Mark D. Peterson

Partner
Direct (949) 252-2622
Clients trust Mark to help them avoid and resolve their business and personal disputes as efficiently as possible.  These disputes often involve insurance, wills and trusts, real estate or health care.  Clients appreciate that Mark takes them and their matters seriously, while not taking himself too seriously.  He stresses collaboration, mutual respect and professionalism with his adversaries and he goes to trial confidently in the cases which can’t be resolved or won prior to trial.
Mark has been practicing law since 1986. He has been a sole practitioner, a partner in a large Los Angeles firm, and a co-founder of a litigation boutique in Orange County. His experience includes extensive complex motion work, arbitrations, and trials, including jury trials. He is cost-conscious, creative, personable and practical. These skills, along with his unflinching commitment to his clients' interests, result in a collaborative result-oriented relationship in which his clients’ disputes are resolved as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Mark is married and has two sons in college.  He is a passionate recreational cyclist, recently riding from San Francisco to Orange County, injury free, with two similarly foolish friends.  He knows his way around the kitchen, and he sometimes excels there.  When off the bike, he spends an inordinate amount of his personal time on food, wine, and travel and he is always eager to discuss any of those things.
Admitted to the California Bar: 1986, U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 1986, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; 1988, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, 1992.

Associate and Income Partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, 1989–1994.

Guest Lecturer, "Pre-Trial Advocacy: Fundamentals of Insurance Coverage for the Litigator," University of Southern California Law Center, 1994-1996.

Lecturer, "Fundamentals of Insurance," CEB Seminar.

Member: Association of Business Trial Lawyers.

Fellow: Orange County Bar Foundation.

Member, Orange County Bar Association (Insurance Law Section).
Mark attended Stanford University and received his A.B. in American Studies, with distinction, in 1983.  He received his J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1986.
Mark was born in Montebello, California, on February 28, 1961.  He grew up in Whittier, California, and spent his first eight years after law school practicing law in Los Angeles.  He and his family moved to Orange County in 1994, when he first met Bill Cates.
Mark is an expert and sometimes lectures regarding insurance coverage. His audiences have included law students in pre-trial advocacy classes at the University of Southern California Law Center, client groups, and practicing attorneys in various continuing legal education classes.
Mark’s community involvement has included:

St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Corona del Mar, Senior Warden

The Pointe at Newport Ridge, Homeowner's Association, Board of Directors

Orange County Bar Foundation, Fellow

Newport Coast Elementary School Foundation, Board of Directors
Mark grew up speaking Spanish, as well as English.
Where required, Mark also represents his clients before the California Court of Appeals.  Several of his cases have resulted in published decisions:

Compulink Management Center Inc v. St Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company, 169 Cal.App.4th 289 (2008);

Infinet Marketing Services, Inc. v. American Motorists Insurance Co., 150 Cal. App. 4th 168 (2007);

Pacific Business Connections, Inc. v. St. Paul Surplus Lines Insurance Co., 150 Cal. App. 4th 517 (2007);

Roger Marsh v. Stanley K. Burrell, a/k/a M.C. Hammer, 805 F. Supp. 1493 (1992);

Daniel E. Dyer v. Northbrook Property & Casualty Insurance Company, 210 Cal. App. 3d 1540 (1989);

Allstate Insurance Company v. Interbank Financial Services, 215 Cal. App. 3d 825 (1989).