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Craig M. Peters is the team leader of the Peters Trial Team. His team handles complex and catastrophic cases involving severe injury or death. He has experience dealing with product defects, dangerous property conditions, vehicle and machine accidents, and professional negligence. The Peters Trial Team has a record of success in cases tried to verdict.


Craig and his team are proud to fight for justice on behalf of their clients and are committed to helping them through a difficult time in their lives. The clients they help have suffered from brain and spinal cord injuries, neck and back injuries, bone fractures and nerve damage, burn injuries and psychiatric injuries.  Craig has extensive trial experience representing families and individuals who are union members and laborers, service industry workers and white-collar professionals.


When other attorneys are unable to resolve their cases prior to trial, Craig is frequently asked to become trial counsel on their cases.  He has regularly been invited to speak on the issue of trial skills by law schools, professional organizations and outside agencies. The international non-profit agency International Bridges to Justice, which seeks to end torture and build criminal justice systems around the globe, invited Craig to help train lawyers in India who are representing the indigent, during a four day training in New Delhi.


Prior to joining The Veen Firm, Craig was a trial attorney representing victims of asbestos exposure throughout the State of California.  He was a criminal defense attorney for 13 years and went to trial on a full range of cases from misdemeanors to felonies.  For the last three years of his criminal defense work, Craig was the Director of Training for the Office of the Public Defender in San Francisco.


In addition to teaching trial skills at Hastings College of Law and University of San Francisco School of Law, Craig has been a professor of Constitutional Law and Evidence at San Francisco Law School.  Craig is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), a two-time finalist for the SFTLA Trial Lawyer of the Year for the trial results he obtained for his clients in Will v. Caterpillar (Monterey County), Duncan v. Velasquez (Solano County) and Martinez v. Herndon Partners (Fresno County), and a finalist for the CAOC’s Consumer Attorney of the Year.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 10%
    2 years
  2. Wrongful Death: 10%
    2 years
  3. Defective Products: 10%
    2 years
  4. Brain Injury: 10%
    2 years
  5. Other: 60%
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Contact info

The Veen Firm

711 Van Ness Ave Ste 220
San Francisco, CA, 94102


WIGood Standing201103/27/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Consumer Attorney of the YearCAOC2015
Trial Lawyer of the Year - FinalistSFTLA2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Trial Lawyer of the Year - FinalistSFTLA2013
AV-Preeminent for Ethical Standards and AbilityMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Trial Attorney/Team LeaderThe Veen Firm, PC2011 - Present
Trial Attorney/PartnerPaul & Hanley, LLP2009 - 2011
Director of TrainingSan Francisco Public Defender's Office2006 - 2009
Deputy Public DefenderSan Francisco Public Defender's Office1999 - 2006
Deputy Public DefenderContra Costa County Office Of The Public Defender1997 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
American College of Trial LawyersFellow2015 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesAssociate and Senior Life Fellow2013 - Present
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationCo-Chair Education Committee2011 - Present
Bar Association of San FranciscoN/A2011 - Present
American Association for JusticeN/A2009 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaTreasurer/Secretary2009 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Francisco School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of California - San DiegoPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
University of California - San DiegoCommunicationBA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SFTLATrial Talk With The Experts2015
SFTLAStill Howelling After All This Time2015
CAOIE Palm Springs SeminarTips for Litigating Catastrophic Personal Injury Cases in State Court2015
Bar Association of San FranciscoEffective Opening Statements: Civil and Criminal Litigation2015
SFTLANovel Approaches to Presenting Damages, Post-Howell and - Corenbaum2014
SFTLAOpenings & Closings by the Masters in Trial2014
New Lawyers Division Ski and CLEFull Value for Household Services2014
Hawaii Travel SeminarTrial When it Hurts - The Value of Going to Trial, Even on Difficult Cases2014
SFTLADamages in a Post-Howell World2013
SFTLACase Review & Medical Care Funding Under Howell & Katiuzhinsky2013
Hawaii Travel SeminarDamages: Getting Full Value2013