Peter B. Worden, Jr.

Chosen as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” 2009 – 2017

Chosen as the “Lawyer of the Year for Northern Michigan” 2016 (Best Lawyers in America)


Traverse City Office
(231) 941-1611


  • B.S., Political Science, Lake Superior State University, 1985
  • J.D., University of Detroit School of Law, 1988

Bar Admissions:

  • Michigan, 1988
  • Federal Eastern District of Michigan, 1988
  • Federal Western District of Michigan, 1993
  • Federal Sixth Circuit, 1993

Professional Memberships:

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Grand Traverse / Leelanau / Antrim Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
  • Incorporated Society of Irish-American Lawyers


Senior Member, Real Estate and Title Insurance Group, specializing in:

  • adverse possession claims
  • appraisal errors
  • boundary disputes
  • broker and agent claims
  • closings
  • construction bonding and mechanics’ liens
  • construction contracts and disputes
  • correction of errors in recorded documents
  • document preparation and review
  • easement formation and disputes
  • landlord-tenant matters
  • mortgages
  • partition actions
  • plat amendments
  • purchase agreement formation and disputes
  • title insurance defense

Member, Business Law Group, specializing in:

  • Formation and operation of business entities

Member, Admiralty Practice Group, specializing in:

  • First Preferred Ship’s Mortgages (perfecting, and foreclosing, same)
  • Maritime Liens
  • Jones Act litigation
  • Vessel collisions and allisions

General Insurance and Litigation:

  • Insurance coverage
  • Municipal liability
  • First-and Third-Party Automobile Accident Claims
  • Premises Liability
  • Errors and Omissions claims involving realtors and appraisers

Publications and Presentations:

  • Presented on Sidewalk Responsibility and Liability: A Primer for Municipal and Private Landowner Responsibilities and Liabilities with Respect to Sidewalks, in conjunction with MSU Extension, multiple locations 2015-2016
  • “Recreational Boating Law Manual,” first issued in 1999 and periodically updated to present;
  • Co-Author with Christian Huffman, “Northern Michigan Recreational Accidents: An Overview of Civil Liability,” first issued in 2008 and periodically updated to present
  • “Vessel Seaworthiness – The Rights of Passengers and the Responsibilities of Captains and Management,” 2006
  • Gaylord, Michigan, June 15, 1999: Recreational Boating Accidents: Building the Claims File
  • Gaylord, Michigan and Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2000: Construction Law
  • Gaylord, Michigan and Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2001: Protecting the Claim File: The Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work Product Doctrine
  • Gaylord, Michigan and Traverse City, Michigan, 2002: An Overview of the Defense of Mold Claims
  • Indianapolis, Indiana, 2004: Northern Michigan Recreational Accidents
  • Lansing, Michigan 2005:The New Dynamic on Third-Party Automobile Negligence Actions & The Tort Threshold in the Aftermath of Kreiner
  • Traverse City, Michigan 2006: The Rights of Passengers and the Responsibilities of Captains and Management
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan and Chicago, Illinois 2008: Recreational Boating Accident Claims
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan and Columbus, Ohio 2008: Northern Michigan Recreational Accidents
  • And numerous in-house seminars on a variety of topics