Eric Traut

Traut Firm
5 Hutton Center Drive
Suite 700
Santa Ana, CA 92707
(714) 835-7000

Eric Traut distinguished himself early as one of the top trial attorneys in Southern California when he was recognized as the youngest winner of the prestigious Trial Lawyer of the Year award in the history of the Orange County Trial Lawyer Association.

He has been selected by his peers to the list of Super Lawyers, including the "Top 50 Orange County" and "Top 100 Southern California" lists that featured him in Los Angeles Magazine consecutively from 2005 to the present. Eric has handled high-profile cases that have resulted in appearances on Good Morning America, Fox News, Court T.V., and ABC's "Primetime." Eric was the youngest member ever admitted to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) at the age of 33, and he served as President of the Orange County Chapter of ABOTA in 2010. Presently, he serves as the President of the Orange County Bar Foundation, a non-profit organization strengthening Orange County youth and families through unique, award-winning health and education programs. In 2008, he was named as Alumni of the Year at Western State University Law School, and was inducted in the school's "Hall of Fame" in 2013. He is a recipient to the Angelo Palmieri Award for Civility from the Banyard Inn of Court and was the first lawyer to be awarded the OC Look award by Orange Coast Magazine, an award given to those individuals who exemplify success and style in Orange County. Eric has been a speaker at countless seminars on litigation and trial skills, and published multiple articles on strategy and practice.


Personal Injury
Wrongful Death
Assault and Battery
Sexual Assault
Slip/Trip and Falls


Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy
Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy


California, 1990


Western State University College of Law, Fullerton, CA - 1989
California State University, Fullerton, CA - 1986


Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
Super Lawyers 2005 - 2015
Super Lawyers "Top 50 Orange County," 2008 - 2015
Super Lawyers "Top 100 Southern California," 2013 - 2015
Alumni Hall of Fame from Western State Law School, 2013
OC Look Award, Orange Coast Magazine, 2010
Banyard Inn of Court, Civility Award, 2009
Alumni of the Year from Western State Law School, 2008
Orange County Trial Lawyers Association Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, 2003


Orange County Bar Foundation, President, 2014
Banyard Inn of Court, Inn Liaison
American Inns of Court, Member
Orange County Chapter of ABOTA, President, 2010
Lex Romana (Italian/American Lawyers of Orange County), President 2005 - 2006
Orange County Bar Association, Chairperson of College of Trial Advocacy, 2004 - Present
Banyard Inn of Court, Board Member, 2002 - Present
Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2002
Orange County Bar Association, Board Member, 2002 - 2003, 2010 - 2011
Orange County Chapter of ABOTA, Advocate, 1998 - Present
Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
Consumer Attorneys Association of California
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles