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 and problem solver who enjoys the challenges of litigating a variety of cases, including complex and high exposure cases. He has a history of take nothing awards at 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 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 speaker who also appears on radio programs and podcasts to discuss 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 has returned to his alma mater to participate as a panelist at Pepperdine University School of Law academic conferences. In 2019, he was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and has written amicus briefs in employment law cases.
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.
Education & Memberships
2001 Pepperdine University (California) Juris Doctorate
1998 La Sierra University Bachelor of Arts (English – Focus on Writing)
2002 State Bar of California 2002 California State Courts U.S. District Court, Central District of California American Constitution Society