Recent Results

Rancho Cucamonga Jury Verdict: Right to $1M Judgment against State Farm Insurance Company for Young Mother

- Paul Zuckerman

Nicholas C. Rowley of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, assisted by Steven King and Robert Rodriguez, Jr., won a Rancho Cucamonga jury verdict amount of $800,500.00 with the right to a $1,000,000.00 judgment on February 23, 2012. Nicholas represented a mother of two in her twenties who suffers from chronic soft tissue injury as the result of a July 15, 2009 Ontario intersection car accident.

State Farm Insurance Company, the insurance carrier of the defendant, Guy MacKnight, offered $1,400.00 and refused to fairly negotiate. In helping to prove the legitimacy and severity of soft tissue injuries, which are typically treated and demonstrated as “frivolous” by insurance companies, this definitive case serves as a foundation for plaintiff lawyers throughout California to take a stand and try these cases with perseverance and diligence.

After the vehicle accident, in which the plaintiff held no fault in causing, she received conservative physical therapy, which helped her neck to get better; however, her lower back did not. She became pregnant and went 11 months without receiving any medical treatment or making back complaints to any medical providers. It was her belief that caring for the well-being of her child came first, so much so that she sacrificed her own health for the sake of her baby. After the woman’s child was born, her lower back pain from the crash persisted, causing her to have two epidurals for the pain.

The defense argued that the plaintiff only suffered a minor sprain injury that should have healed with twelve physiotherapy visits. The defense further argued that the minor injuries and lower back disc protrusions were degenerative and not brought about by the crash. However, when cross-examining the defense medical experts, who receive thousands, if not millions, of dollars a year by testifying for defense cases, Nicholas highlighted the inaccuracies in the doctor’s testimony, eventually getting the doctor to agree with his points on the plaintiff’s medical condition and its connection to the vehicle collision.

Nicholas tried the case in two days of court-time and was described as one witness to the trial as “[owning] the tough parts of the case, dealing with the high paid defense experts essentially calling his client and the treating physicians liars.” By having a conversation with the jury and being personable, Nicholas made a connection, “owned the courtroom, and showed no sense of nervousness” according to the same witness.

Nicholas and the tenacious legal team at the California personal injury law firm of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley always put their clients first. Our attorneys make a point to give each and every one of our clients the personal attention they need so we can fully understand the pain they are going through to best help them in making their case successful. Armed to win, we have extensive legal experience and knowledge to hold negligent parties liable and obtain full and just compensation for our clients. To learn more about our firm, please visit or call 213-514-8332 to learn more about your legal rights.

Sark Ohanian Wins $90,000 for Venice Beach Surfer Paddleboarder Assault

- Paul Zuckerman

California personal injury lawyer Sark Ohanian of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley recently won just compensation for a 39-year-old photographer and Olympic snowboarder who was injured when he was attacked by a paddleboarder while surfing at Venice Beach. On June 5, 2010, the plaintiff suffered facial injuries after being hit by an oar swung by a paddleboarder after an argument in the water.


The injured man had gone to Venice Beach with his family and several friends, taking his surfboard with him to enjoy the summer ocean, but when he began to surf, he had to dive under a wave to avoid being run over by a man on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP), which is several feet larger than a surfboard.

After avoiding the SUP, the surfer and the paddleboarder were involved in a verbal argument while both treading water in the ocean. After exchanging words, the paddleboarder, still in possession of his six-foot-long oar, raised it out of the water, over his head, and struck the surfer in the face, which was witnessed by the head lifeguard in the area. The paddleboarder then immediately swam to shore and attempted to leave, but was found and arrested by police, which led to him eventually pleading no contest to an assault with a deadly weapon charge.

The injured surfer required immediate medical treatment for his injury, a horizontal cut on his nose that was deep enough to cause the tip of his nose to rest on his upper lip. He required stitches and suffered a permanent scar across his nose. While the defendant claimed that he did not intentionally strike the man with his oar and that he was in fear for his safety, the case was settled for $90,000.

Being attacked by another can cause serious and permanent damage to a victim that requires extensive medical treatment and may result in long-term pain and suffering. Beyond justice in a criminal case, finding proper financial compensation is needed to help a victim recover from their injuries and not suffer monetary burdens intentionally caused by another. At Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, our Los Angeles assault injury attorneys understand the serious losses that can occur due to being attacked. For a free consultation on your injury case by our dedicated legal team, call our offices at 213-514-8332.

40 Million Expected to Travel during the Fourth of July Holiday

- Paul Zuckerman

Firework Law 2 300x225 40 Million Expected to Travel during the Fourth of July HolidayAAA Travel projects that roughly 40.8 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles for the Fourth of July holiday, with July 3 – 7 being the busiest days on the road. While there is a slight decrease in the number of travelers compared to last year, 84% will travel by automobile, increasing traffic congestion and the risk for auto accidents.

The Beverly Hills car accident lawyers at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley would like to remind all drivers to stay safe this year and keep a few precautions in mind before setting out to celebrate Independence Day.

