Ralph A. Peterson (Editor)


(850) 432-2451

Beggs & Lane
501 Commendencia Street
Pensacola, Florida 32502



Practice Areas: Labor & Employment Law

Admitted to Practice:

  • 1980, Florida  and U.S. District Court,  Northern Distrcit of Florida
  • 1981, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • 1988, U.S. Supreme Court

Phi Delta Phi. Author: "Background Investigations -- The Important First Step," The Florida Labor Letter, Vol. II, No. 1, January 1998; "Employee References -- Do You Need A New Approach?," The Florida Labor Letter, Vol. II, No. 7, July 1998; "Psychiatric Disabilities -- A Guide for Florida Employers," The Florida Labor Letter, Vol. III, No. 3, March 1999; "The Self-Critical Analysis Privilege In Florida," The Florida Labor Letter, Vol. III, No. 11, November 1999. Legal Assistant to the U.S. Magistrate, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, 1980-1982. Labor & Employment Law Group Leader, Beggs & Lane LLP, 1982 to present. Member, 1985-1986 and 1996 to present and Chairman, 1994, U.S. Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel. Member, U.S. District Court Advisory Council, Northern District of Florida, 1994 to present. Member, 1989-1993 and Chairman, 1991-1993, Governing Board, Northwest Florida Water Management District. Member, Florida Governor’s Water Resource Coordination Commission, 1991-1993. Member, 1984-1996 and President, 1990-1992 and 1996, Board of Trustees, Northwest Florida Legal Services, Inc. Master Emeritus, American Inns of Court, Pensacola Chapter, 2001 to present. Chairman, Florida First Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee, 2000-2003. Charter Editor, Editorial Review Board, The Florida Labor Letter; Listed as one of the top practitioners in the field of Employment Law in the 2004 Chambers USA Client Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.


  • Florida State University, J.D., with honors, 1980
  • Cornell University, B.S., Computer Science/Engineering, 1973.


  • Escambia-Santa Rosa, Federal, American (Member, Sections on: Labor & Employment Law; Natural Resources; Energy & Environmental Law; General Practice; Individual Rights and Responsibilities) Bar Associations
  • Florida Bar (Member, Sections on: Labor & Employment Law; Environmental and Land Use Law; Trial Litigation; Administrative and Governmental Law)
  • American Judicature Society
  • Academy of Florida Management Attorneys (Charter Member)
  • Management Labor & Employment Roundtable, USA (Charter Member)
  • Society for Human Resource Management