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Thomas M. Peterson represents clients in complex civil litigation appeals, and in trial court litigation in anticipation of possible appeals. He has argued more than 75 appeals before state and US federal appellate courts. Tom practices regularly before the California Supreme Court and each of the California Courts of Appeal. He has argued cases before most of the federal circuit courts of appeal, including the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He has prepared and consulted on the content of numerous appellate briefs.
Tom mounts high-stakes appeals of adverse trial court decisions and defends favorable trial court decisions on appeal. Tom has assisted clients in diverse business fields, including high-tech, healthcare, retail, construction, pharmaceutical, and financial services.
Tom has served as a teaching practitioner–adviser in the appellate advocacy course at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. He is also a member of the American Law Institute.
Labor & Employment Class Action
ERISA Class Action
Recommended, Dispute resolution: Appellate: courts of appeals/Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal), The Legal 500 US (2019–2022)
Recognized, Commercial Litigation, San Francisco, The Best Lawyers in America (2017–2023)
Recommended, Supreme Court and Appellate, The US Legal 500 US (2014)
Member, American Law Institute
Georgetown University Law Center, 1980, Francis E. Lucey, S.J. Award (highest grade point average)
Editor, Georgetown Law Journal (1979–1980)