In the News


Because our lawyers are industry leaders, there are always exciting and important things happening at CKT&F. Check out what’s new below.


2021: Welcome Kylie, Madison, Christina & Sasha to CKT&F

CKT&F Law is thrilled to welcome our newest employees:

Long Beach: Kylie A. Schofield, Madison Carroll, Christina Batshoun

San Diego: Sasha M. Jamshidi-Nezhad

Welcome to the team!


August 2020: Goethals, Hammer and Sequoia Make Partner

Carroll, Kelly, Trotter & Franzen is very pleased to announce that the following attorneys have become partners of the firm in the Long Beach office.

Patrick J. Goethals
Heather L. Hammer
Mercedes C. Sequoia



2019: Richard D. Carroll Lands Prestigious ABOTA CA Trial Attorney of the Year

CKT&F Law is thrilled to congratulate Richard D. Carroll on being awarded California Trial Lawyer of the Year.

Annually, the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) presents one California trial lawyer with this incredible honor.

ABOTA was first created in 1958 with the goal of defending and preserving the rights granted to all American citizens by the 7th Amendment to the Constitution (particularly the right to a trial by jury).

This organization remains “invitation only”, and is comprised of the finest lawyers and judges in America. The recipient of this specific award is chosen through the majority vote of the CAL-ABOTA board of directors (originally formed in 1977), which is comprised of officers from each of the eight local chapters.

These officers represent more than 1,500 California ABOTA members. Because this is the highest honor a California Trial Honor can receive, the recipient must meet several criteria and exhibit several distinguishing traits.

He or she must prove excellence in advocacy, have a reputation for civility, ethics, and fair play, and have obtained a distinguished career. The general criteria for selection of California Trial Lawyer of the Year requires that the selected individual also have participated in an outstanding result.

Before being considered, Richard Carroll had to submit a written and oral presentation to the board. Based on his acclaimed career and extensive accomplishments, he was ultimately presented with this incredible, once-in-a-lifetime achievement award.

Congratulations, Richard!

2019: Michael J. Trotter Receives ABOTA Lee B. Wenzel ABOTA Civility Award

We are pleased to announce that Michael J. Trotter is this year’s (2020) recipient of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Los Angeles Chapter Lee B. Wenzel ABOTA Civility Award.

The award honors attorneys for civility and professionalism in the courtroom and the practice of law who “elevate the standards of integrity, honor, and courtesy in the legal profession”.

2019: New Partners in San Diego & Long Beach Welcomed

Carroll, Kelly, Trotter & Franzen is pleased to announce the following partners of the firm in 2019:

N. Ben Cramer (San Diego)

Callan W. Franklin (Long Beach)

Michael T. Mertens (San Diego)


July 2017: Heather Hall Made Partner

Carroll, Kelly, Trotter & Franzen is very pleased to announce that Heather S. Hall has become a partner of the firm in the Las Vegas office.


October 2013: Firm Name Change

On October 15, 2013, our firm changed its name to Carroll, Kelly, Trotter & Franzen. Thomas Peabody has been a long-time member of the firm’s family. He joined the firm in 1996, and became a partner in 2001.

He has successfully represented clients against claims of professional/medical negligence, elder abuse, general liability, products liability , and sexual misconduct. Mr. Peabody practices out of the San Diego and Long Beach offices. He has had several prominent verdicts featured in both legal and new publications. He is a three time recipient of the “Super Lawyers” award and maintains an active role in the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel. In his spare time, Mr. Peabody enjoys mountain biking and coaching youth basketball, baseball, and soccer.

"Friend of the Court" Efforts to Protect MICRA [Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act]

On behalf of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, as amicus curiae, CKT&F’s appellate specialist David Pruett filed a letter brief with the California Supreme Court asking it to review the Court of Appeal decision in the case of Flores v. Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital (2013) 213 Cal.App.4th 1386.

