John W. Peterson

John Peterson’s practice is focused on conflict resolution in numerous forums.  Mr. Peterson has made appearances in numerous federal and state courts and most arbitration forums, including AAA, JAMS, FINRA and the NFA. He has counseled and represents clients in a wide range of practice areas including general business and complex commercial litigation matters, securities, financial services, real estate and construction, copyright and other intellectual property matters, traditional labor negotiations, employment, insurance and municipality issues and regularly consults with clients on how to avoid disputes.  Mr. Peterson served several years as a mediator for the Los Angeles Superior Court and is currently certified as a Rule 31 mediator in Tennessee. 

John W. Peterson obtained his B.S. degree, magna cum laude, with an emphasis in entrepreneurship and real estate finance from the University of Southern California in 1989.  He received his J.D. degree in 1995 from the University of Southern California Law School, where he graduated in the top 15% of his class, served on the Moot Court Board and served as a writing instructor.  Mr. Peterson has served as a member of the University of Southern California Board of Governors for the past nine years and currently serves on its Executive Committee.  Mr. Peterson was one of the founding members of the Los Angeles litigation firm of Bate, Peterson, Deacon, Zinn & Young LLP, which he founded in 1997 before moving to Nashville in 2007.  Mr. Peterson is admitted to the Tennessee bar and to practice in numerous federal courts.  He is also licensed to practice in all California Courts.

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation
Employment Litigation
Real Estate Litigation


University of Southern California, J.D. 1995
University of Southern California, B.S. 1989

Bar Admissions

California, 1995
Tennessee, 2007


Tennessee Bar Association
Nashville Bar Association
State Bar of California
Los Angeles County Bar


Phone: (615) 320-3700 ext. 119