Josh Peterson leverages robust trial skills and a thorough knowledge of federal Indian law to help clients surmount the economic, financing and gaming challenges facing Indian Country. Apart from navigating the intricacy of federal Indian law, Josh represents clients in connection with complex financial, commercial and construction litigation matters.

Federal Indian Law

Josh represents Native American tribes, wholly-owned tribal entities and individual tribal members in matters arising from land rights claims, contract disputes and taxation disputes. He has experience helping tribes take land into trust and advising clients on matters involving sovereign immunity, jurisdiction, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). Josh has worked extensively in court and with administrative agencies to advocate for his clients’ interests.

Commercial and Construction Litigation

Josh has experience navigating cases from the start of a dispute through the final appeal in state and federal court, as well as arbitration. A lawyer focused on trial work and dispute resolution, Josh is equipped to handle issues related to: 
  • Breach of contract
  • Breach of fiduciary duties
  • Economic torts
  • Corporate trusts
  • Construction schedule disputes
  • Change order disputes
  • Contractor or owner defaults
  • Mechanic’s lien claims

Past Experience

Before joining the firm, Josh served as a judicial law clerk in the Minnesota Court of Appeals. During law school, Josh was a certified student attorney in the Menominee Public Defender Indian Law Clinic in Keshena, Wisconsin, and worked as a law clerk with an Indian law boutique firm. Josh also successfully briefed and argued cases before the Menominee Supreme Court and Minnesota Court of Appeals, won a jury trial in Menominee Tribal Court, was the National Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) Moot Court National Champion in 2014 and 2015, and won best brief in the NALSA Moot Court competition in 2015. 

Personal Interests

Having grown up in Minnesota, Josh spends a fair amount of time attending hockey games in the Twin Cities area.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Minnesota
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit


Minnesota Court of Appeals, Hon. Jill Flaskamp Halbrooks, 2015-2016


Mitchell Hamline School of Law
J.D. summa cum laude, William Mitchell Law Review (executive editor) (2015)

Hamline University
B.A. in Philosophy, Economics and Legal Studies, cum laude (2012)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • ACLU of Minnesota — Member, 2017-present
  • Minnesota American Indian Bar Association — Member, 2016-present
  • Federal Bar Association — Member, 2016-present
  • Hennepin County Bar Association — Member, 2016-present

Civic Activities

  • Volunteer Lawyers Network — Member, 2019-present
  • ACLU of Minnesota — Volunteer, 2017-present
  • Nova Classical Academy — Mock Trial Coach, 2012-present
  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law — Mock Trial Coach, Moot Court Coach, 2015-present


  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Native American Law Student Association — Moot Court, National Champion, 2014 and 2015, and Best Brief, 2015
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2017, 2019
  • Nova Classical Academy, St. Paul, Minnesota — Instruct students in oral advocacy leading to three state mock trial championships and two top five national finishes, 2012-17
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