Pej Ben-Cohen embodies the values and commitment to clients that define Carpenter & Zuckerman.
Pej believes in his core that being a trial lawyer is a noble calling. He has dedicated his career to standing up to insurance companies and large corporations on behalf of injured people.
Pej’s accomplishments – as an attorney under the age of 40 – are numerous. Pej has recovered tens of millions of dollars in jury trial wins and settlements. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and was named to the Super Lawyers list from 2014 to 2016. He was named a Top Attorney in California in 2010 and a Leader in Personal Injury Law in 2012 by Newsweek magazine’s Showcase. The National Trial Lawyers named Pej as a “Top 100 Lawyer Nationwide” and placed him in the “Top 40 Under 40.” Pej was named to the 2018 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.
More than anything, Pej is a dyed-in-the-wool trial lawyer. He focuses on our community’s need for another trial lawyer who has the freedom, skill, and passion to handle back-to-back jury trials. A graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College, Pej understands that insurance companies and corporations are waging a quiet war on ordinary people who have been injured. Their well-orchestrated public relations campaign demonizes victims who simply wish to be made whole.
Pej teaches young lawyers that our job is to push back against insurance companies and, through jury trials, hold them accountable to the members of our community. He teaches young lawyers that only by going to trial and obtaining verdicts will they get corporations to pay victims fair compensation.
More importantly, Pej practices law by getting to know his clients. To insurance companies, clients are merely a file or a collection of medical records. To Pej, clients are people who have hopes, dreams, and families, all of which have been disrupted or even destroyed by the misconduct of others. Pej teaches that it is only by spending time – a lot of time – with one’s clients that a trial lawyer can understand his or her client’s human losses. Pej goes to his clients’ homes, meets with their families and friends, and ultimately tells the human story of what happened.
Finally, Pej embraces Carpenter & Zuckerman’s deep commitment to community service. He was the second founding president of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers' Charities, a nonprofit organization committed to improving the quality of life for people in need, with a focus on education, children, and the homeless. Pej is similarly active in the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) and the Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC).