Glenn W. Peterson

Glenn W. Peterson
Glenn W. Peterson

Roseville, CA




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As a business litigation attorney, Glenn handles cases involving a variety of subjects, with strong emphasis on intellectual property and franchise matters. Before relocating to Sacramento from Los Angeles in 1989, Glenn practiced with a nationally known insurance defense firm based in Chicago. Before that, he owned/operated a small ad agency in Los Angeles. While attending college and law school, Glenn was employed as a cartoonist, graphic artist and technical illustrator for a small studio in North Hollywood, Calif.

Since commencing his law practice in 1986, he has handled cases involving all aspects of insurance and business litigation, with primary emphases on business torts, trademark/copyright infringement and franchise controversies, including alleged violation of franchise investment laws. He has also handled many professional conduct cases, including quasi-criminal actions brought by government agencies, sexual harassment claims, malpractice suits, and administrative proceedings brought against licensed professionals such as realtors, appraisers, contractors, and notaries.

He has also handled large investigations relating to FTC violations, insurance fraud, employee embezzlement, and related claims.


Areas Of Practice

  • Business Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Franchise
  • Trademark
  • Copyright
  • Business Torts

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1986


  • Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California
    • J.D. – 1986
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    • B.A. – 1983
    • Major: Psychology

Published Works

  • “Local Lawyers Put Privacy Back Into Digital Entertainment”, Sacramento Lawyer, April, 2004
  • “16th Annual Torts Practice” (Co-Author), University of California, January, 2002
  • “Protecting your Trade Secrets Just got Tougher”, Sacramento Business Journal, May, 2003
  • It was Inevitable: The Clash Between “Inevitable Disclosure” Doctrine and Employment Law, Intellectual Property Today, August, 2003
  • “Product Liability: 50-State Handbook” (Contributing Author), West Publishing Co., 1995


  • “The Internet, E-Mail, and Lawyers”, Panel Speaker, University of California
  • “2003 Unfair Business Practices: B&P Code 17200 and Beyond”, Panel Speaker, University of California, 2003 to 2003
  • “16th Annual Torts Practice”, Speaker, University of California, 2002 to 2002

Honors and Awards

  • Top Lawyers, Sacramento Magazine: Intellectual Property, 2017
  • Top Lawyers, Sacramento Magazine: Business Litigation
  • Super Lawyer, California Lawyer Magazine
  • Life Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Top Trial Lawyers in America

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • McDonough, Holland, & Allen, Board of Directors, 1996 to 1999
  • McDonough, Holland, & Allen, Litigation Department, Head, 2000 to 2001
  • Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, General Counsel, 2000
  • Tahoya Shores HOA, 1996
  • Federal Bar Association, Member, Copyright Law Revision Committee
  • Federal Bar Association, Case Evaluator, Eastern District Early Neutral Evaluation Program
  • Federal Bar Association, Neutral Mediator, Eastern District Voluntary Dispute Resolution
  • American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Section, Forum on Franchising, Intellectual Property Section, Member
  • State Bar of California, Intellectual Property Section
  • Sacramento County Bar Association, Member, Judiciary Committee, 1997 to 2000
  • Sacramento County Bar Delegation, Member, Civil Procedure Committee
  • National Institute for Trial Lawyers, Member
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
  • Surety Claims & Underwriters Association, Member
  • International Taekwondo Council, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • McDonough Holland & Allen PC, Shareholder, 1993 to 2005
  • McDonough Holland & Allen PC, Associate, 1989 to 1993
  • Peterson, Ross, Schloerb & Seidel, Associate, 1985 to 1989
  • Pacht, Ross, Warne, Bernard & Sears, Paralegal Clerk, 1981 to 1982

Pro Bono Activities

  • Mediator and Judge Pro Tempore
  • Sacramento County Superior Court
  • EI Dorado County Superior Court
  • Placer County Superior Court
  • Federal Court Neutral Case Evaluator
  • Eastern District of Sacramento
  • Voluntary Dispute Resolution Program

Practice Areas

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property

Commercial Real Estate

Commercial Real Estate

Labor & Employment

Labor & Employment

Litigation and Appeals

Litigation and Appeals

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Business Law And Litigation

Business Law And Litigation