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Michael Christian Peterson

Family Attorney at Palm Springs, CA

5.0   33 reviews

also known as Michael C. Peterson, CFLS

  • State Years
    California - CA 14 years
    Washington - WA 16 years
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    20%

    15 years, 100 cases

  2. Child support
    20%

    15 years, 200 cases

  3. Divorce and separation
    20%

    15 years, 200 cases

  4. Domestic violence
    20%

    15 years, 100 cases

  5. Family
    20%

    15 years, 160 cases

Michael C. Peterson became a Certified Family Law Specialist by the California State Bar in July, 2015. He has served as the chairperson of the Family Law Section of the Desert Bar Association from 2016 to present.

Mr. Peterson attended the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon from 1998 to 2002. There he earned a bachelor's degree in economics, graduating cum laude, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key national honors societies. 
 
Mr. Peterson then attended the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene, Oregon from 2003 to 2006, completing a rigorous legal education with a curriculum that balanced basic intellectual and analytic skills for the practice of law, an introduction to advanced and frontier areas of law, knowledge of the persistent values of law and the legal system, and opportunities to develop hands-on legal skills. While he earned his doctorate of jurisprudence, he also participated heavily with the Oregon Student Trial Lawyers Association and Oregon Student Moot Court.
 
Mr. Peterson was admitted into the Washington State Bar Association in January of 2007, and practiced there for a short time before leaving the rains of the northwest for the sunny Coachella Valley!
 
Mr. Peterson was admitted into the State Bar of California in December of 2009. He was an associate attorney for a local civil and criminal litigation practitioner until joining the Law Firm of Thurman W. Arnold III in December of 2010. 
 
Mr. Peterson has successfully litigated in a broad range of legal areas in his ten years as a California attorney, including family, business, and personal injury actions. He has a proven track record of skillful negotiation, law and motion practice, and oral argument. Mr. Peterson has conducted and won a growing number of trials, including actions involving high-conflich child custody disputes, spousal support establishment, modification, and termiation (and preventing termination), complex property division, date of separation, attorney fees, and multiple restraining orders.
 
Mr. Peterson, in joining forces with Thurman W. Arnold III, aspires to become an outstanding member of the Coachella Valley family law community and is available for mediation, litigation and Second Opinions!

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Michael C. Peterson, CFLS, is co-counsel at the Law Firm of Thurman W. Arnold, III, CFLS!

Location

Law Office of Thurman W. Arnold
225 S Civic Drive
Suite 1-3
Palm Springs, CA, 92262

