Richard D. Carroll

Founding Partner


Professional Recognition


Richard Carroll is the California ABOTA 2019 Trial Lawyer of the Year.

Richard Carroll attended Dartmouth College and received a B.A. in 1976. He graduated from Pepperdine Law School in 1984. Richard is one of the founding members of Carroll, Kelly, Trotter & Franzen. After a short career trying criminal cases, Mr. Carroll undertook professional malpractice defense in 1986 and helped form Carroll Kelly & Trotter in 1994. He has zealously represented the defense of a variety of professions for 35 years.Richard has tried and arbitrated disputes as lead counsel in over 200 cases. Richard is a Diplomate with the American Board of Trial Advocates and has served on the Executive Board of ABOTA in Los Angeles for over 10 years. He was also pleased to serve as the ABOTA Los Angeles Chapter President in 2006.

Richard has also been inducted in the American College of Trial Lawyers. The American College of Trial Lawyers is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada and is widely considered to be the premier professional trial organization in America. These organizations are by invitation only and are comprised of the most experienced trial attorneys in the country.

In addition:

  • Richard has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the “The Best Lawyers in America” from 2007 to present.
  • He has been nominated as a Super Lawyers each consecutive year from its inception to present.
  • America’s Top 100 Attorney’s
  • Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.
  • Richard was nominated as Lawyer of the Year in 2015
  • He has also served for two years as the President of the California Medical Legal Committee, an organization of 60 invited defense lawyers from all over the State of California.

Richard has also spoken throughout the United States on various topics involving trial skills and defense strategies in professional malpractice claims. He has participated in numerous “Masters in Trial” presentations both in California and Nevada. He has also lectured to the Annual California Judges School.

He has also been written up in the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the 10 finest medical malpractice attorneys in Southern California. Most recently, Richard and the firm were featured in Forbes magazine as the premier malpractice firm in Southern California.In 2015, Richard was honored as a Champion of Justice by Loyola Law School as a lawyer who embodies the spirit of the civil justice system through his exceptional legal career. He is a recipient of the Lee Wenzel Civility Award for excellence in trial and possessing the highest moral character. Richard has achieved the AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell – the highest possible rank. Richard has also been selected as a California Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters from 2005 to the present.

Richard D. Carroll Lands Prestigious 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!

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