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Email   | jcp@petersenfirm.com

Direct  | 571-459-2510

Fax       | 571-459-2307

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Practices

  • Business Law/Commercial Litigation

  • Real Estate Law

  • Eminent Domain

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law (1994)

  • B.S., Williams College (1990)

    • Economics (major)

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia (1994), Active

  • Maryland (2000), Active

  • District of Columbia (1995), Active

Memberships

  • Member, Virginia State Senate (2007-present)

  • State Delegate (2002-2006)

  • City Councilman (1998-2002)

  • Virginia State Bar Association

  • Fairfax Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Bracewell & Giuliani LLP (Associate and Partner)

  • Surovell, Isaacs, Petersen & Levy PLC (Partner)

 

John Chapman “Chap” Petersen is licensed to practice law in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.  In 24 years as a trial attorney, Chap Petersen has successfully tried hundreds of cases in state and Federal courts around the United States. He also serves as a Virginia State Senator, a position he has held since 2007.

 

Awards:  In 2017, the Fairfax County Bar Association awarded Mr. Petersen its “President’s Award” for his leadership in the Bar and community.  In 2011, the Virginia Lawyers Weekly selected Mr. Petersen as a “Leader in the Law,” one of thirty (30) lawyers recognized that year for outstanding accomplishments.  In 2008, the Korean Association of Washington, D.C. named him  “Man of the Year” for his service in the Korean-American community. 

 

Major Verdicts:  In 2011, Mr. Petersen won a $9.85 million verdict in a securities fraud case, Sanford v. SCG International LLC, one of Virginia’s “Top Ten Verdicts of the Year.”  In 2012, a jury in Salt Lake City, Utah, returned a verdict for $133.9 million in Spring Canyon, LLC v. PacifiCorp, based upon a trade secrets case that Mr. Petersen investigated and filed.  In 2015, Mr. Petersen won a judgment (In re Sadeq) in the Eastern District of Virginia for $2.6 million arising from an international embezzlement.

 

Eminent Domain:  In 2015, Mr. Petersen, along with Henry Howell, won a jury verdict in the Fairfax County case of Commissioner of Highways v. Second Holly Knolls for ten times the settlement offer.  In 2016, Mr. Petersen and Mr. Howell secured a $1.2 million settlement for a Prince William County client who lost land and signage to VDOT, a recovery three times the initial offer.  Commissioner of Highways v. Gupta.

 

Appeals Practice:  Mr. Petersen has won major appellate victories, such as Park v. HHH Landmark, LLC, which established the Virginia standard for commercial landlord liability, and Nahigian v. Juno-Loudoun LLC, which rescinded a $1.7 million land purchase for violation of the Interstate Land Sales Act.  In March 2017, he won a successful appeal from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Sharma v. USA International, LLC, __ F.3rd __, which affirmed the ability of business owners to give opinion testimony on business valuations.

 

International Practice: Over the last ten years, Mr. Petersen has represented clients in commercial disputes arising in Korea, Afghanistan, Trinidad, Pakistan, China, and Dubai. In Shenzhen ANT Hi-Tech v. MISI (2017), Mr. Petersen won a Federal jury verdict in Detroit, Michigan on behalf of a Chinese manufacturer sued by its American distributor. In Choi v. Park (2006), Mr. Petersen won a Federal jury verdict in a defamation case conducted entirely in Korean.

 

Community:  Mr. Petersen represents the 34th Senate District in Virginia which includes central and western Fairfax County in the state Senate. Previously, Mr. Petersen represented the Fairfax community as State Delegate and City Councilman.

 

Mr. Petersen is a graduate of Fairfax High School (1986), Williams College (1990) and the University of Virginia Law School (1994).  He is a member of Truro Anglican Church and coaches football and basketball for the Fairfax Police Youth Club. He is a life member of the Northern Virginia Rugby Football Club and has played with the Virginia Cardinals, an over-50 team that competes in national tournaments. 

 

He is the founder of the "Redskins Pride Caucus" in Virginia and has served since 2016 as legal counsel for the Native American Guardian Association, a Native-led association which seeks to preserve historic American names and imagery. 

 

He and his wife Sharon have four children and live in Fairfax City.

 

Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case and do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case undertaken by the lawyer.