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Robert L. Peabody

Robert L. Peabody

Of Counsel
phone: 617.598.6732
fax: 617.598.6790

A former prosecutor, Bob is a staunch defender of corporate, healthcare, and individual clients facing government scrutiny.

Before transitioning to white collar defense and internal investigations, Bob served as a state and federal prosecutor for 15 years, an experience he considers the best training possible for a litigator. He has broad familiarity with the state and federal courts, having prosecuted more than 60 jury trials, as well as having made numerous arguments before the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Today, Bob represents companies and management in healthcare, securities, tax, labor and corporate fraud matters. He has represented pharmaceutical and other healthcare professionals in investigations of illegal kickbacks; off-label marketing; Medicare and Medicaid fraud; and violations of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act before state and federal regulators; as well as complaints before the Commonwealth’s Board of Registration of Medicine. While much of Bob’s practice is focused on the healthcare industry clients, he also handles a range of financial and commercial fraud matters investigated by the Departments of Justice, Treasury and Health and Human Services, as well as the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Bob also represents financial executives facing SEC scrutiny, including cases involving insider trading, accounting fraud, and market manipulation. Bob also has represented colleges and universities in internal investigations involving Title IX allegations.

Fifteen years as a prosecutor gave Bob a deep understanding of how the government views clients facing regulatory investigations, as well as an understanding of the best strategies to resolve these situations. Bob knows where an investigation is likely to lead, what the government’s concerns are likely to be, and how to ask tough questions of the client and its employees while investigating the matter. While the goal is often to resolve allegations without going to trial, Bob is fully prepared to defend clients in court when necessary.

Bob is known for his investment in clients’ predicaments and challenges. Bob also understands what’s at stake for clients in such cases, and he is a committed advocate for his clients in achieving the best possible outcome.




  • New York Super Lawyer, Criminal Defense—White Collar, 2016
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyer, Criminal Defense—White Collar, 2013


  • J.D., Boston College Law School
  • A.B., Harvard University


  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Boston Bar Association
  • City Bar of New York
  • Criminal Justice Act Panel, District of Massachusetts and Southern District of New York
2023 Pro Bono Champion
Outside the Office

Bob loves the great outdoors.

When he’s not in the office, you can often find him fly fishing, skiing, sailing, hiking or just enjoying the outdoors.

Bob also enjoys acting and is active with an amateur theatre organization in Boston.

Community Leadership
  • New England Chapter of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, former chair
  • Literacy Volunteers of Massachusetts, chair