Charles Peterson, a partner in law firm's Energy practice, concentrates his practice on advanced nuclear reactors, nuclear fuel procurement, and international energy transactions. Mr. Peterson represents companies in the energy industry in major commercial transactions. Currently he is the legal advisor to two utility groups that are negotiating with foreign-owned companies for nuclear power plants. He is an advisor to foreign governments that intend to construct new nuclear power plants. He has worked in Japan and several European countries, including an extended period in Russia. Mr. Peterson acts as legal counsel to the U.S. Industry Coalition, the association of over 100 companies that are involved in nonproliferation programs with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Mr. Peterson has experience in litigation, arbitration and mediation. He is currently representing a US utility in a dispute over the ownership of uranium involving litigation in three countries and arbitration in an additional two countries. The matter is now before the Supreme Administrative Court in Germany.
Mr. Peterson is actively engaged in advising major U.S. companies concerning key DOE contracts. He represents teams that bid for the Maintenance and Operation contracts with the DOE.
After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1960, Mr. Peterson served as chief engineer on board several nuclear submarines. He retired from the U.S. Navy Reserve with the rank of Captain.
In 1973, Mr. Peterson joined the General Electric Nuclear Power Division and in 1975, he became legal counsel for the Nuclear Fuel Department. In that capacity, he participated in the sale of nuclear fuel in the U.S. and 10 foreign countries. In 1979, he was appointed Division Counsel of the General Electric Aircraft Equipment Division, where he was involved in sales of aircraft equipment to the US and foreign governments.
In 1983, Mr. Peterson joined Cogema, the French nuclear fuel company that became part of AREVA, as the first Executive Vice President of its U.S. subsidiary. He later served as President of Nuexco during the period when Nuexco came to prominence as a leading international nuclear fuel trading company.
Mr. Peterson joined Pillsbury in April 2001.
- Chambers Global, Energy: Nuclear-Regulatory & Litigation—USA (2008-2015)
- Chambers USA, Energy: Nuclear-Regulatory—National (2005-2015)
- UK Energy and Infrastructure Team of the Year, Finalist, The Lawyer Awards (2010)
- Deal of the Month, Asian-Counsel (2010)
American Bar Association; American Arbitration Association, National Energy Panel; International Nuclear Lawyers Association; California Bar Association; District of Columbia Bar Association; American Nuclear Society
Supreme Court of the State of California, District of Columbia Court of Appeals