave advice you thought about it and would always check with me before leaping! It is always easier to prevent the missteps then trying to clean up after them! Thank you again for the kind words and taking the time to write the review!
Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Brian Petersen
I cannot put into words how happy I am with the results I received with Brian Petersen. We were living in Texas and came back to Arizona to deal with an unreal situation with my son and daughter. We had confidence from the first time that I spoke with Brian and the results have gotten better as time has passed. Brian is one of the best attorneys I have dealt with. He ensured that we were always in the know of the most current details of our case and always let us know what needed to be done to keep us in line with the legal requirements for the courts. If you want to deal with a top notch legal team that isn't just about the money but also heart felt involvement in helping you get the best results possible-- look no further and start right here. Again we can't thank you guys enough for your help.
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Response from Brian Petersen May 24, 2016
Thank you for taking the time to write a review, I think it helps others make an informed choice. I hope that as things move forward, you and your family enjoy your time together!
Posted by anonymous | December 3, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank you Mr. Petersen
I had asked a question on AVVO and received an answer from Mr. Petersen. His answer was very helpful, but I felt that I needed more information. I contacted him by phone wanting more information regarding his practice. Mr. Petersen answered the phone, remembered my question and spent a great deal of time talking to me about my situation. He answered many additional questions and acknowledged my concerns. I definitely will be using Mr. Petersen for my lawyer. Thank you Mr. Petersen for all your help. I will be contacting you again shortly.
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2015
Honest and thorough
My wife and I had to deal with a child support modification issue with the ex-wife and thankfully we hired Brian to represent us. He was friendly, honest and candid with us as well as very thorough and he asked a lot of questions so he had a complete picture of our situation. We had a lot of questions of our own and as the hearing date approached we emailed and called with additional questions to which he was quick to respond and took the time to go over all of the possible scenarios with us. When the hearing date approached I was well briefed on what to expect and with his knowledge and expertise we were able to work out a very agreeable modification. He was well worth the time and money we invested and helped us achieve the best possible outcome under our circumstance. Hopefully we won't need a lawyer in the future but if we do we will definitely be giving him a call. Thanks Brian!
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Posted by Derek | April 29, 2015
5 Stars!
Excellent attorney! Very professional, knowledgeable and direct when talking to my ex wife and her attorney. I got everything I wanted out of my divorce. Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | April 27, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Wonderfully professional & accommodating
I've had a serious problem with a stalker, and Brian gave me hope in getting rid of the abuse, intimidation and harassment.
Response from Brian Petersen November 30, 2015
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. I wish you the best of luck and hope that you have found some safety and peace.
Posted by Allen | January 13, 2015
Client
Edwards and Petersen represented me regarding a personal issue. They are an amazing group to work with. Brian was very professional and the knowledge he shared regarding my issue to help resolve it was great. He helped represent me to give me the best results possible. Thank you and I definitely highly recommend them.
Posted by Lucie | March 13, 2014
Lucie's legal experience in the State of AZ
I was referred to Brian and it was a great experience. Brian got up to speed on my situation very quickly. In my opinion, he went out of his way to assist me throughout the entire process. His staff were also very helpful. From the first moment I met Brian he was very professional and I felt I could trust him. He also gave me confidence that a positive outcome was possible. Since I live out of the State of AZ, that was very important to me. I was very happy with the legal service he provided me.
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Posted by Tina | December 4, 2013
Brian Petersen
Mr. Petersen helped us prepare a plan for debt settlement and advised us every step of the way. He is professional and has integrity. We are also in need of a family law attorney and Mr. Petersen was able to offer his services for that as well. He is knowledgable and friendly. He has helped us in many ways. We will continue to use his services for what ever legal matters come our way.
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Posted by Jim | December 3, 2013
Brian Petersen's representation
I submitted an Injunction Against Harassment about two weeks ago. The person who was served with the Injunction elected to have a hearing at court to quash the Injunction. I received notification via a phone message Tuesday evening the week of the Thanksgiving holiday that a hearing would be held ON MONDAY after the Thanksgiving weekend! In effect, I had the day before Thanksgiving to find a lawyer! I wasn't able to find a lawyer the day before Thanksgiving (no surprise), so I thought I'd appear in court on Monday and ask for a continuance to find a lawyer and "prepare to battle" on a different day. I contacted a lawyer on Monday morning but that lawyer could not take on additional clients. However, that lawyer gave me a referral to Brian Petersen. I called Brian about 2 1/2 hours before my court time figuring he'd tell me to let the court know that over a holiday weekend I was unable to secure a lawyer but a lawyer would be willing to represent me in the near future and I was requesting a continuance to this case. Luck was on my side! Brian was finishing up a case in Phoenix and was available that afternoon. We spoke on the phone as he was driving to meet me at court. I gave him the basics of my case. We met for the first time in a room provided by the court house and tied up loose strings. Brian came up with a game plan in an extremely limited time frame. He conducted himself in a very professional manner. Despite the extremely limited time, Brian was able to quickly understand the nuances of my case and about 45 minutes later, we came out the victors in the case. Please understand that I was VERY lucky that Brian could provide immediate and timely help (don't expect him to be able to meet you immediately as what happened for me). But more importantly, I feel that I was even luckier to have found Brian. I know who I will contact in the future if I need legal assistance. Not only have I found a professional who will stand up for me, but a friend with whom I can count upon should the need for legal assistance arise again. I HIGHLY recommend Brian to help you with your legal needs too. He is a pro, and you'd be lucky to have him on your side!
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Posted by Gina | March 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Dissapointed!
I have been going thru a difficult divorce trial. I was referred to Brian Petersen by my Legalshield service. Legalshield has recently removed the Edwards and Petersen from their referral system due to the complaints I made to them about Brian Petersen. This firm requires a 5K deposit balance to be maintained so they can draw from it at will. I revised our contract to reflect that I would deposit to my account as needed. Brian accepted the revision and I made the 5K deposit. I had a Temp Orders hearing in which Brian was to seek temp orders for alimony as all my resources were taken from me by my ex husband. Well he failed at the temp orders hearing. The judge failed to make a decision. Brian never even question my ex on the stand he did not manage the time proficiently. After that I paid another 2K. Due to what happened to me Brian said he would give me time to come up with more money for him since my trial was not until the end of May. Although this was devastating too me as I needed to figure out how to survive but I was working on getting Brian thousands more before trial. During this time Brian was able to agree with the other attorney that I could have my clothes and personal belongings as they were all taken from me. Well Brian set up a meeting in which I had to get a Uhaul and pick up my stuff. I was only given junk from my exes storage and not my stuff at all. Brain said before that if this happened he would file an injunction. When I reported to him what happened he said there was nothing he could do and blew me off. I know now it was because I didn't have more money for him to file the injunction. Also after the failed Temp Orders hearing Brian kept asking him to let him withdraw from my case. He said he would take it again after I came up with more money but I would not consent to this as at this time I was starting to not trust him. He sent a threating letter all the sudden demanding that my new balance of over $1300 be paid and my account be brought to a 5K balance or he was withdrawing. He called me and was very demanding and threating. When I reminded him that we revised our contract he became upset. He gave me a week to pay the 1300 and basically asked me to submit a proposal when the rest could be paid and he would discuss it with his partner Edwards. It seemed that Edwards was pressuring him to not honor our revised contract. After telling him when I could pay the 1300 and asked him to honor our contract he gave me the remainder of that week and then withdrew. Both lawyers at this firm have been removed from the Legalshield referral list due to how they have treated me. If you have unlimited resources than this firm will prob help you. If not they will take all you have and leave you hanging. I am filling a bar complaint in two counties due to Brain not honoring our contract and his failures. I will follow up on this site as I get results with that. Also when I had to drive 5 Hrs to pick up my file I called the firm to let them know I would be 10mins late due to traffic. Mr Edwards was very cruel and said he would not wait one min longer than 5:05PM. I had to sleep in my car over night to get my file from them due tom this. Please beware of Brian Petersen. If you don't have unlimited resources he will turn against you and take all youre money and leave you hanging with youre case.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 225-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Edwards & Petersen, PLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Rafael Tirado & Associates PLC
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Law Clerk
  • Winsor & Tirado, PLC
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Legal Intern
  • Invictus Law P.C.
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Legal Assistant
  • Winsor & Marco, PLC
  • 2007 - 2010
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Education

