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Brett Cole Peterson

Car accident Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1998
    Active No misconduct found

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About Brett

Learn Brett’s areas of practice.

Practice areas

If you want an experienced personal injury lawyer to get you the best result possible, call or email for your FREE consultation. 


Areas of Practice and Services:

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Legal Malpractice

Medical Malpractice

Birth Injury

Wrongful Death

Premises Liability

Employment Discrimination


Established in 2008

I've been practicing law since 1998.  Prior to 2008, I worked at various law firms.  In 2008, I founded Law Office of Brett Peterson (and wish I had done so earlier).

Meet the Business Owner: Brett P.

I'm Brett Peterson.  There are a lot of lawyers  who pressure you  to sign you up immediately with big promises and then ignore you or pass you off to support staff.  However, if you choose me to represent you, I will be the person working on your case: I will take your phone calls and respond to email.  If you come to my office, you will meet with me and I will know about your case.  I will negotiate with the opposing party and personally attend all of the court hearings.


I don't view my role as telling you what to do.  A lawyer works for his client.  I want to use my experience from ~15 years of litigation from both the plaintiff and defense sides so I can explain decisions to you and the consequences of those decisions.  Having done both plaintiff and defense work, I know the strategies to get you the best result possible.


UC San Diego, B.A.  1995

University of San Diego School of Law, J.D. 1998

Law Firm of Brett Peterson -  2008

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Brett Cole Peterson
605 C St 3rd Fl
San Diego, CA, 92101

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Posted by Daniel | February 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, honest, and focused on thee client's goals
Brett Peterson represented me when I was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street. When we first met, I was impressed by his knowledge and experience with cases of my type, and even more impressed by the fact that he clearly listened to and understood my concerns and what I desired in terms of outcome. Throughout the course of his representation, Brett clearly communicated where things stood, and what the options were. My instinct on meeting him was that he was an honest and professional attorney that I could trust. That has certainly been the case, and I would recommend him to anyone seeking representation for a personal injury case.
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Posted by Jon | July 1, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Blessed finding Brett!
I never needed a lawyer until I was rear ended and it was so clear cut who was at fault I thought I was able to handle it myself but after about a year I decided it was too much stress work and hassle so I shopped around and I was looking for the lowest price attorney which I think was Brett and I'm glad I found him so down to earth humble and a great office environment because it's just basically him and the secretary you will deal with which is very comforting well he handled everything made all the Timely calls and appointments even offering us rides when we needed it. He's such a nice guy but knows the law even the other side likes him. Lots of experience I would use him again and recommend him highly. He's the type of lawyer that you would want to be friends with afterwards. We ended up settling in mediation so I didn't get a chance to see him go to trial which would be a good idea to do if you can before you hire him. Has a very nice office location that's very reassuring and in a nice location. Be sure to go to Pho Xpress right around the corner for a good meal at a reasonable price. So if you ever need a lawyer don't handle it yourself it's a waste of time and one more thing about Brett is you get the feeling he is not a crooked lawyer which is a plus when you are in the right! And the top it all off and I'm not implying it may happen to you but maybe because I was such a good client and we did a lot of the paperwork to a degree he even gave me a percentage of his settlement probably because of the pain and suffering I had to go through and how tight the other side was which was Allstate Insurance. Another reason I was blessed to find him by happenstance was because I was looking for a lawyer who was near me and he was also he always return phone calls right away and emails and he communicated very thoroughly and patiently from the beginning to the end not like some lawyers who are so friendly in the beginning to get you to sign with them but then afterwards they are more colder but not Brett he was very professional and kind to the end. San Diego is blessed to have him living here helping us get a fair trial, Justice and compensation for our pain and suffering. And if I was to share some advice I would say don't use your own credit cards on different doctors like I did searching all over for a cure because the other side will not settle soon enough and you have so many fees and interest that my credit is ruined. I I would recommend just send one group of doctors and just have one bill and that based on contingency of a settlement that would have resulted in so much less stress and problems in my life. There is a really nice place in Hillcrest call fix body group and they handle everything there I went there and should have stayed there to my healing was complete which it never was but then again I had to do a bunch of injections and Kaiser really did me right but they couldn't feel the pain short of major surgery to replace my neck bones with screws and pieces of metal. But now I heard they have new treatment where they will take a cadavers bone and if it's a match can fix your neck which I may still do in the future. Anyways don't drink and drive or get distracted by the radio your cell phone or any other sightseeing please just look ahead all the time and do not tailgate and be prepared for for a car to stop at anytime even on the freeway in the middle of the day in perfect weather. There's no need to speed or tailgate if you do you risk much pain and suffering for yourself or others and in the end it only saves you a few minutes better to be safe than sorry and an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure. You will get there when you get there life is too short to have to go through it with pain for the rest of your life!
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Posted by Sheila | February 9, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Knowledgable, Courteous & Responsive!
I have been working the phone the past few days in a attempt to get legal advise and hire a lawyer. The last several offices I called either did not answer their calls or had a receptionist take a message only to never hear from them again. The one or two who did answer my call either had no interest or did not practice in the area I required. Neither offered any advise or a referral. Then I got lucky and gave Brett Peterson a call. Brett did not practice in the area I needed however he spent the last 15 minutes, giving me referrals and advice on how to proceed forward. I appreciate and value Bretts honesty and advise. I will absolutely keep him in mind should I have a need in the future! Thank you Brett!
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Posted by Shannon | May 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Very Best!
My boyfriend & I were in a serious car accident last year, we both ended up in the emergency room and spent nearly a week in the hospital. We both missed time from work, were seriously injured, and incurred massive amounts of medical bills. We attempted to research what our next steps should be and had a very challenging time navigating our way. My father reached out to a couple of law offices to see if he could assist us in getting some guidance. When he got in touch with Brett, Brett spent a half hour walking him through the process and provided insight that we had since had no luck in finding. We still were not sure that we wanted to go through with hiring a lawyer, and he did not put any pressure on us to retain his services. After about a month of stress in trying to figure things out by ourselves we gave Brett a call and said that we wanted to move forward, it was the best decision that we could have made. Brett was constantly in contact with us providing updates on getting our bills taken care of, and made sure that we were in the loop during every step. We never had to question where we were or how the process was moving along. Every question that we posed he was able to provide an excellent explanation to and delivered on everything that he promised, and in a very short amount of time. Brett truly provides an exceptional service. I would have never thought of a lawyer as a customer service advocate, but he definitely breaks the mold. Instead of spending the last year stressing, we were able to utilize our energy to just heal physically and emotionally from our trauma. Thank you Brett for everything you did for us, it is an amazing feeling to know now that we have someone to turn to or recommend to our loved ones should they find themselves in this situation.
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Posted by Linda | November 16, 2014
Professional and Honest
Like most people who are looking for a personal injury lawyer I didn't know where to start. I ended up calling a lot of lawyers and quickly got a feel for what they were about. Many of them tried to pressure me into filling out paperwork before they would even really hear me out, or worse were not responsive at all. I am glad I gave Brett a call! He listened to my issue and even gave me good advice. Before even bringing up signing anything. He was open and honest and I felt like I could trust him to get me the settlement I deserved. My case was settled quickly and for more than I thought I would get. WAY more then the insurance company offered before I hired Brett! I was never handed off to someone else or ignored. I never felt pressure. When I had any questions he answered it quickly. He also kept me updated so I didn't worry. I normally don't write reviews but I remember how tough it was to find a lawyer that wasn't in it just for themselves. I called a lot of people and did my homework. I recommend him 100%!
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 25%-35%


