Charles Peterson is a partner in the law firm's Energy practice and is located in the Silicon Valley office. He 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. He is an advisor to foreign governments that intend to construct new nuclear power plants. He has worked in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Japan and several European countries, including an extended period in Russia.
Mr. Peterson has experience in litigation, arbitration and mediation. He recently represented a United States utility in a dispute over the ownership of uranium involving litigation in three countries and arbitration in two additional countries. The matter was resolved by the Supreme Administrative Court in Germany in his client’s favor.
Mr. Peterson is actively engaged in advising major United States companies concerning key DOE contracts. He represents teams that bid for the Maintenance and Operation contracts with the DOE.
After graduating from the United States Naval Academy in 1960, Mr. Peterson served as chief engineer on board several nuclear submarines. He retired from the United States Navy Reserve with the rank of Captain. He was licensed as a Senior Reactor Operator and Nuclear Power Plant Shift Supervisor.
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 United States 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 United States 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 USA, Energy: Nuclear-Regulatory—National (2005-2016)
- Chambers Global, Energy: Nuclear-Regulatory & Litigation—USA (2008-2015)
- 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