Becoming a successful litigator is a hard fought skill for an attorney. It takes a unique combination of the mastery of subject matter combined with an ability to effectively communicate it to a judge and jury. Not all attorneys successfully combine these skills. The attorneys at Peterson Paletta Balice have been recognized by their peers as outstanding litigators throughout their careers.
Attorney Terese Paletta has tried over 100 cases both as a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney. Her advocacy skills were sought after when she was asked to serve as a Special Prosecuting Attorney on select Capital Offenses in the 8th Circuit. Additionally, she has argued both criminal and civil cases in front of the Michigan Court of Appeals and has participated in the preparation of cases before the Michigan and United States Supreme Courts.
During his 16 years at the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office, Attorney Eric Matwiejczyk was the Chief of the Narcotics and Major Crimes unit. His success there led to him being appointed lead prosecutor in Cold Homicide cases. Eric has successfully tried numerous homicide cases, major drug cases, firearm cases, criminal sexual conduct cases and has served as a trial consultant on capital cases throughout the United States. Eric also has extensive experience in child custody, divorce and complex civil litigation cases. Eric shares this experience with future lawyers by serving as an Adjunct Professor of Trial Skills at Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
Attorney Kevin Peterson is also an Adjunct Professor of Law, teaching Trial Skills at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Kevin’s outstanding litigation skills were recognized early when he and another law student finished 1st in the Texas Young Lawyers Association Trial Competition in Lansing, Michigan; and he was named the Best Litigator in the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys Trial Competition in Atlanta, Georgia. Kevin’s current practice brings him before a judge or jury almost daily, where he has successfully defended major felonies such as carjacking, major drug, firearm, homicide, and assault cases. Kevin’s practice also includes civil litigation.
If your case needs to be heard by a judge or jury, the attorneys at Peterson Paletta Balice have the expertise and experience to help you.