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John C. Carpenter

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Paul S. Zuckerman

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Nicholas C. Rowley

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Robert J. Ounjian

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PEJMAN BEN-COHEN

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Pej believes in his core that being a trial lawyer is a noble calling. He has dedicated his career to standing up to insurance companies and large corporations on behalf of injured people.

STEVEN L. MAZZA

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Steven Lance Mazza has over three decades of experience successfully representing injury victims against the insurance companies that seek to take advantage of them. Steve has extensive jury experience, having taken over 125 cases to trial.

STEPHEN MCELROY

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Steve often says that he knew one thing for certain growing up; he wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. These are qualities that he first learned from his father who was a teacher. Those qualities have driven him forward in his personal and professional life.

KEITH BRUNO

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Keith Bruno is a trial attorney and partner at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley. Keith is an extraordinary trial lawyer who tried and won his first case just one month after passing the bar in 2002. Fifteen years and more than 150 trials later, he is still trying cases for people against large corporate and insurance interests.

DANIEL BENJI

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Daniel Benji’s favorite hobby is fighting the insurance companies that try to take advantage of injured people. As a California personal injury lawyer, Mr. Benji litigates all types of accident and injury cases throughout the state.

STEVE SPENCER

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Steve Spencer is a skilled litigator, with over 30 years of experience handling cases throughout California, as well as several other states. Steve is an accomplished trial attorney, having conducted well in excess of 100 jury trials.

SARK OHANIAN

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“I take great pride in representing employees who have been wronged by their employers and have been subjected to working under very hostile and degrading environments. Often times, the employee feels powerless in such a situation yet needs to continue working to support his/her family.

HAYTHAM FARAJ

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Haytham Faraj’s path to becoming a trial lawyer began as a Marine Corps infantryman and later a Marine Corps infantry officer. If being a trial attorney means fighting for the rights of those who cannot fight for themselves, then Haytham has been waging that battle his entire adult life as a military warrior and now a trial lawyer.

BRIAN WARD

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Brian Ward is a trial lawyer practicing in San Bernardino, Riverside and Los Angeles. Brian graduated from Loyola Law School in 2006 and was sworn in early in order to immediately begin his first jury trial. Brian had received his first verdict before his classmates were even sworn in.

COURTNEY ROWLEY OF COUNSEL

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Courtney Rowley is passionate about personal injury law. Courtney focuses her practice on serving people who have suffered permanent or serious injuries. She is an accomplished trial lawyer with extensive courtroom experience representing victims of serious injuries, wrongful death, traumatic brain injuries, spinal injuries and medical malpractice.

SASHA J. SKAF

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Sasha Jeanette Skaf is an associate attorney with Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley. Sasha joined the firm in 2018 after gaining experience at a business litigation defense firm in Los Angeles. Sasha left the defense side in favor of plaintiff’s work, seeking justice and to make injured plaintiffs whole again.

AARON STIEGLER

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Aaron Stiegler is a compassionate advocate, who loves standing up for the rights of injured individuals. Endorsed by his peers for excellence in personal injury litigation, he has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of his clients.

MEGAN GYONGYOS

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Bio coming soon. To contact Megan Gyongyos please email mgyongyos@czrlaw.com.

GARY LEWIS

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For more than three decades, Gary Lewis has helped clients win their cases through top-notch legal research and writing. Prior to joining Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley, Gary played a key role in the aftermath of the sensational Doris Day litigation.

JOHN A. KAWAI

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The son of a physician who herself lives with a disability, John grew up attuned to the value of advocating for the injured, the disabled, and the voiceless. In high school he volunteered in the brain injury and spinal cord injury wards of his local hospital. Over time, John’s passions grew to include economic, social, and of course, legal justice.

KATHERINE MELIK-STEPANYAN

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Katherine was born and raised in Los Angeles. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge and went on to obtain her juris doctorate from Southwestern Law School. She is recognized among her peers as a tenacious and compassionate attorney, dedicated to serving and obtaining justice for her clients.

