Peter M. Williamson
Peter obtained his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey and his Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles. He has been a licensed attorney in California since 1981. Peter is admitted to practice in all courts of the State of California, the United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Central Districts of California as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, where he has successfully argued. He also has litigated cases in various states outside California including Florida, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia.
Peter primarily represents personal injury victims as well as victims of police misconduct. Peter has over 39 years of trial experience and has obtained multiple million-dollar verdicts and settlements (several of them record setting) for his clients. Some of his cases have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Charlotte Observer, the Ventura County Star, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, and Lawyers Weekly. His cases have also been featured on CBS News and 60 Minutes.
In December 2008, Peter was the subject of a cover story in California Lawyer Magazine, the official publication of the State Bar of California (TASERS: Lethal or Not). In 2017, Peter appeared in the feature length documentary, Killing Them Safely, which examines safety concerns involving the weapon used by police known as the “Taser” and his pursuit of landmark products liability litigation against its manufacturer, Axon, Inc.
Peter is the co-author of “Representing Clients Injured by TASER Electronic Control Devices” which appears in the 2011 edition of the Civil Rights Litigation and Attorney Fees Annual Handbook published by Thompson-West. Mr. Williamson has been interviewed extensively by various media outlets as an expert on electronic control devices and police use-of-force.
Peter is also a trained Mediator and received part of his mediation training at Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution (rated the No. 1 Mediation training program in the United States by U.S. News & World Report).
In 2010, Peter was named a Super Lawyer in California, a prestigious honor bestowed on only the top 5% of all lawyers in the state. He has also been named a Super Lawyer in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.