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Eric Traut distinguished himself early as one of the top trial attorneys in Southern California when he was recognized as the youngest winner of the prestigious Trial Lawyer of the Year award in the history of the Orange County Trial Lawyer Association. He has been selected by his peers to the list of Super Lawyers, including the “Top 50 Orange County” and “Top 100 Southern California” lists that featured him in Los Angeles Magazine consecutively from 2005 through 2014. Eric has handled high-profile cases that have resulted in appearances on Good Morning America, Fox News, Court T.V., and ABC's "Primetime." Eric was the youngest member ever admitted to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) at the age of 33, and he served as President of the Orange County Chapter of ABOTA in 2010. Presently, he serves as the Past President of the Orange County Bar Foundation, a non-profit organization strengthening Orange County youth and families through unique, award-winning health and education programs. In 2008, he was named as Alumni of the Year at Western State University Law School, and was inducted into the school’s "Hall of Fame" in 2013. He is a recipient to the Angelo Palmieri Award for Civility from the Banyard Inn of Court and was the first lawyer to be awarded the OC Look award by Orange Coast Magazine, an award given to those individuals who exemplify success and style in Orange County. Eric has been a speaker at countless seminars on litigation and trial skills, and published multiple articles on strategy and practice.



Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Korean

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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 75%
    25 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Wrongful Death: 25%
    25 years, 250 cases



Contingent (25-40%), Fixed (always)

Attorney endorsements

12 total 

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  • Robert Thomas Bryson

    I had the distinct pleasure of working with Eric for the past couple years on an insurance bad faith case. Eric's insight, courtroom presence and legal acumen is above reproach. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone seeking a highly qualified and professional trial lawyer. I look forward to working with Eric in the future.


    Robert Bryson Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Charles Anthony Piccuta

    Eric is a top notch trial attorney. If you go with him you are getting the best.


    Charles Piccuta Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Traut Firm

5 Hutton Centre Drive
Suite 700
Santa Ana, CA, 92707



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Discipline, probation, with no actual suspension
    issued in CA, 2013


    This sanction means the attorney had a suspension placed on hold (and ultimately removed) by complying with certain requirements.

