O.C. Attorney Journal Commends Eric for his Community Involvement

Eric was commended for ringing in 2016 with two new leadership roles: Co-President for Banyard Inn of Court for a two-year term in 2016 and 2017, and as a 2016 member of the Board of Governors of the Consumer Attorneys of California.Eric will work alongside other esteemed members of the Bench and Bar to strive to improve the skills, professionalism and ethics of the legal profession.



Orange County Register Features Eric on Kelly Thomas Wrongful Death Case

As Past President of the OCTLA, Eric provided expert commentary on the upcoming civil litigation on the very high profile Kelly Thomas wrongful death case, helping the reader understand potential punative damages assigned, in "What's the value of Kelly Thomas' Life?" Says Eric, "In a wrongful death lawsuit, the amount of punitive damages – especially if it’s a large number – is aimed at scolding the defendants and changing behavior." Read more...



Best Lawyers in America Selects Eric Traut for 2016 Best Lawyers in America List

Celebrating inclusion on the Best Lawyers list for a second year in a row, Eric Traut has been included among the Best Lawyers of America list for Southern California, an esteemed list celebrating only the top 3% of the Bar.


Partner Eric Traut was selected for inclusion in the practice area of Personal Injury – Plaintiffs, acknowledging the excellence Eric demonstrates in his practice of law and as a personal injury attorney.

Eric has served on many high profile cases including the Seal Beach Shootings civil case. On the cutting edge of new civil proceedings, Eric is among the very first to utilize the new Expedited Jury Trial method, a technique for which he was recently featured in the Daily Journal, and has given many lectures and seminars on this new, and necessary, trial method to other attorneys. Eric also gives back to the community, having instituted a new annual $1000 scholarship through the Orange County Bar Foundation for a high-performing, low-income students to receive assistance in going to college. In addition, he is a fellow of the O.C. Bar Foundation and donated $15,000 to produce a video describing each of the important programs which help empower underprivileged youth in his home county and is displayed on the Bar Foundation website.

Says Traut, “It is an honor to be acknowledged by the finest peer-reviewed list in the country for the work I do helping my clients achieve justice following a personal injury or wrongful death.” Read more...



Orange County Attorney Journal Features Eric Traut's First Annual Scholarship

Paving the way for access to higher education for low income and first-generation students, Eric Traut of the Traut Firm will give a $1,000 scholarship honoring one special student at the OC Bar Foundation's Higher Education Mentoring graduation celebration on May 20, 2015, at the Chuck Jones Center, 3321 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa.

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“Traut Awards $1000 Higher Education Scholarship.” Orange County Attorney Journal – May 1, 2015




Actual Expedited Civil Jury Trial Presented by the Orange County Chapter of ABOTA and Partner Eric Traut


SANTA ANA, Calif., Jan. 5, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hon. Thierry Colaw will preside over the first seminar showcasing a new trial system, an expedited civil jury trial, by the Orange County Chapter of ABOTA, in a 200-seat courtroom in a case tried by Eric Traut of the Traut Firm, at the Orange County Superior Court, 700 Civic Center Drive West, Dept. 1, in Santa Ana on January 30, 2015, from 8am to 5pm and will offer seven FREE hours of continuing education credits for attorneys. This will be an unprecedented event that is occurring due to the blessing of the presiding judge and the parties involved in the case.

Showcasing a new trial system that serves the smaller, less-complex cases in California in a more timely and efficient manner, this FREE seminar is a chance for those interested in the proceedings to observe a real trial, and it is the first Expedited Jury Trial conducted at seminar since inception of the program in 2011.

A leader in the use of Expedited Jury Trials, Traut has tried four Expedited Jury Trials, including the first two in Riverside County. He is Past President of OC-ABOTA, the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, and has tried nearly 100 civil jury trials in his 24-year career.

Says Eric Traut, "Justice only works if the time, space and economic resources are available for court proceedings. The Expedited Jury Trial is a great way to offer access to the justice system for those who need it. In addition to being an excellent seminar for new lawyers, it is my hope that insurance representatives involved in making the decision to agree to such a trial format will attend to see the process first-hand."

The Expedited Jury Trial Seminar is free to the first 200 registered attendees at OCABOTA.ORG. 7.0 CLE hours are available for registered attendees.

ABOUT ERIC V. TRAUT: Eric Traut distinguished himself early as one of the top trial attorneys in Southern California when he was recognized as the youngest winner of the prestigious Trial Lawyer of the Year award in the history of the Orange County Trial Lawyer Association. Eric has handled high-profile cases that have resulted in appearances on Good Morning America, Fox News, Court T.V., and ABC's "Primetime." Eric is rated AV Preeminent, the highest possible rank under Martindale Hubbell's peer rating system, and is among fewer than 100 California attorneys certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a civil trial specialist.

ABOUT TRAUT FIRM: Partners of Traut Firm have litigated cases for a combined 58 years, serving as plaintiff's attorneys primarily in areas of personal injury, legal malpractice, vehicle accidents and workplace accidents.

ABOUT EXPEDITED JURY TRIALS: An Expedited Jury Trial is a short jury trial, generally lasting one day. It is quicker and less expensive than a traditional jury trial.

ABOUT OC-ABOTA: The Orange County Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates is dedicated to the constitutional vision of equal justice for all Americans and preserving the civil justice system.