Paul D. Peterson

Paul D. Peterson

Founding Partner
Woodbury, Minnesota

Paul D. Peterson is a founding partner of Harper & Peterson, P.L.L.C., a Woodbury, Minnesota, law firm with a limited focus on civil litigation. He is a graduate of Florida State University and Hamline University School of Law, cum laude. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist certified by the NBTA and the MSBA. He is licensed in Minnesota and Wisconsin and, with his law partner Bill Harper, has represented clients throughout the United States. Paul is a member of the American Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). He will serve as ABOTA's Minnesota Chapter President in 2012. He is a frequent lecturer in continuing education courses on issues relating to personal injury and wrongful death. Paul has been named a Minnesota Super Lawyer from 1999 to the present, and has been consistently named a Top 40 Personal Injury Attorney and a Top 100 Attorney by that publisher. Paul's primary emphasis is on representing individuals and families who have been injured by the wrongful acts of others. He has served as trial and appellate counsel in a number of cases that led to notable decisions in the areas of damages, settlements, insurance bad faith and the interrelationship of third-party tort and workers' compensation law.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury Plaintiff: General
  • Wrongful Death - Plaintiff
  • Personal Injury Plaintiff: Product Liability
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Construction Litigation
  • Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Civil Trial Specialist, Minnesota State Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section
  • Civil Trial Advocacy Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1989
  • Wisconsin, 1999
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 2011


  • Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. cum laude - 1989
    • Honors: Merit Scholarship
    • Honors: ATLA Mock Trial Competition
    • Honors: National Moot Court
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
    • B.A. - 1986
    • Major: History and Political Science


  • Seminar, Settlements Involving Issues of Insurance Coverage, Hamline University School of Law, 1994
  • Ethical Issues Confronting Defense Counsel, MTLA/MDLA Education Alliance's Insurance Law Conference, 1995
  • In Excess of $50,000: Civil Law Issues for Professionals Involved in Youth and Crime, MLE Youth and Crime Conference, 1996
  • Civil Law Issues for Professionals Involved With Child Abuse Issues, U of M TEAM conference, 1997
  • An Ounce of Prevention...Advising the Employer: Workplace Policies and Procedures, ADLE Employment Law Seminar, 1997
  • High-Low Agreements and Loan Receipts, MTLA-Subrogation and Settlement Agreements Seminar, 1997
  • Premises Liability: Preparation and Trial of a Difficult Case in Minnesota, National Business Institute, 1998
  • Trying the Wrongful Death Case in Minnesota: Strategies in Preparation and Valuation, National Business Institute, 1999
  • Anatomy of a Personal Injury Case, ADLE Seminar, 1999
  • Personal Injury Damages, MSBA Seminar
  • Personal Injury: Case Evaluation and Settlement, Minnesota Law and Politics, 1999
  • Personal Injury Case Evaluation and Settlement, MTLA, June 24, 1999
  • Teaching Old Friends New Tricks: An Update on Some Familiar Settlement Techniques, MTLA, August 13, 1999
  • Anatomy of a Personal Injury Trial, MTLA, December 3, 1999
  • MN Personal Injury Practice for Paralegals, HalfMoon, LLC, December 17, 1999
  • Personal Injury Settlements in MN: Practical Methods for Perfecting the Settlement of a Claim, National Business Institute, July 25, 2000
  • Wrongful Death: Start to Finish, MTLA, January 5, 2001
  • 17th Annual Convention: Mock Trial Presentation, MTLA, August 11, 2001
  • Beating Goliath at Trial, MTLA, January 25, 2002
  • Anatomy of a PI Trial, MTLA, March 22, 2002
  • Construction Site Injury Cases, MTLA, April 19, 2002
  • Handling the Major Trauma Case, MTLA, June 14, 2002
  • Frequent Lecturer in Continuing Legal Education Seminars on Topics Involving Civil Litigation, Personal Injury and Complex Settlements

Honors and Awards

  • Attorney of Year, 2011
  • MTLA Excellence Award
  • Super Lawyers, 1999-2012
  • Super Lawyers - Top 100
  • Super Lawyer - Top 40 Personal Injury Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American, Minnesota and Ramsey County Bar Association, Member
  • American, Minnesota and Wisconsin Association for Justice, Member
  • MSBA Civil Litigation Section, Member
  • Douglas K. Amdahl Inn of Court, Master and Current President
  • American Academy of Certified Trial Lawyer (ACTLM), Board Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) - Minnesota Chapter, Advocate and President
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Assembly Member
  • Campaign for Legal Aid Urban Leadership Committee, Member
  • International Society of Barristers, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Paul D. Peterson, Ltd, Attorney, 1996 - 2000
  • King & Hatch, P.A., Attorney and Treasurer, 1993 - 1996
  • Murnane, Conlin, White & Brandt, Attorney, 1990 - 1993
  • Hennepin County District Court, Judicial Law Clerk, 1989 - 1990

Pro Bono Activities

  • Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Service