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Riisa Petersen

Divorce and separation Attorney at Tucson, AZ

4.7   44 reviews

also known as Riisa Petersen Mandel


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About Riisa

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Born and raised in El Centro, California, Riisa Petersen has dedicated her career to protecting the rights of her fellow Arizonans. The Justice System can be difficult to navigate alone, and after nearly a decade practicing law Riisa has built a reputation based on experience, determination, grit and an unwavering dedication to YOU, her client.   

 

Riisa attended law school at Tucson's own James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. After graduation, she was immediately hired as a prosecutor in the Pima County Attorney's office, where she specialized in DUI and domestic abuse prosections. It was there that Riisa learned the "prosecutor's playbook." 

 

In time, Riisa decided that her true desire was to defend the accused. She took her knowledge of the "prosecutor's playbook" and was immediately hired into a prominent Tucson firm in the private sector. For the last seven years, she has been working to defend the accused using her firsthand knowledge of prosecutorial tactics. Riisa knows what moves the prosecutor will make against you, making her better able to defend you against them. In addition to criminal defense, Riisa successfully built and managed the Family Law and Domestic Relations wing of the firm in which she became second in command. It would continue to thrive throughout her tenure.

 

Today, Riisa operates her own practice based on the respect, experience and reputation that she has earned in Tucson's legal community. Her philosophy is simple: YOU are her priority. Your defense is her duty and your right. When you retain the Petersen Law Firm, you won't end up with a nameless first year attorney. You get Riisa, every time. 

 

Don't gamble your future on an "associate" attorney. Experience matters. As a successful trial attorney and litigator with firsthand knowledge on both sides of the criminal system and unparalleled leadership experience in family law, nobody is better prepared to defend your rights and fight for you and your family.

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Licensed for 16 years
State AZ
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 12/12/2014

