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Jim Peterson is a business litigation attorney with special emphasis in employment law and litigation. Mr. Peterson currently serves as the Chair of the firm’s Business Litigation Department and is Chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group. He advises and litigates disputes for a number of business clients on various aspects of the employment relationship including misappropriation of trade secrets and proprietary information, protection of customer lists and employees, discrimination, sexual harassment, breach of contract, wage and hour laws, and wrongful termination. As part of his employment law practice, Mr. Peterson counsels clients on hiring practices, wage and hour compliance, employment agreements, policy manuals, employee handbooks, termination decisions, lay-offs, and disability management.
Mr. Peterson is a frequent lecturer on employment-related matters and has presented programs to groups of all sizes in many different industries. He has also authored several employment-related articles that have been published in The San Diego Daily Transcript, the San Diego Business Journal, the L. A. Daily Journal, and other legal and business publications.
In addition to employment related matters, Mr. Peterson has represented large, medium, and small businesses in disputes relating to contracts, competitors, vendors, real estate, securities, protection of proprietary information, and unfair business practices. He has represented registered representatives and broker dealers in FINRA abritrations and pre-arbitration disputes and has represented numerous professionals in negligence and breach of fiduciary duty actions.
Mr. Peterson prides himself on the efficient and effective resolution of disputes with an impressive track record on successful motions for summary judgment. His ability to identify the issues and direct discovery to show the other parties’ weakness leads to prompt, efficient, and cost-effective resolution of disputes. He is also able to utilize his business education to see beyond the legal issues and access resolution options that focus on the bottom line.
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- J.D., University of Utah (1988)
- M.B.A., University of Utah (1988)
- B.S., University of Utah (1984)
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
- State Bar of California (Litigation, Labor and Employment Law)
- American Bar Association (Litigation, Labor and Employment Law)
- San Diego County Bar Association (Former Chair, Labor and Employment Law)
- American Law Firm Association (Labor and Employment Law)
- Society for Human Resource Management (National and San Diego Chapters)