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Horvitz & Levy is a solutions-based firm focused on appellate success. We are distinguished by our commitment to responsive service and on-going innovation in the areas of civil appellate litigation, amicus curiae support, and trial strategy consultation.

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Peder K. Batalden

Peder K. Batalden

Partner - Los Angeles Office

How Peder Helps Clients

Large public companies and trial counsel hire Peder Batalden to handle their important federal appeals. He often works with clients before an appeal begins, advising them to preserve issues and present evidence in the best posture for appeal. And he routinely assists clients in responding to large money judgments, drawing upon a deep knowledge of federal jurisdiction and procedure to assist in staying enforcement of judgments and preparing post-trial motions so that issues for appeal are not lost.


Peder is a partner at the firm. He has successfully petitioned for review in the U.S. Supreme Court, and he has argued and won numerous appeals in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Ninth and Tenth Circuits.

Peder has represented many significant companies, including Bank of America, Chevron, Ford Motor Company, Honeywell, Hospital Corporation of America, Lyft, Media News Group, The Sherwin-Williams Company, Newell Brands, Sempra Energy, TASER International, Travelers, and Toyota Motor Sales. He has also represented cities, counties, and peace officers in federal civil rights actions; major hospitals and providers in healthcare matters; and numerous insurers in coverage disputes.

Peder is co-author of the leading treatise on civil appeals before the Ninth Circuit, the Rutter Group’s Ninth Circuit Civil Appellate Practice. He is a past Chair of the State Bar of California’s Standing Committee on the Federal Courts, which works to enhance bench-bar relations and studies proposed changes to federal rules. He also routinely comments on proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure and to the Ninth Ciruit rules.

Representative Matters

PSM Holding Corp. v. Natl Farm Financial Corp. (2018)
Ninth Circuit rules on consequences of enforcing a money judgment pending appeal

Monje v. Spin Master Inc. (2017)
Ninth Circuit affirms trial court’s rulings striking punitive damages and excluding speculative expert toxicological causation opinions in product liability case involving children’s toy

ProBuilders Specialty Ins. Co. v. Valley Corp., B. (2017)
Ninth Circuit affirms partial district court judgment in favor of insurer based on proper jury instructions

Royal Alliance Associates v. Mooney (2017)
Ninth Circuit reverses a judgment that had compelled his client, a broker dealer firm, to submit to a FINRA arbitration in a multimillion dollar securities dispute

Education

  • University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law
    J.D., 1999
  • University of Chicago
    A.B., cum laude, 1996

Clerkships

  • Hon. Kermit E. Bye, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit (2000-2002)
  • Hon. Robert J. Kelleher, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (1999-2000)

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit

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