Judge Gregory A. PetersonCourt of Appeals–District III: 1999–2012
Deputy Chief Judge: 2007–2012
Gregory A. Peterson served on the Court of Appeals for thirteen years. Before that he was a circuit court judge in Eau Claire County for sixteen years.
Peterson was a frequent speaker at judicial education seminars. He was chief judge of the Tenth Circuit Court Administrative District and deputy chief judge of the Court of Appeals. He served six years on the Wisconsin Judicial Commission, including one as chair. He also served twelve years on the Criminal Jury Instruction Committee, the last four as chair. As chair he spearheaded the beginning of a complete revision of the instructions into plain language.
Peterson is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1969) and the UW Law School (1973). In law school he was selected for the National Moot Court team that finished first in the Seventh Circuit competition and reached the semi-final round of the national tournament in New York. He also received the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for Excellence in Trial and Appellate Advocacy.
In retirement Peterson is serving as a reserve judge, as an arbitrator, and as a consultant on appeals. He has discovered a newfound passion for golf. He continues to read widely and belongs to two book clubs. He also enjoys upland bird hunting. To his great dismay, he finally had to give up running, but now walks outdoors and swims.