James “Jim” Peterson is a business litigation attorney with special emphasis in employment law and litigation. He advises and litigates disputes for a number of business clients on various aspects of the employment relationship including misappropriation of trade secrets and proprietary information, protection of customer lists and employees, discrimination, sexual harassment, breach of contract, wage and hour laws, and wrongful termination. He has represented several clients on dozens of wage and hour class actions and is a true expert in employment related class action litigation. As part of his employment law practice, Mr. Peterson also counsels clients on hiring practices, wage and hour compliance, employment agreements, policy manuals, employee handbooks, termination decisions, lay-offs, and disability management.

He advises and litigates disputes for a number of business clients on various aspects of the employment relationship including misappropriation of trade secrets and proprietary information, protection of customer lists and employees, discrimination, sexual harassment, breach of contract, wage and hour laws, and wrongful termination. He has represented several clients on dozens of wage and hour class actions and is a true expert in employment related class action litigation. As part of his employment law practice, Mr. Peterson also counsels clients on hiring practices, wage and hour compliance, employment agreements, policy manuals, employee handbooks, termination decisions, lay-offs, and disability management.

Mr. Peterson is a frequent lecturer on employment-related matters and has presented programs to groups of all sizes in many different industries. He has also authored several employment-related articles that have been published in The San Diego Daily Transcript, the San Diego Business Journal, the L.A. Daily Journal, and other legal and business publications. He was recently named one of the top 75 Labor and Employment Attorneys in California by the LA Daily Journal and The Recorder, a Super Lawyer, and a Top Labor and Employment Lawyer by the San Diego Daily Transcript and the San Diego Business Journal.

In addition to employment related matters, Mr. Peterson has represented large, medium, and small businesses in disputes relating to contracts, competitors, vendors, real estate, securities, protection of proprietary information, and unfair business practices. He has represented registered representatives and broker dealers in FINRA arbitrations and pre-arbitration disputes and has represented numerous professionals in negligence and breach of fiduciary duty actions.

Mr. Peterson prides himself on the efficient and effective resolution of disputes with an impressive track record on successful motions for summary judgment. His ability to identify the issues and direct discovery to show the other parties’ weakness leads to prompt, efficient, and cost-effective resolution of disputes. He is also able to utilize his business education to see beyond the legal issues and access resolution options that focus on the bottom line.

Jim Peterson was selected as a San Diego “Super Lawyer®in 2015, 2016 and again in 2017. Each year, no more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research committee at Super Lawyers® to receive this prestigious designation. We are honored by his continued commitment to excellence.


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  • Wage and Hour Compliance

    Hi, I’m Jim Peterson I´m a partner with the law firm of Higgs Fletcher & Mack, and I chair the Labor and Employment practice group here at the firm. I’m here to talk you today about one of the risks that many employers face, having to do with wage and hour laws. Many people will pay an employee a salary and presume that because of that, they don´t have keep track of their hours or pay them overtime. The Law is very strict about who can and can´t be exempt from overtime laws so it´s important that you analyze the work of each of your employees that you are paying a salary, and make sure that they are properly exempt under wage and hour rules and regulations, here in the great state of California.