Paul D Petersen

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Law Office of Paul D Petersen PLLC
37 N Hibbert, Mesa, Arizona, 85201-7421




Status: Active  

Board Certified Specialization: None  

Professional Liability Insurance: No  

Admitted to Practice Law: 2002

Admitted to State Bar of Arizona: October 22, 2002

Other Language(s): None


Paul has been a private adoption attorney for over 15 years. For most of that time, he has devoted his law practice solely to helping individuals and families from all over the United States find success in their dreams of growing their families. Prior to becoming an attorney, Paul worked for an international adoption agency, where he discovered his passion for adoption and forever families.

Paul has been admitted by Arizona, Arkansas and Utah to practice law. Even if you do not live in either of those states, however, Paul can help you in your desire to grow your family.

Paul is well-versed in all aspects of adoption law, including private adoption, step-parent adoption, birth parent representation, ICPC (interstate) adoption, and ICWA adoption. Paul does, however, have a unique insight and passion in assisting Marshallese birth families with their adoption plans. Paul is the only attorney involved with the Marshallese community in the United States who is fluent in the Marshallese language. Because of this fact, Paul has been successful in hundreds of Marshallese adoptions across many different states. Paul lived in the Marshall Islands for two years, and therefore is familiar with their language, customs, and unique cultural perspective on adoption.

Paul has been instrumental in making the law in Arizona more accommodating for step-parents and other close intra-family adoptions. He assisted in the drafting and passage of a law, passed unanimously by the Arizona Legislature in 2012, that eliminated the need for step-parents to obtain a home study prior to adopting.

Paul attended Arizona State University (ASU Sun Devils) and graduated with degrees in Journalism and Law. He enjoys spending time with his wife and four children in Arizona’s White Mountains.

Paul is also the elected Maricopa County Assessor, and has served the public in that position since 2013.

Areas of Law and Practice

Areas of Law Areas of Practice
Government Federal Contracts, Federal Government Law, False Claims Act, Economic Incentive, Federal Grants, Federal Legislative Practice, Firefighter Labor Law, Federal Tort Claims, Government Contract Cost Accounting, Government Contract Arbitration, Government Contract Fraud, Government Ethics, Foreign Military Sales, Government Affairs, Government Construction Contracts, Government Agency Practice, Defense Contracts, Economic Development, County Liability, Defense Contract Fraud, Community Development, Chapter 9 Municipal Reorganization, Congressional Investigations, County Government Law, Bond Finance, Bid Protests, Municipal Civil Rights, Municipal Bonds Taxation, Municipal Bonds, Municipal Bankruptcy, Municipal Derivative Products, Municipal Defense, Municipal Contracts, Municipal Corporation Law, International Government Relations, International Project Finance, Local Government Civil Rights, Legislative Practice, Local Government Law, Local Government Relations, Local Government Defense, Local Government Contracts, Industrial Development Bonds, Industrial Development, Housing and Urban Development, Governmental Liability, International Government Contracts, International Economic Development, Initiative and Referendum, Infrastructure Development, Governmental Defense, Governmental Law, Government Risk Management, Government Tort Liability, Government Investigations, Government Immunity, Government Relations, Government Procurement, Tax Increment Finance, Township Law, Municipal Prosecution, Municipal Redevelopment, Municipal License Tax, Municipal Pension Law, Municipal Liability, Municipal Leasing, Municipal Finance, Municipal Labor Law, Municipal Securities, Municipal Risk Management, Municipal Solid Waste Resource Recovery, Municipal Solid Waste, Municipal Torts, Municipal Taxation, Municipal Utility Law, Municipal Utility Regulation, Police Labor Law, Political Subdivision Liability, Public Authority Finance, Project Finance, Public Finance Taxation, Public Officials Liability, Public Contract Law, Public Bidding, Qui Tam Litigation, Public-Private Partnerships, Public Policy, Public Works Contracts, Tax Exempt Bonds, Tax Exempt Finance, State Legislative Practice, State Government Law
Juvenile Law Juvenile Education, Juvenile Delinquency, Juvenile Dependency, Juvenile Criminal Law
Litigation Complex Litigation, Dalkon Shield Litigation, Diet Drug Litigation, Defense Litigation, Drug and Medical Device Litigation, Drug and Medical Device Defense, Commercial Litigation, Complex and Multi-District Litigation, Class Action Defense, Class Action Prosecution, Civil Litigation, Chemical Products Liability, Breast Implant Litigation, Chemical Explosions, Automotive Restraints, Automotive Warranty Law, Automotive Products Liability, Automotive Design Liability, Bicycle Products Liability, Biomedical Products Liability, Blood Bank Liability, Breach of Warranty, Airbag Injury, Automotive Crashworthiness, All Terrain Vehicle Products Liability, Trial Practice, Tobacco Litigation, U.S. Supreme Court Litigation, Vaccine Injury, Seat Belt Injury, Recreational Vehicle Products Liability, Tire/Rim Mismatch, Tire Defect Litigation, Products Liability Mediation, Products Liability Subrogation, Recreational Products Liability, Propane Products Liability, Heavy Equipment Products Liability, Heart Device Litigation, Gas Explosions, Food Products Liability, Federal Litigation, Firearms Litigation, Flammable Fabrics, Food Borne Disease, Federal Civil Litigation, Explosions, Environmental Products Liability, Escalator Liability, Engineering Products Liability, Elevator Liability, Drug Contamination, E-Discovery, Product Defects, Product Failure, Product Safety, Product Recall, Products Liability Defense, Products Liability Insurance Coverage, Products Liability Arbitration, Product Warning Labels, Industrial Products Liability, International litigation, Long-Arm Litigation, Lemon Law, Motorcycle Products Liability, Manufacturers Liability, Personal Injury Litigation, Office Equipment Products Liability, Welding Products Liability, Vehicle Rollovers, Warranty Law


  • Arizona (Active), Arkansas (Active), Utah (Active)

Law School

  • Arizona State

  • Last Updated: December 11, 2019
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  • Mesa, Arizona, Maricopa County
  • Accept Credit Cards: Yes
  • Free Consultations: Yes

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