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Richard D. Carroll, Esq. 





Richard Carroll is the California ABOTA 2019 Trial Lawyer of the Year


Richard Carroll attended Dartmouth College and received a B.A. in 1976. He graduated from Pepperdine Law School in 1984. Richard spent the early part of his career handling criminal matters but in 1986 began full time civil practice. Mr. Carroll was a founding member of Carroll, Kelly, and Trotter in 1994 and zealously represented the defense of a variety of professionals for 39 years.

Richard has tried and arbitrated disputes as lead counsel in over 200 cases. Richard is a Diplomate with the American Board of Trial Advocates and has served on the Executive Board of ABOTA in Los Angeles for over 10 years. He was also pleased to serve as the ABOTA Los Angeles Chapter President in 2006.


Richard has also been inducted in the American College of Trial Lawyers. The American College of Trial Lawyers is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada and is widely considered to be the premier professional trial organization in America. These organizations are by invitation only and are comprised of the most experienced trial attorneys in the country.

In 2015, Richard was honored as a Champion of Justice by Loyola Law School as a lawyer who embodies the spirit of the civil justice system through his exceptional legal career. He is a recipient of the Lee Wenzel Civility Award for excellence in trial and possessing the highest moral character. Richard has achieved the AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell – the highest possible rank. Richard has also been selected as a California Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters from 2005 to the present.

Richard turned his attention and 40 years of experience to representing injured individuals in July of 2023 and now devotes all of his time seeking justice for the injured. All of the years understanding how the insurance companies think and analyzes cases and how the system can best be managed to get you justice.

In addition:


    Richard Carroll has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the “The Best Lawyers in America” from 2007 to present.

    He has been nominated as a Super Lawyers each consecutive year from its inception to present. 

America’s Top 100 Attorney’s

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.  Richard was nominated as Lawyer of the Year in 2015

He has also served for two years as the President of the California Medical Legal Committee, an organization of 60 invited defense lawyers from all over the State of California.


Richard has also spoken throughout the United States on various topics involving trial skills and defense strategies in professional malpractice claims. He has participated in numerous “Masters in Trial” presentations both in California and Nevada. He has also lectured to the Annual California Judges School.


He has also been written up in the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the 10 finest medical malpractice attorneys in Southern California. Most recently, Richard has been featured in Forbes magazine as having founded the premier malpractice firm in Southern California.


Pepperdine School of Law

Dartmouth College


Richard Carroll is the California ABOTA 2019 Trial Lawyer of the Year

ABOTA Lee B Wenzel Civility Award 2008

Loyola Champions of Justice 2015

Best Lawyer "Trial Lawyer of the Year" 2015

America's Top 100 Attorneys

AV Preeminent® Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®

Southern California Super Lawyers® list, annually since 2005

Super Lawyers Annually since 2005


American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

State Bar of California

American College of Trial Lawyers

Top one percent
Top 100
Board of trial advocates
Consumer attorneys Association
Bar state of california
la county bar association
Consumer Attorney
American Bar Association
Association for Justice
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