Trial Lawyer of the Year
On Saturday, March 2, 2019, the CAL-ABOTA Board of Directors selected Richard D. Carroll of the Los Angeles Chapter as the 2019 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
Cal-ABOTA President Bryan Reid and TLOTY Dick Carroll
Cal-ABOTA President Bryan Reid and TLOTY Dick Carroll
Richard Carroll attended Dartmouth College and received a B.A. in 1976. He graduated from Pepperdine Law School in 1984. Richard is one of the founding members of Carroll, Kelly, Trotter, Franzen, McBride & Peabody. After a short career trying criminal cases, Mr. Carroll undertook professional malpractice defense in 1986 and helped form Carroll Kelly Trotter Franzen & McKenna in 1994. He has zealously represented the defense of a variety of professions for 30 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 addition:
  • Richard 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 and the firm were featured in Forbes magazine as the premier malpractice firm in Southern California.

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.


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
  Douglas M. DeGrave Orange County
2017 Warren R. Paboojian San Joaquin Valley
2018 Chris Wesierski Orange County
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