Lisa M. Watanabe-Peagler is a Partner at Rushovich Mehtani LLP. Ms. Watanabe-Peagler has devoted her practice exclusively to representing employees in employment law cases. She has successfully litigated state and federal cases on a wide variety of employment-related matters, including claims for wrongful termination, discrimination, retaliation, harassment and wage and hour violations on an individual and class action basis.

As Counsel, Ms. Watanabe-Peagler handles all aspects of case management from pre-litigation through resolution, including alternative dispute resolution, settlement and trial. Ms. Watanabe-Peagler has successfully prepared and argued several dispositive motions and has served as second chair in jury and bench trials. Ms. Watanabe-Peagler is committed to effectively and aggressively representing her clients while keeping them well-informed and supported throughout the legal process.

Prior to joining Rushovich Mehtani LLP, Ms. Watanabe-Peagler was an attorney at Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. in its Labor and Employment and Litigation practices where she advised and represented employers in all forms of labor and employment disputes. Ms. Watanabe-Peagler was also an attorney at Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP where she litigated various civil matters including business, personal injury, habitability and construction defect. As a former defense attorney at these nationwide firms, Ms. Watanabe-Peagler brings unique insight and across-the-aisle experience to her current practice.

Outside of work, Ms. Watanabe-Peagler is involved in the legal community as a member of the California Employment Lawyers Association, the Women’s Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Ms. Watanabe-Peagler is also active with the Harvard Club of Southern California and has served on its Board of Directors and Officers as the Vice President of Programs since 2013.

Ms. Watanabe-Peagler enjoys spending her free time with her husband and son. Ms. Watanabe-Peagler is also an avid fitness enthusiast and fan of the local sports teams as a former collegiate athlete who worked in the professional baseball industry for a few years prior to law school.


  • Southwestern Law School, J.D., law review
  • Harvard University, B.A., cum laude


  • Super Lawyers® Rising Star, Southern California, 2017 (Featured in Los Angeles Magazine)
  • Avvo Clients' Choice Award, 2017


  • Vice President, Programs, Harvard Club of Southern California, 2016-2017


  • Member, California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA)


  • State Bar of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit