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  Theodore C. Peters
Partner
Direct Dial: 310.352.1832
Fax: 310.937.2064
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Theodore (“Ted”) Peters is a Partner in Freeman Mathis & Gary’s Hermosa Beach office.  Mr. Peters is a member of the firm’s Commercial and Complex Litigation, Commercial General Liability, Financial Services, Professional Liability and Products Liability practice groups.  Mr. Peters is an AV® rated lawyer and serves as one of the firm’s trial attorneys with civil litigation expertise in state and federal courts.  He has 25 years of experience in handling and successfully resolving a wide range of disputes.  Mr. Peters has extensive experience in handling complex insurance and financial disputes through mediation, jury and bench trials, arbitration and appellate practice, and he has successfully defended numerous multi-million-dollar state and federal court litigations.

For more than two decades, Mr. Peters has litigated disputes throughout the United States and he is a member of the state bar associations of California, New York, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Idaho, and Missouri.  Mr. Peters’ civil practice includes extensive law and motion practice, injunctive and equitable relief, multi-party and class action litigations, declaratory judgment actions, writs and state and federal appellate experience. He is panel counsel for a number of the nation’s largest providers of commercial general and professional liability coverage and was also appointed by the Idaho Attorney General to serve as Special Deputy Attorney General in select tort cases.

Mr. Peters’ practice focuses on financial and professional services and includes representing insurance and securities institutions and their representatives and agents in contested matters before state and federal courts and arbitrations governed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and state regulators. As a former securities registered representative, Mr. Peters has a comprehensive understanding of the securities industry which he draws upon in his broker-dealer, registered representative and investment advisor defense practice.  Mr. Peters provides counsel to financial institutions and their agents with respect to regulatory inquiries by FINRA, the SEC and state regulators, general business litigation, insurance and intellectual property disputes.  Mr. Peters’ practice also includes assisting broker-dealers and registered representatives in expunging inaccurate and misleading information from their records maintained with the Central Registry Depository (CRD). Mr. Peters routinely counsels financial institutions, registered persons and investment advisors on best practices in order to proactively avoid disputes and litigation with regulators.

Mr. Peters also has experience in the defense of personal injury/casualty, wrongful death, catastrophic loss and product liability actions.  Additionally, Mr. Peters has provided counsel to domestic and foreign divisions of a large international entertainment group and its related film production and sales companies in trials and arbitrations nationwide and internationally, in both state court and before the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA).

Mr. Peters received his undergraduate degree in philosophy and theology from George Fox University in Oregon, summa cum laude. He then received his Juris Doctor degree from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, magna cum laude, where he was an Associate Editor, Law Review (Environmental Law) and participated on the National Moot Court team.

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