Michael Peabody

Michael Peabody

Michael D. Peabody received his juris doctorate and certificate in alternative dispute resolution from the 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 began his legal career at Bradford & Barthel, LLP in 2001 and has returned to Bradford & Barthel as a workers’ compensation defense attorney following employment as a defense attorney for Glazer & Blinder and three years as a legislative liaison for the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, where he also gained experience representing plaintiffs in workplace discrimination cases.

Mr. Peabody, who earned his undergraduate degree at La Sierra University in English (emphasis in writing) in 1998, has a life-long interest in writing and is a published writer on current events and constitutional law. His wife, Danielle, is a high school mathematics teacher, and they spend their time enjoying all that Southern California has to offer.

Recent Articles by Michael Peabody

CA’s ADR ‘Carve-Out’ Offers Key Advantages

When the California legislature established a workers’ compensation system in 1913, it was designed to mandate insurance to rapidly provide desperately needed medical treatment and wage loss mitigation to injured workers. In return, injured workers would not be able to sue in civil court and receive massive verdicts that could bankrupt businesses or receive punitive […]

California Bill Could End Use of Temp Workers

The California legislature is considering a bill that could rewrite the relationship between employers and temporary staffing agencies. Assembly Bill 1897 (Hernandez, D-48) would make employers that hire laborers from temporary agencies liable if those agencies fail to provide workers’ compensation insurance, violate wage and hour laws or fail to withhold proper taxes. This legislation could, effectively, […]

Supreme Court Drama — but Little Impact on Health Insurance

On March 25, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two highly anticipated cases involving the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and competing claims of religious freedom and the access to contraception. The ACA (also known as Obamacare) requires employers that provide health insurance to employees to cover several types of contraception. Two for-profit employers, […]

Five Things Employers Should Do When an Employee Files a Workers' Compensation Claim

When an employee gets hurt at work, or at least claims that they did, it can be a very stressful time for employers. Sometimes the injury is obvious, the employee is not exaggerating, and the employee simply wants to go back to work as soon as possible. Other times there are conflicting stories about whether […]

Legislative Rollback of Temporary Disability Reforms Could Cost Millions

In the seven years since Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the sweeping reforms of Senate Bill 899 (SB 899) into law, the applicant’s bar has been actively lobbying to roll them back. Most recently, through Assembly Bill 947 (AB 947) introduced this spring by Assembly Member Jose Solorio (D – Anaheim, Garden Grove, and Santa Ana), […]

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