Fierce Legal Advocacy


Bellingham, WA

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Peter Arkison opened his office in Bellingham in October of 1974, after serving 3 1/2 years in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the U.S. Army.


He is a graduate of the University of Detroit with degrees in Management (BS) and Law (JD).  He is licensed to practice in Washington and Michigan.  He was admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court.


His law practice is centered around bankruptcy and related issues.  He has served as a Trustee in bankruptcy cases for over 40 years.  He believes that bankruptcy is the ultimate general practice as virtually every area of the law appears in a bankruptcy case at one time or another.


Mr. Arkison has published numerous articles nationally, and has two articles published in the Washington State Bar News.  Additionally, he has been involved for several years with the Creditor/Debtor Newsletter.  He is also a speaker at numerous seminars.


Mr. Arkison serves as both an arbitrator and a mediator.


When he is not practicing law, Mr. Arkison is involved in the community.  He currently serves on the Board of Regents for Gonzaga University.


His vigorous advocacy has led to numerous reported decisions in cases which he has argued or been a party in; some of the cases have been cited in numerous other cases, two by the U.S. Supreme Court.  A partial list of the cases:


Executive Benefits v. Arkison, ___ U.S. ___, 134 S.Ct. 2165, (June 9, 2014)

In re Cascade Roads, Inc., 34 F.3d 576 (9th Cir. 1994).

In re Gitts, 116 B.R. 174 (9th BAP 1990), aff’d and adopted 927 F.2d 1109 (9th Cir. 1991).

In re Rueter, 11 F.3d 850 (9th Cir. 1993)

In re Islands Bakery Partnership, 117 B.R. 243 (9th BAP 1995).

In re Plata, 958 F.2d 918 (9th Cir. 1992).

In re Wilson, 341 B.R. 21 (9th BAP 2006).

In re Nelson, 180 B.R. 584 (9th BAP 1995).

In re Skagit Pacific Corp., 316 B.R. 330 (9th BAP 2004)

In re Griffin, 719 F.3d 1126 (9th Cir. 2013).

Arkison v. Ethan Allen, Inc., 160 Wash 2d 535 (2007).

In re Fuller, 134 B.R. 945 (9th BAP 1992).

In re Anderson, 21 F.3d 355 (9th Cir. 1994).

In re Pederson, 875 F.2d 781 (9th Cir. 1989).

State v. Thompson, 88 Wash. 2d 546 (1977)

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