Contact Riisa

Petersen Law Firm PLLC
485 S. Main Ave., Bldg 3
Tucson, AZ, 85701

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Erin | October 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Communicator
Rissa was an invaluable asset during a less than ideal situation. She was clear in all steps needed to be taken by all parties, always available to consult on options, and realistic about expectations. I would certainly use her and her team's services again and would recommend them to anyone seeking counsel.
Posted by Stephan | March 4, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome
I had a mess of a child relocation case. Riisa and her staff were there for me during the entire process good or bad and explained to me how things worked and what steps were needed. Eventhough the initial case didn't go our way, she was still invested to help me get my case back to court with favorable results. During my case I was called everything from a wife beater to a non present bad dad. The entire firm rallied behind me to make sure I was ok both physically and mentally. They are truly life savers. I cannot give high enough praise.
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Posted by Maritza | October 28, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
The best!!
Riisa is the best family law attorney. Her and her staff are professional and knowledgeable as well as considerate to our needs. My husband and I have utilized her services for the last 5 years and have been very happy with every outcome. Riisa knows her stuff and has always given us sensible and honest advice. She conducts herself with unwavering integrity and commitment! We have and will continue to recommend her to anyone we know!! We are so glad to have her on our side!
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Posted by Chantal | April 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
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Best Family Lawyer
Riisa was amazing. She was very kind and understanding. She was very organized and handled everything. She was very honest with me throughout my case and explained what each step would entail. Her office staff was also so helpful and friendly. When it comes to something as important as family, Riisa takes her cases as serious as if they were her own family. She listened to all my concerns and addressed them all. She made sure I knew that she was there to help me and work for me. Considering no one ever wants to be in a situation where they need a lawyer especially when it comes to our kids, she made a painful difficult situation much easier to navigate. Thank you Riisa and your wonderful office staff (Lisa, Garnett and Alana) for all your support and hard work.
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Posted by Marc | April 5, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Uncompromising Representation
Riisa was on point, steadfast, knowledgeable, and completely dedicated to my family court case involving child support and modification of my divorce decree. It was a relatively simple case, but it was made super complicated and muddled by the opposing attorney. Riisa handled it with grace and professionalism. She helped me win I would rate her a 10 if there were 10 stars. 5 will have to do.
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Posted by Joshua | March 21, 2019
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Excellent Representation
Riisa Petersen and staff have exceeded all expectations in representing me in a high conflict divorce and child custody case. Riisa is passionate and skillfull in the courtroom. Riisa has a working knowledge of how the legal system operates and is attentive to my concerns. I now have court awarded equal parenting time and decision making with my two children. I am also successfully divorced. I will continue to use Riisa Petersen in future legal matters.
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Posted by Aniela | December 20, 2018
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An incredible lawyer
Riisa is an incredible lawyer. She really takes care of her clients. And, she has an excellent staff. I am so glad I have her as my lawyer. I can’t thank her enough.
Posted by Chris | December 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
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Very caring and professional I was extremely pleased with her service and all the help she provided me
Posted by Jason | July 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Secured Good Custody
Riisa and team were great to secure 50/50 custody with my child. It was a painfully long process but we came through with desired results. During the process I had a different mind set of expectations but Riisa was knowledgeable and caring enough to explain unique situations clearly and concisely to steer our attention to more appropriate allocations. I plan to continue using Riisa and her office for future modifications as they arise.
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Posted by anonymous | January 31, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent counsel...
Riisa provided excellent counsel to me. She is very personable, an active listener and truly shows concern for her clients. I felt that she certainly had my best interests in mind while also understanding what it was that I wanted as an outcome. Riisa not only exudes competence in her profession, but is also willing to show empathy for the human side of most family law issues.
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Posted by Veronica | December 22, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Thank you
Riisa & her staff were more responsive & supportive in 10 minutes than the attorney I had in place. My previous attorney failed me in a most urgent situation & Riisa offered me advice & assistance when I needed it. I still may need her services & if I do, she’ll be the attorney I call. Riisa, you don’t know how much it means to your clients or even a consult like me, to have your help in such a stressful situation. Thank you.
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Posted by Aaron Davis | December 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Family Lawyer
Riisa and her team were instrumental in helping me with some old outstanding family issues. They did what they said they would do and even went beyond to support my needs. Great job!!
Posted by Clark Williams | November 10, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very knowledgeable
Very helpful and knowledge. Looking for help with custody modification. She helped walk us through the steps we need to get started and we will absolutely being using Ms. Peterson when we are ready to move forward!!
Posted by Kristi | November 10, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I highly Recommend!
Riisa and her entire staff are exactly what I needed. They are compassionate and thoughtful. They are also extremely good at what they do. I hired Riisa to represent me during a high conflict divorce. She never pushed me in a certain direction, but gave me all the options. When I needed her during an emergency, she and her staff (I adore Lisa!) dropped everything and helped me get protection for me and my kids. I know they are a busy practice, but Riisa always makes me feel like her first priority. They have been upfront regarding expenses and are worth every penny!
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Posted by Yiqing | October 18, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Riisa made it Happen !
My case is a challenge for every attorney, the reason is that it is international: title transfer of a condo in Beijing China while the two parties are both in America . The related laws and administrations are very different between these two countries. Riisa had to go through numerous confusing materials including Chinese files I provided, it was easy to be dragged into small details and distracted. However, She understood the whole process well , able to sort the information out and present only the critical part to the judge. Her court performance was outstanding: she was quick in response, and held on to the most important point. I could not have got my valuable Bejing condo without her powerful work. There is a bit of things that I still hope to improve although they did not affect the essential success of my case. Riisa must be very busy dealing with multiple law suits at one time. Sometime it is a little difficult to get hold of her. I hope the communication between us could be more prompt.
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Posted by Mandi | August 11, 2017
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Riisa Petersen Is The Best!!
Riisa handled my child support case and I am beyond satisfied with the out come! She did everything she had to, up against my ex husbands very aggressive lawyer, to get me the support I deserved!! She even managed to keep us from having to go to trial, which is something I initially told her I wanted to avoid if possible! Would definitely recommend Mrs. Petersen to anyone with family court needs!
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Experience!!
As difficult as my divorce and custody battle was, which seemed never ending. Riisa was very easy to work with and handled my frustrations with the case with the utmost professionalism and class. She worked diligently to make sure that I received the best outcome in my case. I would most defiantly recommend her to anyone in my situation and I already have!!
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Posted by Paul | July 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Look no farther
I chose Rissa Petersen and her team to represent me in a divorce case with a completely unreasonable person and was extremely pleased with both her representation and the outcome of the case, which was far better than I could have hoped for. Not only did she protect me from a system that was difficult to navigate but she gave me outstanding advise and helped to protect me from myself by ensuring that I knew my all of my options. She and her team are consummate professionals and always kept me informed and updated on all aspects of my case at all times. I would recommend her to anyone who needs an excellent attorney and is willing to listen and accept her counsel.
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Posted by Adrian | June 19, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child support and custody
Attorney Riisa Petersen represented me in child support and custody case. She is a very knowledgeable and compassionate family attorney who knows her stuff. Riisa and Lisa we're always available on the phone/email and respond to my queries promptly. Above all she is a great human being who genuinely cares for her clients. I not only found an excellent attorney but a great friend as well.
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Posted by anonymous | June 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very personal, excellent communication
Communication was always clear during the process of my year long divorce process. This is not a fun or easy time, Rissa looked out for me and my best interest. When all I could see was my own emotions she helped me see the big picture of what needed to happen. I am very pleased with the outcome
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-275 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2011.

