Stephen W. Petersen

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A trial lawyer with experience in a wide variety of cases, Steve Petersen has litigated many criminal cases at the trial level and civil cases at the trial and appellate level.  In doing so, Steve has obtained Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV") Peer Review Rating.

In criminal matters, Steve has represented corporate executives who have been the subjects of grand jury investigations and/or who have also been charged with criminal offenses.  Some of those alleged offenses include:  structuring financial transactions; violations of the Clean Harbors Act; money laundering; tax evasion; and embezzlement.

In civil matters, Steve has represented business entities as both plaintiffs and defendants.  Some of Steve's experience includes defending a corporate executive in a multidistrict class action antitrust matter that involves allegations of price fixing and customer allocation agreements.

In addition to his trial practice, Steve has argued cases before the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and, after obtaining a petition for discretionary review, before the North Carolina Supreme Court.  Steve also appears regularly before North Carolina Governmental Agencies and Professional Licensing Boards.


  • J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 1996
  • D.D.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1982
  • B.S., high honors, North Carolina State University
  • A.B., Guilford College, 1974


  • North Carolina, 1996
  • United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina


  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, Listed Business Litigation (2012), Criminal Defense: White Collar (2013)
  • Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Litigation (2010, 2011-2012), Criminal Law (2011-2012, 2014)
  • Martindale-Hubbell's top ("AV") Peer Review Rating *

* CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.

Professional Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • N.C. Bar Association – Litigation Section; Criminal Justice Section, Section Council Member; Antitrust Section; Business Law Section, Past Chair of the Legislative Committee
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Past Member, 10th Judicial District, Grievance Committee
  • Eastern District Liaison Committee
  • CJA Panel Attorney, Eastern District Federal Public Defenders Office