Josh Peterson represents clients in commercial, construction and financial litigation matters. He has particular experience in federal Indian law.

Federal Indian Law

Josh represents Native American tribes, wholly-owned tribal entities and individual tribal members in matters including land rights claims, contract disputes and taxation disputes. Josh navigates important federal Indian law concepts, such as sovereign immunity and jurisdiction.

Josh also works with tribes, their instrumentalities and lenders to finance major projects, often including Indian Gaming Regulatory Act-compliant casinos and operations.

Past Experience

Before joining the firm, Josh served as a judicial law clerk in the Minnesota Court of Appeals. During law school, he worked as a certified student attorney with the Menominee Public Defender Indian Law Clinic in Keshena, Wisconsin, and law clerk with a St. Paul firm, handling all aspects of Indian law. Before graduating, he successfully briefed and argued cases before the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Menominee Supreme Court — and won a jury trial.

Personal Interests

Josh enjoys spending his spare time coaching mock trial and moot court teams at the high school, college and law school levels. Having grown up in Minnesota, he also spends a fair amount of time attending hockey games in the Twin Cities area.


Bar Admissions



Minnesota Court of Appeals, Hon. Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks, 2015-2016


Mitchell Hamline School of Law
J.D. summa cum laude, William Mitchell Law Review (executive editor) (2015)

Hamline University
B.A. in Philosophy, Economics and Legal Studies, cum laude (2012)


  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Native American Law Student Association — Moot Court , National Champion, 2014 and 2015, and Best Brief, 2015
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2017
  • Nova Classical Academy, St. Paul, Minnesota — Instruct students in oral advocacy leading to three state mock trial championships and two top five national finishes, 2012-17
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