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Nicholas Peterson

Nicholas J. Peterson

Nicholas Peterson

Senior Associate

Location: San Francisco, California
Phone: 415-440-7800

Mr. Peterson represents corporate and individual policyholders seeking coverage and bad faith damages under nearly any kind of insurance policy, including primary and excess general liability policies, professional liability policies, long term disability policies, life insurance policies, accidental death and dismemberment policies, home and automobile liability and property protection, as well as uninsured/underinsurance motorist protection.

In late 2015, Nicholas assisted a policyholder in obtaining an award of over $1.35 Million against his insurance company in an underinsured motorist arbitration, where the client had been struck by a vehicle while a pedestrian in a sidewalk in Oakland, California.

Mr. Peterson has also assisted clients in pursuing claims in both federal and state court related to various commercial disputes, contract matters, personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, elder and dependent adult abuse, product liability, intellectual property and employment disputes. His clients include patients, doctors, architects, engineers, hotel owners, and financial advisors, as well as parents, children and loved ones of the deceased and injured.

Mr. Peterson is a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) and serves as a co-chair of its Barristers Club’s Insurance Practice Section. He is also a member of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and the Northern California chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.

Mr. Peterson attended law school in San Francisco at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He served as the Senior Articles Editor of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, and graduated with Cum Laude honors and a concentration in Civil Litigation in 2012. During law school, he also worked with the Worker’s Rights Clinic and externed for both Judge Marla J. Miller at the San Francisco Superior Court (2010) and Judge Stephen L. Johnson at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of California, San Jose (2012).

Interestingly, the practice of law is a “second career” for Mr. Peterson. From 1994 through 2008, he performed and recorded a number of albums as a drummer, percussionist, and singer with numerous bands in his home town of Seattle, Washington. In fact, in his last music project before attending law school, he recorded an album of original material with a well-known Seattle band that achieved “Gold” status in the United States, both “Gold” and “Platinum” status in the United Kingdom and was the #1 Album of the Year in 2008 for National Public Radio (NPR), Mojo Magazine and Pitchfork Magazine. To date, Nick still enjoys playing around town and providing instruction to other budding drummers whenever he gets the opportunity.

Areas of Practice

Insurance Coverage for Policyholders
Insurance Bad Faith Claims
Personal Injury
Wrongful Death
Commercial Disputes
Employment Disputes
Medical and Legal Malpractice
Punitive Damage Actions
Financial Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse

Bar Admissions

Califronia, 2013
U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2013
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2013

Honors and Awards

“Super Lawyer Rising Star,” 2016
CALI/Witkin Award for Highest Class Grade, 2011


University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
J.D. cum laude – 2012
Major: Civil Litigation Concentration
Law Journal: Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, Senior Articles Editor, 2010 – 2012
Northwest University, Kirkland, WA
B.A. in Philosophy/Religion, summa cum laude, 2000
Honors: Valedictorian

Professional Associations and Memberships

Litigation Section, State Bar of California
Bar Association of San Francisco, Co-Chair of the Barristers Club Insurance Section, 2016
Association of Business Trial Lawyers – Northern California Division

Past Employment Positions

The Honorable Stephen L. Johnson, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of California, San Jose – Judicial Extern and Temporary Clerk, 2012 – 2013
The Honorable Marla J. Miller, Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco – Judicial Extern, 2010
University of California, Hastings College of Law, General Counsel’s Office, Research Assistant, 2012 – 2013