Car Accident Attorney
Attorney Frederick Petersen is a native of Buffalo, New York who earned his undergraduate degree from The University at Buffalo in 2000 with a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science, graduating cum laude, with a minor in Marketing.
Fred grew up in Depew, attending S.S. Peter and Paul elementary school, and then moved to Clarence in the 6th grade, where he graduated from Clarence Central High School in 1996. Fred knew in high school that he was going to be either a lawyer or an engineer. Fred’s first mock trial experience was in 12th grade Honors English Class, where he worked as lead “counsel,” obtaining a not guilty verdict for his fictional client. That formative experience cemented Fred’s commitment to becoming a lawyer and working towards obtaining justice for those most in need.
As an undergraduate, Fred was a member of Pi Sigma Epsilon, a co-ed business and marketing fraternity devoted to the helping the community and promoting the development of its membership. Their motto is “The Great Joy of Serving Others,” words that Fred carries with him to this day in his professional legal practice. Through college, he worked as a food server, working his way from a greasy spoon to fine dining service. Fred credits this experience with developing both his customer service skills, and his ability to thrive under pressure. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. in 2003. During law school, Fred was active in their trail advocacy programs, and worked as an intern with Ferris, Baker Watts, a prominent investment bank located in Washington, D.C.
Early in his legal career, Fred realized that he wanted to work in a personal injury law firm, helping his clients fight against the dehumanizing corporate juggernaut that is our insurance system. As such, Fred carefully chose his employers after being admitted to practice law in New York State, obtaining meaningful experience in the courtroom, in negotiations, and with clients; all preparing him for success in his challenging and rewarding position with William Mattar. Since being admitted to practice law in New York, Fred has worked as a foreclosure defense attorney, and as an Assistant Public Defender; roles he credits for his client-centered approach to representation. As a Public Defender, Fred attended the New York State Defender’s Association Trial Skills Academy in Troy, New York, an intensive, week long program which elevated his trial advocacy skills tremendously. Applying that experience to his defense practice, Fred conducted approximately one trial per month, obtaining favorable results in the great majority of his cases. He also served as the Huevelton High School Mock Trial Team’s Attorney Coach while working as a Public Defender in St. Lawrence County.
Fred has previously served as a panel member of the Erie County Bar Association’s Assigned Counsel Program, representing low income clients in family court matters including custody, visitation, family offenses, and child support matters. He was previously a member of the Erie County Bar Association’s Criminal Law and Family Court Committees, and is now a member of Erie County Bar Association’s Negligence and Alternative Dispute Resolution Committees. Prior to his admission to practice law in New York State, Fred worked in the insurance industry, experience which serves him well in his current role as a personal injury attorney focused on automobile cases.
Fred agrees that his personal values strongly align with the William Mattar purpose: to “Make a Difference.” He says, “To me, that means doing your best by the client, going above and beyond to help with their issues, and putting their needs above your own. At the end of the day, it means being able to look yourself in the mirror and truthfully acknowledge that you gave it your all. Making a difference means taking a position and fighting for what you know to be true and right.”
When he’s not focusing on clients, he loves spending time with his wife Sue, his long-hair Chihuahua Ozkar Bob, his three cats, and of course, his friends and family. Fred enjoys the abundance of year-round activities in Western New York, where he enjoys hiking, swimming, skiing, shooting long guns at a range, and almost anything outdoorsy. He also enjoys traveling, taking a road trip at least once a year, with Atlantic City, New Jersey being his favorite out of state destination. In his down time, Fred enjoys reading, keeping up with the news and current events, following science and technology, and visiting new restaurants around WNY. Fred is forced to admit that while he enjoys cooking, he doesn’t prepare his own food nearly as often as he should. Fred also freely admits he is a science fiction aficionado, and is a big fan of Star Wars, Firefly, Altered Carbon, and almost anything else science fiction related.
- University at Buffalo (B.A., Political Science), cum laude 2000
- George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C. (J.D.) 2003
- New York State 2009
- Erie County Bar Association’s Negligence Committee
- Erie County Bar Association’s ADR Committee