Craig M. Peters

Craig M. Peters

Craig M. Peters

Trial Team Leader
San Francisco, California
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Craig M. Peters is the team leader of the Peters Trial Team handling complex and catastrophic cases involving severe injury or death. He has experience dealing with product defects, dangerous property conditions, vehicle and machine accidents, roadway design and professional negligence. The Peters Trial Team has a record of success in cases tried to verdict.

Previously working as a public defender for 13 years, Mr. Peters has handled a myriad of cases ranging from misdemeanors to serious felonies. His legal experience allowed him to transition from public defense to plaintiff matters where he proudly fights for justice on behalf of his clients and is honored to be able to guide them through a difficult time in their lives. Mr. Peters has extensive trial experience representing families and individuals who are union members and laborers, service industry workers and white-collar professionals.

He is also frequently asked by outside attorneys to become trial counsel on their cases when they are unable to resolve them prior to trial. He has regularly been invited to speak on the issue of trial skills by law schools, professional organizations and outside agencies. The international non-profit agency International Bridges to Justice, which seeks to end torture and build criminal justice systems around the globe, invited Mr. Peters to train lawyers in India who are representing the indigent during a four-day training in New Delhi.

In addition to teaching trial skills, Mr. Peters has been a professor of Constitutional Law and Evidence at San Francisco Law School, and taught classes at Hastings College of Law and University of San Francisco School of Law. Mr. Peters grew up in Northern California and lives in San Francisco with his family. He enjoys traveling and exploring the City on his bicycle.

Areas of Practice

  • Construction Accidents
  • Workplace Injuries
  • Personal Injury Accidents
  • Dangerous Property
  • Defective Products

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • Wisconsin, 2011


  • University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, California
    • J.D. - 1996
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Award, Civil Procedure
    • Honors: Editor-in-Chief, The Forum, USF, Law School Newspaper
    • Honors: Student member, USF Inns of Court
  • University of California at San Diego
    • B.A. - 1992
    • Major: Philosophy
    • Major: Communications

Published Works


  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Annual Convention, "Establishing Course & Scope of Employment," September 2017
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, "Bad Faith in Personal Injury Cases," June 20, 2017
  • Consumer Attorneys of California Palm Springs Seminar, "Personal Injury and Bad Faith," March 2017
  • CAOIE/OCTLA Palm Springs Seminar, “Fifty Shades of Employment: Turning The Hazy-Grey Employment Situation Into Clear Employer Liability”, May 21, 2016
  • SFTLA Trial Boot Camp Series, "Developing Themes," March 22, 2016
  • WTLA Ski Seminar, “Damage Analogies That Work,” February 2016
  • CAOC 54th Annual Convention, “Trial Skills Track: Closing Statement – Building Your Economic Damages,” Speaker, November 2015
  • San Joaquin County Trial Lawyers Association/Consumer Attorneys of California, “Full Compensation for Economic Damages in Light of Howell,” Speaker, June 2015
  • BASF, “Effective Opening Statements: Civil and Criminal Litigation,” Speaker, May 2015, San Joaquin County Trial Lawyers Association/Consumer Attorneys of California, “Full Compensation for Economic Damages in Light of Howell,” Speaker, June 2015
  • CAOIE Palm Springs Seminar, “Tips for Litigating Catastrophic Personal Injury Cases in State Court,” Speaker, May 2015
  • SFTLA, “Still Howelling After All This Time” Speaker, March 2015
  • SFTLA, “Trial Talk With The Experts,” Speaker, March 2015
  • CAOC Hawaii Travel Seminar, “Trial When It Hurts – The Value Of Going To Trial, Even On Difficult Cases” Speaker, December 2014
  • SFTLA Seminar, “Openings & Closings by the Masters in Trial” Speaker, May 2014
  • SFTLA Seminar, “Novel Approaches to Presenting Damages, Post-Howell and – Corenbaum” Speaker, February 2014
  • SFTLA, New Lawyers Division Ski and CLE, “Full Value for Household Services” Speaker, February 2014
  • CAOC College of Trial Arts, Hawaii Travel Seminar, “Damages: Getting Full Value,” Speaker, December 2013
  • Creative Legal Funding Seminar, “Case Review & Medical Care Funding under Howell & Katiuzhinsky, Speaker” Speaker, July 2013
  • SFTLA MCLE Seminar, “Damages in a Post-Howell World” Speaker, February 2013
  • Western Trial Lawyers Association Winter Conference, "Connecting Value to Harms: How to Talk to a Jury About Your Client’s Losses," Presenter, February 2017

Honors and Awards

  • Daily Journal Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California, 2017
  • The Recorder's California's Top Verdicts and Settlements of 2016 - Doe v. Mazda Motor of America, Inc.
  • Doe vs. Mazda Featured in San Francisco Chronicle’s Northern California Verdicts Section 2017
  • Rated AV-Preeminent for Ethical Standards & Ability – Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected to Top 100 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers List
  • Selected to Northern California Super Lawyers List, 2014-2017 – Top 5% of attorneys, as voted by peers
  • Finalist for Marin Trial Lawyers Association - Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2017
  • Finalist for San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association – Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2013-2017
  • Finalist for Consumer Attorneys of California - Consumer Attorney of the Year, 2015
  • Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year, 2017
  • Selected by peers to The Best Lawyers in America – US News & World Report, 2015-2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, National Board Representative, Associate, Senior Life Fellow
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Bar Association of San Francisco, Member – Lawyer Referral and Information Service
  • Consumer Attorneys of California, Secretary, Board of Directors, Vice President 4
  • Public Justice, Member
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, Education Committee Co-Chair
  • International Association of Trial Lawyers, Fellow

Past Employment Positions

  • San Francisco Law School, Constitutional Law, Professor
  • San Francisco Law School, Criminal Procedure in Action, Professor
  • San Francisco Law School, Evidence, M.S. in Applied Criminology, Professor
  • University of San Francisco, School of Law, Trial Practice, Guest Lecturer
  • University of San Francisco, School of Law, Intensive Advocacy Program, Instructor
  • Hastings School of Law, Trial Practice, Guest Lecturer

Pro Bono Activities

  • Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic, Volunteer
  • Exploring New Horizons, Board Member and Board President
  • Food From the Bar, San Francisco and Marin Food Banks, Active Volunteer
  • Homeless Advocacy Project, Volunteer
  • San Francisco Public School Parent Teacher Association, Active Member