Robert J. Ounjian

Partner
Licensed in: CA, IA

Experience

Robert J. Ounjian, Esq. is a partner and experienced personal injury lawyer at Carpenter & Zuckerman. His focus includes general liability and medical malpractice litigation with an emphasis on birth injuries. Joining the firm as an associate in 2009, Robert quickly distinguished himself as an invaluable and compassionate litigator, earning a promotion to Partner in 2013.

Since joining CZ Law, Robert has played an integral role in countless jury trials and arbitrations. He second-chaired a medical malpractice birth injury case, resulting in a landmark $74.525 million verdict. In another case involving a four-year-old female seriously injured in a motor vehicle collision, Robert secured a $45 million settlement for the victim’s family. 

During his tenure at the firm, Robert has resolved more than 550 cases involving medical malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, premises liability, elder abuse, and product liability. Thus far, Robert has recovered over $350 million in justice for his injured clients.

Education

Robert attended Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, earning his Juris Doctor in 2000. Prior to attending law school, Robert completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Irvine.

Associations

An active member of the American Bar Association, Robert has authored numerous articles and frequently speaks on various legal topics at seminars and other industry events.

Robert is a Board Member Emeritus for the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers’ Charities (LATLC), a nonprofit organization that provides aid to those in need within Greater Los Angeles. In 2015, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) elected Robert to its prestigious “Board of Governors”. Additionally, he earned membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Accolades

Selected to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars List in 2012 - 2015
Selected to the Super Lawyers list in 2016 - 2024

Notable Wins

$74.525M

Verdict in a medical malpractice birth injury case that Robert second-chaired.

$45M

Settlement as a result of a disputed liability motor vehicle collision primarily involving a 4-year-old female. Injuries included a traumatic brain injury and facial nerve paralysis.

$12.35M

Confidential settlement as a result of dependent adult abuse and elder abuse.

$8.25M

Settlement as a result of a disputed liability motorcycle v. motor vehicle collision resulting in thoracic spine surgery and mild traumatic brain injury.

$8M

Wrongful death settlement as a result of a disputed liability auto v. auto accident involving a 54-year-old man. Heirs included a wife and two adult daughters.

$7M

Settlement as a result of a disputed liability motor vehicle accident resulting in significant total body burn injuries.

$6M

Wrongful death settlement as a result of a disputed liability pedestrian v. auto accident involving a 73-year-old retired woman. Heirs included a husband and two adult children.

$5.5M

Settlement as a result of a disputed liability motor vehicle v. truck collision resulting in thoracic spine surgery and mild traumatic brain injury.

$5.25M

Settlement as a result of a disputed liability pedestrian v. auto accident involving an 8-year-old male. Primary injury was a traumatic brain injury.

$4.2M

Settlement as a result of medical negligence caused by oxygen deprivation prior to and after the delivery of the baby, which caused the baby to suffer permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy.

$4.15M

Settlement as a result of medical negligence caused by oxygen deprivation prior to and after the delivery of the baby, which caused the baby to suffer permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy.

$4M

Settlement as a result of medical negligence caused by oxygen deprivation prior to and after the delivery of the baby, which caused the baby to suffer permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy.

$4M

Settlement as a result of a motorcycle v. automobile accident involving a young adult who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury and orthopedic knee injuries.

$4M

Settlement (confidential open policy) involving a motor vehicle accident resulting in cervical spine fusion and mild traumatic brain injury.

$3.435M

Settlement as a result of medical negligence caused by oxygen deprivation prior to and after the delivery of the baby, which caused the baby to suffer permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy.

$3M

Settlement as a result of a pedestrian v. automobile accident involving a minor crossing the street. Minor suffered a minor traumatic brain injury.

$3M

Settlement as a result of a disputed liability minor pedestrian v. automobile accident resulting in mild traumatic brain injury.

$2.75M

Confidential settlement involving a public school’s failure to supervise their students, resulting in a traumatic brain injury to an 8th-grade student.

$2.55M

Verdict in Van Nuys involving a trip and fall premises liability incident resulting in a lumbar discectomy and cervical fusion.

$2.35M

Settlement as a result of a motor vehicle collision resulting in mild traumatic brain injury and trigeminal neuralgia.

$2.25M

Settlement as a result of a dangerous condition of a roadway, resulting in two lumbar surgeries and mild traumatic brain injury.

$2.025M

Settlement as a result of medical negligence caused by the negligent failure to timely diagnose and treat respiratory failure secondary to pneumonia during hospitalization.

$2M

Settlement as a result of a motor vehicle collision resulting in a single-level lumbar fusion.

$2M

Medical malpractice wrongful death settlement as a result of negligent failure to timely diagnose and treat respiratory distress following a surgical complication.

$2M

Wrongful death settlement as a result of a disputed liability bicyclist v. auto accident involving a 67-year-old retired man. Heirs included two adult sons.

$2M

Wrongful death settlement as a result of a motorcycle accident. Heirs included two adult parents.

$2M

Settlement as a result of a disputed liability motorcycles v. vehicle accident resulting in a microdiscectomy surgery. Client did not have automobile insurance.

$2M

Medical malpractice settlement involving a shoulder dystocia resulting in a brachial plexus injury (Erb’s Palsy).

$1.93M

Settlement as a result of a dangerous condition of a roadway resulting in a mild traumatic brain injury.

$1.925

Settlement as a result of medical negligence for failure to diagnose and treat preeclampsia, which led to placental abruption and caused the baby to suffer permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy.

