Robert E. Cartwright, Jr.

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in San Francisco, CA

The Cartwright Law Firm
 | 222 Front Street, 5th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415-579-3148
Fax: 415-433-0449
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (40%)
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    The founder and managing partner of The Cartwright Law Firm, Robert E. Cartwright Jr. provides dedicated legal advice and representation to people in San Francisco, California, and throughout the Bay Area, including the North, South and East bays, and across the Peninsula. Focusing his practice on personal injury, Mr. Cartwright generally handles cases involving serious accidents and injuries. He also accepts employment law cases, helping workers enforce their rights and hold employers accountable for violations they created or allowed to go on.

    In 1979, Mr. Cartwright received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Puget Sound. He went on to attend the Golden Gate University School of Law, earning a Juris Doctor in 1982.

    Offering customized guidance and aggressive advocacy, Mr. Cartwright is committed to helping people pursue financial justice when they have suffered harm due to the intentional, negligent or reckless actions of another. He has assisted clients in recovering maximum compensation in claims involving issues such as motor vehicle accidents, slips and falls, construction site injuries and dangerous products. Mr. Cartwright’s notable successes include helping secure the largest settlement in a drug litigation case, securing $4.85 billion on behalf of approximately 20,000 people who suffered injury or death due to their use of an anti-inflammatory drug.

    Mr. Cartwright is a member of The State Bar of California, the Consumer Attorneys of California, the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, the Western Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice. He has served in varying capacities for several professional organizations, and he is currently on the board of governors for the Consumer Attorneys of California and the American Association for Justice, is on the board of directors for the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, and is the honorary consul general for the country of Iceland.

    Practice Areas
    • 60%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 40%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability


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    Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2021

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    About Robert Cartwright, Jr.

    Admitted: 1982, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • Who’s Who in American Law, 10th Edition, 1998 – 1999
    • 2002 Jurisprudence Award Honoree, awarded by American ORT, 2002
    • “F. Scott Baldwin Award for Trial Advocacy” from the New Lawyers Division of AAJ , 2001
    • Consumer Attorneys of California Presidents Award, 1995 – 1996
    • Finalist for California Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2003
    • National “Joe Tonahill” Award, 2004
    • Statute of Limitations Extended
    • Who’s Who in the World, Twelfth Edition, 1995 – 1996
    • National Registry of Who’s Who, 2000 Edition, 2000
    • Finalist for “Trial Lawyer of the Year Award 2001” Awarded by the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
    • American Bar Association, YLD Award of Achievement for Outstanding Activities and Accomplishments, 1989 – 1990
    • Northern California Super Lawyer, 2005
    • Finalist for San Francisco Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2003 – 2005
    • Received the “Robert E. Cartwright Sr.” Award for Trial Advocacy and Teaching Trial Advocacy to Fellow Lawyers
    • International Who’s Who, 1994
    • Membership, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 1999
    • “Presidential Award of Merit” from Consumer Attorneys of California, 2001
    • Presidents Award for Outstanding Dedication and Service as AAJ Board of Governor, 1991 – 1992
    • Finalist for National Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2002
    • ORT Jurisprudence Award, 2002
    • Proclamation of Robert E. Cartwright, Jr. Day

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • California, 1982
    • Barristers Club of San Francisco, President, 1989 – 1990
    • Consumer Attorneys of California, President, 2001 – 2002

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Member of the AAJ Historical Committee
    • Member of the Professor Thomas F. Lambert, Jr. Chair
    • Vice Chairperson of the Professional Independence and Responsibility of the Lawyer Division of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the ABA
    • Co-Chairperson 1987 AAJ Annual convention
    • PAC-drive participant , 1987 – 1989
    • Member of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
    • Vice Chairperson of the Product, General Liability and Consumer Law Division of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the ABA
    • Chairperson of AAJ Law Student Committee, 1987 – 1988
    • Member-At-Large of the AAJ Amicus Curiae Committee, 1986 – 1987
    • Syllabus Editor for the California Trial Lawyers l987 Midwinter Convention at Lake Tahoe
    • Managing Editor of the San Francisco Barrister Law Journal
    • Chairperson of AAJ Young Lawyer Recruitment Committee

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Lecturer, USF School of Law 1996 Intensive Advocacy Workshop Program
    • Speaker, “Trends in Sports Tort; Which Way is the Ball Bouncing”, CAOC Annual Convention (1996) “Wide World of Sports Torts” Program, 1996
    • Invited Speaker, “Demonstrative Evidence”, AAJ/CAOC Program at Golden Gate University School of Law, San Francisco
    • Invited Speaker, “Wrongful Death of a Child”, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, 1998
    • Editor-in-Chief, Consumer Attorneys of California Forum Magazine, 1996
    • “Economically Processing the Personal Injury Law Suit”
    • “Response to Attorney General Meese’s Comments to Changes to the Tort System,”, (Co-Author), San Francisco Barrister Law Journal
    • “How to Prepare for, Take and Use a Deposition”, (Co-Author with Robert E. Benson and John C. Tredennick, Jr., , TRIAL MAGAZINE, 1991
    • “Strategies and Techniques for Successful Discovery – Informal Discovery”
    • “Adverse Party Depositions: Strategies that Make a Difference”

    Educational Background:

    • University of Puget Sound, B.A., Honors: Member, Theta Chi fraternity, Major: Psychology, 1979
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    Office Location for Robert E. Cartwright, Jr.

    222 Front Street
    5th Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94111

    Phone: 415-579-3148

    Fax: 415-433-0449

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