Stephen (Pete) Peterson, CPA
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Stephen M. (Pete) Peterson is the Managing Director of the Law Firm Business Institute, which is a specialty practice of the CPA firm of Maxfield Peterson, P.C. Pete has worked with a wide variety of closely held businesses and professional service firms, with over 25 years of management and consulting experience, including ten years as the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Administration for a 240 attorney Minneapolis law firm and three years as the CFO for a 100 attorney Denver law firm. He was also the Chief Operating Officer for Hildebrandt International, an international law firm consultancy.
He has counseled firms on strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, compensation, firm governance, succession planning, improving administrative structures, and profitability improvement.
Cathryn Saylor Peterson, Esq.
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Cathryn, a principal of Maxfield ∙ Peterson, P.C., has worked with a wide variety of businesses and professional service firms. Cathryn has over 30 years of tax, financial, legal, educational, consulting, and management experience with both national and international firms and law schools.
Cathryn began her career in accounting in the oil and gas industry in Denver. After gaining years of increasingly responsible accounting experience and teaching a college course in oil and gas accounting, she joined a Denver financial consulting firm where she quickly ascended to Vice President in charge of financial planning. There, in addition to performing a full range of financial consulting services to clients, Ms. Saylor Peterson worked with computer programmers to design and implement an interactive financial planning program designed for large institutional use. She co-chaired a joint venture with a top-ten bank and developed a business plan for implementation of the financial planning systems in their Dallas headquarters with roll-out to all their branches. After law school (see academic background below) Cathryn was, inter alia, managing attorney for an international Fortune 500 company’s Denver office where she consulted with local and national law firms on professional and organizational development projects.
At Maxfield ∙ Peterson, P.C., in addition to providing financial and tax planning along with traditional accounting services, Cathryn has also provided consulting services in such areas as:
- Strategic business planning and implementation including business start-ups.
- Management, governance, and mediation/counseling for businesses and law firms.
- Not-for-profit management, development, grants research and strategic planning.
- Merger and acquisition assistance including searches and due diligence.
- Retirement planning and employee benefits.
- IRS dispute resolution.
- Policy, procedural, and organizational development for businesses and law firms.
- Computer conversions of accounting systems.
- Wealth management and business succession planning.
- Litigation consulting and support.
Academic Background and Honors
Cathryn earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University and then a Juris Doctor with honors from William Mitchell College of Law in 1991. During law school she was honored to be a staff member and then editor of the WMCL Law review. Cathryn obtained a certificate in International Business Law earned in Paris. Also during law school she created and wrote the curriculum for a Business Law Clinic which she taught as Student Director and then Adjunct Professor of Law from 1990 to 1997. This pioneering clinical program has now been replicated at law schools across the country. Cathryn was honored to obtain a prestigious clerkship in the Federal District Court of Minnesota upon graduation from law school. After a national search, Cathryn was further honored to be awarded the first Teaching Fellowship in Clinical Legal Education, at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.
Professional and Civic Activities
Cathryn is currently President of the Board for San Juan Legacy Lands in Ouray, Colorado. She has also served as President and Treasurer on the board of directors for the Black Canyon Regional Land Trust in Montrose Colorado, is also on the Advisory Council to the Second Chance Humane Society in Ridgway, Colorado. Previously she served as a Director of the Minnesota Justice Foundation, and was the President/Co-Chair of the WMCL Board of Directors for the Minnesota Justice Foundation.
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