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Mark D. Peterson


Mark D. Peterson is a partner in O’Melveny’s Newport Beach office and a member of the Mergers and Acquisitions Practice.

Mark began his legal career in O’Melveny’s Newport Beach office in 1991, and for six years, his practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt offerings, SEC reporting and disclosure requirements as well as other general corporate advice.

Mark then spent 14 years in-house, serving as general counsel and chief legal officer of several well-known Orange County companies. In those roles, Mark had primary responsibility for all legal affairs, including, mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt offerings, SEC and exchange reporting and compliance, intellectual property, litigation management and strategy, labor and employment, risk management, and corporate governance.

In 2011, Mark returned to O’Melveny as a corporate partner, advising senior executives and boards of directors on matters ranging from corporate governance to strategic transactions, capital-raising transactions, and day-to-day business and legal issues. His clients comprise a diverse group of public and private companies in industries including consumer products, healthcare, medical devices, technology and data analytics.

Professional Activities

Board Member, Meade Instruments Corp., a Nasdaq listed consumer optical and electronics company
Board Member, J. Reuben Clark Law Society
Advisory Board Member, UCI Center for Corporate Legal Leadership
Guest Lecturer, UCI MBA Program, Business Law
Former Vice Chairman, Orange County Bar Association Corporate Counsel Group
Former Chairman, Forum for Corporate Directors GC Affinity Group

University of California at Berkeley, J.D., 1991

Brigham Young University, B.S., 1988: cum laude