Denise Peterson, JD, FCIArb

I am a mediator, arbitrator, and former litigator. A professional neutral, I am there to serve all parties. I am committed to ensuring all parties involved have an equal opportunity to present their case and be heard. I have abundant experience working with difficult personalities, contentious situations, and respecting confidential matters. I believe a neutral panelist or mediator may be the most crucial aspect of a fair hearing. Since 2016, I have maintained a full-time alternate dispute resolution practice, including speaking engagements and conducting instruction for civil mediation.

From 2010 to 2015, I represented major multinational clients in litigation and government investigations in mortgage banking, consumer debt litigation, employment law, toxic tort, and real estate. Among my professional responsibilities were running investigations, which included teams of up to twenty attorneys and paralegals, engaging in settlement negotiations with consumers and government regulators, and managing local counsel.

I am a second career attorney. Prior to law school, I had a successful business career in IT consulting during the dot-com era. Before that, I worked for a range of companies and industries from mortgage banking to manufacturing and retail. I worked for start-ups, family-owned businesses, and in corporate environments. I am familiar with the unique business issues for these organizations.

I maintain an active pro bono practice. I have worked with Catholic Charities to get an infant human trafficking victim a permanent and loving home; with Houston Volunteer Lawyers to help a domestic violence survivor and veterans, and even ensure that rescued snow monkeys stayed safe. I believe that as an attorney has the responsibility to serve my community and secure access to justice.

Contact Denise

Phone: 832.740.8191
Online Scheduling:
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Bar Admissions

  • State of Texas
  • Southern District of Texas
  • Eastern District of Texas


  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrations, Fellow
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Texas Lawyer’s Bar Association


  • Attorney Mediators
    • 350-plus member Attorney-only Facebook Group
  • Houston Lawyers
    • 800-plus member Attorney-only Facebook Group
  • Texas Lawyers Book Club
    • Attorney-only social Facebook Group

Bar Service

  • State Bar of Texas
    • Grievance Committee
  • Houston Bar Association
    • Fee Dispute
    • Minority Opportunities in Law


  • Association of Attorney-Mediators
  • HIAC
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Association of Women Attorneys

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Texas Bar CLE, Austin
17th Annual Advanced Alternative Dispute Resolution Course
Panelist – Multi-Cultural Issues in ADR

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 7:30 a.m.
Houston Bar Association ADR Section
Ten Pitfalls of International Arbitration
Co-presenter with Stacey Barnes

Friday, April 5, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
Houston Bar Association
The Business Case for ADR
Co-presenter with David Lopez

Thursday, May 9, 2019
Woodlands Chamber of Commerce
The Business Case for Mediation

Texas Bar CLE, Austin
17th Annual Advanced Alternative Dispute Resolution Course

Previous Speaking Engagements

Houston Lawyer’s Association
When to Pull the Trigger on Mediation
November 2018, Houston, Texas

Houston Bar Association – Speaker’s Bureau at Covenant Capital
Presenter, “Pitfalls in Landlord-Tenant Law” August 2017, Houston, Texas

Houston Writer’s Guild
Presenter, “Contracts – the Power of Language” November 2016, Houston, Texas

Montgomery County Dispute Resolution Center – Family Law Mediation Training
Presenter, “Ethics in Mediating Protective Orders”
Presenter, “Post-Obergfell – LGBT Issues in Family Law” both November 2016, Conroe, Texas

Harris County Dispute Resolution Center – Family Law Mediation Training
Presenter, “Post-Obergfell – LGBT Issues in Family Law” October 2016, Houston, Texas

Montgomery County Dispute Resolution Center – Basic Mediation Training
Presenter, “The Terrible Three: Identifying Ethical Issues in Mediation” September 2016, Houston, Texas

Texas Apartment Association
Presenter, “Legal Updates to Landlord Tenant Law”, March 2016, Austin, Texas