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Carl Botterud is a lawyer and mediator in Pasadena, California. Admitted to practice in 1992, he initially focused his work on litigation, in both civil and criminal law in state and federal court. Carl has represented plaintiffs and defendants in business, employment, real estate and criminal matters. In 1993-1994 Carl was a visiting assistant professor of law at Whittier Law School and served as an adjunct professor at that school until 2000. He taught classes including evidence, corporations, public interest law, trial advocacy, pretrial litigation, and interviewing, counseling and negotiating skills. He has served as trial counsel in over fifteen court and jury trials, and served as an advocate and neutral in numerous mediations. From 2000 through 2006 Carl’s practice focused predominately on the representation of individuals in employment and business disputes. In 2006, added mediation to his practice, serving on the Los Angeles County Court’s Pro Bono and Select through 2010. From 2010 to 2013 Carl served as general counsel at Occidental College. In September 2013, Carl rejoined his colleagues at Ritt, Tai, Thvedt & Hodges, LLP where his practice emphasizes labor and employment, higher education, civil rights, disability and alternative dispute resolution.


Practice areas


  1. Employment: 80%
    24 years
  2. Litigation: 20%
    24 years


Payment types:

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Contact info

Ritt, Tai, Thvedt & Hodges

65 North Raymond Ave.
Suite 320
Pasadena, CA, 91103


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Alumni Seal Award for Service to the CollegeOccidental College2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Lawyer/MediatorRitt, Tai, Thvedt & Hodges, LLP2013 - Present
General CounselOccidental College2010 - 2013
Lawyer/MediatorBotterud Law & Mediation2005 - 2010
PartnerBensinger, Ritt & Botterud LLP2000 - 2005
LawyerLaw Office of Carl Botterud1997 - 2000
Adjunct Professor and Visiting Assistant Professor of LawWhittier Law School1993 - 2000
AssociateBacon Law Corporation (and preceding entities)1992 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Southern California Mediation AssociationN/A2013 - Present
Association of Workplace InvestigatorsN/A2013 - Present
National Association of College and University AttorneysMember2010 - Present
California Employment Lawyers AssociationN/A2002 - Present
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationN/A1992 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaN/A1992 - Present
National Employment Lawyers AssociationN/A2007 - 2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Whittier College School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1992
Occidental CollegePolitical ScienceA.B.1979