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David Peterson is a shareholder in Reinhart’s Litigation Practice, where he provides clients with creative strategies that contribute to their business success. He primarily handles business litigation and contract disputes in the manufacturing, real estate, banking and service provider industries. He also represents clients in corporate governance disputes and tax assessment valuation matters.

Dave’s significant trial, mediation and arbitration experience helps him anticipate challenges and see possibilities for his clients. He excels in working closely with opposing counsel to keep cases moving forward efficiently. He is a practical, level-headed and nimble litigator who quickly finds solutions to his client’s problems so they can return their focus to their business.

His accounting background equips Dave to handle complex post-closing purchase price disputes and understand the multiple variables and financial intricacies that can impact a client’s overall goals and vision.

Both David and his son are Eagle Scouts, and he serves on the board of directors for the Potawatomi Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. In his free time, he enjoys golf, water skiing, downhill skiing and spending time with family and friends.


  • J.D., cum laude, University of Wisconsin Law School; Order of the Coif
  • CPA exam passed in Wisconsin
  • B.A., with honors, Michigan State University (Accounting)

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit


  • Advises businesses and individuals on a variety of corporate litigation issues, including breach of contract claims, accounting disputes and fiduciary duty issues
  • Represents companies in a wide range of industries in unfair competition claims, fraud claims, as well as trade secrets and nondisclosure issues
  • Represents companies, boards and individuals in matters relating to corporate governance, control and minority shareholder claims
  • Defends professionals against claims of negligence or malpractice in provision of services
  • Represents property owners in challenging real estate-related matters, including environmental remediation claims and property tax assessment matters
  • Defends distributors and manufacturers in cases alleging injury from use of products

Honors & Affiliations


  • Selected for inclusion in Wisconsin Super Lawyers (2007 to present)
  • Benchmark Litigation: Wisconsin Litigation Star (2008 to present)
  • Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation)
  • Wisconsin Top Rated Lawyer Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (membership limited to one percent of the lawyers in each state)
  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow of the Wisconsin Law Foundation
  • 2012 Reinhart “Pro Bono Attorney of the Year”
  • Boy Scouts of America, Potawatomi Area Council (Board of Directors, Vice President Legal, and former President)
  • Milwaukee Bar Association (former Board member and President)
  • Milwaukee Bar Association Foundation (current Board member)
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin (former Board member and Vice President Legal)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • Waukesha County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (Litigation section – Product Liability Committee; Business Torts Committee; Commercial and Business Litigation Committee)
  • The Thomas E. Fairchild American Inns of Court
  • Sigma Chi Fraternity, Milwaukee Alumni Chapter (former president)
  • City of Brookfield Board of Appeals (former member and chair)

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