Denise Peterson, JD, FCIArb

I am a civil mediator, arbitrator, and am licensed as an attorney in the states of Texas and New York. I am also a Solicitor to the Senior Courts of England and Wales. My focus is on being a professional neutral. I am a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators based in London and a member of the Association of Attorney-Mediators here in the United States. While my experience is global, my focus is local on the needs of businesses and individuals here in Texas.

In addition to providing ADR services, I also lead talks and teach continuing legal education for attorneys and mediators on subjects as diverse as implicit bias, when to mediate, mediation ethics, and LGBT issues in mediation. I have had the privilege of presenting for the State Bar of Texas, Montgomery County Dispute Resolution Center, the Houston Bar Association, The Woodlands Bar Association, the Mexican American Bar Association of Houston, Houston Lawyers Association, and others.

I am active in the legal and ADR communities, and currently serve the State Bar of Texas both as a member of the Grievance Committee (2018-2021) and the Local Bar Services Committee (2019-2022). As a member of the Houston Bar Association, I am a member of both the Minority Opportunities in Law and Gender Fairness Committees for 2019-2020. Working with the Houston Bar Association’s Speaker’s Bureau, I have taught about Texas courts at local community colleges and been a part of the annual Teach Texas program in Houston-area schools. Every Constitution Day, I look forward to reading in local elementary schools about our Founding Fathers and

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 lived the unique business issues for these types of organizations.

I am committed to access to justice and have recently become an outside partner for Lone Star Legal Aid’s Statewide Disaster Pro Bono Technology Committee, whose goa is to create a state-wide portal allowing more attorneys to assist after a disaster like Hurricane Harvey. In the past, I have worked with Catholic Charities to get an infant human trafficking victim a permanent and loving home and even ensured snow monkeys could stay safely at their sanctuary. I believe that as an attorney has the responsibility to serve my community.


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

Bar Service

  • State Bar of Texas
    • Grievance Committee (2018-2021)
    • Local Bar Service (2019-2022)
  • Houston Bar Association
    • Minority Opportunities in Law (2018-2020)
    • Gender Fairness (2019-2020)


  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Texas Bar
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Association of Attorney-Mediators
  • HIAC
  • The Woodlands Bar Association
  • Northwest Bar Association of Houston
  • Muslim American Bar Association
  • Mexican American Bar Association
  • Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

July 19, 2019
Texas Bar CLE, Galveston
Texas Bar College Summer School
Panelist – Ethics in Mediation

Previous 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

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