Avi A. Burkwitz, Esq.Senior Partner

    Avi Burkwitz is an accomplished litigator who specializes in successfully leading defense teams from exhaustive pre-trial preparation through trial, resulting in favorable verdicts.  Known for devising winning strategies, Mr. Burkwitz has become a highly sought-after defense attorney.

    In his more than 15 years at Peterson · Bradford · Burkwitz, Mr. Burkwitz has led the firm’s employment litigation initiatives with particular emphasis on discrimination claims based upon sex, race, religion, national origin and pregnancy under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Fair Employment and Housing Act (DFEH). Additionally, he assists clients with Labor Commissioner claims and administrative hearings. Mr. Burkwitz also handles civil rights claims, including handling a significant amount of familial association cases arising from dependency related proceedings.

    With an impressive string of success defending individuals, employers and public entities, Mr. Burkwitz has earned a solid reputation in the law community for consistently delivering powerful and effective cases for his clients facing complicated and highly-contested claims related to employment law, civil rights law, and professional negligence. Mr. Burkwitz has been the lead counsel in approximately 20 trials in his career and has tried approximately 50 administrative hearings to conclusion. Mr. Burkwitz has also successfully argued before the California Appellate Court and 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on multiple occasions.

    Mr. Burkwitz graduated in 1995 from California State University, Northridge. He obtained his Master’s degree from San Diego State University in 1997 and his Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern School of Law in 2001. He began his legal career in 2001, litigating medical malpractice and personal injury claims. He joined Peterson & Bradford in 2004.

    In recognition of his impressive achievements and dedication, Mr. Burkwitz made partner in 2009. Mr. Burkwitz was  inducted to the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2017.