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The Firm

Bostwick & Peterson, LLP

One of California's Leading Injury & Malpractice Law Firms

As one of the nation’s leading law firms, Bostwick & Peterson is proud to represent clients from all walks of life who have sustained catastrophic, life-changing injuries; we also help surviving family members who have lost someone they love. Regardless of whether we are facing a case involving medical malpractice, product liability, accidents or anything else, our clients consistently receive substantial financial compensation.

Diligent Preparation | Passion for Justice | Access to Experts | Specialized Experience


  • Inner Circle of Advocates
    Inner Circle of Advocates

    Invitation-only organization of the top 100 plaintiff trial lawyers in the U.S.

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
    International Academy of Trial Lawyers

    Former President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, limited to the top 500 trial lawyers in the U.S.

  • Super Lawyers 2020
    Super Lawyers 2020

    James S. Bostwick and Erik L. Peterson have been named top-rated medical malpractice attorneys in Northern California.

  • American Board of Trial Advocates
    American Board of Trial Advocates

    Invitation-only group of the nation’s top civil lawyers and judges.

  • American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
    American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys

    James Bostwick is a nationally certified medical malpractice specialist and founding member.

  • The Best Lawyers in America
    The Best Lawyers in America

    Recognized since its inception in 1983 by this peer-reviewed publication, comprised of the best legal talent in the world.

  • Best Law Firms 2021
    Best Law Firms 2021

    Recognized for professional excellence with impressive ratings from clients and peers.

  • The National Trial Lawyers
    The National Trial Lawyers

    James Bostwick & Erik Peterson are listed in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers.

  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates
    Multi-Million Dollar Advocates

    An exclusive group limited to less than 1% of U.S. attorneys who have won multi-million dollar results.

  • Lawdragon

    James Bostwick inducted into the Hall of Fame and featured among the Top 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers in America.



Throughout the years, Bostwick & Peterson has been proud to stand apart as a firm of unique talent and commitment to our clients. This has led to countless victories in and out of the courtroom, as well as numerous awards.

Just some of the ways in which our firm stands out:

  • We have won more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements.
  • 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.
  • James Bostwick is an invited member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, the nation’s top 100 plaintiff lawyers
  • We have won record-setting verdicts and settlements in CA, CO, HI, OK and WA.


We are a plaintiff contingency law firm that only charges a fee if we get a recovery for you. We focus on cases involving accidents as well as medical and legal malpractice. Most of our cases involve catastrophic injuries, such as wrongful death, spinal cord and brain damage.

Our legal team represents clients such as:

  • Children injured during birth or shortly after
  • Adults and children who suffered severe injuries as a result of negligent healthcare
  • Individuals injured in catastrophic car, truck, pedestrian and bike accidents
  • Victims of negligently manufactured or designed products
  • People harmed by negligent attorneys


We know there are options when it comes to choosing a law firm. Your choice will have a significant impact on whether you win or lose your case. We encourage you to take your time getting to know the team at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP. We are nationally recognized lawyers with a long history of winning record-setting cases for our clients.

Learn more about how our firm can help you, call us for a free initial consultation.

Record-setting results

  • Personal Injury, Brain Injury, Auto/Truck Accident Record-Setting Result $21,000,000

    Largest California non-punitive verdict for a single individual (San Francisco County, Zivic v. Winterland).

  • Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Sepsis, Medication Error Record-Setting Result $17,000,000

    Settlement for a brain-injured baby.

  • Medical Malpractice, Brain Injury, Neonatal Injury, Surgical Injury Record-Setting Result $14,000,000

    Surgery error on a 3-day old child resulted in brain injuries.

  • Medical Malpractice, Brain Injury, Birth Injury, Cerebral Palsy Record-Setting Result $11,400,000

    Birth injury resulted in Cerebral Palsy. This settlement is a state record.

  • Medical Malpractice, Neonatal Injury, Failure to Diagnose Record-Setting Result $11,000,000

    Neonatal blindness injuries to premature triplets after failure to diagnose the condition in a timely manner.

  • Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Brain Injury Record-Setting Result $10,000,000

    Record settlement for a birth injury case in that state.

  • Medical Malpractice, Cardiac Misdiagnosis, Failure to Diagnose, Wrongful Death Record-Setting Result $9,960,000

    This case against UCSF Medical Center was the largest medical malpractice settlement for a death in California history in 2002.

  • Medical Malpractice, Sepsis, Amputation Record-Setting Result $9,750,000

    Failure to treat sepsis and excessive medication led to the loss of limbs. This is a record-setting result in the state.

  • Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Brain Injury Record-Setting Result $8,900,000

    Record trial judgment for improper use of vacuum extraction and failure to timely deliver a baby (1985).

  • Medical Malpractice, Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury Record-Setting Result $7,600,000

    Largest jury verdict in the world in 1978.


What Sets Bostwick & Peterson, LLP Apart? 

  • More Than $1 Billion In Settlements And Verdicts For Our Clients
  • Since January 2018, The Firm Has Twice Broken The California Record For Largest Medical Malpractice Settlements
  • Best Lawyers® Trial Lawyer Of The Year In 2012
  • James Bostwick Is A Nationally Certified Specialist By The American Board Of Professional Liability
  • Included In The List Of "Best Lawyers In America" By U.S. News - Best Lawyers® Since Its Inception In 1983
  • James Bostwick Received The Trial Lawyers "Presidential Award Of Merit"
  • Invite-Only Member Of The Inner Circle of Advocates, Limited To The Nation’s Top 100 Plaintiff Lawyers
  • Record-Setting Verdicts & Settlements In Five States, For Malpractice, Truck, And Auto Accidents

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