Mr. Peterson is a partner and founding member of Dyer & Peterson. Before starting his own practice, Mr. Peterson was of counsel to the Connell Foley firm and was involved in a wide array of litigation cases, including complex commercial, breach of contract, insurance defense (including Personal Injury Protection/Forthright matters), personal injury, products liability, construction and professional liability matters.
Mr. Peterson participates in all aspects of litigation and specializes in large exposure first party personal injury and No Fault claims.
Early in his career, Mr. Peterson tried the matter of Bowe v. New Jersey Mfrs. Ins. Co., 367 N.J.Super 128 (App.Div.2004) and secured a successful verdict based upon a ground breaking causation theory in No Fault litigation. In a published opinion, the Appellate Division affirmed Mr. Peterson’s defense theory, utilizing his cross-examination of plaintiff’s expert as the basis for its holding. Bowe remains the seminal case regarding causation in PIP matters and has been cited more than 7,600 times in PIP arbitration decisions.
In 2010, Mr. Peterson gained another successful outcome in Haywood v. Harris , 414 N.J. Super. 204 (App.Div.2010). There, the Appellate panel affirmed the trial court’s revision of a jury verdict for economic loss based upon Mr. Peterson’s post-trial application. In upholding his position, the Appellate Court recommended a modification to the Model Jury Charge and verdict sheets used in Limitation on Lawsuit matters to accommodate defendant’s position, as advocated by Mr. Peterson.
In addition to his No Fault work, Mr. Peterson specializes in medical fraud investigations and the interplay between New Jersey’s Insurance Fraud Prevention Act and PIP matters. Working collaboratively with his auto insurer clients, Mr. Peterson devises novel approaches to reducing his client’s exposure on false claims.
Other appellate matters handled by Mr. Peterson
Kerven v. Smith v. New Jersey Mfrs Ins. Co. A-3902-08T1 – Appellate Division affirmed grant of summary judgment in third party defendant’s favor regarding issue of insurance coverage under homeowners policy;
USA Chiropractic a/s/o Julie Mendez v. New Jersey Re-Insurance Co. A-3108-11T1 – Appellate Division agreed with Mr. Peterson’s jurisdictional argument regarding medical provider’s application to upset trial court’s decision affirming mandatory internal appeals based denial of arbitration award;
Johnston v. New Jersey Mfrs Ins. Co. a-1842-08T3 – Appellate Division upheld argument regarding scope of jurisdiction under Alternative Procedure for Dispute Resolution Act, N.J.S.A. 2A:23A-1 to -19 (APDRA);
Mr. Peterson has been named by New Jersey Monthly magazine and New Jersey Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for 2006-2007, 2009-2011 and 2013.
Mr. Peterson earned his B.A. degree from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. degree from Boston University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, the District of Columbia, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.