Benjamin Mainzer is an experienced attorney whose practice emphasizes personal injury, wrongful death, and other types of tort litigation. Representing only persons who have been harmed by the negligence or wrongdoing of others, Mr. Mainzer takes special pride in advocating for the families of people killed in tragic circumstances, for people subjected to discrimination and harassment at their places of work and for children abused by the people entrusted to care for them.
In representing his clients, Mr. Mainzer has brought claims against large corporations, against cities and counties and against the State of California. Mr. Mainzer has litigated in state and federal court and has successfully argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He has earned an "Excellent" rating by the attorney rating service, AVVO.com.
Before entering civil practice, Mr. Mainzer served as a deputy district attorney at the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office. While at the District Attorney's Office, Mr. Mainzer prosecuted a wide variety of felony and misdemeanor crimes including crimes of violence, drug offenses, sexual abuse cases, theft and animal abuse. He was also responsible for leading a complex multi-year criminal investigation which culminated in the return of felony charges after he presented the case to a special criminal grand jury. The target of that investigation ultimately entered a plea to avoid a trial.
While Mr. Mainzer is experienced in pretrial resolution, he is also a proficient litigator with a high success rate at trial. Among his other victories, his record includes two favorable jury verdicts returned in less than 30 minutes.
Mr. Mainzer graduated with general honors from the University of Chicago with a degree in Political Science and from the Vanderbilt University Law School. While at Vanderbilt, Mr. Mainzer was awarded a position on the Trial Advocacy Society Board and was recognized as a "top litigator" based on his performance during his first and second year mock trial competitions.