Frederick J. Petersen is a commercial lawyer focused in commercial bankruptcy, business restructures, commercial transactions, commercial litigation and real estate.
Fred joined Mesch Clark Rothschild in 1998 as a law clerk while attending the University of Arizona College of Law. He became an associate in 1999 and became a shareholder in 2005. Fred was the firm’s managing shareholder from 2011 to 2017 and returned to that role from 2019 to present. Fred 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, Fred has provided business and financial legal counsel to a variety of businesses including hospitals, restaurants, golf courses, retail stores, grocery chains, real estate ventures, construction companies, religious organizations, Chapter 11 Trustees, and creditor committees.
He takes pride in his drive to find creative solutions to problems. His “results oriented” approach often leads to quicker and less expensive solutions than a litigation first preference. Fred understands, however, that sometimes litigation is required to reach a solution.
Fred is the President and member of the Board of Directors for Southern Arizona Legal Aid, a member of the Arizona State Bar Bankruptcy Advisory Commission, and the President of The Breakfast Club of Tucson. He is a Master in the Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the American Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section. Fred is AV Rated by Martindale, and listed in Best Lawyers and as a Southwest Super Lawyer.
Fred grew up in Blackfoot, Idaho, a small town in eastern Idaho. When not working or serving his community, he participates in and watches sports, is a Cub Scout leader, goes hiking and camping, and plays with his sons.
• State Bar of Arizona, 1999
• U.S. District Court in Arizona, 1999
• United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1999
- University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, Tucson AZ, Juris Doctor, 1999
- Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington
Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, Major in History and Political Science, 1996
Organizations & Recognitions
- Southern Arizona Legal Aid, Board of Directors, President, 2011 – Present
- Bankruptcy Bar Advisory Commission, 2011 – Present
- Arizona Bankruptcy American Inn of Court, Master, 2011 – 2016; 2019 – Present
- Breakfast Club of Tucson, President
- American Bankruptcy Institute, Current Member
- American Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section, Current Member
- Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2015 – 2019, District Chair from 2016 – 2017
- Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, Conference Advisory Committee, 2016 – 2017
- Local Bankruptcy Rules Commission, 2013 – 2016
- Southern Arizona Legal Aid Volunteer Lawyers Program, Volunteer, 1999 – Present
- Member of Financial Executives and Affiliates of Tucson, 2011 – 2014
- Greater Tucson Leadership, I, Board of Directors, 2004 – 2007
- Handi-Dogs,Inc., Board of Directors, 2001 – 2005, Board President, 2003 – 2005
- 2004 Graduate of Greater Tucson Leadership – Adult Leadership Class
- Chairman of Arizona State Bar Convention, Bankruptcy Program, 2004 and 2005
- 2003 Volunteer Lawyer’s Program “Bankruptcy Attorney of the Year” Award Winner
- Tucson Volunteer Center, Community Connection Crew, 2000 – 2003
- Lawyers for Literacy, Volunteer, 1999 – 2003
- Martindale AV Rated
- Southwest Super Lawyers “Rising Star”, 2012, 2013, 2014
- Southwest Super Lawyer, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
- Best Lawyers, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
- Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2019
- “Up and Comer”- Inside Tucson Business, 2012
- Tucson Business Edge “40 Under 40″ Award Winner, 2006
- Arizona Foundation for Legal Services and Education “Top Pro Bono Attorneys of Arizona Award”, 2004
- «Owner/Partnership Dissolution
- «Caveat Emptor: Disclosing Facts Obtained in Confidence
- «Know Your Easement
- «Arbitration Clauses in Employment Contracts – Are They Enforceable?
- «Legal Consequences of Unethical Behavior
- «E-Discovery: Preparing for the Inevitable
- «When a Release May Not Be a Release
- «As if Worrying About Your Job Isn’t Enough… How Your Employer’s Bankruptcy Will Affect Employee Benefits
- «Chapter 11 Reorganization – A Business Planning Tool
- «Protecting the Under-Insured Defendant