About PJM

  • Firm Profile
  • Firm History
  • Diversity
  • Representative Clients

Continued praise and recommendations from clients, judges, and peer groups are the hallmarks of a strong litigation law firm, and define Peterson, Johnson & Murray, S.C.

The true test of a law firm lies not in what it says about itself, but in what clients, judges and other lawyers say about the firm. Professional reputation – earned through years of competent, aggressive, and ethically sound representation – is the most valuable asset a client can have when sitting down at a negotiation table or entering a courtroom.

Peterson, Johnson & Murray is pleased to announce that it has been named the 2016 Top Mid-Sized Firm for Litigation in Wisconsin by Super Lawyers . Three of the firm's senior partners were recognized as among the top twenty-five attorneys in the Milwaukee, inclusive of all practice areas. Furthermore, thirty percent of the firm's attorneys received the distinction of "Super Lawyer" based upon votes solicited from over 12,600 practicing attorneys, review by independent panels from those nominated by that process, and additional research and evaluation. Nine of the firm’s shareholders have been listed in The Best Lawyers In America, the most respected and recognized attorney referral service in the country.

U.S. News & World Report is well known for its annual ratings of “Best Colleges” and “Best Hospitals”. In 2016-17 the magazine surveyed over 40,000 lawyers, 50,000 clients, and 10,000 law firms nationwide to discover the “Best Law Firms” in the United States. Peterson, Johnson & Murray was listed as a “Top Tier” law firm in eight different categories; one of the best and most broadly decorated firms in the country.

All of the firm’s shareholders have received “high” to “pre-eminent” ratings in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is the only nationally recognized attorney rating service. Since the firm was founded in 1982, that same service has consistently conferred its highest legal ability rating on the firm as a whole.

Three of the firm's attorneys have received the honor of fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers, recognizing outstanding trial attorneys throughout the country. Five of the firm's attorneys have also received advocate status by the American Board of Trial Advocates, recognizing nationally the trial achievements of civil litigation attorneys.

Our commitment to professionalism extends beyond strictly legal services. The firm’s attorneys are frequent lecturers at leading legal seminars. A number of them write for scholarly legal journals. Several have held high level executive positions in such organizations as the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Civil Trial Counsel of Wisconsin. Two are Adjunct Professors of Law at Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee.

Few if any firms in Wisconsin can boast such a concentration of widely recognized and praised attorneys.

In addition to our Milwaukee office, our Madison office has enjoyed major growth in size and reputation since its founding in 1994. Also with offices to serve you in the Libertyville area, Manitowoc, and downtown Chicago, coupled with over thirty experienced attorneys focused on the advancement of your interests in virtually every area of litigation, our firm is uniquely situated to address your needs, protect your rights, and obtain results.

The Harmonie Group


A valuable asset to the firm and its clients has been our charter membership in an interntional network of defense counsel, The Harmonie Group, which is linked via the Internet enabling members to communicate candidly and confidentially regarding expert witnesses and other defense resources througout the United States and Canada. We also enjoy a relationship with the Canadian Litigation Counsel (CLC), a network of 10 Canadian based firms with similar practices, as well as burgeoning European based network of law firms. For more information about these organizations, visit Harmonie or CLC.

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Technical Support

Assisting the attorneys of Peterson, Johnson & Murray, S.C., in our service to clients is a support staff team that includes paralegals, law clerks, investigators, accountants and a law librarian, all with advanced computerized research and accounting capabilities. The firm's word processing, billing, docketing and other service departments are equipped with state-of-the-art computers and support systems.

The role of the firm's technical staff, together with our experienced legal secretaries and ancillary personnel, is to assist the attorneys of Peterson, Johnson & Murray, S.C., in providing professional legal services to our clients in a timely, responsive and efficient manner.

The attorneys of Peterson, Johnson & Murray, S.C., take great care and concern to staff each case in the most efficient and economical manner as possible for our clients.

Donald R. Peterson, Terry E. Johnson and James T. Murray, Jr., experienced trial attorneys, established Peterson, Johnson & Murray, S.C., in April of 1982. The firm now celebrates over 35 years in practice, having started with a core group of 5 attorneys in 1982 to now over 30 attorneys, with offices not only in Milwaukee, but also in Madison, Manitowoc and Libertyville.


Initially, the firm's concentration was in the areas of product liability and personal injury claims, and assisting corporations and insurance companies in the defense of these claims. Within the year following, the firm added a number of experienced and well respected attorneys with expertise in other areas of the law as well, such as medical malpractice and worker's compensation. In addition to these areas, the firm has developed and earned a well respected reputation in other related areas such as health law, legal malpractice, municipal law, civil rights, discrimination/ADA litigation, and family law.

