Jacob E. Peterson

Jacob E. Peterson

Email: jepeterson@cml-law.com

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Jake’s practice focuses upon civil litigation and healthcare, including insurance defense and medical malpractice. Jake has first-chaired several criminal jury trials as a special prosecutor for the City of Salina and second-chaired multiple civil jury trials, including three medical malpractice jury trials.  Jake has also briefed and argued several dispositive motions resulting in judgments in favor of his clients.  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 also 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 that Jake has obtained on behalf of clients:

  • 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.
  • Second-chaired a civil jury trial on behalf of an orthopedic surgeon in a medical malpractice claim resulting in a defense verdict.
  • Second-chaired two civil jury trials on behalf of a urologist in a medical malpractice claim, ultimately resulting in a defense verdict.
  • Second-chaired a civil jury trial on behalf of a national retailer resulting in a defense verdict.
  • 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.
  • Drafted a successful summary judgment memorandum and appellate brief regarding the statute of repose on behalf of health care providers: Vacura v. Sliter, 329 P.3d 1254, 2014 WL 3843295, (Kan. Ct. App. 2014) (unpublished opinion).


  • 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)
    • Annual Meeting Planning Committee Member (2016 – 2017)
    • Strategic Planning Committee Member (2015 – 2016)
    • Young Lawyers Section CLE Liaison (2014 – 2017)
    • CLE Committee Member (2014 – 2017)
  • Saline-Ottawa County Bar Association (2012 – present)
    • Vice President (2017 – present)
    • Secretary (2016 – 2017)
    • Treasurer (2015 – 2016)
  • Kansas Association of Defense Counsel (2012 – present)
    • Board Member (2017 – present)
    • Young Lawyers Committee (2015 – present)
  • Defense Research Institute (2013 – present)
  • American Health Lawyers Association (2012 – present)

Select Publications and Presentations:

“Law Student to Happy Lawyer: Making Successful Transition to the Real World. Ethical Lessons Imparted by Attorneys under 35” (June 19, 2015).

“Basics of Nonprofit Formation” (October 6, 2014).

“Basics of Medical Malpractice Suits, Asset Protection, and Estate Planning for Physicians” (August 6, 2014).

“Business Associate Agreements” (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 – present)
  • Leadership Salina (2014 – present)
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters (2011 – 2012)
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