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Zachary Ethan Zwerdling

Personal injury Attorney at Eureka, CA

5.0   12 reviews

also known as The Zwerdling Law Firm

  • Licensed for 47 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1976
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Zachary

Learn Zachary’s areas of practice.

Mr. Zwerdling began practicing law in Humboldt County 47 years ago. He currently is the senior partner at The Zwerdling Law Firm located in Eureka, California. He practices with his son Nathaniel Zwerdling, Heidi Holmquist Wells, and Richard Dalyrmple III.

Mr. Zwerdling and the other lawyers in the office have decades of experience handling a wide variety of cases including major personal injury cases and complex civil litigation Among Mr. Zwerdling significant verdicts and settlements (which are described at our website) is a case in which he obtained one of the largest personal injury verdicts in Humboldt County. The jury awarded his client $9.3 million dollars. The pre-trial offer was $10,000.  

Mr. Zwerdling has received an "AV" rating from Martindale Hubbell. He is also rated a "10" on AVVO. These are the highest ratings these peer-review organizations give.

In 1992, Mr. Zwerdling was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates. Membership in this prestigious organization is limited to the top 5% of Trial Lawyers in the country. He has also been inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers. Membership in this organization is limited to the top 1% of lawyers in the country.

Mr. Zwerdling is active in the community and has served on many non-profit boards. He has represented indigent clients and many others on a pro-bono basis. He has been selected many times to serve as an arbitrator and mediator in litigated matters.

Mr. Zwerdling is committed to providing the highest quality representation to his clients. His 47 years of experience and proven results speak for themselves. 

Please visit our website for more information on our firm. 

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The Zwerdling Law Firm, LLP
937 6th Street
Eureka, CA, 95501

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  12 customer reviews
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Posted by Tammy | November 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Comfortable Settlement Negotiated By Zach Allowed Us to Move On
When the love of my life was in an intense car accident that left him with a neck injury that prevented him from being able to continue to work in his profession, Zach took us through the legal process and got us a comfortable settlement so we could move on with our lives and put this accident behind us. Zach really listened to us about what was important to us in the what, when and how the matter was to be dealt with. This combined with Zach's wealth of legal expertise and experience, made what we anticipated to be a long, difficult, process happily not what we expected. Thank you Zach!
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Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
You couldn't find a better attorney....
I have had the pleasure of knowing Zach Zwerdling for over five years. In that time he has proven time and time again that he truly cares about his clients and their well-being. You could not have a more honest, ethical and considerate person fighting for you - his excellent reputation is well earned!
Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Pillar in the community
Zach is an incredible lawyer to consult with. He brings to the table a wealth of professional knowledge and years of experience. He is kind and considerate, truly investing in your case and loves nothing more than to help in anyway he he can. I recommend him all the time. As well as in his work, he is constantly supporting the community and has made a reputable name for himself that citizens aspire too. We are all lucky to have a man of such character available to us.
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Posted by Ana | November 23, 2016
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Justice for my daughter.
Several years ago I was devastated to learn that my nine year old daughter was sexually violated by someone that was wealthy, succsessful, and respected by local religious and business communities. Therefore the criminal aspect of the case was hindered by politics and a overworked and shortstaffed district attorney office. Adding insult to injury the result was a hung jury. Determined to get compensation for my daughter I needed help. Zach not only assured me that it was possible but without hesitation he took on the burden of my civil suit. His selfless determination was instrumental in not only our succsessful out of court settlement but also in my daughters vindication. Zach guided us through the courts with careful and kind consideration for my daughters wellbeing. He is so much more to us than her attorney, he was an answer to my prayers. For that and much more I will be forever grateful.
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Posted by Ceejay | November 8, 2016
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Relax, you are in good hands
It is impossible to quantify the confidence I had in Zach during my case. When you feel like a victim, it can be hard to fight and advocate for yourself for as long as the legal process demands. But with Zach by my side, I never felt like I had to. From the moment he heard my story and confirmed the details, his dedication to my well being was steadfast. He represented my best interests with his full attention and backed down from no challenge. I am forever grateful.
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Posted by Kirk | November 7, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
The Best You Can Do
If you have a personal injury claim, the other side does not want you to hire Zach Zwerdling. They know Zach will present impeccable research, hire the best experts and, if they don’t offer a fair settlement to you, will take them to the bitter end and litigate the case with exceptional persuasion. With Zach at your side, your case will command immediate respect, which is the secret to getting the best possible results in the shortest period of time. The amazing thing about Zach is while opposing attorneys fear him, he will be just the kind of companion you’ll need to get through the process. He will deeply understand and care about your needs, and will move forward only after you fully understand and bless his strategy. I don’t give recommendations lightly, but Zach brought closure and financial satisfaction to an awful chapter and I’ll never forget his support. His very accomplished son, Nate, has just joined him, bringing more horsepower and depth. You won’t find a better personal injury law firm in Northern California.
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Posted by Rachel | November 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Made a tough situation an easier one.
Zach Zwerdling represented me in a recent legal matter. I was met by a kind, caring individual who was truly interested in helping me resolve a very tough situation. I was quickly impressed by his knowledge and competence. No one could have represented me more efficiently or effectively. It was a great relief to have an attorney in my corner who is so professional, and tenacious. I am forever grateful. Rachel Beccaria
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Posted by Cindy and Joe | November 6, 2014
Several years ago a nearby property owner vandalized the ancient Tsurai Village site and burial grounds in Trinidad California. Zach Zwerdling stepped into this complex issue with passion, leadership and intelligence. He has created a civil suit that we hope will transform how this sacred site is managed and protected in the future. We will forever be grateful for all he has done. You definitely want Zach Zwerdling on your side.
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Posted by Larry | October 25, 2009
Consummate Professional
Zach as been my First choice for legal advice and representation for my business, employees, friends and myself for over 30 years. He provides straight forward unambiguous answers or points you in the right direction. He also provides methodical research of your issue and clear direction on how to proceed. In court, he is always at least one step ahead of opposing council. He's not afraid to take on powerful political or corporate interests. Your comfort level is high with Zach on your side.
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Posted by Cassie | October 21, 2009
Extremely satisfied
Anyone who has been through a personal injury case knows how difficult and exhausting the process can be. Mr. Zwerdling was extremely helpful every step of the way. He treated me like a a friend without sacrificing his professionalism. My case was handled quickly and I was more than happy with the outcome. I was kept up to speed on all issues concerning my case and was more than prepared for trials, meeting, etc. Also, he was recommended to me by a colleague who was on the other end of one of Mr. Zwerdling's cases, which I believe speaks volumes of his capabilities. Anyone with a personal injury case... this is where your first call should be!
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Posted by David | October 21, 2009
Top Notch Personal Injury Attorney
Mr Zwerdling has worked my case, now in its' fifth year, in a very proffessional manner since day one. He is above board, personable, knowledgeable and always kept me in the loop with regard to the current status of my case. I can not imagine any thought of going elsewhere for resolution of my case. If you want an attorney that makes you feel as if your case is the only one that matters, hire Mr Zach Zwerdling, you will not regret your decision.
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Posted by anonymous | March 5, 2009
Legal Wonder
Did a wonderful job on my case and I was very pleased with the outcome. If in the future I need any sort of legal assistance, he will be the first one I call.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Appointed Member
  • Member of Humboldt County Headwaters Board
  • 2009 - Present


