John A. Kawai
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.
He is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy, and Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where he was a member of the St. Thomas More Law Honor Society.
John clerked with prosecutor’s offices in Los Angeles and worked pro bono obtaining reparations payments for survivors of the Holocaust, before focusing his practice exclusively on representing injured individuals in civil cases, which he has done since 2010.
John practiced in Bakersfield before joining Carpenter & Zuckerman to work with Nick Rowley and C&Z’s many other “leading lights” in 2016. Throughout his career, John has obtained outstanding results, recovering tens of millions of dollars in complex cases involving defective products, medical malpractice, elder abuse, motor vehicle collisions, unsafe premises, and assaults, as well as civil rights violations by government entities such as police departments and school districts. The injuries in these cases have included death, traumatic brain injury, paralysis, orthopedic injuries, chronic pain, and emotional and psychological injuries.
John is grateful to be able to represent real people, whose stories he draws inspiration from every day.
When he is not working, John participates in local charity events as well as regional, state- and nation-wide bar associations for trial lawyers and litigators.
John is a graduate of Gerry Spence’s Attorney s College in Dubois, Wyoming.
He resides in Ventura County.