Peter Doody is a trial attorney specializing in the defense of cases brought against product manufacturers, transportation companies, and premises owners. He has extensive jury trial experience and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”) which requires 20 jury trials to verdict as first chair. Mr. Doody has received the highest rating available (A-V) from Martindale-Hubbell for ethics and legal ability. He is on the Judicial Evaluation Committee for the San Diego County Bar Association.

He is a member of the prestigious Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, a national association of attorneys whose members are admitted by invitation only. Mr. Doody will serve as President of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (ASCDC) in 2019.  He is also the former President of San Diego Defense Lawyers and was the recipient of their 2019 Defense Lawyer of the Year award.   Mr. Doody is a former President of the San Diego Inn of Court. 

Mr. Doody currently serves as San Diego regional trial counsel for consumer product manufacturers and interstate motor carriers. He specializes in the defense of serious personal injury cases, striving for resolution but prepared and ready for trial if the case cannot be settled.

As a nationally recognized speaker, Mr. Doody has spoken before civil litigation defense organizations such as American Law Firm Association. Defense Research Institute, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Transportation Lawyers Association and Trucking Industry Defense Association.

Mr. Doody earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Colorado where he captained the rugby team and received most valuable player honors.

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401 West A Street, Suite 2600, San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 236-1551

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  • Meet Peter Doody

    My specialty is jury trials. The types of cases that I work on and have represented clients had trial involved, transportation companies, product manufacturers, and premises liability cases, as well as a fair amount of business litigation cases. We believe that the clients have come to us, appreciate that extra effort that we make trying to get to know them. And we have established clients we have been working for years and years and years. And we also have new clients. But when we do get a new client in, we definitely make that special effort to get to know them, understand their business and their claims philosophy, and then move forward from there.

  • Use of Independent Contractors as Drivers for Trucking Companies

    My name is Peter Doody and we represent trucking companies.  Many motor carriers elect to use independent contractors as drivers.  If not done correctly, the use of independent contractors can lead to litigation problems down the road, including misclassification lawsuits.  We have been successful in assisting our clients in steering clear of potential legal problems when using independent contractors.


    If you are a large or small trucking company and need assistance with regard to using independent contractors as drivers, we will be happy to speak with you.