Legal Beagle Podcast: Nick and Courtney Rowley

Legal Beagle Podcast: Nick and Courtney Rowley

Nick Rowley, Courtney Rowley, and Daniel Bidegaray join Jonathan to talk about Loss of Consortium. Loss of consortium is a standalone claim for damages brought by the spouse (and sometimes children) of an individual who has been injured or killed as a result of a defendant’s negligence.

Think loss of love and affection from your spouse because they were injured. Nick and Courtney tried a case in Bakersfield back in September of 2021 and obtained a multi-million dollar verdict for Loss of Consortium.

Nick goes as far as to do an actual role-play of how you talk to potential jurors during Voir Dire (jury selection) about a Loss of Consortium claim.

You can watch the podcast here or find a link to the audio version link below.



Is a child’s life worth more than $250,000, if negligently killed by Medical Malpractice.  The answer is no!  Not since 1975 in the State of California.  @JuryTrialLawyer Nicholas Rowley, has been featured on the Nation State and Play podcast to discuss the most regressive restriction on the Civil Rights of Health Care Patients in American history.  MICRA is a one-size-fits-all $250,000 cap on Quality of Life and Wrongful Death Damages suffered by victims of Medical Malpractice, which just so happens to be the 3rd leading cause of death in America.

If you want to learn about California’s bought and paid for politicians and the political corruption that has kept this horrific law in place for almost 50 years, listen to this podcast and check out to learn about the Fairness for Injured Patient Act (FIPA) which will fix this outdated law that makes insurance companies billions to the detriment of thousands of health care patients and families each year.

Together, we can improve health care, put an end to meritless lawsuits, save our State hundreds of millions of tax payer dollars each year, and most importantly save lives.

$15.45 Million Verdict For Violation Of Civil Rights and Discrimination

$15.45 Million Verdict For Violation Of Civil Rights and Discrimination


LOS ANGELES, CA, August 19, 2019 —A Los Angeles, California jury awarded $15.45 million to T.J. Simers in a lawsuit he filed against his previous employer, The LA Times, for violating his civil rights and wrongfully discriminating against him based upon his age and disability.

Simers previously won a $7.1 million verdict against the LA Times in 2015, however the LA Times convinced the court to set the verdict aside based on technicalities.

In March 2013, after 23 years of loyal service to the LA Times, TJ Simers suffered what was thought to be a mini-stroke, and he subsequently was discriminated against due to his disability and his age.  His employer of 23 years kicked him when he was down.  In November 2015, a California jury awarded Mr. Simers a $7.1 million verdict against The LA Times, however The LA Times filed new trial motions to set aside the verdict and won, resulting in a new trial on damages.

In August 2019, trial lawyers Nick Rowley, Courtney Rowley, and Astineh Arakelian re-tried the case against The LA Times, and this time the jury returned a verdict of $15.45 million in non-economic damages.

“The Los Angeles Times and it’s defense attorneys wanted a new trial because they did not like the last verdict of $7.1 million four years ago,” said trial lawyer Nick Rowley,

who was one of the lead trial lawyers on the case.  “As my granddaddy always said, ‘be careful what you wish for’, as now with prejudgment interest and attorney’s fees, The LA Times will owe over $22 million.”

“My wife Courtney and I are incredibly proud of the jury but most importantly of T.J. Simers, his wife, and his family for never giving up on their belief in civil justice and the value of civil rights,” added Rowley.  We tried the case together with Astineh Arakelian and our dear friends at the Shegerian Law Firm and are really thankful to have been brought into the case for trial.

Case Number: BC524471

SOURCE Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley

Article By Nick Rowley Featured In The Advocate Magazine

Article By Nick Rowley Featured In The Advocate Magazine

Trial Lawyer Nick Rowley recently wrote an article for The Advocate Magazine titled “How to think about, discuss, and present money damages in voir dire and opening statement”.  The article dives deep into Nick’s strategies into asking for specific damages and how to convince the judge that it’s not preconditioning.

This strategy has helped Nick win countless jury verdicts totaling over $1.5 billion over his career.

To read the full article, click here to download the PDF version.

Nick Rowley Named CAALA Trial Lawyer of the Year

Nick Rowley Named CAALA Trial Lawyer of the Year

Trial Lawyer Nick Rowley, partner at Carpenter, Zuckerman, & Rowley and founder of Trial Lawyers for Justice, has been named the 2018 Trial Lawyer of the Year.