    Eric’s comment: “This was probation after I had obtained advice from two ethics lawyers who advised it was proper to charge fees as work was performed. Our firm focuses on personal injury and wrongful death cases which this has no relation to whatsoever. Review the endorsements below for the truth about my practice and reputation.”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2016
Best Law FirmsBest Lawyers in America2016
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2015
"Top 100 Southern California" Super LawyersLos Angeles Magazine2014
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2014
"Top 50 Orange County" Super LawyersLos Angeles Magazine2014
Alumni Hall of FameWestern State Law School2013
"Top 50 Orange County" Super LawyersLos Angeles Magazine2013
"Top 100 Southern California" Super LawyersLos Angeles Magazine2013
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2013
"Top 50 Orange County" Super LawyersLos Angeles Magazine2012
Top LawyerOC Metro Magazine2012
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2012
"Top 50 Orange County" Super LawyersLos Angeles Magazine2011
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2011
Top LawyerOC Metro Magazine2011
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2010
OC LookOrange Coast Magazine2010
"Top 50 Orange County" Super LawyersLos Angeles Magazine2010
"Top 50 Orange County" Super LawyersLos Angeles Magazine2009
Angelo Palmieri Civility AwardBanyard Inn of Court2009
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2009
Alumni of the YearWestern State University Alumni Association2008
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2008
"Top 50 Orange County" Super LawyersLos Angeles Magazine2008
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2007
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2006
Southern California Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2005
Trial Lawyer of the YearOrange County Trial Lawyers Association2003
AV PreeminentMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerTraut Firm1990 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Board of Trial AdvocatesNational Representative2015 - Present
Orange County Bar FoundationPresident2014 - 2014
American Board of Trial Advocates - Orange County ChapterPresident2010 - 2010
Orange County Bar AssociationBoard Member2009 - 2011
Robert A. Banyard American Inn of CourtInn Liaison2008 - Present
Lex RomanaPresident2005 - 2006
Orange County Bar AssociationChairperson of College of Trial Advocacy2004 - Present
Orange County Bar AssociationBoard Member2002 - 2003
Orange County Trial Lawyers AssociationPresident2002 - 2002
American Inns of CourtMember2000 - Present
American Board of Trial Advocates - Orange County ChapterAdvocate1998 - Present
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMember1990 - 1990
Consumer Attorneys Association of CaliforniaMember1990 - 1990
Orange County Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1990 - 1990
Banyard Inn of CourtCo-PresidentN/A
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaBoard of GovernorsN/A
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember, President's ClubN/A
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember, Advocates ClubN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Sorensen v. Vernola Family Trust$2.1 million
Bailey v. United States$4.76 million
City of Moreno Valley v. Superior Court of Riverside CountyEric Traut represented real party in interest upon appeal
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Publication nameTitleDate
O.C. Attorney Journal"Trait Awards $1000 Higher Education Scholarship"2015
Los Angeles Times Newport Beach"Attorney Awards $1000 Scholarship"2015
Daily JournalExpedited Trials No Hit With Most Lawyers.”2015
Orange County Register“What’s the Value of Kelly Thomas’ Life? Father’s Lawsuit Vs. Fullerton Seeks Police Accountability”2015
Orange County Register"Newport Beach Bans New Jet Pack Businesses for Six Months"2014
Orange County Register"Santa Ana People In The News: Students Earn Honors For Academic Achievements”2014
Orange County Attorney Journal“Big Career Built on Small Cases”2014
California Lawyer MagazineExpedited Jury Trials: California has embraced an innovation: holding civil jury trials in a single day2014
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) Advocate“The One Day Jury Trial”2014
Orange County Attorney Journal“Community News: Expedited Jury Trial Seminar”2014
CEO World Magazine“Traut Firm Announces New Hire of personal Injury and Wrongful Death Attorney Pamela Liosi”2014
Yahoo Finance"Eric Traut of the Traut Firm Lends a Hand to Santa Ana Students Through Project SELF Legal Internship Program"2014
Orange County Register“Suit Filed Against Convicted Voyeur”2013
Western State College of Law Message from the Dean"Alumni Highlights"2013
Law360"Wildfire Victims Seek Share of $69M Award from Insurers"2012
Orange County Bar Foundation"Spotlight - Eric Traut"2012
CBS News Los Angeles“Accused Salon Shooter Reveals…No Motive”2012
OC Weekly"Scott Evans Dekraai Sued by Families of Two of the Eight People He Allegedly Murdered"2011
Orange County Register“Seal Beach Shooting: Second Family Files Suit”2011
Orange County Register“Seal Beach Shootings: Family Files Lawsuit”2011
Los Angeles Times“Garden Grove Man Files Suit Against Firestone Over Burn Injuries”2011
Book on Representing Plaintiffs in Personal Injury Cases“Out-Strategizing the Defense in a Personal Injury Lawsuit: Key Pointers"2011
Patch“Suit Filed in Salon Massacre”2011
Orange County Register“Transient Set on Fire Sues His Assailant”2011
Orange County Register“Suit: Porche Driver Blames H.B. for His Injuries in Crash”2011
Orange County Register“Settlement Reached in Condom-In-Soup Case”2010
Orange County Register“Teen Gets $30,000 From City After Waveboard Crash”2010
OC Weekly“Waiter, There’s a Used Condom in My French Onion Soup”2009
Chicago Tribune“Man Finds Condom in French Onion Soup”2009
Orange County Register“Claim: Slopes Left Dry Fueled Freeway Complex Fire”2008
OC Weekly“Freeway Complex Fire Legal Claim! Ding-Ding-Ding! Freeway Complex Fire Legal Claim!”2008
Orange County Register“Yorba Linda Couple Files $1.8 Million Claim For Damages After Fire”2008
Orange County Register“Sense Of Privacy Shattered”2006
The Gavel"Litigation on a Shoestring"2003
Los Angeles Times“Bid to Reform Consumer Act Gains Steam”2002
Reviewer for publication by the National Center for State Courts“Short, Summary & Expedited: The Evolution of Civil Jury Trials”N/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Western State University College of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
California State University, FullertonN/AOther - BachelorsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Judges' NightAward Presenter for Superior Court Clerk of the Year2015
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaExpedited Jury Trials2015
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesTrial Skills2015
ABOTA SeminarActual Expedited Civil Jury Trial Presented by the Orange County Chapter of ABOTA2015
Whittier School of Law“Motions in Limine”2014
Orange County Bar Association Ethics CLE“Civility and Professionalism: A View from the Bench and Bar”2014
Legal Internship Recognition DinnerEmcee for Project SELF Legal Internship Recognition Dinner2014
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesUnique issues in automobile cases2014
Consumer Attorney Association of Los AngelesMIST: Making It Successful in Trial2014
College of Trial AdvocacyTrial Advocacy2013
Combined Claims Conference“Expedited Jury Trials in California”2012
Specialty Credits SeminarEthics2011
Palm Springs ConventionJury selection under time constraints2011
Orange County Trial Lawyers Monthly Dinner MeetingExpedited Trials2011
Newport Harbor Bar Association DinnerExpedited Trials & Jury Selection Under Time Restraints2011
Las Vegas ConventionWhat Jurors Like and Dislike in MIST Cases2011
College of Trial AdvocacyTrial Preparation - The Last 90 Days2011
College of Trial AdvocacyDemonstrative Evidence at Trial2011
San Francisco ConventionJury Selection2010
Robert A. Banyard Inn Monthly Dinner MeetingEffective Cross Examination2010