also known as Craig M. Peters, Craig Peters
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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.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2015|
|Consumer Attorney of the Year||CAOC||2015|
|Trial Lawyer of the Year - Finalist||SFTLA||2014|
|Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2014|
|Trial Lawyer of the Year - Finalist||SFTLA||2013|
|AV-Preeminent for Ethical Standards and Ability||Martindale-Hubbell||N/A|
|Trial Attorney/Team Leader||The Veen Firm, PC||2011 - Present|
|Trial Attorney/Partner||Paul & Hanley, LLP||2009 - 2011|
|Director of Training||San Francisco Public Defender's Office||2006 - 2009|
|Deputy Public Defender||San Francisco Public Defender's Office||1999 - 2006|
|Deputy Public Defender||Contra Costa County Office Of The Public Defender||1997 - 1999|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American College of Trial Lawyers||Fellow||2015 - Present|
|American Board of Trial Advocates||Associate and Senior Life Fellow||2013 - Present|
|San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association||Co-Chair Education Committee||2011 - Present|
|Bar Association of San Francisco||N/A||2011 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||N/A||2009 - Present|
|Consumer Attorneys of California||Treasurer/Secretary||2009 - Present|
|University of San Francisco School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1996|
|University of California - San Diego||Philosophy||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1992|
|University of California - San Diego||Communication||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1992|
|SFTLA||Trial Talk With The Experts||2015|
|SFTLA||Still Howelling After All This Time||2015|
|CAOIE Palm Springs Seminar||Tips for Litigating Catastrophic Personal Injury Cases in State Court||2015|
|Bar Association of San Francisco||Effective Opening Statements: Civil and Criminal Litigation||2015|
|SFTLA||Novel Approaches to Presenting Damages, Post-Howell and - Corenbaum||2014|
|SFTLA||Openings & Closings by the Masters in Trial||2014|
|New Lawyers Division Ski and CLE||Full Value for Household Services||2014|
|Hawaii Travel Seminar||Trial When it Hurts - The Value of Going to Trial, Even on Difficult Cases||2014|
|SFTLA||Damages in a Post-Howell World||2013|
|SFTLA||Case Review & Medical Care Funding Under Howell & Katiuzhinsky||2013|
|Hawaii Travel Seminar||Damages: Getting Full Value||2013|