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I began my legal education at Harvard Law School, and then returned to my home town of Berkeley to finish at U.C. Berkeley's Boalt Hall.  After working as a litigation associate at Heller Ehrman LLP, I realized a dream by opening my own firm where I represent individuals and consumers who have suffered discrimination, or serious injuries due to accidents, medical malpractice, or defective products.  In my first jury trial, my client received an award that was 80 times greater than the insurance company's final offer.  Since then I have settled or tried more than 100 cases to successful resolution.  In 2005, I was singled out as one of the top three young trial lawyers in San Francisco. 


Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 35%
    13 years, 35 cases
  2. Medical Malpractice: 25%
    13 years, 12 cases
  3. Business: 10%
    16 years, 15 cases
  4. Wrongful Death: 10%
    13 years, 6 cases
  5. Other: 20%
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Contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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  • Daniel Howard Rose

    I endorse Carter wholeheartedly. It would be most difficult to find a personal injury or medical malpractice attorney who works as hard and proficiently as he does and is so dedicated to his clients. Carter knows his stuff.


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Contact info

The Zinn Law Firm

55 Francisco Street, Suite 403
San Francisco, CA, 94133


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Trial Lawyer of the YearSan Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A
Super LawyerSan Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalThe Zinn Law Firm2003 - Present
Litigation AssociateLevy, Ram & Olson2001 - 2003
Litigation AssociateHeller Ehrman LLP1999 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
University of California, Hastings College of LawGuest Lecturer2012 - Present
San Francisco Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2003 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember2003 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2003 - Present
California State BarMember1999 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaBoard Member2005 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Confidential v. Confidential$295,000
Confidential v. Confidential$600,000
Confidential v. Confidential$480,000
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
Williams CollegePolitical EconomyUndergraduate1988