Scott M. Peterson

Empowering Individuals

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Scott M. Peterson is the founding partner of D'Orazio Peterson, having left a partnership at a large regional law firm to limit his practice and focus on exclusively representing individuals in a small number of employment and serious injury/medical malpractice matters.

Scott was born and raised in Saratoga Springs, New York.  After graduating from Albany Law School, where he first met Giovanna, the two of them decided that instead of moving to a larger city to work for massive corporate/commercial law firms they would stay local and build their careers here.

Scott spent the first several years of his career first as an associate, then as a partner, with two larger Albany based law firms.  Most of this time was spent working for large companies and hospitals, defending lawsuits.  The work was interesting, but over time Scott became disillusioned with work that seemed more focused on saving money for big companies than doing what was right.  

Self-motivated by nature, Scott decided to leave a comfortable and stable partnership position to venture out on his own and devote his practice to an area where he could help real people in a tangible way.  Scott opened Peterson Law Firm in 2011.  A year later Giovanna left her position with a prestigious Albany law firm and D'Orazio Peterson was born.

Scott often speaks and writes about individual rights in the  workplace and the rights of individuals to be safe from negligence and poor medical care.  He has been published in a number of publications, including the New York Law Journal among others.  He has been the recipient of several awards, including being named a "Super Lawyer" several years running and being named a Top 40 Under 40 Lawyer in New York State.

Scott & Giovanna have settled in Saratoga Springs to raise their two children, Miles & Lila, but by limiting their practice to employment and serious injury matters they have been able to help individuals throughout the State of New York.  These days their practice takes them from Brooklyn to Plattsburgh, from Buffalo to Albany, handling cases from beginning to end in State and Federal Court.  Scott's favorite part of practicing law is getting in front of a jury and standing up for an individual against a large company or institution.  

Scott places a significant value on balancing his work life with his personal life; and it seems the two often blend together.  Scott enjoys spending much of his time with Giovanna and their two kids, and can often be found walking through town in and out of the local book store or mountain store, among others.  With active kids, Scott enjoys skiing, hiking, biking and most other outdoor activities.  He also enjoys cooking for the family when the time allows.    

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Personal Injury

Have you been injured at a job site, or in a vehicle? D’Orazio Peterson is an experienced Personal Injury law firm. If you have experienced serious injury due to negligence or malice, be sure to contact us to see what we can do to help you receive the justice you deserve.

Employment Law

If you were recently laid off during maternity leave or you’re having trouble at work and think discrimination is to blame, you have the right to fight back against your employer’s poor behavior. D’Orazio Peterson handles employment law cases involving FMLA violations and incidents of discrimination based on age, gender, race or disability.

Medical Errors

Medical errors are a leading cause of death, and many are preventable. We work towards eliminating those errors.