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Bostwick & Peterson is an award-winning trial practice with a national reputation. Led by two of the country's most respected litigators, James S. Bostwick and Erik L. Peterson, we're known for winning high-value verdicts and settlements in claims across California and the U.S.

Over our decades in practice, we have recovered more than $1 billion in compensation in cases ranging from medical malpractice and birth injuries to trucking accidents, legal malpractice, and serious personal injury and have set numerous records along the way.

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.

  • U.S. News Best Law Firms
    U.S. News Best Law Firms

    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.

  • Mutli-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    Mutli-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

    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.

  • Expertise - Best Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Riverside 2024
    Expertise - Best Medical Malpractice Lawyers in Riverside 2024 finds and reviews the top service professionals in over 200 industries across the U.S.


What Sets Our Firm Apart?

  • Over $1 billion in compensation recovered for clients.
  • Record-setting settlements and verdicts in multiple states.
  • Named among U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”.
  • Attorneys recognized by Super Lawyers® and The Best Lawyers in America©.
  • James Bostwick is a Board Certified Medical Malpractice Specialist by the ABPLA.

Our firm is trusted by clients throughout the Inland Empire and beyond because we know how to win. If you would like to learn more about our team or how we may be able to help you, call (951) 435-8229 for a FREE consultation.

Examples of Our Record Recoveries

Having dedicated over 40 years to high-stakes civil claims, we have cultivated a legacy of record results. Since Attorney James Bostwick won the largest medical malpractice verdict in the nation in 1978, we have continually set and broken records for large verdicts and settlements.

Today, we continue building upon our notable results. In fact, we have broken the record for largest medical malpractice recovery in California history twice since 2018. Here are some of our record results:

  • $21 Million: Record recovery for TBI victim injured in truck accident (2000).
  • $17 Million: Largest medical malpractice settlement in CA history to date (2019).
  • $14 Million: Largest medical malpractice settlement in CA at the time (2018).
  • $11.4 Million: Largest birth injury settlement in CA at the time (2010).
  • $11 Million: Largest injury settlement in Hawaii history at the time (2000).
  • $8.9 Million: Largest birth injury recovery against the U.S. Govt. in Federal Court (Hawaii, 1985).
  • $8 Million: Largest medical malpractice settlement in Oklahoma history at the time (1985).
  • $7.6 Million: Largest medical malpractice verdict in U.S. history at the time (1978).
  • $6.4 Million: Largest legal malpractice verdict for an individual in CA history (1984).

We Care About Our Clients

Our team at Bostwick & Peterson cares about helping good people through tough times. Following life-altering injuries and unspeakable tragedies, we serve as a system of support for victims and families who deserve justice. It’s our mission to help them fight for the maximum recovery possible. Other things we do for our clients:

  • We value personal attention and close communication.
  • We offer FREE, no-obligation consultations to evaluate potential claims.
  • There is no charge to hire our team; we handle the cost of litigating your case.
  • Contingency fees – if we don’t win, you don’t pay!

Discuss Your Case During a FREE Consultation: (951) 435-8229

If you or someone you love has been harmed by another’s negligent or wrongful acts, it’s important to act quickly and have your case reviewed by qualified counsel.

Bostwick & Peterson is readily available to take your call and offers free and confidential consultations. Contact us to get started.


  • 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.



  • 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 Four States, For Malpractice, Truck, And Auto Accidents
  • Best Lawyers® Trial Lawyer Of The Year In 2012
  • 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


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