Keith Bruno is a trial attorney and partner at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley.
Keith is an extraordinary trial lawyer who tried and won his first case just one month after passing the bar in 2002. Fifteen years and more than 150 trials later, he is still trying cases for people against large corporate and insurance interests.
Keith has won numerous seven and eight-figure jury verdicts. He has dedicated his life to trying the cases of his clients — ordinary people, often fighting large companies or the government — against extraordinary odds. Despite the overwhelming challenge, Keith wins. Throughout his career, whether his clients are victims of another’s negligence or are facing criminal charges, countless people have turned to Keith for help in their hour of need. Keith’s achievements in the courtroom have been as diverse and stunning, and include winning a $40 million verdict side by side with Nick Rowley in a wrongful death case (Jordan v. TGI Friday’s) and an acquittal in a first- degree murder case (People v. Sosa), and countless other wins in between.
In addition to being a dedicated civil trial lawyer, Keith devoted a significant part of his career to defending the criminally accused in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, San Diego, and Orange County. He has not only been a finalist for Trial Lawyer of the Year for his civil trial wins but also won the prestigious Don Simms Trial Attorney of The Year award in 2006 for his work as a Public Defender in Orange County.
Keith is a graduate of the University of Maryland where he earned his undergraduate degree, the University of San Diego School of Law, and Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College, with his most important schooling coming in the trial courts.
After nearly a decade in private practice as a criminal defense attorney, Keith seamlessly transferred his skills into a successful plaintiff ’s personal injury trial attorney. Keith demonstrated consistent excellence that led him to be recognized by SuperLawyers as a Rising Star from 2009-2015, followed by the continued distinction of SuperLawyer in 2016, 2017, and 2018. In addition to those honors, Keith has been selected as a National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers every year since 2014. He is a proud member of CAALA, CAOC, CASD, and OCTLA.
Keith is known for trying and winning the toughest cases, often on very little notice. He believes genuinely in the trial team approach to helping personal injury clients and enjoys working with a variety of referral attorneys throughout the state. Keith is based in the Orange County Office, located in Newport Beach and tries cases all over the state of California.