William Peterson
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William Peterson


William Peterson is a member of Beck Redden’s appellate section and board certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  He has presented oral argument before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and several Texas intermediate courts of appeals.   Before joining Beck Redden, William served as a law clerk to Judge Edith Jones and to Justice Clarence Thomas.  As a former software engineer, he knows the value of intellectual rigor and attention to detail, carrying that forward into all aspects of his practice.  

 William is a committed member of the American Inns of Court.  A Temple Bar Scholar in 2011, he is one of the barrister trustees for the American Inns of Court Foundation and is a member of the Garland Walker Inn.  William has represented pro bono clients through the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program and has participated in the Houston Volunteer Prosecutor Program.

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Awards and Rankings

Recognized as a "Rising Star" in Appellate Law by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers - Texas, 2015

Temple Bar Scholar, 2011

Honorary Overseas Member of the Commercial Bar Association of England and Wales (COMBAR)  

Publications and Presentations

The Collision Between Religious Freedom and Civil Rights, Bill of Rights: Litigating the Constitution Course (2014)

HBA Supreme Court Update (2014)

Law Firm Websites-An Ethical Minefield, The Bencher (Jan/Feb 2013)

Constitutional Issues in General Litigation: What You Need to Know, Bill of Rights: Litigating the Constitution Course (2013)

HBA Supreme Court Update (2013)

HBA Supreme Court Roundup (2012)

HBA Lunch & Learn, Supreme Court Update (2012)

Using History to Determine the Scope of Constitutional Rights: A Comparison of Approaches, Bill of Rights: Litigating the Constitution Course (2012)

Note, Voices of the Victims: Capital Punishment and A Declaration of Life, 27 Rev. Litig. 769 (2008)

Note, The Role of Consumer Preference Development in Incremental Innovation: How Diamond Multimedia Helped Create the iPod, 85 Tex. L. Rev. 1553 (2007)


J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, with highest honors, 2008

B.S., The California Institute of Technology, Engineering and Applied Sciences, 2002


State Bar of Texas

United States Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit