Peterson, Robert M.

Robert M. Peterson
Phone: 415-391-8755
Fax: 415-391-3898
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Robert M. Peterson, a founding partner of Carlson, Calladine & Peterson LLP, represents businesses and individuals in high exposure, complex cases, including insurance bad faith, attorney malpractice, corporate malfeasance, discrimination, civil rights, and unfair competition. Over his thirty-eight year career, Mr. Peterson has tried many high stakes cases, lasting from three weeks to three months, in state and federal courts.

Mr. Peterson has frequently been asked on the eve of trial to associate or substitute in as trial counsel. Mr. Peterson is nationally known for his trial expertise in insurance bad faith and punitive damages. He has tried or litigated insurance bad faith cases in more than 20 states.

Mr. Peterson is a Senior Life Fellow of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a prestigious invitation only organization which recognizes plaintiff and defense trial lawyers who have consistently demonstrated outstanding trial skills and the highest degree of professionalism. He has served on ABOTA’s National Board, ABOTA’s  (S.F. Chapter) Executive Committee, and  ABOTA’s (S.F. Chapter) steering committee on civility and professionalism.

Mr. Peterson has authored over a dozen articles on topics such as punitive damages, class actions, and litigation and trial techniques, and co-authored the chapter on Using Depositions at Trial, in Effective Depositions 2nd Edition (Henry L. Hecht, 2010). He has presented at the ABOTA “Masters in Trial” program, is a frequent speaker at professional organizations and seminars, and has taught trial and deposition techniques to California lawyers and law students. He is a Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America, the Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, and is a member of Who’s Who in America and the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Peterson has been recognized as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” since 2004.

Mr. Peterson is admitted to all California State Courts, the US District Court (Northern, Eastern and Central Districts) and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Attorney Malpractice
  • Business Litigation
  • Discrimination and Civil Rights (Title VII; FHA; FEHA)


    • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
      • J.D. – 1981
  • Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
    • A.B. – 1978
    • Major: English

Published Works

  • Using Depositions at Trial (Co-Author), Effective Depositions 2nd Edition (Henry L. Hecht), Ch. 25, pages 703-723, ABA Section of Litigation, 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

    • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Life Fellow, National Board Representative
  • Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society

Honors and Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyer, 2004 – 2019
  • America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators, Northern California