Denise Peterson, JD, FCIArb

Denise Peterson is a full-time professional neutral, focusing her practice exclusively on alternative dispute resolution services. She mediates both civil and probate cases and is on several arbitration panels. In addition to being licensed as an attorney in Texas and New York, she is a solicitor to the Senior Courts of England and Wales. Both a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Vice-Chair of the North American Branch of the organization, her goals include both bringing in more law students to the organization as well as improve its diversity.

Ms. Peterson is committed to bar service and currently is a member of the local Houston grievance committee for the State Bar of Texas. She is also a member of the Association of Attorney-Mediators and a Houston Bar Foundation Fellow as well as being a member of diverse specialized bar organizations including the Mexican-American Bar Association of Houston, the Muslim-American Bar Association of Houston and is a sustaining member with the Houston Young Lawyers Association. Her memberships also include the Houston International Arbitrator’s Club and the Houston Maritime Arbitrator’s Association.

Ms. Peterson is a sought-after speaker for continuing legal education classes on mediation tactics and strategies, mediation ethics, implicit bias, LGBT issues in mediation, and avoiding grievances. Ms. Peterson is a member of the Texas Bar Honors College. Committed to access to justice, Ms. Peterson’s pro bono work has included helping an infant victim of human trafficking and ensuring the safety of rescued snow monkeys as well as acting as a volunteer mediator for the Harris and Montgomery County Dispute Resolution Centers.


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