Gerald K Carroll

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gcarroll@burnhambrown.com

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Education

  • Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California (J.D., 1989) Mr. Carroll was a member of the Law Review and received multiple Moot Court honors, including Best Brief.
  • California State University at Sacramento (B.A. in English, cum laude, 1986) Mr. Carroll was the founding President of the first pre-law chapter of the national legal fraternity Phi Alpha Delta.  

Bar Admissions

  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts Northern and Eastern Districts

Gerald K Carroll

 

 

Practice Experience

  • Successfully defended developers, contractors and subcontractors in both construction defect litigation and workplace injury claims, as well as California Contractors State Licensing Board (CSLB) administrative actions
  • Represented lawyers, accountants and real estate professionals in E&O claims
  • Handled dozens of elevator claims, including wrongful death and catastrophic injuries such as paraplegia, quadriplegia, shattered pelvis and brain injury
  • Defended mobile-home installers, retailers and manufacturers in scores of cases, including wrongful death cases and claims brought under the California mobile-home residency laws
  • Counseled contractors and subcontractors on business formation, contract preparation and risk management
  • Represented winery owners in insurance claims, trademark claims and business partnership didsputes
  • Assisted wine-makers and other small business owners with LLC formation, property acquisition, lease reviews, risk management and business litigation
  • Trial verdicts in general liability claims including slip-and-falls, commercial trucking, automobile accidents and guides and outfitters
  • Conducted risk-management seminars for attorneys
  • Successfully mediated dozens of cases as settlement judge pro tem and private mediator
  • Argued and won multiple appellate cases involving construction and professional malpractice

 

Significant Trial Experience

  • Obtained defense verdict in business dispute involving landlord-tenant issues, construction claims and fraud allegations.  Plaintiff asked for verdict of $1.3 Million
  • Represented general contractor at trial on claims by homeowner for fraud and negligence.  Plaintiff asked jury for $900,000.  Jury awarded $11,000.00
  • Defense verdict in legal malpractice claim brought by son of attorney's client who claimed attorney had drafted a will which did not reflect his mother's wishes.  Son claimed over $500,000 in damages.  Jury returned defense verdict for the attorney
  • Represented general contractor in wrongful death claim by family whose son was decapitated on the contractor's worksite.  Plaintiff and trucking company co-defendant argued 100% fault on Mr. Carroll's client.  Jury returned verdict finding trucking company 55% at fault and comparative fault on plaintiff of 23%, giving Mr. Carroll's client the smallest amount of fault at 22%
  • Defended general contractor against claims by plaintiff business owner that contractor had defectively constructed the business office leading to water iintrusion, mold and loss of the business.  Plaintiff claimed over $700,000 in damages.  Verdict of $22,000

Professional Activities

In his spare time, Mr. Carroll has guest lectured at St. Mary's University in the areas of ethics and language.  Mr. Carroll enjoys playing golf, hunting, fishing, fine wines and gourmet food.

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Awards

  • Wiley Manuel Award California State Bar for Outstanding pro Bono services for children
  • San Francisco Chronicle's Legal Leaders 2016

Reported Trial Results

  • Ramirez v. Sturdevant, 21 Cal.App.4th 904, a seminal case in the area of legal ethics.

Articles

  • To Report or Not to Report - State Bar Reporting Requirements, Legal Malpractice Report (1994)
  • Questionable Tactics - Avoiding Litigation Suits, ABA Journal, March 1995

KDOW Video - Jerry Carroll was interviewed on KDOW about his life-changing injury and its impact on both his personal life and his professional career.