Theodore C. Peters


Office: Hermosa Beach

Direct: 310-807-1104

Fax: 310-807-1115

  • Professional Overview

    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 and was appointed by the Idaho Attorney General to serve as Special Deputy Attorney General in select litigation cases. 

    Mr. Peters has experience in representing businesses in a wide variety of  litigated matters including premises liability, product defect, insurance, unfair business practices, trade secrets, intellectual property, general and professional liability, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and personal injury disputes.   He has also 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, before the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA). 

    Mr. Peters also has a wealth of experience in handling financial and professional services matters 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. Mr. Peters also represents financial institutions and their representatives in connection with regulatory inquiries and investigations. 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. 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 employers in administrative actions, superior and federal court involving wrongful termination, retaliation, discrimination, harassment, wage and hour and related claims initiated under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and the Private Attorney Generals Act (PAGA). 

    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. 

  • Practice Areas
  • Education and Admissions


    • J.D. from Lewis & Clark Law School, magna cum laude
    • B.A. from George Fox University, summa cum laude


    • Arizona Federal Court Bar

    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)