Elected as Nebraska’s 32nd attorney general in 2014, Peterson has dedicated his career to being an advocate for Nebraskans in both state and federal court. From 1988 to 1990, he served as an assistant attorney general in the civil litigation department and gained key insight into the important role the office of attorney general serves in protecting all Nebraskans.
Peterson graduated from the University of Nebraska with a business degree in 1981, and from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1985. Following law school, Peterson spent two years in North Platte prosecuting criminal and civil cases for the Lincoln County attorney. From 1988 to 1990, he served as assistant attorney general to the Nebraska attorney general’s office, representing the state in employment law matters and tort litigation. In 1990, Peterson entered private practice, where he had the opportunity to advise and advocate for both individuals and businesses.
Prior to being elected Nebraska’s attorney general, Peterson’s law practice centered primarily on employment, commercial and personal injury litigation. He is admitted to practice before the Nebraska and U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.
In his role as attorney general, Peterson is committed to working closely with law enforcement agencies across the state to ensure that Nebraska communities are safe. Peterson’s office has supported strengthened legislation and enforcement in the areas of human trafficking, prosecution of child sexual assault and abuse and consumer protection laws to safeguard all Nebraskans.
Peterson has served on the Truth Initiative board of directors since 2017.