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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.


He has been selected by his peers to the list of Super Lawyers, including the “Top 50 Orange County” and “Top 100 Southern California” lists that featured him in Los Angeles Magazine consecutively from 2005 to the present. 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 was the youngest member ever admitted to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) at the age of 33, and he served as President of the Orange County Chapter of ABOTA in 2010. Presently, he serves as the President of the Orange County Bar Foundation, a non-profit organization strengthening Orange County youth and families through unique, award-winning health and education programs. In 2008, he was named as Alumni of the Year at Western State University Law School, and was inducted in the school’s “Hall of Fame” in 2013. He is a recipient to the Angelo Palmieri Award for Civility from the Banyard Inn of Court and was the first lawyer to be awarded the OC Look award by Orange Coast Magazine, an award given to those individuals who exemplify success and style in Orange County. Eric has been a speaker at countless seminars on litigation and trial skills, and published multiple articles on strategy and practice.

Areas of Practice
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Assault and Battery
  • Slip/Trip and Falls


Certified Legal Specialties
  • Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy


Bar Admissions
  • California, 1990


  • Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, CA – 1989
  • California State University, Fullerton, CA – 1986
Honors and Awards
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Super Lawyers 2005 – 2015
  • Super Lawyers “Top 50 Orange County,” 2008 – 2015
  • Super Lawyers “Top 100 Southern California,” 2013 – 2015
  • Alumni Hall of Fame from Western State Law School, 2013
  • OC Look Award, Orange Coast Magazine, 2010
  • Banyard Inn of Court, Civility Award, 2009
  • Alumni of the Year from Western State Law School, 2008
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, 2003


Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Orange County Bar Foundation, President, 2014
  • Banyard Inn of Court, Inn Liaison
  • American Inns of Court, Member
  • Orange County Chapter of ABOTA, President, 2010
  • Lex Romana (Italian/American Lawyers of Orange County), President 2005 – 2006
  • Orange County Bar Association, Chairperson of College of Trial Advocacy, 2004 – Present
  • Banyard Inn of Court, Board Member, 2002 – Present
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2002
  • Orange County Bar Association, Board Member, 2002 – 2003, 2010 – 2011
  • Orange County Chapter of ABOTA, Advocate, 1998 – Present
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of California
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles