John C. Carpenter

John C. Carpenter

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Beverly Hills, CA

Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley
 | 8827 West Olympic Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90211-3613
Phone: 310-273-1230
Fax: 310-858-1063
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    in 2017, John was nominated Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (one of the largest trial lawyer associations in the nation).  For the past 25 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 wrongful death and traumatic brain injuries -- recover the money they need to reestablish their lives. He has tried dozens of catastrophic injury cases to verdict. In 2016 John obtained a record setting $45 million dollar pure non-economic damage verdict in a wrongful death case.  in 2016-2017 John tried 7 personal injury cases cases with combined total verdicts over $58 million dollars alone.  2011, on the eve of trial, John settled a case for $13.8 million for a former professional fighter who suffered a traumatic brain injury in an automobile collision. In addition to his trial work, John has an active appellate practice. John received his undergraduate degree from UCLA and his law degree from Southwestern Law School.

    About John Carpenter

    Admitted: 1991, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP. has appeared at the #1 spot in the monthly “Winningest Firms” list published by VerdictSearch., Winningest California Law Firm, Verdict Search
    • Top 100 Trial Lawyer, The National Trial Lawyers
    • Trial Lawyer of the Year, Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 2017
    • Verdict of the Week, Verdict Search

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • CAALA
    • CAOC
    • CASD


    •   By BILL HETHERMAN  City News Service  LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A jury today awarded $45 million in damages to the four children of one of two women killed when an intoxicated driver being chased by the CHP crashed into a crowd at a taco truck in Boyle Heights during a 2012 chase.   A Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated for about an hour before finding that both Elba Jimenez, who was behind the wheel of the car that smashed into the two victims, and Maria Elena Rodriguez, who owned the vehicle her longtime girlfriend was driving, were jointly liable in the June 16, 2012, death of Claudia Fernandez.  The lawsuit was filed in June 2013 by the woman's daughter and three sons. Rachel Fernandez, now 26, of South Gate, testified she was thrust into the role of mother to her brothers, now 19, 16 and 14, after their mother died at age 38. Each sibling was awarded $11.25 million.  Rachel Fernandez said outside the courtroom that she was still coming to grips with the size of the verdict and had trouble finding words to describe her emotions.  She said the family lived in Boyle Heights at the time and that her mother wanted tacos that night and went to buy them at the same truck where their family had gone many times before.  Rachel Fernandez said her mother did not know the other victim, 19-year-old Los Angeles resident Marlene Alatorre, whose family previously reached a settlement in a separate case filed against Jimenez and Rodriguez.  The Fernandez siblings' attorney, John Carpenter, said he was happy with the verdict. He had argued to the jury that Rodriguez knew Jimenez was drunk, but did not try and take the keys away from her.  ``I'm pleased that the jury found that Ms. Rodriguez was the owner of the car,'' Carpenter said. ``This accident could have been prevented if she had exercised reasonable care.''  Carpenter said the California Highway Patrol abided by proper procedures during the brief chase and that his clients do not blame the department for what happened.  Carpenter has appealed Judge Malcolm Mackey's previous ruling dismissing the part of the plaintiffs' case against the owner of the property where the taco truck was parked. The lawyer says the location was dangerous because patrons were vulnerable to being hit by vehicles being driven at high speeds on the freeway offramp.  Jimenez was convicted in 2013 of two counts of second-degree murder and was sentenced that same year to 35 years to life in prison.  Lawyer Timothy McDonald, on behalf of Jimenez and Rodriguez, declined to comment on the verdict. He had argued to jurors that the blame for the deaths fell squarely on Jimenez.  ``Elba's at fault, that's it,'' McDonald said during his final argument. ``I'd be stupid to stand up here and talk about it any further.''  McDonald maintained that the two women jointly owned the car and that Rodriguez, despite seeing Jimenez drink three shots of tequila at a party, did not know her girlfriend was drunk.  ``My client (Rodriguez) saw her (Jimenez) drinking, nothing else,'' McDonald said.  According to CHP, one of its officers began pursuing Jimenez, then 38, in the belief she was intoxicated as her car began weaving about 11:20 p.m. on the eastbound Santa Monica (10) Freeway near the Los Angeles Convention Center.  The officer followed the 2005 Toyota Camry -- being driven at speeds up to 100 mph -- onto the northbound Golden State (5) Freeway, where the officer tried to make a stop.  The driver refused to pull over and sped off the freeway at the Cesar Chavez Avenue offramp, where she ran a red light and went into a parking lot, where she crashed into a truck where tacos were being sold.  Rodriguez had driven separately to Los Angeles that day to meet Jimenez, who was already there visiting her mother. They both went to a party that night before heading home to Ontario, again in different vehicles, according to trial testimony.CNS-09-02-2016 16:09
    • 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., 2010
    • 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. , 2011

    Industry Groups

    • CAALA
    • CAOC
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    Office Location for John C. Carpenter

    8827 West Olympic Boulevard
    Beverly Hills, CA 90211-3613

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    Last Updated: 7/21/2020

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