John C. Carpenter

John-Carpenter“Our firm was founded on the principle that justice for injured people is more important that insurance company profits.  Justice with a discount is no justice at all.”

For the past 20 years, John has won more than $100 million for individuals with life-altering injuries.  John’s practice focuses on helping clients with the gravest injuries – especially traumatic brain injuries – recover the money they need to re-establish their lives.  He has tried dozens of catastrophic injury cases to verdict.  In 2011, on the eve of trial, John settled a case for $13.86 million settlement for a former professional fighter who suffered a traumatic brain injury in an automobile collision.  Most of the symptoms of the client’s traumatic brain injury did not present themselves until several months after the crash.  The insurance companies argued the client was faking his movement disorder.  To defeat the insurance companies’ claims, John litigated the case for more than four years, creating what is believed to be the largest file in the history of a Santa Monica courtroom, exceeding 60 volumes.  Similarly, in 2010, John served as counsel in a bar fight case in which a college football player was beaten by a security guard.  The jury awarded CZ&R’s client more than $6.8 million despite the client having incurred less than $23,000 in past medical bills.  In addition to his trial work, John has an active appellate practice.  Twice the California Supreme Court has granted his petitions for review.  John has been selected as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer and has had his work recognized by VerdictSearch’s “Verdict of the Week.”  John received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and his law degree from Southwestern Law School.

Zuckerman Ethical Lawyer Award