  • Phoenix School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2011
  • Arizona State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2009

Associations

  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • State Bar of Arizona
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - 2020
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Cub Master
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Arizona Consumer Bankruptcy Counsel
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - 2020
  • State Bar of Arizona, Trial Practice Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - 2015
  • State Bar of Arizona, Bankruptcy Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - 2015
  • Phoenix School of Law Student Bar Association
  • Executive Council
  • 2009 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • French
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Family Lawyer Under 40 in Arizona
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40 -Family Law
  • The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Top One Percent - Arizona
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Client's Choice Award - Family Law
  • Avvo.com
  • 2015
  • Top Contributor - Family
  • Avvo.com
  • 2015
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program Pro Bono Service
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • 2014
  • Magna Cum Laude Graduate
  • Arizona State Univeristy
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • ASU Technology and Innovation Campus Recruitment
  • International Business Immigration
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

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Given (33)
Endorse Brian
Family Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian and I attended law school together. Brian showed integrity and great responsibility in all his classwork and assignments. He was and still is truly dedicated to his profession. I believe in his work, and I highly recommend him."
Family Attorney | Nov 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a fellow criminal defense attorney in Maricopa County. He is professional, knowledgeable, and well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Brian Petersen! Brian seems to embody the ideals most attorneys admire - seeking the best outcomes for clients and avoiding the extra headache and expense that comes from overly aggressive and unnecessary tactics."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've had the pleasure of working with him on a co-counsel basis on a BK adversary proceeding. Brian is extremely responsive to questions and will work as hard as necessary to complete tasks. Brian is a pleasure to work with and I'm happy to call him a friend in addition to a colleague."
Family Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Brian for several years. He is knowledgeable, conscientious, and trustworthy. It is without reservation that I recommend his legal services in the area of family law."
Family Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I worked with Brian on a family law matter. Brian was very personable, and pleasant to work with. He was able to be understanding of all the issues and work together in a very meaningful and cordial way. Great attorney to work with."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Peterson is a valuable asset to this community. His continuing dedication to the law and his clients is admirable."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I went to school with Brian. He is amazing. So caring and versed in many types of law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is an intelligent, well spoken and well respected attorney in the Phoenix area. I endorse Brian Petersen."
Family Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have personally referred my clients, and even my family members, to Brian Petersen for various legal services. Brian is dilligent, responsive, hard-working, and thorough. He explains things in a way people can understand-- he doesn't just speak "legalese." Brian's known to take calls late, and show up early, and any client would be well-served by having Brian Petersen as their attorney."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Brian and I worked together for a number of years. He always demonstrated he cared about clients, and about his work product."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brian is a very knowledgable and capable attorney. I highly recommend him."
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