If you want to join a dynamic litigation practice in Southern California, then Long Beach based Carroll, Kelly, Trotter & Franzen (CKT&F), established 25 years ago, is the ideal place for you.

For lawyers with outstanding academic records, a passion for trial advocacy, and experience, CKT&F’s defense litigation practice offers the opportunity to develop skills and experience by working one-on-one with some of California’s most active and trial-tested attorneys.

Our seasoned attorneys have an unparalleled success rate. As a result, CKT&F is regionally ranked Tier 1 by US News & World Report for medical malpractice and personal injury litigation. Its defense litigation practice offers lawyers with outstanding academic records, experience, and a passion for trial advocacy the opportunity to develop their skills and experience by working one-on-one with some of California’s most successful trial attorneys.

Joining the team

We have high standards for new associates because each associate at CKT&F ultimately has the opportunity to become a partner. Our ideal candidate must:

  • be responsible, hard-working, and detail-oriented; and
  • have a passion for litigation.

Applicants with prior litigation experience are preferred.


We will invest the necessary time and resources to help develop your professional skills. In return, we expect new associates to take advantage of the many opportunities we offer to develop their legal skills and their legal practice.

CKT&F does not have a billable requirement. Instead, the firm’s volume of work drives each attorney’s workload. CKT&F maintains a high volume of work.

An associate may be elected to partner if they exhibit a strong commitment to representing the firm’s clients, pursue excellence in their own practice, strengthen and build the firm, enhance the practices of their colleagues, and improve the firm as an organization.


Associates’ salaries are set commensurate with experience, and they are competitive with the market. Every associate is eligible for a salary increase each year. Benefits for lawyers include:

  • a stipend for work-related cellphone use;
  • employer contribution to a 401(k) plan equal to 25% of the first 6% of salary contributed by you (vesting schedule applies);
  • open enrollment is in June and December;
  • employee-funded flexible spending arrangement that permits payment with pretax dollars of certain expenses for child care, transportation, and medical expenses;
  • insurance coverage for health, dental, vision, life, and disability, available 60 days after the first day of the next month;
  • two weeks paid vacation to start; and
  • we pay attorneys’ dues for the State Bar and the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel.


 Location: Long Beach, CA

Position: Litigation Attorney

CKTF seeks an attorney with civil litigation experience for our downtown Long Beach office.  This position may be the right fit for the candidate who has been practicing for only a couple of years anywhere through the candidate who has been practicing for a couple of decades and is seeking to finish their career in a new practice area or simply surrounded by a new group of colleagues—either way, when you join CKTF you are joining a family, one that we strive to keep together for the long haul.  

Our law firm specializes in professional liability defense.  The firm’s range of expertise includes many related legal fields including medical malpractice, business litigation, health care law, legal malpractice defense, product liability, and managed care issues.

While CKTF’s practice areas are highly specialized and we recognize that you may require some guidance through the nuances of such specialized practice, we do expect that your prior litigation experience will have prepared you to assume an active case load from day one at our firm.  You will hit the ground running with responsibilities that include propounding and responding to discovery, taking and defending depositions, drafting and appearing for law and motion, and client reporting. We are seeking attorneys who are proactive, analytical—and unafraid to dissent from custom and express their own ideas about how to approach a specific case or even an office protocol. 

The firm offers a competitive salary, as well as a dynamic, challenging, and collegial work environment.  We also offer excellent benefits including medical, dental, vision and life insurance, along with paid parking, a flexible spending account and 401(k) plan.


If you are interested in a career at CKT&F , please feel free to submit your resume and cover letter (in Adobe Acrobat®, WordPerfect®, Microsoft Word®, or Microsoft Excel® format).

It is CKT&F’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees.

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