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H. Jeffrey Peterson

Of Counsel

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

Phone: (218) 749-4470
Fax: (218) 749-4783
Voice Mail: (218) 742-9912

Areas of Practice

Personal Injury
Civil Trials
Insurance Defense
Construction Law
Products Liability
Architects and Engineers


A.B., Harvard University, 1970
Juris Doctorate, University of North Dakota School of Law, 1974

  • Member of Phi Delta Phi fraternity
  • Editor of North Dakota Law Review, 1972-1973, 1973-1974
  • Co-authored "Prisoners Civil Rights in North Dakota," 50 North Dakota Law Review, 1973
  • President - The Legal Aid Society
  • Class representative for three years to the Law School Governing Board

Court Admissions

Minnesota, 1974
U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota, 1974
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1978

Professional Activities

Advocate - American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) 1987-Present

  • Past President – Minnesota Chapter 2011
  • President - Minnesota Chapter 2010
  • Vice-President – Minnesota Chapter 2009
  • Secretary – Minnesota Chapter 2008
  • Treasurer – Minnesota Chapter 2007

Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (ADTA) 1985-Present

  • President 1999-2000
  • President Elect 1998-1999
  • Vice President 1997-1998
  • Executive Committee 1994-2001       

Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota (ACTLM) - Former Member

Federation of Defense of Corporate Counsel (FDCC) - Former Member

International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) - Former Member

Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association (MDLA) - Former Member

American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) - Former Member

American Bar Association - Former Member

Minnesota State Bar Association 1974-Present

20th District (Range) Bar Association 1974-Present

  • President 1979-1980
  • Ethics Committee
    • Member 1984-1999
    • Chairman 1994-1999

Merit Judicial Selection Commission 6th Judicial District, 1979-1985

Commission on Judicial Selection 6th Judicial District, 2007-2014.  Appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Community Involvement

Virginia Rotary Club
Youth Activities
Speaker at local schools on the topics of career development and Law Day



Formerly Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (NBTA) and the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA)

Honors & Distinctions

Mr. Peterson has repeatedly been recognized as a Super Lawyer by Minnesota Law and Politics and Twin Cities Business Monthly where he has been named one of the top 40 mediators in the State of Minnesota.  He is one of only a handful of mediators who has been given this honor outside the Twin Cities area.  In addition, Mr. Peterson has been chosen by his peers as one of the best of the best in the Northland by Duluth Superior Magazine in litigation and mediations.

Personal Profile

Jeff was born in Virginia, Minnesota, in 1947.  Jeff and his wife, Nancy, have four adult children – Andrew, Keith, Tyler and Meghan, and ten grandchildren.  He and Nancy reside on Lake Vermilion, near Tower, Minnesota.  Outside of the office, Jeff enjoys fishing, golf, and duck hunting, especially with his children and grandchildren.