George O. Peterson

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Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney in Fairfax, VA

Peterson Saylor, PLC
 | 10484 Armstrong Street, Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-225-3620
Fax: 703-225-3621
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1999
Practice Areas:
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (80%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney George O. Peterson is the founder of the law firm of Peterson Saylor, PLC, in Fairfax, Virginia. Mr. Peterson practices complex civil litigation, including all aspects of business, estate and trust litigation. He provides dedicated representation to clients throughout the Fairfax region.

Mr. Peterson has been licensed to practice law since 1999 and has nearly 20 years of experience. He is admitted in Virginia and the District of Columbia as well as several federal courts, including the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Maryland and the Supreme Court of the United States.

A committed advocate for his clients, Mr. Peterson has been involved in many significant cases. Several of these cases have resulted in million- and multimillion-dollar several settlements and verdicts.

Mr. Peterson has earned numerous honors and awards. He is AV Preeminent* rated by the peer review organization Martindale-Hubbell and was listed among the “800 top lawyers in Washington, D.C.” by Washingtonian magazine. He has also been recognized by Northern Virginia Magazine and Virginia Business magazine.

Mr. Peterson earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and graduated cum laude. He earned his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Before founding his practice, he spent several years as a partner at a large Virginia-based law firm, practicing in areas of law, including legal and professional malpractice defense.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Peterson is active in various professional organizations. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar, the District of Columbia Bar and the Maryland State Bar Association.

*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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Estate & Trust Litigation (80%)

Business Litigation (20%)


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Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019

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About George Peterson

Admitted: 1999, Virginia

Professional Webpage:


  • Virginia Business Magazine’s Legal Elite in the category of Young Lawyer (Under 40), 2008 and 2009
  • Recognized as a “Top Lawyer”, Northern Virginia Magazine, Estate Litigation, 2011, 2013
  • Recognized by Washingtonian Magazine, 800 Top Lawyers, Washington, D.C., in the category of “I’ve Been Sued …. Here are the defense attorneys that Washington’s plaintiff lawyers privately say they least like to see”, November 2007
  • Named “Top 100”, 2018 Virginia Super Lawyers List
  • Recognized as a “Super Lawyer”, Trust & Estate Litigation, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2014-2018
  • Rated “AV” Preeminent by his peers thorough Martindale-Hubble

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for Maryland
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • Maryland State Bar
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Virginia State Bar
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Protestant Episcopal Church In Diocese of Virginia v. Truro Church, 280 Va. 6, 694 S.E.2d 555 (2010)
  • Dean v. Morris, 287 Va. 531 (2014)
  • Oliver v. Hines, 965 F. Supp.2d 708 (E.D. Va. 2013)
  • Metropolitan Life Insurance Company v. Gorman-Hubka, 159 F. Supp.3d 668 (E.D. Va. 2016)
  • Affirming 9-0 Maretta v. Hillman, 283 Va. 34, 722 S.E.2d 32 (2012)
  • Hillman v. Maretta, 133 S. Ct. 1943, 186 L. Ed. 2d 43 (2013)

Educational Background:

  • Georgetown University, A.B., cum laude, 1996
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Office Location for George O. Peterson

10484 Armstrong Street
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: 703-225-3620

Fax: 703-225-3621

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Last Updated: 1/9/2019

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