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Reviews

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Posted by Michael | January 29, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Michael Peterson
Mr.Peterson is the best choice in the desert area. Concerned and dedicated. His expertise and knowledge helped shine light in the right direction. I have the custody agreement that works to still raise my kids throughout the termoil.
Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent Consultation
I have a pending case in O.C. and wanted a second-opinion. While I was questioning my choice to meet with Mike on the 2 hour drive out, I was thankful that I made the choice after spending some valuable time with him. He was prepared, thorough, and answered all of my challenging questions. Most importantly, I never felt that I was "on the clock." I have met with many lawyer's over the years, and it is rare that you meet one with Mike's personal approach. If you are questioning your representation, put in the effort to meet w/Mike!
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Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly knowledgeable and professional
I am active duty in the military, based in California, and Mike Peterson and all of Thurman Arnold have done a phenomenal job representing me in my divorce. Mike is a certified family law specialist and his knowledge and professionalism are evident in his work ethic and the results he wins at trial (my case was in the Joshua Tree Courthouse). Mike has worked tirelessly on my case and obtained custody and financial verdicts far beyond my expectations. I highly recommend Thurman Arnold and Mike Peterson for any family law matters. He is a scratch golfer too, so if you also want expert tips on the course, Mike is your man!
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Posted by Brian | August 13, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Simply the Best of the Best!!!
I Highly Recommend Michael C. Peterson at the Law Office of Thurman W. Arnold!!! I hired Michael for my custody case and he is very knowledgeable and took the time to educate me on the process so we can put together a winning strategy. He fought for me and my children in court and successfully won our case. There are no words to describe how grateful and appreciative I am for Michaels service!!! If you are sitting on the fence on which Attorney to hire, do yourself a favor and hire Michael. I would not recommend anyone else!!! Simply the Best of the Best!!!
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Posted by Lily | January 6, 2021
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| Consulted Attorney
Thorough and transparent.
I called Michael for a consultation. He is incredibly fair and transparent. He explained everything clearly and thoroughly. I highly recommend his services.
Posted by Phillip | March 21, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Transparent, Professional, Aggressive, Honest
I received a consultation service from Michael Peterson and I hired him to guide me through my divorce case. He is extremely knowledgeable and transparent with every detail and, prepared all the required paperwork for the court orders, correspondence with the other party. He will do whatever it takes for you to have an upper hand. Lastly, his rate is extremely reasonable and he gives discounts as well. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND him.
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Posted by Noelle | April 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you to Attorney Mr. Michael Peterson
Attorney Michael Peterson has completely handled my case both professionally and effectively. I am forever grateful for his knowledge and for walking me through the process. This was a very trying time for our family but I always felt at ease knowing that Mr. Peterson had our children's best interest in mind. This was always the driving force moving forward. He was proactive and honest which has been very much appreciated. I highly recommend this law office! The entire staff was always helpful and kind.
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Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and Caring
Michael handled this case professionally from mediation to the final orders. Over the 15 month process he helped me view things from a non-emotional stand point which made everything less stressful. He was extremely fair, making sure that the only priority was my son's well being. Throughout the case he was realistic and never sold me any lies or tried to increase my fees. The outcome of my case was the best possible for a child custody case considering the issues involved. I would absolutely recommend him as he is worth every penny. You do not have to worry that a detail will be missed. He tries very hard to communicate with both parties and to keep the lines of communication open. I would hire him again because he is a great lawyer.
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Posted by Cyanna | May 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Quick Resolve
I needed to hire an attorney and I needed one fast. I didn’t know where to start, not being from the area. I relied on online research with a focus on attorneys with the experience I needed. The law firm of Thurman Arnold came up again and again. I was fortunate enough to get an appointment within the time I had left before my case. After my initial consultation with Michael Peterson I knew I would be in good hands and I was quick to sign on. I am beyond relieved that I made the choice to hire Mr. Peterson to represent me in my complicated custody case. Mr. Peterson was prudent and hard hitting in the matters where it mattered. His ability to manage a complex case helped me secure a positive resolution so much faster than I expected. I worried when the other attorney began hitting below the belt; Mr. Peterson just fought harder. He honed in on the facts of the case and destroyed the opposition even when they resorted to lowly tactics. I give all credit to Mr. Peterson. Specifically, he entered a motion that proved to be the pivotal turning point of the case. I don’t know where my family would be today without Mr. Peterson’s guidance. I’m glad I don’t have to think about that.
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Posted by Jeff | April 23, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great Resolution.
I will say that I am extremely pleased and satisfied with the work Attorney Mike Peterson did on my marriage dissolution case. When the original petition for dissolution was served to me, I thought that the case could have been an ugly and drawn out proceeding. There was a lot of intrigue and troubled history in my marriage that I expected would make any resolution a long and painful exercise. Almost from the moment that I sat down with Mike to discuss things, I was impressed and also relieved. Mike explained just how Family Law works in California, and that extraneous information, not specifically connected to the division of assets, was largely irrelevant. His counsel was always calm and precise. He showed me that in the case of irreconcilable differences, the most important aspects were how the Law dictates ways in which assets are to be divided and parties are to operate during and after divorce proceedings. Mike's expert negotiations with opposing counsel were firm and reasonable. When it seemed opposing counsel was either intentionally or unintentionally moving slowly in the production of certain documents, Mike was able to simply show that they were close to violating statutes and the tardiness never happened again. During the whole of the dissolution process, Mike made sure I knew what was important to focus on and what was not. This was most helpful to me. His stewardship of the case resulted in a reasonable settlement. And for that Mike has my deepest gratitude. Additionally, I need to mention the work that Kristin, from Mike's office, did during the proceedings. Her swift and diligent work made my experience that much easier, and my thanks go out to Kristin as well.