AVVO RATING 8.7 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Brett Peterson
  • 2008 - Present
  • Associate
  • Deuprey & Associates
  • 2004 - 2008
  • Associate
  • Daley & Heft, LLP
  • 2000 - 2004
  • Associate
  • Rosenberg Shpall & Associates
  • 1997 - 2000
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  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Univ of California San Diego
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Flores v. Allstate Insured
  • Favorable, maximum result for client


  • Consumer Attorney Association of San Diego
  • Attorney Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • State Bar Foundation
  • Attorney Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • San Diego Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 1998 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013


  • USD School of Law Student Journal
  • Comparison of Foreign Law - US/Australia
  • 1998

Speaking Engagements

  • USD Mock Trials
  • Mock Trial Judge
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (13)
Endorse Brett
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brett is a very smart, ethical and hard working litigation attorney. He gets great results for his clients. I highly recommend Brett."
Car accident Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Brett Peterson is a very knowledgeable and experienced attorney in personal injury practice. I highly recommend him for getting the best results."
Personal injury Attorney | May 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Brett for a long time and have come to realize that he has great insight regarding personal injury and really all aspects of civil litigation. He is extremely smart, very personable and outgoing, and had quality law firm experience before starting his own practice. He knows what he's doing and will see the issues other attorneys miss."
Car accident Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Brett Peterson is a great attorney who cares deeply about his clients. He holds a stellar reputation within the legal community and I'm happy to endorse him."
Personal injury Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Brett C. Peterson is an outstanding personal injury trial lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | May 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"One of the best lawyers in San Diego. Brett is smart but not arrogant; considerate but not weak. Truly professional. Highly recommend."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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