Peter Isola represents investors, lenders, loan servicers, foreclosure trustees, and other parties in the defense of claims involving real property, including wrongful foreclosure, breach of contract, negligence, fraud, promissory estoppel, and alleged violations of California's Homeowner Bill of Rights (HBOR) and Unfair Competition Law (UCL). He also represents businesses, government agencies, and individuals as lead counsel in trials and binding arbitrations. Peter's practice focuses on the resolution of disputes in state, federal and bankruptcy courts. He also has represented clients in the California courts of appeal and in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Federal Circuits. Peter continues to advise and represent banks, credit companies, and other lenders in the prosecution and defense of claims, and he represents insurers and other businesses in a variety of sectors, including real estate, construction, finance, health care, hospitality, and technology. He also represents officers and directors, real estate agents, insurance brokers, attorneys, and accountants in the defense of professional negligence actions.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Hinshaw, Peter was a partner with a large law firm in San Francisco. He has previously been a partner and an associate at San Francisco litigation boutique firms.

During law school, Peter was Technical Editor of The Computer High Technology Law Journal.

Professional Affiliations

  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • California State Bar
    • Business Law Section
      • Business Litigation Committee, Founding Member and Officer
  • California Real Estate Law Newsletter, Advisory Board Member and Contributing Writer
  • San Francisco Bank Attorneys Association

Honors & Awards

  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2024
  • Children's Advocacy Award (acknowledged for pro bono representation of minors), San Francisco's Legal Services for Children, 2008


  • "Best Practices for Effective Mediation," California Lawyers Association's Business Litigation Committee, Webinar, April 19, 2022


  • "Causes of Action Based on Trial Loan Modification May Include Fraud Claim Against Lender's Employees," California Real Estate Law Newsletter, February 2015


Peter is a graduate of Acalanes High School in Lafayette, California. With the exception of his years as an undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Peter has lived his entire life in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Since 1993, Peter has resided in Mill Valley (Marin County), California and has volunteered for the following organizations:

  • Mill Valley Soccer Club: Head Coach, Assistant Coach, Volunteer (2000–2009)
  • Mount Carmel CYO Basketball: Assistant Coach and Volunteer (2006–2011)
  • Southern Marin Wolfpack Lacrosse Club: Assistant Coach and Volunteer (2006–2011)
  • KIDDO! Mill Valley Schools Foundation: Fundraiser and Volunteer (2004–2011)

J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law, 1989

  • Technical Editor, Computer & High Technology Law Journal

B.A., University of California at Los Angeles, 1986