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Response from Michael Peterson April 26, 2018
Thank you so much sir. It was my and Kristin's pleasure to be of good service to you.
Posted by anonymous | January 26, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
thanks for helping me on 1/24/2018
thanks Michael for our consult..just following thru on my promise ..you were very helpful to me
Posted by Victor | October 25, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
TRO
I am very pleased I hired Michael as my attorney. From the beginning Michael’s strategy was to come to a settlement based on the case, and as expected a settlement was reached. Michael was always well prepared, and a day before the hearing we met to plan and discuss the case in detail. Michael did an excellent job in preparing me for this important date, I walked into court prepared and knowing what to expect. In court, I witnessed the top quality attorney I had hired versus my counterpart. I highly recommend hiring Michael Peterson as your family law attorney.
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Posted by James | September 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Lawyer with Exceptional Staff
I retained Mr. Peterson in hopes of being granted a Move Away Order. My case was/is a "high conflict" case, with 3 years worth of Declarations and paperwork submitted on both sides. This, in itself, can be daunting for anyone, especially being that Mr. Peterson wasn't my original Attorney, and given the fact that most of it was done on my own and very poorly put together. That being said, Mr. Peterson and his staff were very thorough in organizing my case file, and putting together a very competent case with the information that was before them, regardless of the state they received it in. Mr. Peterson's staff was extremely helpful and polite, and ensured I received as much help and information as they could provide. Mr Peterson himself was not only extremely "timely", as he would always return my phone calls and emails within a reasonable time, but I never once felt as if I was just a client. In fact, I felt as if I was his most important client at all times, as he always provided status updates without being asked, and his knowledge of my case, and California Law in general, was exceedingly proficient and thorough! I did end up being granted my request for a Move Away Order, but I have to say that this review would have been the EXACT same, even if my request had been denied. If you are looking for a Family Law Attorney you can trust, who will tell you what to expect (even if it isn't what you want to hear), and who will put 100% into your case, then I highly suggest Mr. Michael Peterson!
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Posted by Valentin | September 3, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Restraining Order
Working with Mr. Michael Peterson to resolve my case was an amazing experience. During such a stressful time, he not only helped prepare my case, he prepared me as well. He is so good he had the judge laughing at the opposing party. He was prepared and effiecient even when new evidence was submitted without proper notification. I didn't even need to call my witness. I wouldn't want anyone else to defend me.
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Posted by Tara | August 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
If you need a gladiator in a suit, hire Michael Peterson!
Mr. Peterson is absolutely one of the most competent, precise, and professional attorney's I have ever dealt with! He handled my divorce in 2013 flawlessly and very favorable to me and the best interest of my children. He was able to negotiate with my ex (who is a very difficult individual) and have the whole thing resolved in about a month (custody, property and all). In 2016, when an extremely complicated custody issue arose, Mr. Peterson didn't even bat an eye. He extensively explained the risks and rewards, created a game plan and was off and running. When the case hit some bumps (all bumps were due to other entities involved in the case) Mr. Peterson analyzed every probable course of action and applied the law with expert logic to anticipate possible outcomes. The entire time I worked with Mr. Peterson I felt like he took my case personally. The reason I felt like that is because he does. Mr. Peterson genuinely cares about his clients, their cases, and takes great pride in his work. These are all qualities that put him in a league above many of his peers. He gets a 5+ star rating from me!
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Posted by Sheila Lopez | August 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Child Custody
Michael Peterson is seriously an amazing attorney. He HELPS you understand the situation and has a plan before entering the court room. I had met with other attorneys that had no plans on what to do with my case, I felt hopeless and after speaking with Michael I knew he would HELP. I am content to have had him represent me. I would not have been able to do this on my own. My family and I are very grateful to have came across Mr Peterson. I Highly recommend Michael !
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Posted by Sarah | June 27, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Michael Will Do What Is Best For You!
My restraining order trial/divorce case had some crazy twists and turns. Michael Peterson handled the case with the utmost knowledge, precise skill set, and professionalism. The entire office staff is excellent. All of my paperwork and filings were done correctly and efficiently. If you want an attorney to go above and beyond for your case, choose Michael Peterson.
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Posted by Bill | September 17, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Highly skilled, Genuine, Wants to win your case
I was thoroughly impressed and happy with having Michael C. Peterson represent me in my family law case. Michael's writing in the court declarations included thorough case-law references, and had the case won before we even showed up for court. At previous hearings, using other attorneys, I have always felt the expected nervousness of court. With Michael Peterson representing me, it was more like being at a concert. Whether the opposing party agreed to a negotiation or not, I was in a winning position either way, a vastly different experience from what I was accustomed. Michael really cared about my case, and was genuine in wanting to handle it correctly, which he did with confidence. I feel that he employs a healthy competitive attitude toward winning his cases, which benefits his clients a great deal. I consider him a “Jedi Master” in his profession, and I believe he is raising the bar in an area that has been fraught with mediocrity for far too long. Great job, Michael.
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Posted by anonymous | July 12, 2015
Divorce Consultation
Mike's consultation was forthright and honest. Not what I wanted to hear, rather what I needed to hear. I trust him completely with the outcome of this divorce based on legal fact, that will restore my life.
Posted by Lacy | May 7, 2015
Look no more!
If you're looking for someone that will know the ins and outs of your case BEFORE you walk in to the court room, Mr. Peterson is the attorney to do it. He is patient, always available, and reassuring with a no nonsense approach to your situation. He will take time with you so that you understand what's going on and are not surprised when you're in front of the judge. I was included in every action his office took on my case and I never wondered if he was going to be prepared. His staff is amazing, too. Everyone I encountered at this firm was a delight to work with, despite the situation I was in to be there in the first place.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 375-395 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Firm Of Thurman W. Arnold, III Certified Family Law Specialists
  • 2011 - Present

