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Don Petersen, Esq.

Real Property, Civil Litigation and Commercial Transactions

Email: [email protected]


Don Petersen was a Detroit punk who grew up with a mom and two sisters on food stamps and welfare.  At a young age, he started fighting out of necessity; he’s never stopped fighting and he will fight for you.

Don entered community college and then fought his way to the University of Chicago and then Harvard Law School.  Don was teaching economics at Harvard by the time he was 24. He taught at Oakland University and Western Michigan Cooley Law School for a combined total of nearly 20 years.


Since leaving Harvard, Don has represented clients nationwide, ranging from small to mid-size businesses, high-profile executives, non-profits and Fortune 500 companies. He is an expert in a wide range of commercial transactions, sophisticated and simplistic. He approaches each matter with a sense of urgency and has a deep understanding of business that enables him to analyze your issues in a way that will maximize your return.

Don Petersen is client-focused and driven to fight for the absolute best results for those he represents.

Bar Admissions

Michigan, Texas, and Illinois


  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
    • Juris Doctor, cum laude – 1989
  • University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
    • Bachelor of Arts – 1986

Teaching Experience

  • Harvard Law School (International Tax Program)
    • Microeconomics
    • Income Tax
    • Developmental Economics
  • Harvard College
    • Microeconomics
    • Macroeconomics
  • Western Michigan University Cooley Law School*
    • Secured Transactions
    • Property Law I and II
    • Negotiation
    • Sports Law

*Twice chosen as Professor of the Year 

Representative Past Clients

  • Franklin Property Management
  • Edward Cherney
  • Craig Valassis
  • General Motors
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Highland Capital Management
  • 3M Company
  • Aquarium Shine
  • Windmill Truck Stop
  • Yukon Building & Land Development
  • Stewart Investment Group
  • Franklin Enterprises
  • Executive Hills Land Limited Partnership
  • Plain Green Loans
  • Ocean Transportation
  • Royal Trucking
  • MRI Management, LLC
  • Royal Trucking
  • Ocean Transportation

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