Matthew K. Peterson

Matthew K. Peterson

Of Counsel
Anchorage, Alaska

Mr. Peterson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Law. His practice focuses on conducting mediations and arbitrations throughout Alaska on a wide variety of civil litigation cases. Prior to working as a neutral, he spent 30 years as a trial lawyer defending health care providers, other professionals and product manufacturers. He has tried many cases throughout Alaska in both federal and state courts. Mr. Peterson has lectured on mediation, case management, evaluation of threshold issues, tort law in Alaska, legal responsibilities of health care and trial skills. Mr. Peterson holds an AV rating by Martindale Hubbell. As a result of peer reviews, he was selected to become a member of The National Association of Distinguished Neutrals in 2015. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and serves on several committees in the Alaska Bar Association.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation
  • Aviation Claims
  • Business Disputes
  • Commercial and Construction Litigation
  • Hospital and Medical Staff Issues
  • Employment
  • Insurance
  • Legal Medical Professional Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Union/Employer wage, contract and collective bargaining

Bar Admissions

  • Alaska, 1980
  • U.S. District Court District of Alaska
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Alaska
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit


  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 1979
  • St Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota
    • B.A. cum laude - 1975

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell—AV Rating
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2005
  • Listed by Chambers USA as a Leading Litigation Attorney in Alaska, 2011
  • Best Lawyers in America (Alaska: Tier 1 Products Liability Litigation – Defendants; Tier 2 Medical Malpractice Law and Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants)
  • Named as one of Alaska’s SuperLawyers — Alternative Dispute Resolution, Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Defense: Products Liability
  • Who's Who in American Law
  • National Association of Distinguished Neutrals , 2015 - 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Anchorage Bar Association, Member
  • Alaska Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Alaska Bar Association, Member, Committee on Fair and Impartial Courts
  • Alaska Bar Association, Fee Arbitration Committee
  • Alaska Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • United States Supreme Court Historical Society, State Chairman
  • Defense Counsel of Alaska (Statewide Defense Attorney Organization), Past member and President, 1995
  • Defense Research Institute (National Defense And Trial Attorney Organization), Past Member and Alaska State Chair, 1990 - 1995