Craig M. Peters

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Altair Law LLP
 | 465 California Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
Phone: 415-988-9828
Fax: 415-988-9815
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (50%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Craig M. Peters is a partner at Altair Law, in San Francisco, California. Mr. Peters practices personal injury law and serves individuals and their families who have sustained a catastrophic injury resulting in serious injury or death throughout northern California. He has experience with matters involving automobile accidents, dangerous property conditions, machine accidents, product defects, professional negligence and roadway design.

    Mr. Peters has been licensed to practice law since 1996 and has more than 20 years of experience. He received bachelor’s degrees in communications and philosophy from the University of California, San Diego, and earned his law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law.

    Before founding his personal injury firm, Mr. Peters spent 13 years as a public defender. This role allowed him to develop litigation skills which he utilized to successfully transition into the personal injury field.

    Over the course of his career, Mr. Peters has recovered substantial settlements and verdicts for his clients, which has led to recognition by his peers within the legal profession. He has been featured in the publication “The Best Lawyers in America” and achieved an AV Preeminent* rating from the peer review organization Martindale-Hubbell.

    Outside of the office, Mr. Peters is very active in his legal and professional communities. He is a professor at San Francisco Law School and has spoken at events for various organizations.

    Mr. Peters is a member of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and Public Justice as well as a fellow in the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He also volunteers his time to various community groups.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 50%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Toxic Mold, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Products Liability


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    About Craig Peters

    Admitted: 1996, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • Finalist for Trial Lawyer of the Year, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2013
    • Finalist for Trial Lawyer of the Year, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
    • Finalist for Trial Lawyer of the Year, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2017
    • AV-Preeminent for Ethical Standards & Ability, Martindale-Hubbell
    • Finalist for Trial Lawyer of the Year, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
    • Finalist for Consumer Attorney of the Year, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2015
    • Best Lawyers in America

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Member - Wisconsin Bar

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Fellow - American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL)
    • Board of Governors - American Association for Justice (AAJ)
    • Member - Public Justice
    • Member – Lawyer Referral and Information Service, Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF)
    • Member - San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (SFTLA)
    • National Board Representative, Associate and Senior Life Fellow - American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
    • Vice President 3 - Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC) past-Vice President 4 - Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
    • Fellow - International Association of Trial Lawyers (IATL) Co-chair - Coalition Against Human Trafficking, IATL

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Exploring New Horizons, Board Member and Board President
    • San Francisco Public School Parent Teacher Association
    • Cooperative Restraining Order Clinic
    • Homeless Advocacy Project
    • Food From the Bar, San Francisco and Marin Food Banks, Volunteer

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Speaker, Case Review & Medical Care Funding Under Howell & Katiuzhinsky, COAC, 2013
    • Speaker, Effective Opening Statements: Civil and Criminal Litigation, Bar Association of San Francisco, 2015
    • Speaker, Tips for Litigating Catastrophic Personal Injury Cases in State Court, CAOIE, 2015
    • Speaker, Still Howelling After All This Time, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2015
    • Speaker, Trial Talk With The Experts, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2015
    • Speaker, Trial When it Hurts - The Value of Going to Trial, Even on Difficult Cases, CAOC Hawaii Travel Seminar, 2014
    • Speaker, Openings & Closings by the Masters in Trial, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
    • Speaker, Novel Approaches to Presenting Damages, Post-Howell and - Corenbaum, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
    • Speaker, Full Value for Household Services, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
    • Speaker, Damages: Getting Full Value, San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, 2013
    • Author, Fifty Shades of Employment, Course and Scope and Independent Contractor Issues, 2016
    • Author, Where Have All The Jury Trials Gone? Without being willing to lose at trial, you can never really win, 2015
    • Author, Warning Cases: Caution About Causation, 2014
    • Author, Don’t Be Chicken, Keep Fighting: Howell and Corenbaum – What They Say (and Don’t Say) and How to Use Them to Your Advantage, 2014
    • Speaker, Fifty Shades of Employment: Turning The Hazy-Grey Employment Situation Into Clear Employer Liability, CAOIE/OCTLA Palm Springs Seminar, 2016
    • Speaker, Developing Themes, SFTLA Trial Boot Camp Series, 2016
    • Speaker, Trial Skills Track: Closing Statement – Building Your Economic Damages, CAOC 54th Annual Convention, 2015
    • Speaker, Full Compensation for Economic Damages in Light of Howell, San Joaquin County Trial Lawyers Association/Consumer Attorneys Of California, 2015
    • Speaker, Damages in a Post-Howell World, SFTLA MCLE Seminar, 2013


    Educational Background:

    • University of California at San Diego B.A., Major: Philosophy and Communications, 1992
    • University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco, CaliforniaJ.D., Honors: American Jurisprudence Award, Civil Procedure; Editor-in-Chief, The Forum, USF, Law School Newspaper; Student member, USF Inns of Court, 1996
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    465 California Street
    5th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94104

    Phone: 415-988-9828

    Fax: 415-988-9815

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