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 & McKenna. After a short career trying criminal cases, Mr. Carroll undertook professional malpractice defense in 1986 and helped form Carroll Kelly Trotter Franzen & McKenna in 1994. He has zealously represented the defense of a variety of professions for 25 years.
Richard has tried and arbitrated disputes as lead counsel in over 125 cases. Richard is a Diplomat 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. In addition to his service with ABOTA, 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.
In March 2011, Richard was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. He is also a member of the Society of Legal Advocates in which less than 2% of of all licensed lawyers nationwide are accepted.
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.
Richard has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the “The Best Lawyers in America” from 2007 to the present. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. 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.
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 Lawyer” in all six years of the publication.
Richard and his wife Brigitte, and their three children, live in Huntington Beach, California.