Education

  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • N/A
  • University of Oregon
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Confidential
  • Affirmed (won)

Associations

  • Association of Certified Family Law Specialists
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Family Law Section
  • 2015 - Present
  • Desert Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2009 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2017
  • Family Law Chairperson
  • Desert Bar Association
  • 2017
  • Certified Specialist - Family Law
  • State Bar of California
  • 2015
  • Recipiant
  • Phi Betta Kappa
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • N/a
  • None to date
  • N/A

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (11)
Endorse Michael
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jun 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Michael is a formidable and knowledgeable opposing counsel, yet fair and compassionate.I highly recommend Michael to competently handle any family law matters. Moreover, he is a grande fellow. Anyone would like Mike."
Family Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a tenacious, motivated, and skilled lawyer. I recommend him for clients seeking a knowledgeable attorney in the Palm Spring area."
Family Attorney | Feb 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"My work with counsel was cordial, professional, and devoid of efforts to elevate the conflict within the family, resulting in the kind of Stipulated agreements for sharing children which we would hope to attain in our family law matters!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael, although relatively new in the profession, is rapidly learning the ropes. He is bright, energetic, and committed to his clients."
Family Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike is a fine lawyer and has shown himself to be knowledgeable, intelligent and fair. I would gladly recommend him to anyone considering hiring him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jan 11
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Mike is an outstanding up and coming young lawyer - truly the best I've encountered in more than a decade. I have the great good fortune that he has joined our firm. Not only is he as personable as they come, but he is extremely smart and well-educated in the old-fashioned sense of the word. While my practice is now focused on family law (along with decades of civil law trial experience), Mike is not only handling divorce and family law cases for the firm but is expanding our practice areas to include civil litigation of all sorts, and some probate and estate work. He is well liked and respected by our colleagues, and for good reason. You will not be disappointed by him."
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