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Meet Attorney James Bostwick

James S. Bostwick

Leading Personal Injury Attorney in California

James Bostwick is one of the most respected medical malpractice and personal injury lawyers in the nation. As Founder of Bostwick & Peterson, he’s cultivated a reputation as a top-tier specialist in catastrophic malpractice cases and has secured numerous record-setting verdicts and settlements.

Representing the Injured Across the Nation

Bostwick holds his main office in San Francisco, CA, and practices in courts throughout California, Hawaii, Colorado, Oklahoma, Nevada, Washington, Florida, Arizona, and beyond. He is one of a few lawyers in the U.S. deemed a Certified Medical Malpractice Specialist by the American Board of Professional Liability.

One of California's Most Recognized Personal Injury Attorneys

Held in high regard by his peers, Bostwick has earned widespread recognition from many organizations. He is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an invite-only organization limited to the top 100 plaintiffs’ lawyers in the U.S. (and considered the most exclusive trial lawyer organization in the world), the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (Top 500 trial lawyers in the US), American Board of Trial Advocates, and the Lawdragon 500. He’s been named to Best Lawyers in America© every year since its inception in 1983, rated among the Top 4 Trial Lawyers by the California Bar Journal, and featured in Newsweek, Town and Country, and Forbes as one of America’s top trial lawyers.

A Legacy of Record-Setting Results

Bostwick has spent more than 50 years specializing in complex medical malpractice and personal injury law, and has set the bar for litigating some of the most complex and high-stakes cases in the country. He and the firm have set and broken many records – many of them his own.

In 1979, Bostwick obtained the largest medical malpractice verdict in U.S. history, and spent the years since setting state and national records for high-value recoveries in legal malpractice, birth injury, and other personal injury claims.

Since January 2018, the firm has twice broken the State of California record for largest medical malpractice verdicts or settlements:

  • In early 2018, Attorney Bostwick and the firm obtained a $14M malpractice settlement just before trial over a neonatal brain injury. At the time, the result was the largest present value settlement in California history for a case that had not been tried to verdict.
  • In May 2019, Co-Founder Erik Peterson reached a $17M birth injury settlement over brain damage during pregnancy – the largest medical malpractice present value result (settlement or verdict) in state history.

In the past several years alone, Bostwick and the firm have secured additional high-value settlements in complex birth injury, medical malpractice, and personal injury claims ranging from $5 million to $11+ million. These settlement amounts reflect “present value,” rather than “payout” calculations which inflate the true value of case results.

Verdicts & Settlements

  • $7.6M – Largest medical malpractice verdict in the U.S. at the time (1978).
  • $6.4M – Largest legal malpractice verdict for an individual in California at the time (1984).
  • $8.9M – Largest birth injury award against the U.S. Government in the US Federal Court at the time. (Hawaii, 1985)
  • $11M – Largest injury settlement in Hawaii history at the time (2000).
  • $21M – Record verdict for a mild traumatic brain injury, auto/truck accident. (2000)
  • $11.4M – Largest California birth injury settlement at the time. (2010)
  • $14M – Largest California medical malpractice settlement at the time. (2018)
  • $17M – Largest California medical malpractice settlement to date. (2019)

Awards & Accolades

  • The Best Lawyers in America© (1983-2021)
  • Best Lawyers “Trial Lawyer of the Year” (2012 and 2013)
  • Top 4 Trial Lawyers, California Bar Journal
  • Top 5 Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers in SF (Chronicle)
  • Top 60 Trial Lawyers in America (Forbes, Town & Country)
  • Super Lawyers® Magazine (2004-2020)
  • Top 500 Lawdragon
  • AV® Preeminent™ Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®

Professional Memberships / Distinctions

  • Past President (2003), International Academy of Trial Lawyers (Top 500 trial lawyers in the US), Invited Fellow since 1992.
  • Invited Member, Inner Circle of Advocates (Top 100 plaintiffs’ trial lawyers in the US) since 2002.
  • Invited Member, American Board of Trial Advocates since 2003.
  • Founding Member, American Board of Professional Liability (Certification of special competence on the field of professional liability) and recertified in 2000.
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Trial Lawyer of the Year Nominee, 1978.
  • Consumer Attorneys of California Trial Lawyer of the Year Nominee, 2000
  • Presidential Award of Merit, Consumer Attorneys of California, 2000.
  • National Law Journal Elite Trial Lawyers National Finalist, Medical Malpractice (2019).


  • Author of published novel, “Acts of Omission” (Post Hill Press, 2019)


  • American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys – Certified in Medical Malpractice

Backed by Record-Setting Results

We've Recovered Over $750 Million for Our Clients
  • $21,000,000 Auto/Truck Accident
  • $11,000,000 Neonatal Injury
  • $10,680,000 Birth Injury
  • $10,000,000 Birth Injury
  • $9,960,000 Medical Malpractice
  • $8,900,000 Labor and Delivery Injury
  • $8,000,000 Brain Injury
  • $8,000,000 Neonatal/Birth Injury
  • $8,000,000 Medical Malpractice
  • $7,860,000 Brain Injury

What Sets Bostwick & Peterson, LLP Apart?

  • Over $750 Million Recovered for Our Clients

  • Record-Setting Birth Injury Verdicts & Settlements in Four States

  • We Have Received the Trial Lawyers "Presidential Award of Merit"

  • We Have Been Included in the List of "Best Lawyers in America" by U.S. News - Best Lawyers®

  • Attorney James Bostwick Is a Certified Specialist by the American Board of Professional Liability

  • We Are Members of the Inner Circle of Advocates, Which Is the Nation’s Top 100 Plaintiff Lawyers