Associate Judge David M. Peterson

David M. Peterson (P18834) is a graduate of Detroit College of Law. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Federal Bar. From 1985 to 1999, Judge Peterson served as a district judge of the Fifth District Court in Berrien County, Michigan. While on the bench, Judge Peterson was the presiding judge of the Criminal Division of the Berrien County Trial Court, chief judge of the District Court and was assigned as a circuit court judge under the Supreme Court Ordered Demonstration Project. From 1970 to 1985, prior to becoming an elected judge, David Peterson worked in private practice in the areas of general criminal and civil litigation. Since retirement from the bench, Judge Peterson has resumed private practice on a limited basis primarily working in the areas of municipal law and governmental relations. He served as a Berrien County Commissioner from 1980 to 1985 and was chairman of the Board for two years.