Michael Peterson

(925) 943-5000 Work


University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt), J.D., 1989
     Member, Order of the Coif

University of California, Davis, M.A., 1982

University of California, Davis, B.A., 1979

“Keeping the deal on track also means considering all the angles to ensure my client’s short and long-term interests are fully protected and the terms make smart business sense.”


Michael Peterson serves clients in the fields of business and corporate transactions and entity formation, Internet law, real estate, and healthcare law.


Focused on California Business Clients and Core Industries


These clients include Internet businesses, land developers, commercial landlords and tenants, public healthcare districts and private hospital systems, and solid waste disposal companies. Michael’s client companies span a diverse range of businesses, corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships. He handles a wide variety of general contracts including licensing, management consulting and services agreements for Internet companies and other businesses.


Negotiating Hospital Business Transactions and

Technology Agreements


An additional focus of Michael’s practice is drafting and negotiating intricate licensing agreements for hardware and software applications, and Internet subscription agreements for end users and documents governing hospital transfers and related financing, commercial leases, joint ventures (including complicated management, profit sharing, and preferred return provisions).


Securing a Hospital Lease Compliant with Earthquake

Retrofit Rules


Michael was a key member of Archer Norris team to successfully negotiate a $500 million, 60-year hospital replacement/lease agreement to meet hospital earthquake retrofit requirements. He also is part of the Archer Norris team documenting and administering a four-year hospital transition.


Structuring Complex Real Estate Development Deals


Michael has negotiated and drafted a variety of complex agreements for real estate transactions. These include land acquisition and sale contracts for residential developers, with contingencies for the complex approval and permitting process accompanied by such developments.


State Bar of California, 1989
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California


Environment and Natural Resources
     Solid Waste
Financial Services
     Financial Services Litigation
     Financial Services Transactions
     Forensic Audits and Fraud Investigation
Government/Public Agency
     Government Agency Representation
Intellectual Property
     Technology Transactions and Licensing
Real Estate & Land Use
     Land Use
     Real Estate

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