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I have helped thousands of victims during my career. Going through the process of helping these victims, I have learned what tremendous hardships people are forced to undergo. This makes me a better lawyer as I have a deep understanding of what these victims must endure, which allows me to present their case more effectively to obtain the compensation my clients deserve.


In such cases, many victims and their families have an extremely hard time coping or trying to cope with their injuries, pain and suffering or the loss of a loved one and the hardships that come with it, such as lost wages and a suddenly very uncertain future - in terms of health and/or how to pay bills and make ends meet.

These victims need help and I supply that help by taking on the insurance companies and those at fault to get the victim the compensation he or she deserves. This provides the victim with relief from a major source of stress, so he or she can attend to healing, physically, emotionally and mentally.


I persevere in obtaining deserving compensation for those losses, as well as for medical bills, lost wages, future earnings' impairment, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, loss of love, society, affection, and compensation for vocational rehabilitation.


Example cases


Partial paralysis case with disputed liability and victim's vehicle speeding and tailgating.  Multi-million dollar settlement.


Death case with highly disputed liability. Victim's vehicle broke down on a freeway where the victim's vehicle was in the slow lane. Witness saw victim walk into the next lane when victim was struck. Greatly over $1 million settlement.

Victim driver speeding vehicle in heavy rain on two-lane roadway, loses control and slams into object off roadway. Highly disputed liability. Settlement $1 million.

Car accident causes victim to sustain disc injuries requiring surgeries. Settlement $650,000.

Disclaimer: These past case results are not intended to be taken as a prediction or warranty of future results as to your case. Each case depends on its own facts, liability and damages.


I  accept cases throughout California--all counties, cities, towns and unincorporated areas.


Some counties served include: Alameda, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Fresno, Los Angeles, Marin,  Monterey, Napa, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernadino, San Francisco, San Mateo, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Sonoma, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Yolo.


Some cities served include: Alameda, Antioch, Bakersfield, Belmont, Brentwood, Castro Valley, Concord, Daly City, Davis, Dixon, Emeryville, Fairfield, Fremont, Hercules, Lafayette, Livermore, Martinez, Menlo Park, Modesto, Monterey, Moraga, Newark, Oakland, Oakley, Orinda, Palo Alto, Pittsburgh, Pleasanton,   Redwood City, Richmond,  Sacramento, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Francisco, San Jose, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, San Mateo, San Pablo, Santa Clara, Suisun, Sunnyvale, Stockton, Tracy, Walnut Creek, Vacaville, Vallejo, Visalia. 



I began my own law firm in 1989, shortly after the death of my mentor and employer, Robert E. Cartwright Sr., then one of the most prominent plaintiff's attorneys in the U.S. I decided to become a lawyer to help people, generally. Early in law school, I was drawn to helping tort victims, which led me to the fields of personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability, products liability, nursing home neglect and other similar areas of study.



Association Memberships


I am a member of Consumer Attorneys of California, American Association for Justice and the California State Bar Association.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 30%
    28 years
  2. Car Accident: 30%
    28 years
  3. Defective Products: 20%
    28 years
  4. Wrongful Death: 20%
    28 years



Contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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Contact info

2121 North California Blvd.
Suite 290
Walnut Creek, CA, 94596


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
associate editorshipOwens California Forms and Procedure1983
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of Ben Glen1990 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember1987 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1987 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1987 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
John Doe v. Trucking Companymulti million dollar settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Owens California Forms and Procedure, associate editor of a multi-volume book set addressing civil procedure and practice and tort pleading guideOwens California Forms and Procedure1984
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of California - BerkeleyN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1981
University of California, Hastings College of the LawN/AN/AN/A