by LYDIA COBB | photos by Soul of Photography

Family Values

The Peterson family is known for some Greek dancing at family celebrations – Jim is half Greek. Jim and Kim Peterson have lived in The Lakes since late 2013. Kim is a self-taught artist and creates still life, landscape, and oil paintings available online under Kim Peterson Designs. Jim has been a partner for 26 years with the law firm of Higgs, Fletcher & Mack, LLP. He’s recognized as a top labor and employment defense lawyer by numerous publications.

They met in high school in Salt Lake City and graduated from University of Utah, where Jim obtained his MBA and JD. They recently celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary. “We like to hike and spend time in and around San Diego,” shared Jim. They also adore basketball and local sports. Daughters Whitney and Danielle both graduated from University of Arizona (Wildcats). Christina is a sophomore at SDSU (Aztecs). Whitney and her husband, Clark, live in Mission Hills. She is a staffing specialist for the Allegis Group, on assignment at Allere Pharmaceuticals. Danielle is an accountant with Signature Analytics providing outsourced support to local businesses. Christina is majoring in marketing at SDSU with a minor in music.

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It’s also music to the Petersons that Christina’s cancer has been in remission since 2011. When she was 16 she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and endured months of chemotherapy treatments at Rady Children’s Hospital. The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted her dream to attend the 2012 Grammy Awards. “It was an unbelievably healing and bonding experience for the entire family,” added Jim.

Christina’s singing talents were recognized by the foundation and she was invited to sing the national anthem at several signature events. Soon, all the Petersons became involved: Jim joined the board of Make-A-Wish Foundation; Kim is a founding member of the WISH circle, and both sisters volunteer. Because of their all-in support, the Petersons were bestowed with the “Friends and Family” award at this year’s Make-A-Wish ceremony. Jim reflected, “We love seeing joy and hope in other families dealing with a health tragedy.”

The Peterson family’s bonds are strong. Jim acknowledged, “It’s not unusual for me to come out of a meeting and find 150 messages from a group family chat.” Reply all: keep the love going.

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Meet the Petersons

Parents: Jim and Kim Peterson
Children: Whitney Clark (26); Danielle Peterson (23); Christina Peterson (20; SDSU)
Community: The Lakes
Parents’ Hometowns: Both from Salt Lake City, UT
Parents’ Occupations: Jim – Attorney; Kim – Artist
Pet: Habib – Christina’s fish
Favorite Local Spots: The Patio at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, The Pony Bar at Rancho Valencia