David W. Peterson

David W. Peterson

Shareholder and Director

Albuquerque Plaza
201 Third Street NW, 12th Floor
Albuquerque, NM 87102

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David Peterson’s practice is primarily comprised of litigation with an emphasis on tort defense, commercial litigation, and Indian law. He has defended tort claims including wrongful death and serious personal injury cases involving electrocution, acid burns and carbon monoxide poisoning. He has also defended cases involving slip and fall personal injury claims and property damage subrogation claims. He has handled a variety of commercial litigation matters including breach of contract claims, insurance coverage and bad faith insurance practices claims, antitrust claims, construction default claims, indemnification claims, and adversary proceeding claims in corporate bankruptcies.

Mr. Peterson has extensive experience litigating Indian law issues in tribal, state and federal courts. He is a member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association and has practiced in other tribal courts in New Mexico and Arizona including the courts of the Hopi Tribe, the Yavapai Apache Nation, and the Pueblos of Acoma, Isleta, Laguna, Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo, Tesuque, and Zuni. Many of the Indian law cases Mr. Peterson has handled involve jurisdictional issues including the extent of tribal, state and federal civil adjudicatory authority and the extent of tribal authority to tax. Other Indian law cases included defense of individuals, corporations, and tribes against claims of wrongful death, personal injury, violation of constitutional rights, employment discrimination, and wrongful banishment.


Utah State University, B.A. cum laude 1988; M.A. 1990; University of Utah, J.D. 1992.

Bar Admissions

Admitted to the New Mexico Bar in 1992.

Professional Affiliations

Indian Law Section of the State Bar of New Mexico; New Mexico Defense Lawyers Association; and Defense Research Institute.

Awards and Honors

Mr. Peterson is listed in the most recent edition of Best Lawyers in America in the categories of commercial litigation and Native American law. Mr. Peterson is listed in Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys

Best's Insurance Attorneys 2014

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