$1.875M

Settlement as a result of medical negligence caused by oxygen deprivation prior to the delivery of the baby, which caused the baby to suffer permanent brain damage and cerebral palsy.

$1.75M

Settlement as a result of a disputed liability minor pedestrian v. automobile accident resulting in mild traumatic brain injury.

$1.75M

Settlement as a result of a dangerous condition of a roadway resulting in a mild traumatic brain injury.

$1.725M

Wrongful death settlement as a result of a disputed liability bicyclist v. auto accident involving a 12-year-old female.

$1.7M

Confidential settlement involving injuries caused by a dog bite.

$1.645M

Verdict in Santa Monica involving a slip and fall premises liability incident at a supermarket resulting in lumbar and cervical epidural injections and a lumbar discectomy.

$1.5M

Wrongful death settlement for a disputed liability motor vehicle v. truck collision.

$1.5M

Settlement for a motorcyclist who suffered genital injuries that caused post-traumatic stress disorder and required invasive surgery.

$1.5M

Settlement as a result of medical negligence caused by a failure to diagnose and treat trigeminal neuralgia.

$1.5M

Settlement as a result of a motor vehicle collision resulting in a lumbar microdiscectomy.

$1.5M

Settlement as a result of a disputed liability motorcycle v. van accident involving a micro-discectomy surgery. The client did not have automobile insurance.

$1.375M

Settlement as a result of a disputed liability motor vehicle accident resulting in two lumbar spine surgeries.

$1.325M

Settlement as a result of medical negligence involving the negligent failure to manage the patient’s history of pulmonary embolism, which led to death following a routine surgical procedure.

$1.25M

Settlement as a result of a disputed liability pedestrian v. motor vehicle accident. The decedent was 79 years old and had two adult children.

$1.195M

Settlement as a result of a motor vehicle collision resulting in a cervical spine surgery.

$1.14M

Settlement involving a construction worker who fell off a scaffold and suffered a mild traumatic brain injury.

$1.1M

Policy limit settlement involving a single-vehicle collision where our client was a passenger, resulting in a minor traumatic brain injury.

$1.01M

Settlement involving a motor vehicle v. bus collision where our client was a passenger, resulting in a minor traumatic brain injury.

$1M

Settlement involving a premises liability slip and fall incident resulting in a cervical fusion.

$1M

Settlement in a motor vehicle collision through client’s underinsured motorist policy. The primary injury was cervical and lumbar disc herniation requiring surgery.

$1M

Arbitration award (policy limit) in an uninsured motorist claim involving a rear-end collision. The claimant’s vehicle sustained $4,500 in property damage. Their medical specials totaled $190,000. The claimant sustained injuries to his neck and right shoulder requiring surgeries to both.

$1M

Policy limits settlement as a result of a motor vehicle collision resulting in a lumbar microdiscectomy.

$1M

Medical malpractice wrongful death settlement as a result of a failure to timely diagnose and treat a hospital-acquired infection following delivery.

$1M

Confidential policy limit settlement as a result of the healthcare provider's failure to refer and treat the decedent’s issues of suicidal ideation, which led to the decedent committing suicide.

$1M

Policy limit settlement involving a 53-year-old woman who was attending a festival and was knocked to the ground by a tram. The plaintiff sustained a right occipital skull fracture and headaches. She was hospitalized for two days and thereafter treated by a psychologist for her post-traumatic stress. Medical expenses totaled $35,000.

$1M

Policy limit settlement involving a rear-end motor vehicle accident. The primary injury was neck pain and limitation with range of motion. Treatment included cervical epidural steroid injections and radiofrequency ablation procedures.

$1M

Confidential settlement as a result of medical negligence involving a birth injury.

$1M

Settlement as a result of a fall from a second-floor apartment complex resulting in orthopedic injuries.

$900K

Confidential policy limits settlement involving a lumbar microdiscectomy and ankle fracture surgery.

$800K

Settlement as a result of a motor vehicle collision resulting in a cervical spine surgery.

$750K

Policy limit wrongful death settlement involving a 60-year-old retired man who was involved in a motorcycle accident resulting in three broken ribs. The decedent was hospitalized for one night for observation. Three days post-discharge, the decedent died of a pulmonary embolism. The coroner reported the motorcycle accident was not the cause of death. Medical expenses totaled $5,000.

$750K

Settlement involving a motorcycle accident resulting in severe orthopedic injuries. The defendant’s insurance limits were only $300,000. The settlement obtained included a $450,000 payment by the defendant personally, which was one-half times his insurance policy limits.

$650K

Settlement as a result of a pedestrian v. auto accident involving a 56-year-old male. Primary injury was a neurogenic bladder due to spinal trauma.  Medical expenses totaled $76,199.

$500K

Settlement as a result of medical malpractice involving the failure to timely diagnose and treat prostate cancer.

$492K

Verdict in Van Nuys involving a motor vehicle collision resulting in cervical spine surgery. Top offer was $75,000.

$454K

Verdict in Santa Monica involving a disputed-liability motor vehicle accident. The plaintiff sustained a femur fracture and underwent a surgical procedure involving rod fixation. Top offer was $25,000.

$344K

Verdict, inclusive of interest and costs, involving a motor vehicle accident. The plaintiff sustained injuries to his neck and back and was initially treated conservatively. Two years after the accident, he received two lumbar epidural injections. Medical expenses totaled $42,976.