Carl Raymond Peterson, Jr.

Carl is a founding member of the firm.  He is a trial lawyer with experience and emphasis in complex class action and federal civil rights litigation in federal and state courts.

For more than twenty years, Carl has successfully represented trucking and insurance companies, law enforcement agencies, individual law enforcement and correctional officers, and other governmental units.  He frequently appears in both federal and state court actions involving federal civil rights claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and Title VII.  He has successfully defended high speed pursuit, excessive force, wrongful arrest, wrongful death, and jail suicide cases, among others, for law enforcement agencies.  Carl also represents the State of Florida in employment discrimination claims, among others.  In addition to representing governmental agencies, title and construction companies, and a number of other commercial clients, Carl has many years of experience in mobile home law and related matters.  He regularly represents mobile home park owners on administrative matters before various state agencies.

Carl “retired early” to enter law school after twenty years of distinguished service in the United States Navy.  In the Navy, he rose to the rank of Commander, Supply Corps, and was directly responsible for managing the daily operations of up to 700 employees and controlling budgets exceeding one billion dollars.  He was awarded two Meritorious Service Medals and two Navy Commendation Medals for his outstanding performance while on active duty.



  • Florida State University, College of Law – J.D., 1993
  • Michigan State University – M.B.A., 1976
  • University of South Florida – B.A., Accounting, 1970


  • All Florida State Courts
  • United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida

Professional Activities

  • Florida Bar, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers Section
  • Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity
  • Military Officers Association of America