- The University of Texas School of Law (J.D., with high honors)
- Northwestern University (B.A., cum laude and with departmental honors)
- Law Clerk to the Honorable Priscilla R. Owen, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
David Peterson tries cases for plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts nationwide. Peterson has expertise in a wide variety of high-stakes commercial cases, including contract, securities, real estate, antitrust, bankruptcy, class actions, intellectual property, oil and gas, and technology disputes. Peterson’s peers and colleagues have honored him as a Texas Rising Star in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 (Law & Politics Magazine, Thomson Reuters) and as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation.
Peterson graduated with high honors from The University of Texas School of Law, where he served as an Articles Editor of the Law Review, and was elected into the Order of the Coif. Peterson clerked on the Fifth Circuit for the Honorable Priscilla R. Owen, and then began to make his mark at Susman Godfrey by making court arguments in his first week at the firm and trying his first complex case after just a few months. Peterson chairs the firm’s Employment Committee and also serves on the Practice Development Committee.
Peterson gives back to the community by generously supporting Child Advocates, which provides lifesaving advocacy that helps abused and neglected children exit foster care to permanent homes, and volunteers with its Young Professionals for Children group. Peterson previously served on the Board of Directors for Texas Accountants & Lawyers for the Arts for five years and served as President for three years, leading a staff and volunteer group of hundreds of accountants and lawyers in providing free legal, accounting, and educational services to artists and arts organizations. Peterson is a member of Leadership Houston Class XXXII, working together with other leaders in Houston’s private, public, and non-profit sectors for the betterment of Houston and its residents.