Frederick J. Petersen
Frederick J. Petersen joined Mesch, Clark & Rothschild in 1998 as a law clerk while attending the University of Arizona College of Law. In 1999 he became an associate at the firm and in 2005 he became a shareholder of the firm. Petersen focuses his practice on Bankruptcy, Business Reorganization, and Commercial and Real Estate law. Petersen serves as the President and Treasurer of the firm and chairs the management committee.
Before attending law school, Petersen received a Bachelor of Arts degree, Magna Cum Laude, in history and political science from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.
Since graduating from law school, Petersen has provided bankruptcy and financial legal counsel to a variety of businesses including hospitals, restaurants, real estate projects and ventures, construction companies and religious organizations. Petersen has represented debtors, creditors, creditors’ committees, and Chapter 11 Trustees in complex bankruptcy cases. Petersen has also represented numerous individuals and companies in commercial litigation matters, resolved both in and out of court. He prefers to focus on solutions to problems with a philosophy that “the quicker we can get to the solution, whether it is by litigating or solving the problem through negotiation, the better it is for all involved.”
Petersen is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Tucson Leadership and a 2004 alumnus of Greater Tucson Leadership, Adult Leadership Class. He frequently volunteers for the Pima County Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Program, and was selected as the 2004 Bankruptcy Attorney of the Year by the VLP. Petersen was also selected in 2004 as one of the top Pro Bono attorneys in Arizona. In both 2004 and 2005, Petersen was the chairman of the Arizona State Bar Associaton’s bankruptcy education program.
Petersen is past president and a former member of the Board of Directors of Handi-Dogs, an organization that trains service dogs, and has previously been a volunteer for the Tucson Volunteer Center, the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, and Lawyers for Literacy. In 2006, Fred was recognized for his community leadership as one of the “40 Under 40″ by Tucson Business Edge.
Fred and his wife, Crissi, love the outdoors. Petersen grew up in Blackfoot, Idaho, a small town in eastern Idaho, where there were many opportunities to hike, camp and go fly fishing. In high school and college, he was involved with the debate teams, and traveled nationally to compete. Now, when he is not working, Petersen participates in and watches sports, rollerblades, walks his two dogs, plays guitar, works on his house, loves to travel, and is an amateur scuba diver.