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About me

My partners, Bill Bragg and Ben Mainzer,  and I have decades of experience handling a wide variety of cases including major personal injury cases, complex civil litigation including class actions,criminal defense, and representation of public entities. Among my significant verdicts and settlements (which are described at our website, www.zbmlaw.com) I obtained the largest personal injury verdict in Humboldt County history in 1993. The jury awarded my client $9.1 million dollars. The pre-trial offer was $10,000. Each of my partners has also had significant judgmernts and settlements.


 


Mr. Bragg and I are both "AV" rated by Martindale Hubbell. This is the highest rating offered by the largest and most respected peer rating organization in the country. We have both been inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates. I have been inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers. These are invitation only memberships in the  premier trial lawyer organizations in California and the country. Membership in these organizations is limited to the top 5% and 1% of lawyers in the country.


 


I am active in the community and have served on many non-profit boards. I have represented indigent clients and others on a pro-bono basis. I have been selected many times to serve as an arbitrator and mediator.


 


Please visit our website www.zbmlaw. for more information on our firm. 

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Personal Injury: 20%
  2. Sexual Harassment: 20%
    39 years
  3. Defective Products: 20%
  4. Car Accident: 20%
  5. Wrongful Death: 20%

Payment

Fees:

Free consultation (60 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Benjamin Alika Okin

    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.

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    Benjamin Okin Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Gregory Lee Rael

    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.

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    Gregory Rael Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

Zwerdling, Bragg & Mainzer LLP

804 Third St.
Eureka, CA, 95501

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive197605/23/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV "PRE-EMINENT" Since 1993Martindale-Hubbell2009
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA SUPERLAWYERNORTHERN CALIFORNIA SUPERLAWYER2006
FELLOWAmerican College of Trial Lawyers2002
AMERICAN BOARD OF TRIAL ADVOCATES - SAN FRANCISCO CHAPTERAmerican Board of Trial Advocates1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Appointed MemberMember of Humboldt County Headwaters Board2009 - Present
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
American College of Trial LawyersFellow2002 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesAssociate1992 - Present
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaMember - board of governors1980 - Present
Humboldt County Bar AssociationPast PresidentN/A
Consumer Attorneys of CaliforniaBoard of Governors1994 - 1996
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
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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Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Santa Clara University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Stanford UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
CAOC MCLE PROGRAMLITIGATING A BIG CASE IN A SMALL COUNTY2002