BENJAMIN G. BERKLEY

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Benjamin Berkley joined Carpenter, Zuckerman and Rowley in March of 2014 after graduating from Southwestern Law School in 2013. While at Southwestern, Berkley was a Law Review Member and Associate Editor from 2011-2013, and was published in their Law Review for his article, titled “Demeanor Evidence Does Not Demean Anything: How Exposure to Mass Media Provides a Solution to the Question of Whether Demeanor Evidence Should Be Admissible as Substantive Evidence of Guilt Post-Arrest and Pre-Miranda.”

GREG COOLIDGE

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Greg Coolidge joined Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley as an attorney in October 2013. Prior to joining the firm, Greg had practiced as an attorney for thirteen years during which he litigated more than 100 toxic injury cases on behalf of workers suffering from various diseases caused by their exposure to toxic chemical products.

KELLY HANKER

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Bio coming soon. To contact Kelly Hanker please email khanker@czrlaw.com

ERIC CHUN

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As a first generation Korean immigrant, arriving in America at the age of 10, Eric has first-hand knowledge of the cultural and language challenges many people in Southern California face. This has made him particularly effective at helping clients understand the legal process while protecting their rights against large insurance companies that would otherwise take advantage of them.

VANESSA FRANCO

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Bio coming soon. To contact Vanessa Franco please email vfranco@czrlaw.com

CARLOS A. HERNANDEZ

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The idea of “paying it forward” articulated by Ralph Waldo Emerson is and has been a driving force in Carlos’ career and personal life. As a bilingual attorney and son of Mexican and Cuban immigrants, Carlos champions giving authentic voice to individuals and communities in need, including those from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds.

JOSH DOWELL

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Josh Dowell’s extensive background in high profile jury trials provided him with a unique perspective upon joining Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley in 2017. Prior to becoming an attorney, he worked as a trial presentation consultant on over 100 high profile jury trials helping his clients achieve over $1 billion in verdicts.

CHRIS BARNES

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Chris is a graduate of Chapman University’s Dale E. Fowler School of Law, Class of 2016 where he graduated in the top 25% of his class and earned a certificate in Advocacy and Dispute Resolution (ADR). He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies from Ithaca College where he co-founded the school’s first ever mock trial competition team.

LANCE C. BEHRINGER

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Lance is a born trial attorney, with one goal in life, to become the best trial attorney that ever lived. This goal is what brought him to CZR to learn from the very best, Nick Rowley, and his stable of world renowned trial lawyers. Lance is a member of the Nick Rowley Special Ops Trial Team, and works directly with Nick and Haytham Faraj.

MARIO MARTINEZ

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Mario Martinez is an associate attorney at Carpenter, Zuckerman, & Rowley. Mario came to CZR in August 2017 as a law clerk and remained in that position until he finished law school and passed the bar exam. Mario received his JD from Southwestern Law School in May 2018 where he attended the evening program and at the same time maintained a full-time job.

DAN C. SCHAAR

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Dan’s path to becoming a trial lawyer definitely didn’t take the “traditional” route. Originally from Rapid City, SD, with a love for soccer, he was the first person from his high school to be offered an opportunity to play at the Division 1 level.

EVA SILVA

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Eva Silva brings over 14 years of legal experience to her role at Carpenter, Zuckerman, & Rowley. After earning her undergraduate degree from California State University, Hayward (now California State University, East Bay), Eva earned her JD from Santa Clara University School of Law, graduating when she was just 23 years old, and passing the bar that same year.

James McCallion

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Jim brings over 40 years of experience as a trial lawyer to the CZR team. As a diligent and compassionate attorney Jim’s greatest satisfaction comes from having the opportunity to represent people who have been injured or lost a loved one. After graduating from UC Santa Barbara in Political Science, Jim attended University of La Verne College of Law, passing the Bar in 1979…

HENRY PEACOR

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ASA EATON

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BELEN ROMERO

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Bio coming soon. To contact Belen Romero please email bromero@czrlaw.com.

EDWARD CHERKEZIAN

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Bio coming soon. To contact Edward Cherkezian please email echerkezian@czrlaw.com.

MATTHEW SINGER

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Bio coming soon. To contact Matthew Singer please email msinger@czrlaw.com

Kyle Pederson

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Kyle L. Pederson is the latest in his family’s long tradition of lawyers who approached their practice with the eye of fighting for the victim’s right to full compensation. “It’s the principle of the matter,” was his grandfather’s favorite saying in practice and in life.
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