In Flores, the Court of Appeal refused to apply the MICRA one-year statute of limitations to the circumstance of a hospital patient falling when the rail of a hospital bed collapsed. Instead, the Court of Appeal applied the two-year statute generally applicable to other types of personal injury actions. That decision would have necessarily also deprived the hospital of other MICRA protections, including the $250,000 limit on noneconomic damages.
On May 21, 2013, all seven justices of the California Supreme Court voted to grant review (four votes needed).

Among the arguments asserted in support of the request for review was that a hospital is a health care provider and part of its professional obligation is to provide patients with beds and to provide for patients’ safety. Because the injury alleged in Flores arose from the alleged failure of the hospital to comply with its duties of its license as a health care provider, it was asserted to the Supreme Court that MICRA should apply.

The immediate effect of the grant of review is that the decision of the Court of Appeal is no longer citable authority. No litigant or court in California can now point to the Court of Appeal’s decision in Flores to support any argument or ruling.

Hopefully, the Supreme Court granted review because it disagreed with the reasoning of the Court of Appeal and will render a decision instructing that MICRA is to be applied to all cases alleging acts or omissions connected with the duties of a health care provider’s license.


December 2012: Mark Franzen Presentation

A presentation on December 18, 2012, was given to the Emergency Medical Specialists of Orange County by Mark Franzen and Jennifer Sturges on “Emergency Department Liability.”

August 2012: Mark Franzen and Jennifer Sturges Presentation

On August 15, 2012, Mark Franzen conducted at presentation to MedAmerica Mutual Risk Retention Group, Inc. on “Street Smarts for the Emergency Physician.”

August 2012: Mark Franzen Presents "Shoulder Dystocia Seminar"

On August 1, 2012, Mark Franzen conducted a “Shoulder Dystocia Seminar” at White Memorial Medical Center.

July 2012: Mark Franzen Presentation

On July 17, 2012, Mark Franzen and Jayme T. Vacarro spoke to the Southern California Association for Healthcare Risk Management on “Ten Tactics for Successfully Negotiating a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit.”


CKTF Adopts Several Salvation Army Families for the Holidays

For the second year in a row, employees of CKTF participated in the Adopt-A-Family Program through the Salvation Army. All items on the wish lists provided by the families were fulfilled and included clothing, personal hygiene supplies, bicycles and toys for the children and gift cards for durable goods.

December 2011: Brenda Ligorsky Conducts Webinar Regarding Pressure Ulcers

December 13, 2011 – Brenda Ligorsky presented a webinar entitled “Lessons Learned in the Defense of Hospital Acquired Pressure Ulcer Cases” to pressure ulcer and wound care providers, Chief Nurse Executives, Quality and Risk Managers and legal nurse consultants from various Catholic Healthcare West facilities.

October 2011: Mark Franzen Speaks at California Emergency Physicians of America

On October 5, 2011, Mark Franzen was an invited speaker by Med America at the annual meeting of the California Emergency Physicians of America (CEP) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Summer 2011: Brenda Ligorsky on Documentation in Wound Cases

Over the summer of 2011 Brenda Ligorsky delivered talks on Documentation in Wound Cases for Chino Valley Medical Center, Montclair Hospital, San Dimas Community Hospital, Garden Grove Hospital, Huntington Beach Hospital, Centinela Hospital and Desert Valley Hospital.

August 2011: Matthew Trotter and Brenda Ligorsky at Centinela Hospital and West Anaheim Medical Center

Matthew Trotter and Brenda Ligorsky conducted a mock deposition and presentation entitled “Wound Care and Documentation as it relates to Elder Abuse” to the nurses at Centinela Hospital on August 19, 2011.

This presentation attempted to highlight the pitfalls commonly faced in depositions involving wound care. Matthew Trotter also presented “Charting 101″ on September 26, 2011 to the nurses and staff at West Anaheim Medical Center. These presentations focused on the issues commonly addressed in nursing depositions.

January 2011: Brenda Ligorsky and Nora J. Hite at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center

On January 13, 2011, Brenda Ligorsky and Nora Hite delivered a talk on Risk Reduction, Communication and Documentation to the nursing staff at Mission Hospital Regional Medical Center.


