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Robert L. Peabody

Of Counsel

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Robert L. Peabody is Of Counsel in the Boston, Massachusetts, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He was a highly successful criminal defense attorney in 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, Mr. Peabody turned to criminal defense work in Massachusetts, focusing on white collar matters involving corporate clients and individuals facing regulatory action and litigation on the state and federal levels. Over nine years, he built extensive experience in securities, health care, tax, and bank fraud matters. He has represented pharmaceutical and other health care professionals in investigations of illegal anti-kickbacks, off-label marketing, Medicare and Medicaid fraud. In addition, he has defended finance executives in options backdating, insider trading, accounting, and related tax and securities fraud allegations as well as companies and individuals in state and federal investigations alleging campaign finance, bribery, and conflict of interest violations. Mr. Peabody has had particular success at representing college and graduate students throughout the country in internal probes of plagiarism, cheating, assault, and other violations of honor codes and other academic 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 drug organizations on offenses that included conspiracy and money laundering. As a member of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston from 1993 through 1997, he led grand jury investigations and criminal prosecutions of white collar, fraud, embezzlement, narcotics, and public corruption cases.

As a state and federal prosecutor, Mr. Peabody tried more than 60 jury trials in state and federal courts, and argued numerous cases before the First Circuit Court of Appeals. Significant matters 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 In Operation Vertigo he was involved in a multi-district prosecution of international ecstasy and oxycontin trafficking in Massachusetts, New York, Florida, Germany, and Israel. The organization imported millions of pills and laundered tens of millions of dollars in illegally earned assets. In Token Gate, he prosecuted more than twenty subway inspectors, token takers, and other employees who had conspired to steal millions of dollars from the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA).

While attending Harvard College, 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.

Mr. Peabody’s wife is Laura Peabody, executive vice president and chief legal officer for North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System. Their children are Sam, 24, and Emma, 20.

Representative Experience

In his defense practice, he has:

  • Represented a securities trader in a joint DOJ/SEC investigation of national/international securities fraud “pump and dump” scheme, United States v. Michaud. Pre-trial diversion achieved from DOJ and civil resolution reached with SEC.
  • Represented a business executive charged in a million-dollar kickback scheme involving Ocean Spray, United States v. Wheeler, resulting in a probationary sentence averting trial.
  • Represented executive of small cap public corporation charged with securities fraud and conspiracy, United States v. Desjourdy. A probationary sentence was achieved without a trial and a civil resolution was reached with SEC.
  • Represented suspected insider trader during lengthy SEC and DOJ investigation. Criminal and civil investigations were terminated after Wells submission that client’s stock trades were not based upon material, non-public information.
  • Represented investor relations executive in insider trading investigation based on stock sales made following FDA news delaying approval of company drug. Client received pretrial diversion and SEC liability was resolved.
  • Represented Boston-based real estate development firm during high profile public corruption Grand Jury investigation of former House Speaker and political associates.
  • Represented a physician in multiple disputes with Board of Medicine who sought to revoke the medical license. Successful negotiations with New England health insurers resulted in maintaining the physician’s coverage.
  • Represented undergraduates before Harvard University’s Administrative Board during an internationally publicized cheating scandal.
  • Represented an undergraduate before Princeton University’s Honor Committee in defense of alleged violations of Honor Code.
  • Represented a Tufts University undergraduate charged with sexual assault in state Superior Court. Acquittal secured following jury trial.

Honors and Recognitions


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

See AllRobert L. Peabody in the News

January 30, 2018
The Boston Globe

Robert Peabody Comments on the Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Drug Marketing Case

January 30, 2018

Robert Peabody comments on the recent sentence of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc for improperly marketing a cholesterol drug in "Cambridge pharmaceutical company ordered to pay $7.2 million in restitution," published by the Boston Globe. Subscription may be required to view article   Read More

See AllBlog Posts by Robert L. Peabody

Supreme Court Decision Restricts Government Prosecution of Political Corruption
August 11, 2016

In a unanimous 8-0 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has vacated the political corruption convictions of former Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell for conspiracy to commit honest services fraud and Hobbs Act extortion and making false statements to federal officials. McDonnell v. United States, No. 15-474, 579 U.S. ___ (2016). Read More

Insufficient Evidence Calls for Overturning Insider Trading Cases, Second Circuit Rules
December 18, 2014

Overturning the criminal convictions of former Diamondback Capital Management, LLC portfolio manager, Todd Newman, and former Level Global Investors, L.P. Read More