Michael D. Peabody, Esq.

Michael D. Peabody received his Juris Doctorate and Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law and was admitted to practice law in 2002. He has practiced in the fields of workers’ compensation and employment law, including workplace discrimination and wrongful termination.

Mr. Peabody is an aggressive litigator who has achieved take-nothing awards on cases-in-chief and liens both at the trial level and on appeal.

Mr. Peabody began his legal career with Bradford & Barthel as a paralegal in 2001 and returned to the firm in 2008 following employment as a defense attorney for Glazer and Blinder and three years as the legislative liaison for the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Sacramento where he advocated on behalf of First Amendment protections for employees and institutions. He also gained legal experience representing plaintiffs in workplace accommodation and workplace discrimination cases in state courts and federal administrative proceedings.

Mr. Peabody, who earned his Bachelor of Arts at La Sierra University in Riverside, California (1998) in English (Emphasis in Writing), is a published writer and frequent speaker on workers’ compensation issues, current events, and Constitutional law topics. Mr. Peabody has presented seminars on Workers’ Compensation for insurance companies, third-party administrators, and employers, and has participated in a panel discussion at the California Workers’ Compensation Forum (CAWC) meetings. He has also presented the LawLine.com MCLE video training on California Workers’ Compensation Defense in 2011. He is also a frequent contributor to Insurance Thought Leadership and has been interviewed by Work Comp Central. Mr. Peabody also returned to his alma mater to participate as a panelist at Pepperdine University School of Law’s “Law and Religion” academic conference in 2014. In 2019, he was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Peabody frequently consults on religious employment accommodation and land use legislation. In 2009, Mr. Peabody helped strategize and testified as a legal expert before the Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee on behalf of the Oregon Workplace Religious Freedom Act, which was signed into law by Governor Ted Kulongoski. The legislation clarified a previously vague area in the state law.

His wife, Danielle, is a high school mathematics teacher, and they and their two children spend their time enjoying all that Southern California has to offer.


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Partner – Woodland Hills Office

Area of Practice
California Workers’ Compensation Insurance Defense

Office Location
21650 Oxnard Street, Suite 1950
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
(818) 654-0411 (main)
(818) 654-0412 (fax)


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