Jeanette M. Petersen


A life-long resident of the Seattle area, Jeanette attended the University of Washington where she studied political science and was elected Phi Beta Kappa and graduated cum laude. Jeanette earned her Juris Doctorate from the UW School of Law in 1998, graduating with high honors and Order of the Coif. Following law school, Jeanette worked as a judicial clerk for three appellate judges in Washington state – Judge David Armstrong (Washington Court of Appeals Division Two), Justice Richard Sanders (Washington Supreme Court), and Judge Ronald Gould (United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit). 

After completing her judicial clerkships, Jeanette spent ten years at the Institute for Justice, a nonprofit, public interest law firm headquartered in Washington, D.C.  Jeanette’s practice focused on complex First Amendment and civil rights litigation at both the trial and the appellate levels. Litigating both in court and in the court of public opinion, Jeanette authored several academic studies published in policy journals as well as opinion pieces published in the Wall Street Journal and other publications.

Following her family’s relocation to Singapore and repatriation to the U.S., Jeanette joined PWRFL in 2018 as of counsel.  Jeanette’s practice at PWRFL is concentrated on appellate litigation of personal injury cases, civil rights litigation, and business disputes. Jeanette is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Washington appellate courts.  

Jeanette lives on Mercer Island, where she grew up, with her husband, Kurt, and her two kids, Brandon and Hailey. When she’s not working, Jeanette loves to play tennis, walk her two Labrador Retrievers, travel, and refinish and restore vintage furniture.