  • Drowsy driving can be very dangerous, so it is important that you never operate a vehicle when you are tired and cannot keep your eyes open. Be sure to stop and rest before you resume driving if you find yourself in this situation.
  • Never operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. If you spot another vehicle driving erratically, please report him or her to the police.
  • Do not use a cell phone or GPS device while driving, or allow any other distraction to take your attention from the road, even with children, pets, or other passengers in the vehicle.
  • Make sure your vehicle is working correctly for a long trip. Check the tires, brakes, and windshield wipers.
  • Plan ahead of time for roadway conditions, traffic, and weather you may encounter. Make sure you know the route your plan on taking even if you are bringing a GPS.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to the negligent actions of another, it is important that you contact an experienced attorney who will defend your legal rights. Call Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley at 213-514-8332 for a free and confidential consultation.

2012 a Year Filled with Charity for CZR Law Firm

- Paul Zuckerman

The personal injury lawyers in Beverly Hills at the law firm of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley have found success in 2012, not only in the courtroom, but in continued volunteer work with a variety of programs. Providing care for southern California residents is not only a matter of providing quality legal representation during a court case, but in aiding those struggling with many of life’s difficulties.Throughout 2012, the legal team at CZR has participated in numerous events, each aimed at helping those in need in a wide variety of struggles.logos1 186x1024 2012 a Year Filled with Charity for CZR Law Firm

  • AIDS Walk Los Angeles – Participating and fundraising in 10K walk on October 14 for supporting AIDS Project Los Angeles and other local AIDS service organizations.       
  • Alzheimer’s Association – Contribution made in memory of wrongful death victim at nursing home to aid in advancing care and research for those suffering from Alzheimer’s.

  • American Heart Association: HeartChase – Fundraising and participation in American Heart Association HeartChase race for heart disease treatment.

  • Boys & Girls Club – Attorney Paul S. Zuckerman appointed to Board of Directors for local Boys & Girls Club of America.

  • Breast Cancer Fund – Donation given in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month to aid in care for those diagnosed with breast cancer and the development of new treatments.

  • Food from the Bar 2012 – Collecting food throughout the month of May to be given to the L.A. Food Bank for organization and those in need throughout the county.
  • Los Angeles Regional Food Bank – Generous donation given for the Thanksgiving holiday to distribute food to the homeless and charitable organizations through L.A.

  • REVLON Run/Walk For Women – Participating in 5K run as part of Team CAALA (Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles) for combating cancer in women.

  • Toys for Tots – Collected 59 toys to be distributed to needy children throughout the community for the holidays.

If you or a loved one has been injured due to another party’s reckless actions, the attorneys at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley can aid you in finding proper compensation from those at fault. For a free consultation on your case, contact us online or call 213-514-8332.

Nick Rowley Wins $40 Million Verdict Against T.G.I. Fridays / Briad Group

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Restaurant Deliberately Served Alcohol to Minors to Increase Profits Resulting in the Stabbing Death of a Restaurant Patron at the Hands of an Underage Drinker.

On Thursday, June 18, 2015, lawyers representing the family of a 33-year-old man who was stabbed to death by an underage drinker at TGI Fridays, received a $40 million verdict against the restaurant operator.

The verdict confirms that the restaurant operator deliberately served alcohol to intoxicated minors in order to increase weekend profits. The family’s allegations were supported by TGI Friday’s head bartender who testified that Briad Group – which operates 68 of the restaurants across 26 states – made a deliberate decision to not card minors in order to increase profits on Fridays and Saturdays.

The victim, Orlando Jordan, was a dedicated 11-year employee of Wells Fargo bank. The lawsuit is being brought by his parents, Rey and Carmen Jordan. Rey Jordan is a Marine Corps Vietnam veteran and community leader in Riverside.

“This case is about holding corporations responsible for their reckless decisions to value profits over community safety,” explained Nicholas C. Rowley, counsel for Carmen Jordan. “Too often corporations – like Briad Group – will ignore the safety of their community until victims stand up to them. I’m proud to represent the Jordans who are helping to ensure that corporate greed does not result in the death of another young man.”

After the verdict, most of the jurors stayed to speak with counsel for Rey Jordan, Keith Bruno.  “Each juror expressed that they felt they had done something good—that they could be proud of.  They were appalled by what was going on at the TGI Fridays and they wanted their verdict to reflect the value of human life in Riverside County,” stated Keith Bruno.

Carmen Jordan was represented at trial by Nicholas C. Rowley of Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP. Mr. Rowley has twice been named a finalist for the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles’s prestigious “Trial Lawyer of the Year” award. The Consumer Attorneys of San Diego has honored Mr. Rowley with the organization’s top award – “Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year.”

Rey Jordan was represented by husband and wife team Keith and Angela Bruno of Bruno|Nalu.  Mr. Bruno is a “Superlawyer” as well as The National Trial Lawyers “Top 100” trial attorneys.  Angela Bruno has achieved unprecedented verdicts in her young career. She is a trial lawyer and the managing partner at Bruno|Nalu.

The case is: Jordan, et al. v. TGI Fridays, et al.
Riverside Superior Court, Case No. RIC 1100955