Matthew Peterson joined the Washington, DC office of Kator, Parks, Weiser & Harris in September 2014. His areas of practice include employment law before state and federal courts, the EEOC, and the MSPB. He specializes in counseling and representing employees of federal agencies in resolving their personnel disputes. Mr. Peterson is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.
Mr. Peterson came to the firm after completing a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Senior Judges at the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. In May 2013, Mr. Peterson graduated cum laude from American University Washington College of Law (WCL), where he served on the Articles Editorial Board of the Administrative Law Review. During his final year of law school, Mr. Peterson won a jury trial as a student attorney in the Criminal Justice Clinic while representing indigent clients accused of criminal infractions, including larceny and drug distribution. The WCL Alternative Dispute Resolution Honor Society recognized Mr. Peterson as its 2013 Advocate of the Year for leading a team to third-place at the 2013 Frankfurt Investment Moot Court.
Mr. Peterson has held several legal internships and professional positions: in fall 2012, he worked at the U.S. Department of Justice—Commercial Litigation Branch, where he researched and composed trial documents on behalf of federal agencies in government contracts and personnel disputes. The Federal Aviation Administration accepted Mr. Peterson into its 2012 Summer Law Honors Program, in which he advised managers on personnel law and supported attorneys defending employment discrimination lawsuits. During spring 2012, Mr. Peterson clerked for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, where he researched criminal procedure and prepared trial documents in defense of indigent clients. During summer and fall 2011, Mr. Peterson interned in the Chambers of the Honorable Clayton Greene Jr. on the Maryland Court of Appeals.
Prior to law school, Mr. Peterson worked in non-profit management after graduating with honors from the University of Oregon’s Environmental Studies Program and Lundquist College of Business.