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Peel | Garcia is a preeminent insurance defense law firm in Central California.  We have years of experience representing every imaginable insured from a subcontractor, to a motorist, to homeowner, to truck driver, to property managers, and even a golf cart owner.  We strive to supply our clients, and their carriers, with the greatest service at competitive prices. 






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We are a full-service law firm created to serve your needs.  We have five attorneys that are there when you need them.  You won't speak with a paralegal or a law clerk when you call.  Our attorneys are hands-on litigators that are there to serve your insureds. 

the team

James W. Peel attended California State University Fresno, from 1977 to 1981, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. Mr. Peel then worked as a public school teacher for the Madera County School district while attending San Joaquin College of Law in Fresno. While still in law school, Mr. Peel worked as a law clerk at the Fresno office of Ericksen, Arbuthnot, Brown, Kilduff & Day. Upon passing the Bar, he was hired as an associate attorney and was elevated to Partner in 1988. In 1994, Mr. Peel founded Brown & Peel, which was reformed into Peel | Garcia in 2012.

Partner/Attorney     |

James Peel, Esq


Manuel Garcia is a graduate of California State University, Fresno, where he received a

Bachelor Arts Degree in Political Science. Mr. Garcia obtained his J.D. from San Joaquin College of Law, and he was admitted to the California State Bar in 1996. Mr. Garcia joined a statewide insurance defense firm in 1996 as an associate attorney. In 1997, he joined Brown & Peel and was elevated to partner in 2005. His practice focuses on trucking, slip & falls, car accidents, workers compensation subrogation, and habitability claims.

Partner/Attorney       |

Manuel Garcia, Esq

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M. Troy Hazelton is a graduate of the University of California Davis, where he received his B.A. Degree in Psychology. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.) school of law in 1999. He has been admitted to the state bar of California since 1999, and is a member of the Fresno County Bar Association and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. His practice includes construction defect, personal injury actions, habitability, lemon law product liability, and implied warranty claims.

Partner/Attorney     |

M. Troy Hazelton, Esq


Mr. Benton is a graduate of California State University, Fresno, and a veteran of the U.S.

Navy. Mr. Benton obtained his J.D., at San Joaquin College of law, graduating with

distinction. During law school, he was the Production Editor for the San Joaquin College of Law Agricultural Law Review and wrote a published law review comment analyzing the Food Safety Modernization Act and its impact on negligence lawsuits. He also was a judicial extern for US District Court Judge, Anthony Ishii. He was admitted to the Bar in 2014.

Senior Associate/Attorney     |

David Benton, Esq

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