The Hon. Mark E. Petersen is a judge for the Riverside County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Dennis McConaghy (Ret.).
He is a registered Republican.
Judge Petersen graduated with his B.S. in criminal justice from California State University, Long Beach in 1983. He went on to earn his J.D. from Western State College of Law in 1986. While in law school, Petersen completed an American Board of Trial Advocacy fellowship, which afforded him the opportunity to work as an intern for a personal injury firm, a defense firm as well as with the Orange County Court judges.
After law school, one of the firms hired Petersen on full-time. He remained there for three years and his areas of practice included medical malpractice, wrongful death, and serious injury matters. After a stint as a senior attorney at another firm, where he handled personal injury and worker's compensation cases, Peterson entered into solo practice.
Then, in 2000, after thirteen years in the private sector, Petersen joined the Riverside County Public Defender's Office as a deputy public defender. Five years later, he was made a court commissioner for the Riverside County Superior Court. He would hold that position until his appointment to the bench in 2007.
Judge Petersen, who is an avid baseball fan, enjoys rooting for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
J.D. from Western State College of Law (1986)
B.S. from California State University, Long Beach (1983) (Criminal Justice)
Court Commissioner at Riverside County Superior Court in Riverside County, California (2005 to 2007)
Deputy Public Defender at Riverside County Public Defender's Office in Riverside County, California (2000 to 2005)
Sole Practitioner at Private Practice (until 2000)
Attorney at Private Practice (from 1987)