John C. Carpenter

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Beverly Hills, California

Carpenter & Zuckerman
John C. Carpenter
Carpenter & Zuckerman

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Products Liability, Medical Malpractice; view more

Licensed in California since: 1991

Education: Southwestern Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2023

Carpenter & Zuckerman

8827 West Olympic Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211 Visit website


Attorney John C. Carpenter is a founding partner with Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, law firm, which has nine law offices in California and one in Las Vegas, Nevada. Widely regarded as one of the leading trial lawyers in the country, Mr. Carpenter has nearly 20 years of total legal experience, and he provides unmatched representation and support to clients throughout his region who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·       Personal injury, wrongful death and other tortious claims

·       Motor vehicle accidents

·       Brain injuries

·       Slip-and-fall accidents

·       Defective products

During the course of his legal practice, Mr. Carpenter has recovered more than $100 million in total compensation for a wide range of clients adversely affected by an accident caused by someone else's negligence or wrongdoing. He secured $45 million in noneconomic damages in a wrongful death case in 2016, and he has secured several more verdicts and settlements in excess of $10 million. 

Honored for his success, Mr. Carpenter received recognition from VerdictSearch for “Verdict of the Week” in 2012, and the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles nominated him for "Attorney of the Year" in 2017. 

He has also received perennial designation as being among the top 5% of lawyers in his region, and the National Trial Lawyers has named him a Top 100 Trial Lawyer. He has also received superb client ratings on Avvo, and he finds great satisfaction in being able to help so many in his community in their times of dire need.

A 1988 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, Mr. Carpenter attended Southwestern Law School, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1991. He is also a graduate of the intensive Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer's College. He holds his license to practice in Washington as well as California.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Brain Injury, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death

First Admitted: 1991, California

Professional Webpage:

  • 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
  • Antonio Pureco v. David De La Torre Carillo ($10,000,000 – August 5, 2016 – Los Angeles) Negligence
  • Rachel Fernandez vs. State of California ($45,000,000 non-economic damages – September 2, 2016 – Downtown Los Angeles) Wrongful Death/Negligence
  • 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
  • Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, LLP. has appeared at the #1 spot in the monthly “Winningest Firms” list published by Verdict Search., 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:
  • Consumer Attorney s Association of Los Angeles (CAALA)
  • CAOC
  • CASD
Industry Groups:
  • CAOC

Office location for John C. Carpenter

8827 West Olympic Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Phone: 310-273-1230


11 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2023

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