“I believe, in addition to holding offenders accountable for their crimes, I have a duty to ensure that dignity and respect are fundamental beliefs employed by the court. Regardless of the matters before me, I will bring integrity, fairness and impartiality to the bench, while upholding the principles of the Constitution.” - Dave Petersen
Oct 2011 to present - Owner at Petersen Law Office, PLLC
Private law practice, focusing on family law mediations, personal injury, estate planning and probate.
Jan 2000 to present - Judge Pro Tem at Benton/Franklin Counties Superior & District Courts
Regularly called as a substitute judge in both court systems.
June 2011 to October 2017 - Municipal Court Judge at City of Pasco
Presided over all municipal court matters, as well as department budgeting and personnel issues.
April 2007 to September 2011 - Partner at Cowan, Moore, Stam, Luke, Petersen & Carrier PS
Private law practice, focusing on family law, personal injury, estate planning and probate.
December 1999 to April 2007 - Partner at Roach Law Offices
Private law practice, focusing on criminal defense, family law, personal injury, estate planning and probate.
November 1997 to December 1999 - Deputy Prosecutor at Franklin County
Responsible for civil and criminal cases in District Court and Juvenile Court.
2012 Washington Judicial College
1997 Juris Doctorate, Thurgood Marshall School of Law
1995 Bachelor of Arts in Business/Accounting, University of Washington
1988 Kamiakin High School Alumni
1990 to 1996 - Tank Mechanic & Aviation Support at Washington & Texas National Guard
1988 to 1990 - Tank Mechanic at U.S. Army
2006 to present - Annual Benton Franklin Counties National Adoption Day Committee
2004 to present - Benton Franklin Legal Aid Society Board Member
2001 to present - Tri-Cities Prep Mock Trial Coach
2004 to 2011 - Benton Franklin Counties Guardian Ad Litem
1999 to 2000 - Leadership Tri-Cities Class VI
1997 to 1999 - Reserve Law Enforcement Academy Instructor