John E. Peterson Jr.

John Peterson has 25 years of experience representing healthcare providers, including physicians, mid-level providers, dentists, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. He represents clients before state and federal trial courts, appellate courts, and the Virginia Department of Health Professions. In addition to his litigation experience, John has experience with hospital credentialing matters, including serving as a fair hearing officer for a large hospital system. He also spent two years as corporate counsel to a medical equipment manufacturer.

John’s background and experience help him to understand the complex issues his clients face. He implements a team approach to best represent his clients. John has defended hundreds of medical malpractice cases, taking more than 30 to trial. Some of his cases are included in the Virginia Medical Law Report’s million dollar medical malpractice defense verdicts. “I understand the impact that litigation has on my healthcare clients,” John says. “I work diligently to reduce stress by providing proactive counsel throughout the litigation process. My goal is to ensure that my healthcare clients can focus on their primary goal – patient care.”

Among many others, John has defended healthcare providers in cases involving birth injury; emergency services and trauma medicine; cardiothoracic surgery and cardiology; peripheral vascular surgery; general surgery; orthopaedics; neurosurgery and neurology; radiology; pathology; failure to diagnose or delayed diagnosis of cancer; and medical equipment malfunction. John has also represented clients in other civil litigation matters, including premises liability, breach of contract, construction, and transportation cases.

John regularly lectures to physicians and other healthcare providers on medical malpractice and risk management.


The University of Alabama, B.A.
George Mason University School of Law, J.D.



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