James A. Peterson

 James A. Peterson

Solving legal problems for more than 35 years

Firm Overview

Since 1977, James A. Peterson has offered reliable and innovative service to clients in Salem, Massachusetts and neighboring towns, including Marblehead, Swampscott, Nahant, Peabody, Danvers and Beverly. Attorney James Peterson handles all cases involving real estate, both residential and commercial, probate and landlord-tenant law. If you are buying or selling a home, fighting a contentious eviction or facing complicated responsibilities as an executor, we can protect your rights and skillfully guide you through the legal process. We are knowledgeable, creative problem-solvers committed to getting results for our clients.

Practicing for more than 35 years in the Salem area, attorney James A. Peterson has an outstanding reputation for professional knowledge, results-driven representation and superior client service. Our clients can expect the following benefits from an engagement with us:
Skilled advocacy - With our focus on real estate, probate and landlord-tenant law, we bring insight and problem-solving skills to the most complex cases in these areas. We are equally capable of mediating and litigating, whichever path is best for the particulars of your case.
Results-driven representation - At James A. Peterson, we assess the facts of your case quickly, drawing on our more than 35 years of experience identifying winning strategies for our clients. We have a proven track record of results in the community we have served since 1977. We are also committed to providing quality service to our clients at a reasonable cost, managing our own expenses so we can manage yours.
Superior client service - We build more than just a case for our client - we build a relationship. We are available and accessible as we prepare strategies for your case. Attorney James A. Peterson offers a free 30-minute initial consultation to every client.

Salem attorney protecting clients' rights in real estate, probate and landlord-tenant law
James A. Peterson represents clients with legal issues in residential and commercial real estate, probate and landlord-tenant law. If you are preparing a lease, creating or executing a trust to protect family wealth, or fighting a foreclosure, attorney James A. Peterson can win your case. We represent clients with legal issues in the following areas of practice:
Real Estate - residential and commercial
Landlord- Tenant

Main Office

Main Office
81 Washington Street Suite 209
Salem MA 01970


(978) 744-2450


(978) 741-8970

Real Estate

Salem attorney winning cases for more than 35 years

Massachusetts' James A. Peterson law firm applies extensive knowledge about property rights, real estate issues, finance and business to all areas of real estate law. With more than 35 years of experience in real estate law, James A. Peterson can help you with:
-Residential home sales transactions
-Commercial property sales transactions
-Homeowners associations
-Condominium law
-Landlord-tenant disputes
-Real estate contracts
-Eminent domain
-Zoning, land use and building permits
-Boundary and easement disputes
-Title disputes

Real estate transaction attorney:
From offer to sale, James A. Peterson handles all aspects of buying and selling real estate and construction, so that you can feel confident about a smooth and precise transaction. We can:
-Draft or review your sales contract
-Negotiate real estate agreements
-Review your lending documents
-Search and clear title
-Analyze your deal and rectify potential problems
-Handle land use, zoning and permitting
-Conduct your real estate closing

Real estate litigation attorney:
Real estate litigation requires substantial knowledge about property laws and civil litigation, as well as a dynamic courtroom presence. At James A. Peterson, we possess the specialized knowledge necessary to successfully litigate your real estate disputes.

Real estate negotiators:
Some disputes are better solved outside of the courtroom. Our effective mediators guide negotiations to protect your interests. By retaining an experienced mediator to strategize during the contract negotiation process, you can often prevent disputes from arising at a later stage in the real estate transaction. This can save time, costs and frustration.

James Peterson

 James A. Peterson

Position: Attorney

Practice areas:
-Real Estate

Bar admissions:
Massachusetts, 1977

-J.D., Boston University, 1977
-B.A., Allegheny College, 1974

Professional associations:
-Salem Bar Association ( Executive Committee Member)
-Essex County Bar Association
-Massachusetts Bar Association
-Real Estate Bar Association for Massachusetts (Steering-Committee Member, Housing Court Bar Committee)
-National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys


Boston University
Juris Doctorate, 1977