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Mary K. Peyton

Special Counsel

Mary K. Peyton joined the Adams and Reese New Orleans office as Special Counsel in the Litigation Practice Group in 2016. Practicing law for more than 18 years, Mary primarily handles matters related to the defense of health care providers in medical malpractice litigation, including pre-panel, post-panel and appeals. She has also represented clients in complex commercial litigation, general casualty litigation, insurance defense litigation, and federal and state workers’ compensation litigation matters.

Among her representative experience and significant accomplishments, Mary:

  • Has successfully represented health care clients in fair hearings
  • Represented multiple health care providers in responding to Board inquiries
  • Assisted in trying jury cases in both Jefferson and Orleans Parish courts

Mary previously clerked for the Office of Administrative Law Judge C. Richard Avery, United States Department of Labor, before joining a local law firm where her practice concentrated on representing health care providers in professional liability cases, including allied personnel. Along with her trial and appellate work, Mary handled hospital credentialing matters, fair hearings, National Practitioner Data Bank reporting, pre-litigation panel proceedings and complaints before medical boards.

Mary has been active for many years within the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) and the New Orleans Bar Association (NOBA).

In recent years, Mary has focused her work in diversity initiatives of various bar organizations. In 2013, she chaired the DRI Diversity for Success Seminar held annually in Chicago, and served as program Vice Chair of its Expo in 2012. Within the LSBA, she completed the Association’s training program for Community Diversity Attorneys. Following the program, she volunteered to expand diversity in the law profession by giving seminars to law firms and businesses on recruiting and maintaining a diverse workforce through inclusion and sponsoring. Mary also previously served on NOBA’s Women’s Committee and assisted in organizing CLEs focused on women attorneys.

Mary received her J.D. cum laude from Tulane University Law School. She received her B.A. in History cum laude along with a minor in French from Louisiana State University and was awarded Phi Beta Kappa honors.

In her spare time, Mary enjoys spending time with her son, Stuart Elliot Peyton, and her two rescue dogs. She also loves antiques, photography and baking.