Margaret Dearden Petersen is the founding principal of Petersen Law PLLC, which focuses primarily on commercial leasing matters (retail, office, and medical office). Prior to founding her law firm in December 2011, she was the Director-Real Estate Counsel for Borders Group, the Ann Arbor, MI based parent company of Borders and Waldenbooks stores. Before joining Borders in 1993, Ms. Petersen was an in-house real estate counsel with Hechinger/Home Quarters Warehouse in Landover, MD, and from 1987 to 1992 was Assistant General Counsel for Baltimore-based developer Continental Realty Corporation. Ms. Petersen is a frequent speaker on leasing and retail real estate topics, including for the ICSC and the State Bar of Michigan, Real Property Law Section. She is a 1983 graduate of the University of Maryland (now Francis King Carey) School of Law and a 1980 graduate of Loyola College (now University) at Baltimore.