“As a partner at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, with 105 jury trials under his belt at the age of 37 and over half a Billion dollars in record winning verdicts and settlements, many consider Nick to be the most accomplished trial lawyer of his generation. Whether it is a complex birth injury medical malpractice case, a disputed liability wrongful death, a premises liability case on behalf of a client who was severely intoxicated, a mild traumatic brain injury case, pro bono criminal defense cases, or chronic pain cases as a result of soft tissue injuries, Nick has proven that he is willing to go where others won’t, dedicate his heart and soul, and achieve record results that are unimaginable.
Born in Iowa and raised between Iowa and Arizona, Nick moved out on his own at the age of 15. He worked full time from that point forward and at the age of 17 joined the United States Air Force where he was trained and served as a combat medic. It was through the military and G.I. Bill that Nick got his undergraduate education and was able to attend law school. Bythe age of 19, Nick completed his bachelor’s degree in social psychology. He also was trained and certified as a firefighter and during his service and college worked as a volunteer firefighter. Nick started law school at the age of 20 and continued his service in the Armed Forces taking special assignments for three more years. In total he served an honorable 6 years in the United States Armed Forces assigned to various units with the United States Air Force and United States Army.
Nick started trying cases as a certified law student 15 years ago and after taking and passing the bar exam on his first attempt tried any case that came his way as an opportunity to learn. Within a couple years he became known as a zealous trial lawyer achieving amazing results. Before he turned 30 Nick had won multiple seven and eight figure wins for injury victims and families. In addition Nick has represented people who suffer the injustice of being wrongfully criminally accused or overcharged since he became a licensed attorney. He has done all of this work pro bono and has won every criminal trial. Nick was the youngest lawyer at the time to attend and graduate from Gerry Spence’s full length Trial College in Wyoming in 2004. He was brought back to teach as the youngest ever faculty member and retained that honor until his wife Courtney became the youngest faculty member when she was his student.
At the age of 32, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) first named Nick as a finalist for its prestigious “Trial Lawyer of theYear” award. He has been recognized continuously for his work as a trial lawyer nationwide and was awarded a “top verdict of 2010” by the Los Angeles Daily Journal for his $31.6 million jury verdict for the victim of a traumatic brain injury who was hit by a drunk driver.
In 2012, Nick was again a finalist for the “Consumer Attorney of the Year” award, given by CAOC (Consumer Attorneys of California). In 2009, the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego awarded Nick its “Outstanding Trial Lawyer” award. In 2013, Nick was honored with the organization’s top award – “Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year.”
This year Nick has already tried 6 more cases and, combined with settlements, has won $86,548,000.00.A few of Nick’s well known successes include a record-setting $40,000,000 non-economic damages verdict for the wrongful death of a 33 year old man who had no children and was survived only by his parents who were in their sixties; a $74,525,000 verdict for a victim of medical malpractice on a zero pre-trial offer; a $10,000,000 verdict for a teenager who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury when hit by a car where the boy was not wearing a helmet; $16,000,000 for a child who was brain injured as a result
of malpractice; a $1,000,000 verdict on a soft tissue case; a $38,600,000 jury verdict for a young man who fell from a hotel balcony while intoxicated; a $17,000,000 win for a woman who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury caused by a fall from a hotel window; a $13,860,000 win for a mild traumatic brain injury caused by an automobile crash when Nick was only 27 years old; and $2,700,000 on a medical malpractice case by a workers compensation defense expert whose report to the insurance company called the injured worker a “psych case.” The list goes on and on.
Nick serves as an instructor on advanced trial skills nationwide, and is also a presenter at Gerry Spence’s famed Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming, Nick’s birthplace as a trial lawyer.
Nick delivers multiple keynote addresses nationwide on his revolutionary approach to discovering and telling the human story, cross-examination, voir dire and non-economic damages. He prides himself on his caring and empathic approach to working with his clients and their families, and his ability to help juries find the truth and deliver justice to the injured.
Nick’s dream as a trial lawyer is to help mentor, train, and develop the next generation of trial lawyers, preserve and improve the jury trial method.
He is the author of Trial By Human, and his video series, “Connecting with the Jury,” has become a primary training tool for trial lawyers nationwide.
With all that said, Nick’s most important purpose in life is being a husband and father. He is dedicated to fitness, yoga, health and travel. He has not, and does not, spend a night away from his wife, Courtney, since they got together. She is his number one thing in this world, and along with his children, his universe.
Each member of the CZR Special Ops Trial Team is hand-picked by Nick, along with one of his most influential mentors and best friends, renowned trial lawyer and Chief of the CZR Special Ops Trial Team, Joseph H. Low, IV.