Jacob E. Peterson

Jacob E. Peterson

Email: jepeterson@cml-law.com

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Jake has a general practice with significant civil litigation, healthcare, and local government experience, with an emphasis on appellate and dispositive motion practice.  He has noteworthy experience in contested probate and trust administration matters, banking and bankruptcy litigation, non-profit, and school law, as well.  Jake has served as the primary attorney on many civil cases, has first-chaired several criminal jury trials as a special prosecutor for the City of Salina, and second-chaired multiple civil jury trials, including five medical malpractice jury trials.

Raised in Lindsborg, Jake spent his formative years in the Salina area. Jake earned his undergraduate degree in physics from Washburn University, and his law degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.  He served as Managing Editor on the Washington University Journal of Law and Policy during the 2011-2012 academic year.

The following are some representative results and cases that Jake has obtained or handled on behalf of clients:

  • Obtained successful appellate ruling regarding statute of limitations bar, cause-in-fact, and legal cause, among other issues, in a malpractice action on behalf of a rural Kansas hospital
  • Obtained successful summary judgment and court of appeals rulings regarding wrongful birth action filed against OBGYN barred by Kansas statute but argued to be protected under Sections 5 and 18 of the Kansas Constitution (Kansas Supreme Court appeal pending)
  • Advised numerous healthcare clients regarding healthcare privacy, potential litigation, regulatory compliance, and transactional issues
  • Counseled numerous physicians and healthcare providers regarding provider employment agreements
  • Drafted successful summary judgment memorandum and appellate brief regarding the statute of repose on behalf of health care providers
  • Obtained summary judgment in a medical malpractice case where the plaintiff asserted expert testimony was unnecessary and asserted res ipsa loquitur as a theory of recovery
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of an independent contractor who was sued in strict liability based upon allegedly engaging in an abnormally dangerous activity
  • Obtained a DUI conviction as a prosecutor pro tem for the City of Salina in a jury trial without breath test or blood test evidence
  • Obtained a conviction as a prosecutor pro tem for the City of Salina in two-day jury trial involving an animal attack


  • Washburn University (B.A., Physics, summa cum laude, 2009)
  • Washington University Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2012)
    • Managing Editor of the Washington University of the Journal of Law and Policy

Professional Affiliations:

  • Kansas Bar Association (2012 – present)
    • Nominating Committee (2019 – Present)
    • Law Practice Management Committee (2017 – Present)
    • Annual Meeting Planning Committee (2016 – 2017)
    • Young Lawyers Section CLE Liaison (2014 – 2017)
    • Strategic Planning Committee Member (2015 – 2016)
    • CLE Committee Member (2014 – 2017)
  • Saline-Ottawa County Bar Association (2012 – present)
    • President (2018 – 2019)
    • Vice President (2017 – 2018)
    • Secretary (2016 – 2017)
    • Treasurer (2015 – 2016)
  •  Kansas Association of Defense Counsel (2012 – present)
    • Membership Chair (2020)
    • Board Member (2017 – Present)
    • Annual Meeting Planning Committee (2016 – Present)
    • Horizon Award (i.e., Young Lawyer of the Year Award) (2015)
    • Young Lawyers Committee (2015 – Present)
  • Defense Research Institute (2013 – present)
  • American Health Lawyers Association (2012 – present)

Select Publications and Presentations:

Motions to Quash: An Intervention, KADC Defense Journal (Winter 2020).

“Claims File Discovery: What Is Protected and How to Show It,” A Presentation for the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting (December 1, 2018).

Procedural Predicaments: Can a Party Really Admit Its Own Retained Expert’s Deposition in Lieu of Live Testimony?, KADC Defense Journal (Summer 2018).

“Law Student to Happy Lawyer: Making Successful Transition to the Real World. Ethical Lessons Imparted by Attorneys under 35,” A Presentation for the Kansas Bar Association Annual Meeting (June 19, 2015).

“Basics of Nonprofit Formation,” A Presentation for the Salina Community Foundation (October 6, 2014).

“Basics of Medical Malpractice Suits, Asset Protection, and Estate Planning for Physicians,” A Presentation for the Smoky Hill Family Medicine Program (August 6, 2014).

“Business Associate Agreements,” A Presentation for the Sunflower Health Network (December 11, 2013).

The Habitually Harmful or Lackadaisical Defendant: Selected Decisions on Ongoing or Repeated Acts or Omissions and Their Implications Under K.S.A. 60-513, KADC Defense Journal (Fall 2013).

Vehicular GPS Surveillance: The Death of Autonomy and Anonymity or a Variation on the Status Quo?,  39 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol’y 337 (2012).

Community Involvement:

  • Salina Child Care Association, Inc. (2015 – present)
  • Crimestoppers of Salina/Saline County (2014 – present)
    • Chairman (2015 – 2017)
    • Board member (2014; 2018 – 2019)
  • Leadership Salina (2014)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters (2011 – 2012)
    • Big Brother