Karen A. Peterson

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Karen Peterson joined the law offices of Allison MacKenzie in 1983. Her areas of practice are public utility law, telecommunications law, water law, administrative law, litigation, and business law. Karen Peterson is also our Energy Law attorney in which Allison MacKenzie has a Tier 1 Ranking in the 2024 edition of the Best Law Firms® publication.

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Karen Peterson graduated with a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982. Upon graduation, she was admitted to practice law in Nevada as well as the U.S. District Court, District of Nevada in 1983. She appears before the Department of Water Resources, Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, Department of Taxation and Division of Environmental Protection. Her professional organization involvement includes Carson City Justice and Municipal Courts, Judge Pro Tem, memberships with the Washoe County Bar Association and First Judicial Bar Association, State Bar of Nevada, Northern Nevada Lawyer’s Association, and Soroptomist International of Carson City. She is AV® Distinguished Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell.


Admitted to Practice, Nevada 1983
Admitted to Practice, U.S. District Court. District of Nevada, 1983
Admitted to Practice, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2007
Carson City Justice and Municipal Courts, Judge Pro Tem, 1999-present

Professional Associations & Leadership

Washoe County Bar Association
First Judicial Bar Association
State Bar of Nevada
Northern Nevada Lawyer’s Association
Phi Beta Kappa
Mortar Board, President of MSU Chapter, 1978-1979

Community Leadership

Soroptomist International of Carson City


B.S., Michigan State University, 1979
J.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1982

Practice Areas

Administrative Law
Public Utilities Law
Telecommunications Law
Water Rights Law
Appellate Law
Energy Law
Environmental Law
Business Law
Construction Law
Real Estate Law