Elected as Nebraska’s 32nd Attorney General in 2014, Doug Peterson has dedicated his career to be an advocate for Nebraskans both in state and federal court. He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a business degree in 1981 and from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1985.
Following law school, Peterson spent two years in North Platte, Nebraska prosecuting both criminal and civil cases for the Lincoln County Attorney’s office. From 1988 to 1990, he served as an assistant attorney general in Nebraska representing the state in civil litigation matters. From 1990 to 2014, Peterson was in private practice representing both individuals and companies in state and federal court.
As Nebraska Attorney General, Peterson oversees a staff of more than 125 employees. The office enforces criminal, civil, environmental, and consumer protection matters throughout the state of Nebraska. The office also provides legal counsel and official legal opinions to state officials.
Soon after taking office, Attorney General Peterson initiated the creation of a coalition to stem the tide of an opioid crisis in Nebraska through prevention, treatment, and law enforcement in direct collaboration with the public health, medical, and law enforcement communities in Nebraska. The Nebraska Coalition to Prevent Opioid Abuse meets on a regular basis to ensure that the multi-faceted efforts are effectively reducing opioid abuse in Nebraska.
During his service, Peterson has also prioritized the office’s responsibilities in investigating and prosecuting both child abuse and child sexual assault cases throughout Nebraska. His office provides statewide training to law enforcement officials on how to properly investigate child abuse and child sexual assault claims. They work closely with other state organizations to make certain that the most vulnerable are being protected through our justice system.
General Peterson has spearheaded stronger human trafficking laws and the creation of the Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force, a statewide, victim-centered system working to stop human trafficking. The task force consists of five state regional teams of both law enforcement and service providers; it now coordinates both regional enforcements and prosecutions of traffickers in Nebraska. The task force has also trained over 1,000 law enforcement and service provider personnel to increase statewide awareness of trafficking.
While serving as Attorney General, Peterson has expanded the Consumer Protection Division and has made additional improvements to Nebraska law regarding consumer protection. Consumer protection efforts include statewide consumer education to prevent fraud and also enforcing violations of Nebraska consumer laws in state court.
On a national level, Peterson serves as the co-chair of the National Association of Attorneys General Consumer Protection Committee. The committee is involved in nationwide, multi-state actions.
Doug and his wife have three adult children and a growing number of grandchildren who bring great joy to their lives.