David W. Peterson
David W. Peterson
Dave is an experienced litigator who works with clients in matters related to Tribal/Indian law, insurance defense, commercial litigation involving antitrust issues and employment litigation.
For years, Dave has been involved in litigating Tribal/Indian law matters in tribal, state, and federal courts. Many of the cases he has handled involve jurisdictional issues including the extent of tribal, state, and federal civil adjudicatory authority and the extent of tribal authority to tax. Other Tribal/Indian law cases he is regularly involved with include defense of individuals, corporations, and tribes against claims of wrongful death, personal injury, violation of constitutional rights and claims of civil rights violations, employment law matters related to claims of discrimination and wrongful termination, as well as wrongful banishment.
Dave is a member of the Navajo Nation Bar Association and has practiced in other tribal courts in New Mexico and Arizona, including the courts of the Hopi Tribe, the Yavapai Apache Nation, Jicarilla Apache Nation, Mescalero Apache Tribe and the Pueblos of Acoma, Isleta, Laguna, Ohkay Owingeh, Pojoaque, Santa Ana, Santa Clara, Santo Domingo, Tesuque, and Zuni.
Dave also represents clients in cases involving tort claims of wrongful death and serious personal injury cases, including electrocution, acid burns and carbon monoxide poisoning. He has also defended cases involving slip and fall personal injury claims and property damage subrogation claims.
Dave’s commercial litigation practice includes handling matters involving breach of contract claims, insurance coverage and bad faith insurance practices claims, antitrust claims, and attorney malpractice defense.
- New Mexico
- Navajo Nation
University of Utah College of Law, J.D. (1992)
Utah State University, M.A. (1990)
Utah State University, B.A., cum laude (1988)
Professional Associations & Memberships
State Bar of New Mexico, Member
- Indian Law Section
Navajo Nation Bar Association, Member
Honors & Awards
- Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® in the following areas:
- Commercial Litigation (2011 – 2023)
- Native American Law (2011 – 2023)
- Listed in Best’s Recommended Insurance Attorneys
New Mexico Philharmonic and Foundation, Board Member
El Ranchito de los Niños, Past Board Member