Theodore C. Peters


Office: Hermosa Beach

Direct: 949-942-8525

Fax: 949-942-8510

  • Professional Overview

    Ted Peters is a Partner in O'Hagan Meyer’s Hermosa Beach office.  He has over 25 years of experience in litigating complex business and financial disputes through mediation, jury and bench trials, arbitration and appeals, and he has successfully defended numerous multi-million-dollar claims.

    Mr. Peters litigates nationwide, and he is a member of the state bar associations of California, New York, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Idaho, and Missouri. He is highly experienced in multi-party and class claims. He was appointed by the Idaho Attorney General to serve as Special Deputy Attorney General in select litigation cases.

    Mr. Peters focuses particularly on financial and professional services and represents securities institutions, financial service providers 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 also represents 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.  His 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. Additionally, he 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’ clients and practice include a variety of other businesses and professionals involved in commercial disputes including breach of fiduciary duty, intellectual property, breach of contract, and D&O defense.

    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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  • Education and Admissions


    • J.D., Northwestern School of Law
    • B.A., George Fox University

    States Licensed

    • Arizona
    • California
    • Idaho
    • Missouri
    • New York
    • Oregon
    • Washington
  • News, Honors, Publications & Speeches
    Representative Cases
    • Umphrey v. Doll, 188 Or. App. 762, 72 P.3d 1010 (Ore. 2003)
    • Bak v. MCL Financial Group, 2006 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 4105 (Ca. Ct. App. 2006)
    • Bak v. MCL Financial Group, 170 Cal. App. 4th 1118 (Ca. Ct. App. 2009)
    • Dominick v. Collectors Universe, 2012 US Dist. LEXIS 141950 (CD Cal. 2012)
    • Gerhardt v. Crowe, 118 So. 3d. 1006 (Fla. Ct. App. 2013)
    • Chelsea Morgan v. Rappaport, 3 F. Supp. 3d 791 (CD Cal. 2014)
    • Hartshorne v. MetLife (Cal. Ct. Appeal Case No. B279646) (2016)
    • Moghadam v. Dunham (Cal. Ct. Appeal Case No. B271309) (2018)
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