MARK D. PETERSEN, ESQ.

  • Available in Northern California, All of California
  • Available for Mediation, Arbitration, and Private Judging assignments

Introduction

Mr. Petersen is an experienced trial lawyer who has represented both plaintiffs and defendants for almost 30 years in state and federal courts. He began serving as a mediator in 2003, in addition to his litigation practice, and since that time he has acted as a neutral in hundreds of cases. He has mediated disputes involving intellectual property, securities and trade secrets, unfair competition, employment issues, engineering malpractice, construction claims and similar complex commercial cases. Over the years, he continuously studied advanced mediation techniques through the American Bar Association, the Northern District of California, the San Francisco Superior Court, the Bar Association of San Francisco and the Strauss Institute at Pepperdine University. Since 2006, Mr. Petersen has also served as a judge pro tem with the San Francisco Superior Court, conducting settlement conferences, and currently serves as a Mandatory Settlement Conference Officer for the San Francisco Superior Court.Clients cite his expertise and dedication as the reasons for his success: "Mr. Petersen displayed incredible professionalism, skill, knowledge of the issues, and sensitivity." "I credit the settlement to Mark's insight, patience, and willingness to stay with us until it was resolved." "Mark . . . keenly pointed out to both sides the strengths and weaknesses of their case, and his ability to focus on the key issues and to convince both sides of the value of the case was the driving force in reaching a settlement that seemed highly unlikelyat the start of the mediation."

Specialties

  • Complex commercial
  • Construction Defect
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Family Law
  • Intellectual property
  • Partnerships
  • Personal injury
  • Real estate
  • Trade secrets

Testimonials

Mr. Petersen displayed incredible professionalism, skill, knowledge of the issues, and sensitivity.
- Attorney, San Francisco, CA

Mark keenly pointed out to both sides the strengths and weaknesses of their case, and his ability to focus on the key issues and to convince both sides of the value of the case was the driving force in reaching a settlement that seemed highly unlikely at the start of the mediation.
- Attorney, Northern California

Experience Summary

Legal Career

  • Partner, Farella Braun + Martel LLP (1990 – Present)
  • Bar Association of San Francisco ESP Panelist (2003 – Present)
  • Contra Costa Superior Court EASE Panelist (2003 – Present)
  • Bar Association of San Francisco Mediation Panel (2007 – Present)
  • Northern District of California Mediation Panel (2007 – Present)
  • Judge Pro Tem, San Francisco Superior Court (2003 – Present)
  • San Francisco Superior Court Mandatory Settlement Conference Panelist (2012 – Present)
  • Associate, Farella Braun + Martel LLP (1983 – 1990)

Education & Professional Affiliations

  • Pepperdine Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution, “Mediating the Litigated Case” (6 days, 2013)
  • American Bar Association Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Training (2004)
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Advanced Mediation Training (2010)
  • Bar Association of San Francisco Advanced Skills for Mediators (2004)
  • American Arbitration Association Mediation Training Program (2003)
  • American Arbitration Association Arbitrator Training (2011)
  • Chair, Bar Association of San Francisco Mediation Committee (2011 – Present)
  • Member, Association for Conflict Resolution (2004 – Present)
  • Member, The Mediation Society of San Francisco (2011 – Present)
  • J.D., University of California Hastings College of the Law (1983)
  • B.S., United States Naval Academy; served as a nuclear engineer on submarines (1974 -- 1980)

Achievements & Awards

  • Named a Super Lawyer in Northern California for six years and is listed as an outstanding professional in various publications.
  • Author, Breaking Impasse in Mediation: Tools to Restart – or End – the Process, published by ExecSense in Straight from the Top: Leading ADR Lawyers Discuss Best Practices for Alternative Dispute Resolution (2012)
  • Author, Successfully Mediating Construction Disputes, published by AIPTD, Inc. Publications Volume 2, Issue No. 1
  • Panelist, Mediating Dangerously, a presentation with Steve Sulmeyer and Dana Curtis
  • Panelist, Using Consultants in Mediation, a program with DecisionQuest

Hobbies & Interests

Enjoys traveling with his family, fly fishing with his son, running, golf and tennis. He also collects art, and has served on the Board of Trustees of the California College of the Arts, and on the Board of Directors for the Capp Street Project in San Francisco. He earlier served as Chair of the Board for Alameda County Special Olympics.

Legal Experience

  • Complex commercial
  • Intellectual property
  • Trade secrets
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Construction Defect
  • Partnerships
  • Real estate
  • Family Law
  • Personal injury

Recent Representative Cases


Downtown Los Angeles

601 S. Figueroa
Ste 4000
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 213.223.1113
Fax      : 213.223.1114

Los Angeles Mediation

West Los Angeles

11601 Wilshire Blvd
Ste 2040
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 310.442.2100
Fax      : 310.442.2125

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San Diego

402 W. Broadway
Ste 2400
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.814.1966
Fax      : 619.814.1967

San Diego Mediation

Santa Ana

1851 East First Street
Ste 1600
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Phone: 714.834.1340
Fax      : 714.834.1344

Orange County Mediation

San Francisco

100 Pine Street
Ste 1950
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.266.1242
Fax      : 415.266.1243

San Francisco Mediation

Sacramento

980 9th Street
Suite 2200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916.394.8490
Fax      : 916.394.8495

Sacramento Mediation