Board-Certified* Trial Specialists With A Reputation For Results

At the law office of Harper & Peterson, P.L.L.C., we use our well recognized ability to try cases and skillful negotiation to help seriously injured people secure rightful compensation from wrongdoers.

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Paul D. Peterson

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Practice Areas:

  • 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


  • Hamline University School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 1989
    • Honors: cum laude
    • 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


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 served as ABOTA's Minnesota Chapter President in 2012 and is the current President of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA). 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.

Current Employment Position

  • Founding Partner

Past Positions

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

Classes & Seminars

  • Seminar, Settlements Involving Issues of Insurance Coverage, Hamline University School of Law, 1994 to 1994
  • Ethical Issues Confronting Defense Counsel, MTLA/MDLA Education Alliance's Insurance Law Conference, 1995 to 1995
  • In Excess of $50,000: Civil Law Issues for Professionals Involved in Youth and Crime, MLE Youth and Crime Conference, 1996 to 1996
  • Civil Law Issues for Professionals Involved With Child Abuse Issues, U of M TEAM conference, 1997 to 1997
  • An Ounce of Prevention...Advising the Employer: Workplace Policies and Procedures, ADLE Employment Law Seminar, 1997 to 1997
  • High-Low Agreements and Loan Receipts, MTLA-Subrogation and Settlement Agreements Seminar, 1997 to 1997
  • Premises Liability: Preparation and Trial of a Difficult Case in Minnesota, National Business Institute, 1998 to 1998
  • Trying the Wrongful Death Case in Minnesota: Strategies in Preparation and Valuation, National Business Institute, 1999 to 1999
  • Anatomy of a Personal Injury Case, ADLE Seminar, 1999 to 1999
  • Personal Injury Damages, MSBA Seminar
  • Personal Injury: Case Evaluation and Settlement, Minnesota Law and Politics, 1999 to 1999
  • Personal Injury Case Evaluation and Settlement, MTLA, 06/24/1999 to 06/24/1999
  • Teaching Old Friends New Tricks: An Update on Some Familiar Settlement Techniques, MTLA, 08/13/1999 to 08/13/1999
  • Anatomy of a Personal Injury Trial, MTLA, 12/03/1999 to 12/03/1999
  • MN Personal Injury Practice for Paralegals, HalfMoon, LLC, 12/17/1999 to 12/17/1999
  • Personal Injury Settlements in MN: Practical Methods for Perfecting the Settlement of a Claim, National Business Institute, 07/25/2000 to 07/25/2000
  • Wrongful Death: Start to Finish, MTLA, 01/05/2001 to 01/05/2001
  • 17th Annual Convention: Mock Trial Presentation, MTLA, 08/11/2001 to 08/11/2001
  • Beating Goliath at Trial, MTLA, 01/25/2002 to 01/25/2002
  • Anatomy of a PI Trial, MTLA, 03/22/2002 to 03/22/2002
  • Construction Site Injury Cases, MTLA, 04/19/2002 to 04/19/2002
  • Handling the Major Trauma Case, MTLA, 06/14/2002 to 06/14/2002
  • Frequent Lecturer in Continuing Legal Education Seminars on Topics Involving Civil Litigation, Personal Injury and Complex Settlements


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

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

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Service

Professional Associations

  • President of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)
  • 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