Trial Lawyer of the Year
On Saturday, March 4, 2017, the CAL-ABOTA Board of Directors selected Warren R. Paboojian of the San Joaquin Valley Chapter as the 2017 Trial Lawyer of the Year. Recognized as the highest honor a California trial lawyer can receive, the CAL-ABOTA Trial Lawyer of the Year is awarded annually to a recipient exhibiting the best traits of a trial lawyer - excellence in advocacy, a distinguished career and a reputation for civility, ethics and fair play.

The CAL-ABOTA Board of Directors includes officers of the eight local chapters. Each CAL-ABOTA chapter is entitled to nominate a candidate for Trial Lawyer of the Year. Written and oral presentations are submitted to CAL-ABOTA's board followed by the selection of the award recipient by majority vote.
General Criteria For Selection Of California Trial Lawyer Of The Year

  1. THAT THE PERSON BE AN EXCELLENT ADVOCATE
  2. THAT THE PERSON HAVE A DISTINGUISHED CAREER
  3. THAT THE PERSON HAVE A SUPERB REPUTATION OF CIVILITY, ETHICS AND FAIR PLAY
  4. THAT THE PERSON HAVE PARTICIPATED IN AN OUTSTANDING RESULT
board member
Warren R. Paboojian was born and raised in Fresno, California. He earned his bachelor's degree from California State University, Fresno, in 1980. He obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from San Joaquin College of Law and was admitted to practice law in 1987. In 2011, Mr. Paboojian was inducted into the San Joaquin College of Law Hall of Fame because of his outstanding trial advocacy.

Mr. Paboojian, who is a founding partner of the law firm of Baradat & Paboojian, has been practicing law in the San Joaquin Valley for 30 years. Baradat & Paboojian is a plaintiffs firm that handles a wide range of plaintiffs cases from personal injury, catastrophic injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and wrongful termination. Mr. Paboojian has litigated over 55 jury trials to verdict in Fresno County and throughout the State of California.

In addition to being very active in ABOTA and a Life Fellow of the ABOTA Foundation, Mr. Paboojian is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, and the International Academy of Trial Attorneys. Warren Paboojian also served as President of the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of ABOTA in 2008. His honors and achievements include:
• 2008 Trial Lawyer of the Year for the State of California by Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC)
• Super Lawyers' Top 100 Lawyers in Northern California for 5 consecutive years
• Central California Trial Lawyers' President's Award for Outstanding Plaintiffs Verdict in 2004
• Central California Trial Lawyers' President's Award for Outstanding Advocacy for Consumer Rights
• Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated
Mr. Paboojian is most proud of his foundation called Departed Angels. The organization was founded in 2008. Departed Angels is a non-profit organization that helps parents financially whose children have died untimely.

Warren Paboojian will be honored as the 2017 CAL-ABOTA Trial Lawyer of the Year during the annual Hawaii Conference on November 6-11, 2017 at the Andaz on Maui; please be sure to attend the Conference to share in the celebration.


Past Cal-ABOTA Trial Lawyers Of The Year

*1962 Roger E. Kelly Los Angeles
*1963 Raoul D. Magana Los Angeles
*1964 John T. LaFollette Los Angeles
*1965 Ingmar Hoberg San Francisco
*1966 DeForrest Home Los Angeles
*1967 John J. Costanzo Los Angeles
*1968 William J. Schall San Diego
*1969 Bruce Walkup San Francisco
*1970 William A. Kurlander Los Angeles
*1971 David M. Harney Los Angeles
*1972 Leighton T. Bledsoe San Francisco
*1973 Arthur N. Hews San Diego
*1974 Theodore P. Shield Los Angeles
*1975 Jack W. Crumley San Diego
*1976 Richard McCormick San Joaquin Valley
*1977 Mark P. Robinson Los Angeles
*1978 James C. Downing San Francisco
*1979 John G. Bonelli Los Angeles
1980 Joseph W. Rogers, Jr. San Francisco
*1981 Don C. Brown San Bernardino/Riverside
*1982 Donald A. Ruston Orange County
*1983 Marvin E. Lewis San Francisco
*1984 Marshall T. Hunt Los Angeles
*1985 Charles A. Lynberg Los Angeles
*1986 Robert D. Barbagelata San Francisco
*1987 Wm. Marshall Morgan Los Angeles
1988 Morton L. Friedman Sacramento Valley
1989 Eugene J. Majeski San Francisco
1990 Hon. Richard D. Aldrich Los Angeles
*1991 John J. Collins Los Angeles
1992 Albert R. Abramson San Francisco
1993 Robert C. Baker Los Angeles
1994 David E. Monahan San Diego
1995 Ronald H. Rouda San Francisco
1996 Thomas V. Girardi Los Angeles
1997 Lowell T. Carruth San Joaquin Valley
1998 Brian D. Monaghan San Diego
1999 H. Gilbert Jones Los Angeles
2000 Florentino Garza San Bernardino/Riverside
2001 James J. Brosnahan San Francisco
*2002 Marjorie W. Day Orange County
2003 Vincent J. Bartolotta, Jr. San Diego
2004 Roger A. Dreyer Sacramento Valley
2005 Jeffrey S. Raynes San Bernardino/Riverside
2006 Richard Watters San Joaquin Valley
Edward J. Nevin San Francisco
2007 David J. O’Keefe Los Angeles
2008 Mark P. Robinson, Jr. Orange County
2009 Dennis A.Schoville San Diego
2010 Brian J. Panish Los Angeles
2011 Michael Bidart San Bernardino/Riverside
Dennis F. Moriarty San Francisco
2012 Robert A. Buccola Sacramento Valley
2013 Edith Matthai Los Angeles
2014 Michael A. Kelly San Francisco
2015 William D. Shapiro San Bernardino/Riverside
2016 Michael P. Bradley San Francisco
2016 Douglas M. DeGrave Orange County
2017 Warren R. Paboojian San Joaquin Valley
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