My grandfather was a jack-of-all-trades: farmer, police officer, bus driver and land developer. But it was the land developer side of my grandfather that intrigued me most. With his encouragement, I took real estate classes and became a licensed Realtor. While selling real estate, I learned the importance of listening to people. Really listening. Sometimes it wasn’t what they said, but how they said it. And sometimes it was listening to what they weren’t saying. But what I eventually got good and enjoyed was helping people. Figuring out what their goals were and helping them achieve those goals.
While I really enjoyed the aspect of helping people buy and sell homes, I was frustrated with the limitations placed on me by the real estate profession in drafting real estate contracts. Since a Realtor isn’t an attorney, he/she could only engage in the limited practice of law. I didn’t like the “limited” aspect of this, so with the next real estate downturn, I headed off to law school. Now the only thing limiting my drafting of contracts is my own imagination.
My love for real estate and helping people morphed into the intricacies of boundary law, liens and title insurance. After spending more than 11 ½ years as a state underwriter for one of the largest title insurance companies in the country, I started working for J Peterman Legal Group where I spend much of my time solving real estate and title problems. I’ve since augmented my practice with mediation training to allow me to help people on a very personal basis.
I have been a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin since 1984 and am licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin. My B.A. degree is from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and my law degree is from Oklahoma City University School of Law. Lastly, I am a frequent lecturer for continuing legal education seminars in real estate, title insurance and foreclosures.