The CAALA Trial Lawyer of the Year Award is one of the most significant honors bestowed upon a civil trial lawyer and highlights those who have shown exceptional trial skills and achieved unmatched victories on behalf of injury victims and families.  It is also an award that recognizes a lawyer’s contribution to the profession and long-time dedication to the jury trial method of achieving civil justice.  Very few top trial lawyers ever get this recognition and most have worked their entire career to have a body of work and victories that make them even eligible to be finalists.

This was the 6th time that Rowley, age 41, was one of the five finalists for the award.  No one of his age has been a finalist this many times.  He will be one of the youngest trial lawyers in history to be presented with the award and certainly is the youngest trial lawyer in history to have the success he has had in the courtroom.  He was awarded the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award in San Diego County in 2012 and was the youngest recipient of that award in history.

When asked what his plans for the future are, Nick Rowley responded by saying, “Getting this recognition is very humbling, I have a lot of work to do in my future for injury victims and families and the justice system. I am still at the beginning of my career and have another 30 to 40 years of jury trials ahead of me. I will work very hard to do the work and live up to the recognition the greatest trial lawyer organization in the country has graciously given me.”

Nick Rowley’s continual track record of success in the courtroom combined with winning over $200 million in jury verdicts in a twelve month period in 2017-2018, is only part of why he won the award.  In addition, Rowley has given back immensely to the legal community through Trial by Human, a continuing education program for fellow trial lawyers, through hosting a variety of continuing legal education programs & seminars to help preserve and further develop the jury trial method of achieving justice for victims and families, and by being available to answer questions for lawyers he doesn’t even know so they can best try cases for their clients.  He has authored numerous articles and books and has put out videos on advanced trial techniques to help other lawyers do better in the courtroom and succeed. Nick gets as excited about the success of others as he does his own.

“I am beyond grateful and humbled to win this prestigious award,” said Rowley.  “The quality of the nominees and history of excellence that every past Trial Lawyer of the Year Award winner has demonstrated is truly humbling.  I have an immense passion for fighting for injury victims and their families and making insurance companies do what is right.”

Born in Iowa and raised between Iowa and Arizona, Rowley moved out on his own at age 15, working full time ever since.  He joined the United States Air Force and was able to work for his undergraduate degree at the age of 19.  He started law school at age 20 and continued his service in the Armed Forces as a medic for a total of 6 years. He always had a hard-work and take care of others first mindset and a passion for taking care of, standing up for, and fighting on behalf of those in need.

No stranger to winning verdicts, Rowley had won over $100 million in verdicts and settlements by the young age of 32.   By age 40, he won over $1.5 billion in verdicts and settlements for injury victims and their families.

He is a relentless warrior who has succeed and proven himself in the battles of litigation time and time again, however he prides himself on his caring, empathetic approach to working with the injured and their families.  He believes in going the distance for each and every client, is not afraid to put any case in front of a jury, and makes insurance companies pay up when deserving injury victims come forward to seek justice.

CAALA will be hosting an award celebration on January 12, 2019 beginning at 5:00 PM at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Nick Rowley Named To National Law Journal Elite Trial Lawyers Top 50 Verdicts Of 2018

Nick Rowley Named To National Law Journal Elite Trial Lawyers Top 50 Verdicts Of 2018

Nick Rowley, partner and lead trial lawyer at Carpenter, Zuckerman & Rowley and founder and trial lawyer at Trial Lawyers for Justice, was named to the National Law Journal’s Elite Trial Lawyers of 2018 for having a top 50 verdict in the country.

The award was a result of Rowley winning a $131,000,375.00 jury verdict for client Melissa Blaylock, a 39-year-old mother of four, was a passenger in her own car and had a .20 blood alcohol level.  The driver, her estranged husband, had a blood alcohol level of .24.  After driving only two miles after leaving a restaurant, they were involved in a horrific accident on their way home.   This was Mr. Greene’s third incident while driving under the influence.  It was his second DUI after consuming alcohol at the restaurant.

The lawsuit was brought against Blaylock’s husband and the restaurant which allegedly served him over 20-ounces of vodka over a 3-hour period.  Following the accident, Melissa suffered a spine fracture, which resulted in her being rendered a quadriplegic.  Ms. Blaylock cannot move her body but feels chronic pain and is trapped in a prison of her own body.

The verdict was the 21st largest verdict in the United States as tracked by The National Law Journal.

For more information or to view the full list of verdicts, click here.