  • Santa Clara University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1976
  • Stanford University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1973

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Hart V. Grimes, Berryman Products, C.P. Hunt
  • $9.2 million verdict for the plaintiff
  • Carmesin v. Boak
  • $2.9 million
  • Sund v. Stayner, Cedar Lodge
  • $1 million settlement
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  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2002 - Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Associate
  • 1992 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member - board of governors
  • 1980 - Present
  • Humboldt County Bar Association
  • Past President
  • N/A
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Board of Governors
  • 1994 - 1996
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV "PRE-EMINENT" Since 1993
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • 2006
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • 2002
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • 1992
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Speaking Engagements

  • 2002

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (19)
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Personal injury Attorney | Dec 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"A consumate professional. He is not only rightfully at the top of the pecking order for Humboldt County's civil practitioners, he is also a tremendously giving person when it comes to the community."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Zach's reputation as a terrific personal injury lawyer is well earned. For over 30 years he has been in the upper echelon of personal injury attorneys in Northern California."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly rated and knowledgeable. Great responses on questions. Right on target."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 25
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Zach is one of the best, if not the best, plaintiff's personal injury attorneys in Eureka. He is the only Humboldt County plaintiff's attorney who has been nominated and elected into both the American College of Trial Lawyers (less than 1 percent of practicing attorneys receive this honor) and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). I have been on the other side of numerous cases with Zach for over 30 years. His ethics are of the highest caliber and he consistently gets maxmium value for the cases of his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Zach personally and professionally for 19 years. Simply put, he is the best personal injury lawyer in Humboldt County. The qualities that distinguish Zach from other good lawyers are his great dignity and integrity. These qualities, among others, give him superb credibility with judges. I am honored to know Zach and I do not hesitate to recommend his work."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Zachary Zwerdling is a highly respected attorney in the legal community with an expertise in personal injury cases. When I have referred personal injury cases, he has always treated the clients I referred with courtesy, dignity and professionalism. Zachary Zwerdling's reputation for vigorously representing clients and getting results is well deserved. Clients I have referred to him have later made a point of thanking me, expressing their appreciation for the high quality of his representation. Zachary Zwerdling will continue to be my first choice when referring personal injury cases."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Zach Zwerdling for over 30 years. I cannot say enough good things about this man as an attorney and as a human being. He is one of a small number of attorneys I recommend. He has a reputation for treating his clients with dignity, fighting vigorously for his clients and for getting results. He is a highly respected attorney throughout the legal community both locally and statewide. If I were ever to need a personal injury attorney, I would choose Zach Zwerdling."
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Eureka Personal injury Lawyer Zachary Ethan Zwerdling
Zachary Ethan Zwerdling
Personal injury Attorney
Eureka, CA
Licensed for 47 years
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