John E. Petze | Attorney

John E. Petze is Senior Trial Counsel to the firm and a member of the litigation unit. He handles all aspects of civil litigation, including mediations, arbitrations, and jury trials.

John Petze

John E. Petze

He has been a Southern California personal injury and business law attorney, representing serious injury victims, insurance companies, their insureds, entrepreneurs, and businesses in San Diego, Riverside, and Imperial County since 1985.

Mr. Petze has successfully defended and prosecuted personal injury, product liability, premises liability, and motor vehicle cases. He is one of a small number of attorneys in Southern California with extensive experience and success in reducing or eliminating claims for reimbursement from his injured clients’ health insurance companies, Medicare, and Medi-Cal for payments made towards medical bills. In his business practice, he negotiates, drafts, and reviews buy/sell agreements, non-compete and nondisclosure agreements, and commercial leases, and litigates disputes involving breach of contract, easements, boundaries, commercial leases, other real estate disputes, business torts, improper use of trade secrets, partnerships, corporations, and shareholders.

With 32 years of experience, Mr. Petze represents clients in a responsible and efficient manner, considering the probable outcomes of each case as well as the anticipated costs, so as to achieve his clients’ goals and obtain optimal results, whether the objective is a maximum settlement award or taking a business or personal injury dispute to trial. Mr. Petze provides thorough and tenacious representation, counsel, and advice to all of his clients. In recognition of his professional skill and integrity, he has achieved an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available in the national directory of attorneys.

Edes v. Astro Tool Co.
Frizzell v. Stuart
Truly v. Hermanns


  • University of San Diego School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1984
  • University of California San Diego, Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, 1975


  • State Bar of California, 1985 to present
  • United States District Court, Southern District of California, 1985 to present
  • San Diego Inns of Court
  • College of Advocacy and Evidence Workshop
  • American Inns of Court, Louis M. Welsh Chapter
  • San Diego Superior Court Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators