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Why Hire Bostwick & Peterson, LLP?

Award Winning Trial Lawyers

If you or your loved one has been harmed by the negligence of someone else, working with the right legal representation can make all the difference in your fight for justice.

At Bostwick & Peterson, LLP, we are confident in our ability to guide victims and families through each phase of their legal journeys. Our attorneys are backed by extensive experience and decades of insight, and know how to help clients fight for the compensation they deserve.

Here are just a few things that should make you confident about placing your trust in our team.



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.

  • Brain Injury, Birth Injury, Medical Malpractice, Cerebral Palsy Record-Setting Result $15,000,000

    Largest pretrial settlement against the United States in Hawaii for a child who suffered brain damage during birth.

  • 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).


Experienced, Diligent, and Passionate Trial Lawyers

Bostwick & Peterson is led by two of the nation’s most accomplished Civil Trial Attorneys:

  • James S. Bostwick. Firm Founder James Bostwick is one of the most esteemed trial lawyers in the nation, and one of a select few Medical Malpractice Specialists Certified by the American Board of Professional Liability. Since winning the largest medical malpractice verdict in U.S. history in 1978, he has set and broken numerous state and national records for high-value recoveries in malpractice, birth injury, and personal injury cases. He is a member of Inner Circle of Advocates, an invite-only group comprised of the nation’s top 100 plaintiffs’ trial lawyers, a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, a group limited to the top 500 plaintiff and defense trial lawyers in the U.S., and an invited member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
  • Erik L. Peterson. Recognized among the nation’s top civil litigators, Erik Peterson has recovered millions for victims and families, including a $17M birth injury settlement in May 2019 believed to be the largest medical malpractice recovery in California history, and a $21M verdict for a truck accident victim who sustained a mild traumatic brain injury. He is a Senior Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and recognized as a top-rated trial attorney by Super Lawyers® and The Best Lawyers in America©.

Proven Record of Success

Our attorneys have cultivated a legacy of proven success. This includes the recovery of more than $1 billion in compensation for our clients, as well as record-setting results in multiple states.

As recognized leaders in medical malpractice, birth injury, and personal injury litigation, we have continually set and broken numerous records for the largest verdicts, settlements, and financial recoveries. Some of these include:

  • $21 Million. Largest net compensatory (non-punitive) award for mild traumatic brain injury (auto / truck accident) for an individual in California as of 2000.
  • $17 Million. Largest medical malpractice settlement in California to date. (2019)
  • $14 Million. Largest California medical malpractice settlement at the time. (2018)
  • $11.4 Million. Largest California birth injury settlement at the time. (2010)
  • $11 Million. Largest personal injury settlement in Hawaii at the time. (2000)
  • $8.9 Million. Largest birth injury recovery against the U.S. government in U.S. Federal Court at the time. (Hawaii, 1985)
  • $6.4 Million. Largest legal malpractice verdict for an individual in California at the time. (1984)
  • $7.6 Million. Largest medical malpractice verdict in the U.S. at the time. (1978).

Some of Our Other Notable Achievements

  • U.S. News - Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” San Francisco Metropolitan Tier 1 Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Law Firm.
  • Selection to Super Lawyers® Magazine, the Lawdragon 500, and The Best Lawyers in America®.
  • Best Lawyers’ “Trial Lawyer of the Year” (2012, 2013, James Bostwick).
  • Founding Member, American Board of Professional Liability (James Bostwick).
  • Invited Member, Inner Circle of Advocates since 2002 (James Bostwick).
  • Past President, International Academy of Trial Lawyers (James Bostwick).
  • National Law Journal Elite Trial Lawyers Finalist, Medical Malpractice 2019 (James Bostwick).
  • Board of Directors, Consumer Attorneys of California (Erik Peterson).
  • Judge Pro-Tem, Superior Court of San Francisco (Erik Peterson).
  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (Erik Peterson).
  • Top 100 Registry Attorney of the Year, California Medical Malpractice (Erik Peterson).
  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury (Erik Peterson).

Learn more about our legal team and how we can help in your fight for justice. Call (888) 831-8448 or contact us online for a FREE consultation.

What Sets Bostwick & Peterson, LLP Apart? 

  • More than $1 billion recovered for our clients
  • Since January 2018, the firm has twice broken the California record for the largest medical malpractice settlement
  • James Bostwick was named Trial Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers® 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"
  • James Bostwick is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, limited to the nation’s top 100 plaintiff lawyers
  • Record-setting verdicts and settlements in five states for medical malpractice and motor vehicle accidents

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