Probation issued in AZ, 2011
updated on 01/04/2016

Probation means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State monitors the lawyer's activities for a period of time in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • Petersen Law Firm PLLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Firm
  • 2007 - 2013

Education

  • University of Arizona College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • Sullivan v. Sullivan
  • Win

Associations

  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Client's Choice Award
  • AVVO
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (29)
Endorse Riisa
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I have been practicing law since June of 2008 and was an Assistant City Prosecutor until June of this year. During this time I had numerous court appearances with Ms. Petersen as opposing counsel including several evidentiary hearings and at least one jury trial. Ms. Petersen has integrity, is respectful not only to other attorneys and the bench, but also to her clients. In my experiences, she is consistently a competent and zealous advocate for her clients. I have no hesitation in saying that I believe Ms. Petersen would be an excellent choice to assist with not only criminal matters but also with any family law issue that may need resolved."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I went to law school with Riisa, and I know she is a great representative for DUI defendants and also in family law matters."
Family Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Riisa is a fierce and talented lawyer - she represents her clients thoroughly and professionally in all areas. She is respected by her peers and appreciated by her clients because of the excellent work she does."
Family Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Petersen is an excellent attorney and well respected in the community. I highly endorse Ms. Peterson. If you call me up looking for a family law attorney, I will more often than not send you her way!"
Family Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Riisa is an excellent attorney. She fights hard for her clients, and I would recommend her without hesitation."
Family Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I fully recommend Riisa as an attorney and I have referred many clients to her. Riisa does an excellent job of advocating strongly for her clients while maintaining a positive and productive relationship with parties. She is a clear communicator and a very good listener. I will continue to refer clients to Riisa because I know she will focus on the issues that are important to her clients."
Family Attorney | Jan 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Peterson is a strong but reasonable advocate. When I get her on the other side of a case I know there is a possibility of settlement prior to trial, and that always blesses the clients because there is a minimization to costs."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Riisa is a talented trial attorney who works harder than most lawyers I know. She devotes incredible amounts of time to representing her clients and will go to court anytime it is necessary. She doe snot unnecessarily escalate conflict and works hard to minimize the damage to families. She has excellent people skills. I highly recommend consulting Riisa on any potential high-conflict cases."
Family Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Riisa is an excellent attorney. She truly cares about her clients and works tirelessly to represent them. I am happy to refer my own clients and friends to her because I know she will take care to make sure they get the best representation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Riisa is hard working and passionate about her clients. She cares about her results and is a true believe in defending the rights of others. I fully recommend her."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Riisa is an excellent, intelligent, aggressive attorney, and a kind person to boot."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
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