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2010 Trinidad Tree-Cutting Case
A tree cutting from several years ago on the site of an ancient Tsuari village in Trinidad is coming to the court this year. Disagreements about the city of Trinidad's land management responsibilities abound as a lawsuit over the tree-cutting is scheduled to go to trial in November. A second lawsuit was also filed by the Tsuari Ancestral Society in June 2011. Debate continues over the placement...
Community Involvement - Redwood Decks
By Jessica Cejnar - The Times-Standard Zach Zwerdling, Chair of the Headwaters Fund Board and a partner with Zwerdling Bragg & Mainzer, LLP, voted to approve a $750,000 grant for a project aimed at convincing California residents to choose redwood over wood-plastic composite lumber. The goal is to increase the volume of redwood sales and thereby stop the... READ MORE...
Mother, daughter sue Ingomar Club, allege sexual harassment
>By Times Standard A new complaint filed by two former employees against Eureka's Ingomar Club alleges sexual harassment and wrongful termination. Patty Caetano joined the lawsuit originally filed by her daughter Jennifer Partsafas in February 2011. Partsafas, a former employee of Ingomar Club, alleges that a supervisor at the club sexually harassed her... READ MORE...

Cases of Note

$1.2 Million personal injury settlement for a 67 year old male who suffered a head injury in an industrial accident.
$1.3 million class action verdict for students against HSU for deteriorated housing conditions during construction on dormitories.
$2.9 million personal injury verdict obtained for the victim of a gun shooting injury.
$5 million judgment for the mother of a 12 year old who suffered a drowning death.
$9.2 million jury verdict for a 40-year-old individual paralyzed in a truck crash caused by a defective brake cleaning product.

What Others Say

“I am extremely happy with the representation Ben Mainzer and his entire office provided. Thanks to Ben’s hard work and the work of the other attorneys and staff, I could not be happier with the outcome of my case. All the attorneys and their staff were prompt to respond to my phone call and emails. I felt as though they genuinely cared about me and my case and that my case was as important ...
I struggle in putting this down in words because they seem so inadequate in trying to express the depth of my gratitude for what Benjamin Mainzer has done for me. He was my voice, my champion, my confidante, and my advocate. From the moment I first met Benjamin Mainzer he was straight-forward, personable, compassionate, and professional. Sexual assault is not an easy topic and when I first came...
Ben Mainzer represented me in my wrongful termination case and he was relentless in his efforts to obtain the truth and just compensation for my loss. He guided me through the process, consistently communicating my options and he understands the importance of you, the client, making the ultimate decisions. My unexpected situation resulted in having the best professional representation from Ben Mai...
My wife and I were very pleased with the representation Zwerdling, Bragg & Mainzer, LLP gave us. The insurance company we were dealing with offered a settlement of less than $20,000 which did not cover medical expenses, let alone lost wages and pain and suffering. Zach Zwerdling took our case and as a result of his hard work, the insurance company settled with us for policy limits of $500,000. ...
Zach has been my first choice for legal advice and representation for my business, employees, friends and myself for over 30 years. He provides straightforward unambiguous answers or points you in the right direction. He also provides methodical research of your issue and clear direction on how to proceed. In court, he is always at least one step ahead of opposing counsel. He's not afraid to take ...

Who We Are

Zwerdling, Bragg, Mainzer & Firpo LLP is a law firm based in Eureka, California with a record of obtaining successful results for our clients. We’ve fought and won in state and federal court, worked as prosecutors and defense attorneys and have over seventy years of combined experience as trial lawyers. Our attorneys have handled the most complex civil and criminal cases and focus their practice on catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death and other types of tort litigation—such as the representation of victims of crime. While every case is unique, our attorneys have negotiated million dollar settlements and won multi-million dollar verdicts—including the largest personal injury verdict in Humboldt County history.