Mark E. Petersen


Mark Petersen has a wide range of experience litigating construction defect, mass tort, personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, subrogation, fraud, real estate disclosure, and contract cases. His practice has included representation of real estate developers, brokers and agents, construction contractors, retail chains, commercial and private property owners, design professionals, materials suppliers, and products manufacturers. He has participated in numerous trials and arbitrations, some of long duration. Mark has extensive experience in all aspects of construction cases and special training in concrete and cementitious materials matters. He has achieved significant successes in Kelly-Frye hearings, administrative matters, and in motion practice. At the invitation of clients, he has litigated actions in Arizona and Hawaii, and has lectured in multiple states.


Juris Doctor - Southwestern University School of Law, 1982
Bachelor of Arts (English) - California State University at
Long Beach, 1979
Graduated with Academic Honors


California State Bar – 1982
United States District Court – Central District of California – 1984
United States District Court – Southern District of California – 2014
United States District Court – Hawaii – 2015
United States Supreme Court – 1998
Arizona State Bar – 2006/2007 [Two pro hac vice admissions]


A Primer on Contractual Indemnity (10th Annual Construction Law Symposium - Orange County Bar Association program panelist)

Riverstone Claims Offsite Symposium - 2006 Guest Speaker, Manchester, New Hampshire

Ready-Mix Trade Association (2006 program panelist Arizona)

Understanding and Defending Against Claims for Consequential Damages and Contractual Limitations on Statutes of Limitation; A Review of Brisbane Lodging v. Webcor Builders, Inc. and co-author of seminar materials (West Coast Casualty Construction Defect Seminar 2014)

Litigating Sulfate Attack Cases in California, - Numerous Presentations to Insurance Carrier Groups

Moot Court Judge - Southwestern School of Law
L.D.S. Church So. Cal. Panel Member Re: Immigration Reform and Control Act - 1986


Represented subcontractor in an appeal in Brookview Condominium Owners' Assn. v. Heltzer Enterprises-Brookview, 218 Cal.App.3d 502 (1990) whereby the Court of Appeals upheld motions to dismiss while opining on issues of service of process within three years, waiver and estoppel.


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