Mark D. Peterson

Partner

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Orange County general counsel call Mark D. Peterson when exploring complex acquisitions, dealing with board-level issues, or for practical, business-savvy legal advice, because few understand the market and business pressures of the GC role like Mark. Mark began his legal career in O’Melveny’s Newport Beach office in 1991, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt offerings, SEC compliance and disclosure requirements, as well as other general corporate advice. He then spent 14 years in-house, serving as general counsel and chief legal officer of several well-known Orange County public companies. In those roles, Mark had primary responsibility for all legal affairs, including mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, 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 and securities 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.

Admissions

Bar Admissions

  • California

Education

  • University of California at Berkeley, J.D., 1991
  • Brigham Young University, B.S., 1988: cum laude

Professional Activities

Member

  • 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
  • Orange County Bar Association Finance Committee

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