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Andrew R. Peterson

Andrew Peterson

Super Lawyers

Cope & Peterson, Ltd.
415 First Street South
Virginia, MN 55792

Phone: (218) 749-4470
Fax: (218) 749-4783
Voice Mail: (218) 742-9915

Areas of Practice

All Personal Injuries

  • Automobile Injuries
  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Boating and Aviation Accidents
  • Dog Bites
  • Products Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Dram Shop

Real Estate
Criminal Law/DWI
Civil Trials
Business Law
Municipal Law


MSBA Board Certified Civil Trial Law Specialist & MSBA Board Certified Real Property Law Specialist. Andy is one of four attorneys in the State of Minnesota with dual certification in Civil Trials and Real Property.

Minnesota Super Lawyer - Thomson Reuters (2015-2019). No more than 5% of lawyers in Minnesota are selected by Super Lawyers.

Minnesota Rising Stars - Super Lawyers/Thomson Reuters (2008-2014).  Only 2.5% of all attorneys in Minnesota receive this recognition as being the top young lawyers in Minnesota.

MSBA North Star Lawyer (2014-present). Recognizes lawyers who perform 50 hours or more of pro bono legal services per year.

The Duluth Superior Magazine in its 2009 list of the best lawyers in the Northland as voted on by their peers named Andy Peterson the Best of the Best for his skill in criminal defense/DUI.

Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ - AV Preeminent®. Highest possible rating for an attorney for both ethical standards and legal ability.


Undergraduate studies in political science at Gustavus Adolphus College (B.A. 1998) Graduated cum laude.

Earned Juris Doctorate degree from the William Mitchell College of Law in 2001. Graduated cum laude.

Summer judicial externship with the Honorable Donovan W. Frank, U.S. District Court Judge, District of Minnesota.

Community Involvement

Virginia Educational Fund

  • Board of Directors 2018-present

Quad Cities Rotary Club

  • Current Member
  • President 2007
  • Vice President 2006
  • Second Vice President 2005

Virginia Community Foundation

  • Board of Directors 2014-2017

Mesabi Family YMCA

  • Board of Directors 2002-2004

Volunteer Junior Curling Coach

Past Coach of the Virginia High School Mock Trial Team

Past Volunteer Youth Hockey Coach

Professional Activities

Range Bar Association

  • President 2003-2004
  • Secretary/Treasurer 2002-2003
  • Member on the 20th District Ethics Committee 2011-2017

Arrowhead Lawyers Care - Volunteer Attorney Program

  • Board of Directors 2013-2018

American Arbitration Association Arbitrator

Minnesota State Bar Association

American Bar Association

Minnesota Association of Justice

American Association of Justice

Court Admissions

Minnesota, 2001 - U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 2002 - U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2002

Personal Profile

Andy was born in Virginia, Minnesota. He currently resides in Virginia with his wife, Kathryn, and their children, Will and Emmi. Andy enjoys the outdoors, curling, and spending time with his family.