In addition, several of the attorneys now serve as mediators and arbitrators in alternative dispute resolution.

The firm has been fortunate to enjoy continued success in the business litigation community, as evidenced by its increase in size and locations over the last 35 years. Our representation of clients is throughout the State of Wisconsin, and several of our attorneys have served as both national as well as local counsel in mass tort litigation, such as toxic shock, L-tryptophan, latex allergy, breast implants and lead paint.

In addition, the attorneys of Peterson, Johnson & Murray, S.C., are committed to voluntary service within their communities. Shareholders have continually been members of and have served on the boards of prominent legal associations and councils, hospital boards, and various industry associations. They also are involved in the education of law students serving as adjunct law professors or frequent lecturers.

With over 35 years of proven experience, the attorneys of Peterson, Johnson & Murray, S.C., remain dedicated to supporting businesses, corporations, and industries in all aspects of litigation and dispute resolution.

Firm Overview

Located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with branch offices in Madison, Libertyville and Manitowoc, Wisconsin, as well as Chicago, Illinois, this law firm is located in one of the most rapidly diversifying areas of the country. A large portion of Milwaukee County’s population is African-American, with growing Hispanic and Asian communities. For over 35 years, Peterson, Johnson & Murray, S.C. has provided legal services to mid-size and large corporations, small businesses and individual professionals that have interests in the State of Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. Peterson, Johnson & Murray, S.C. is committed to providing high quality professional services with a diverse work force.

Diversity Committee

Peterson, Johnson & Murray, S.C. has created a standing Diversity Committee charged with the responsibility of developing, monitoring and evaluating the firm’s strategies and progress in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. The Diversity Committee is comprised of members with a wide variety of backgrounds, including both junior and senior shareholders, associates, administrators, men and women. These individuals share a strong commitment to increasing the firm’s diversity and use their unique experiences and backgrounds to support and further that goal. Peterson, Johnson & Murray, S.C.’s Diversity Committee encourages attorney and staff input from all corners of the firm. The Committee meets regularly to formulate both long-range goals and specific diversity initiatives including marketing and client development, staffing, recruiting, training, mentoring and community involvement.

Women and Minority Attorneys

Peterson, Johnson & Murray, S.C. is an equal opportunity employer providing a wide variety of career opportunities for attorneys and legal service professionals. The firm promotes a supportive work environment and enhances recruitment, retention and advancement of attorneys with diverse backgrounds.

Women currently hold leadership positions in several pre-eminent practice areas, including Medical Malpractice, Worker’s Compensation, Employment and Family Law. In addition, women attorneys regularly serve in management capacities as members of the firm’s Board of Directors. The current firm operations include women and minorities serving in leadership positions in the following departments: Accounting, Client Development and Marketing, Human Resources, Information Technology and Library Services.

Diversity in the Profession

Peterson, Johnson & Murray, S.C. is a member of many Wisconsin-based diversity organizations and women’s networking events sponsored by these organizations. The Firm encourages these activities and values the need to have its attorneys develop stronger networking ties among women and minorities in the legal profession.

Peterson, Johnson & Murray, S.C. attorneys are active members of a wide range of professional organizations committed to diversity, including the Defense Research Institute on the national level, Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers and the Association for Women Lawyers on the state level.

Continued Emphasis on Diversity

Peterson, Johnson & Murray, S.C. places a high premium on diversity and will continue to promote diversity in providing legal services to its clients. We are firmly committed to better client service by attracting, retaining and promoting individuals of exceptional ability and talent from all genders and from a broad range of racial, ethnic, social, economic and religious backgrounds.

For more information about Peterson, Johnson & Murray, S.C.’s commitment to diversity, please call (414) 278-8800.

Corporations and Businesses:

  • Aldi
  • Boldt Construction
  • Briggs & Stratton
  • Ceco Friction Products, Inc.
  • Fluor Corporation.
  • In-Sink-Erator Division of Emerson Electric
  • Kohler Company
  • Kwik Trip
  • Logemann Brothers Co.
  • Manitowoc Company
  • Menard, Inc.
  • Nestle USA
  • Roundy's Supermarkets
  • Samsung
  • Sara Lee
  • Target
  • The Kroger Company, Inc.
  • Walgreens
  • Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare

Insurance Corporations:

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  • Catlin Insurance Company
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  • Continental Casualty Company
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  • Midwest Medical Insurance Company
  • Preferred Professional Insurance Company
  • Rural Mutual Insurance Company
  • Secura Insurance
  • Sentry Insurance
  • Society Insurance Company
  • Swiss Re Insurance Company
  • Travelers Insurance Company
  • West Bend Insurance Company
  • Westport Insurance Company
  • Wilson Mutual Insurance Company
  • Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company
  • Wisconsin Mutual Insurance
  • Zurich American Insurance Company