November 2010: Red Cross Thanks CKTF Employees for Their Donations

November 11, 2010 – The Red Cross is grateful to the six CKTF employees who donated blood in the latest blood drive held in the Brookfield Properties building in Long Beach. CKTF’s goal is to increase their donations by at least one additional person at future blood drives. Current blood donors are greatly satisfied with their part in helping to save lives and have all reported the process is easy, fast and very convenient with minimal to no pain.

November 2010: Jennifer Sturges to Speak at 5th Annual Congress on Aesthetic Vaginal Surgery

Jennifer Sturges will speak at the 5th Annual Congress on Aesthetic Vaginal Surgery, a Post Conference Workshop during the 5th Annual Cosmetic Conference of the American Academy of Cosmetic Gynecologists (AAOCG).

This year’s conference, entitled “Education Without Barriers” is being held at the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain in Tucson, Arizona from November 14-15, 2010. Ms. Sturges will speak about medical/legal issuesand how to take a pro-active approach in management.



October 2010: Dmitriy Cherepinskiy is named CKTF’s Newest Partner

October 28, 2010 – Dmitriy Cherepinskiy was named Carroll, Kelly, Trotter & Franzen’s newest partner on October 28, 2010. Mr. Cherepinskiy has been with the firm since 2003.


July 2009: San Diego Office to Open on July 1st

May 28, 2009 – CKTF is proud to announce the opening of their San Diego office on July 1, 2009. The new offices will be located at 225 Broadway, Suite 1575, San Diego, CA 92101.


November 2008: Richard Carroll at Loyola Law School

November 15, 2008 – Richard Carroll spoke at The State Bar of California, Litigation Section, Best Practices for Litigation and Trial panel on an advocate, a jury, and a persuasive conversation

August 2008: Richard Carroll at CAALA’s Annual Convention

August 29, 2008 – Richard Carroll spoke at the 2008 Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles’ 26th Annual Las Vegas Convention on the defense perspective on the ideal juror

July 2008: CKT&F’s Newest Partners

July 9, 2008 – CKT&F congratulates Matthew N. Trotter, Jennifer A. Cooney, and Gabriel M. Irwin, who are now partners of the firm

May 2008: CKT&F and SCAHRM

May 7, 2008 – CKT&F is a proud Platinum Sponsor of SCAHRM’s 28th Annual Educational Conference.

April 2008: CKT&F’s Las Vegas Office Relocates

April 17, 2008 – CKT&F is pleased to announce the relocation of the Las Vegas office to 701 North Green Valley Parkway, Suite 105 in Henderson, Nevada 89074

April 2008: CKT&F’s Website

April 1, 2008 – CKT&F is proud to announce the launch of our newly redesigned website.


July 2007: Forbes Magazine

July 23, 2007 – CKT&F is featured in Forbes Magazine

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September 2005: Metropolitan News-Enterprise Article

September 29, 2005 – Metropolitan News-Enterprise reviews Michael Trotter’s successful Court of Appeal defense in Colleen M. v. Fertility and Surgical Associates of Thousand Oaks (2005) 132 Cal.App.4th 1466

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March 2005: Los Angeles Business Journal Article

March 7, 2005 – Richard Carroll and Michael Trotter are profiled in the Los Angeles Business Journal

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January 2004: Article

January 15, 2004 – Richard Carroll is interviewed regarding AB320, the California State Assembly bill that would forbid anyone regulated by a state professional board, including doctors, nurses, and dentists, from signing malpractice settlements that include prohibitions against the plaintiff from speaking with state regulators

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February 1999: Money and Medicine

February 19, 1999 – In the Verdicts & Settlements Supplement to the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals, Richard Carroll and David Pruett discuss how, in the managed care context, the trial courts treat the financial disincentive concept.

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February 1999: Verdicts & Settlements


February 19, 1999 – Richard Carroll is featured in the Litigator Q&A column of the special medical malpractice issue of the Verdicts & Settlements Supplement to the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals


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