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  • What makes you different?

    Petersen & Petersen now has “six in the books.” On January 1, 2016, we officially celebrated the 6th anniversary of Petersen & Petersen. Thanks to our clients, we are a busy and successful law firm with a practice around the great State of Ohio. We continually put our motto – “Dedicated Service Which Gets Results” – to the test and year after year, have come out on top. We are proud to report that 2015 was a banner year with total settlements for our personal injury clients exceeding $24 Million dollars.

    We know that the secret to our success is the fact we continue to take cases to trial each and every year. Trials are what we do; it’s what sets our practice apart from so many others. Whether we are representing the rights of someone injured by the negligence and neglect of a driver, doctor or nursing home, working with a client through a contract dispute or defending that client’s constitutional rights, we understand we must prepare from the beginning to effectively advocate before a judge or jury. We pride ourselves on our preparedness for trial and our performance in the courtroom.

    Is trial work all we do? No. Trial is a last resort. Most disputes can and should settle. Everything we do is done with the goal of putting our clients in the best position possible. Sometimes, that means we have to try the case. More frequently, thorough preparation and advocacy result in resolution of the case through some other means. That is our goal; resolution of each and every case in a timely, cost-effective and positive way.

  • What do other lawyers think of you?

    Todd Petersen recently received the highest rating available – 10 Superb – from AVVO, an internet legal services marketplace.  AVVO ranks lawyers on a scale of 1 (Extreme Caution) to 10 (Superb), helping the public quickly assess a lawyer’s background. Todd is not only a veteran Ohio Super Lawyers – Rising Stars as selected by Law & Politics magazine, he is clearly held in high regard by his own community of lawyers.   This is evidenced by his peers electing him to serve for 2013-14 as President of the Geauga County Bar Association, an organization made up of approximately 180 lawyers founded in 1968.   He also has been selected to serve on the Bar’s Grievance Committee for the past seven years

    Susan Petersen has been selected as one of Ohio’s Super Lawyers for the last five years with only 5 percent of lawyers in the state being named to this prestigious list. Super Lawyers are selected after considerable polling and peer evaluation efforts with detailed research that evaluates each candidate based on 12 indications of peer recognition and professional achievement. The process to be named to the Super Lawyers list involves checks and balances that produce a well-rounded and diverse listing of attorneys.   For the last six years, she was named to the National Trial Lawyers Association’s list of Ohio’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers. She was also inducted in 2013 to the invitation-only American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and the Ohio Chapter of ABOTA (members must have at least five years of active experience as trial lawyers, have tried at least 10 civil jury trials to conclusion and have additional litigation experience, having also demonstrated the virtues of civility, integrity and professionalism).

  • What is your involvement in the Legal Community?

    Todd Petersen remains very active in his local bar associations. He is Past President of the Geauga County Bar Association, having served as President in 2013-14. He has served as Chairman of the Geauga County Bar Foundation since 2001. He is a past chairman of the Fee Dispute Committee for the Geauga Bar Association and is serving a seventh term on its Grievance Committee. He is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio Association for Justice, the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Bar Association and the American Association for Justice.

    Susan is a past President of the state-wide Ohio Women’s Bar Association, whose purpose is to promote the networking, educational, and leadership opportunities of women lawyers. She is also serving an eleventh term on the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys as well as a 6th term as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Association for Justice . She is a member of Geauga County, Cuyahoga Metropolitan, and Ohio State Bar Associations, as well as the American Associations for Justice. She is serving a 4th term on the Visiting Committee of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law as well.