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Robert L. Peabody

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Robert L. Peabody


Robert L. Peabody is of counsel in the Boston and New York City offices of Jackson Lewis P.C.

Bob is a successful criminal defense attorney in New York and Massachusetts, where he is a well-known son of a former governor. After seven years as a state prosecutor and eight years as an assistant U.S. attorney, Bob turned to criminal defense work in Massachusetts and, later, New York, focusing on white-collar matters involving corporate clients and individuals facing regulatory enforcement actions and related litigation in state and federal courts. 

During fourteen years of practice in Massachusetts and New York City, he has built an extensive and respected practice representing companies and management in securities, health care, tax, labor, and corporate fraud matters. He also gained broad experience representing pharmaceutical and other health care/medical professionals facing investigations of illegal kickbacks, off-label marketing, Medicare/Medicaid fraud, and violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act before state and federal regulators. In addition, he has defended financial executives before the Securities and Exchange Commission in options backdating, insider trading, accounting, and related tax and securities fraud allegations as well as companies and individuals facing government investigations of the Taft-Hartley Act and illegal labor racketeering, campaign finance, bribery, perjury, money laundering, immigration and conflict of interest violations. Bob has had particular success representing colleges, universities, and other academic institutions facing internal allegations of Title IX violations. 

During his tenure as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, he was a senior prosecutor in the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), prosecuting high-profile racketeering and murder defendants and members and associates of organized crime and international drug organizations for offenses that included conspiracy and money laundering. As a state and federal prosecutor, Bob tried more than 60 jury trials in state and federal courts and argued numerous cases before the First Circuit Court of Appeals.  

Significant matters that Bob handled included the groundbreaking Code of Silence racketeering and murder prosecution which led to multiple RICO convictions and life sentences for members of a violent murderous neighborhood organization in Charlestown, Massachusetts. (The 2010 motion picture “The Town” was based on this case.) Bob also lead a multi- district prosecution of international ecstasy and OxyContin trafficking organization in Massachusetts, New York, Florida, Germany, and Israel -- Operation Vertigo -- that imported millions of pills and laundered tens of millions of dollars in illegally earned assets.

Bob has chaired the Criminal Law Section of the Boston Bar Association and the New England Chapter of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. He also serves as chair of Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts, a non-profit organization that teaches English to indigent students. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, New York, and the United States District Court for the Districts of Massachusetts, and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York among other federal districts. He has been named a Super Lawyer in Criminal Defense--White Collar in Massachusetts (2013) and New York (2016). Bob has also served as a member of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel for the District of Massachusetts and Southern District of New York where he is appointed to represent indigent criminal defendants. 

Bob graduated from Harvard College, where he played varsity football and was awarded the Henry Lamar Award for his gridiron achievements. He was elected first class marshal in 1977 and also performed in two Hasty Pudding shows. Bob received his J.D. from Boston College School of Law in 1983.

Bob's wife is Laura Peabody, executive vice president and chief legal officer for Partner’s Health Care in Boston, MA. They have two children; Sam, 29, and Emma, 26.

Representative Experience

In his defense practice, he has:

  • Represented the compliance director of a large orthopedic company targeted by the Department of Justice over allegations of illegal anti-kickback payments made to physicians specifically to boost sales.
  • Represented multiple physicians before the Commonwealth’s Board of Registration in Medicine (and before private health insurers) facing suspension and other sanctions concerning excess opioid prescribing and unsatisfactory preparation of medical records. 
  • Represented large (local) physicians practice in arbitration with top-three health insurer over allegations that practice engaged in excessive patient billing for unnecessary medical care, up coding, and poor record-keeping. Reached agreement with insurer to pay 1/3 of demand amount. 
  • Represented Medicaid insurer (NYS) in arbitration with cardiac care provider over complaint that insurer wrongly bundled reimbursement for both cardiac procedure and isotope despite what NYS’s Medicaid reimbursement schedules required.
  • Represented investor relations executive of publicly traded drug company in insider trading investigation. Client made stock sales following FDA news delaying approval of company drug. Client received pretrial diversion and SEC liability was resolved.
  • Represented business executive charged in a million-dollar kickback scheme involving Ocean Spray, United States v. Wheeler, resulting in a probationary sentence and averting trial. 
  • Represented Boston-based real estate development firm during high profile public corruption Grand Jury investigation of former House Speaker and political associates.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers®, "Super Lawyer" (2010-2013, 2015-2019) 
  • Martindale-Hubbell®, "AV Preeminent® - Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence" (2005-present)



Professional Associations and Activities

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Council

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Boston Police Foundation, Past Board Member
  • Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts, Past Chair
  • U.S. Fund for UNICEF, New England Chapter, Past Chair