As a former tennis professional, Zev Weinstein came to the realization that his talents could be better served through a different court — the court of law. Successful athletes devise winning strategies under pressure. This prepared him well for the competitive nature of litigation and the challenging issues that can often arise unexpectedly in legal cases.
Following his athletic career, Zev attended Loyola Law School, where he participated as a Scott Moot Court competitor, graduating in the top 15 percent of his class in 2007. His affinity for hard work and attention to detail led him to gain valuable experience at one of West Los Angeles’ most well-known boutique firms, Tesser, Ruttenberg & Grossman, LLP. Here, he was instrumental in obtaining numerous high-value settlements for his clients.
Zev later left Tesser Ruttenberg to start his own law firm, the Law Offices of Zev Weinstein, in 2009. During this time, Zev was able to take on increasingly complex cases that other law firms declined and build personal relationships with his clients.
In 2014, Zev partnered with friend and colleague Michael Schwimer. Recognizing shared values of integrity, diligence and perfectionism, the two lifelong friends formed Schwimer Weinstein to serve their hometown of Santa Monica.
A Passion For Law
Zev’s passion for the law started at a young age.
In 1992, Zev’s family home was lost in an earthquake. He learned how hard it is for families to be displaced from their homes. Then, in 1995, Zev’s father was injured in an auto accident and suffered a back injury that impacted his ability to work.
Both of these early experiences introduced Zev to legal concepts such as liability, damages and restitution, and greatly influenced his decision to pursue a career in the law. He has since dedicated his practice to helping individuals and families enforce their rights against large corporate insurance companies, property management companies and other powerful entities standing in the way of justice.
A Top Advocate
In 2015, Zev was named to the inaugural list of Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys Under 40 in Southern California by Super Lawyers. He’s been honored as a Rising Star personal injury attorney by Super Lawyers from 2013 through 2019, and was named to the Super Lawyers Top 100 Personal Injury Attorneys in Southern California in 2020.
Zev is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum for the top trial attorneys in America, achieving results of over $1 million, and was named a Top 10 Personal Injury Attorney by the National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys.
Zev is a former trustee of the Santa Monica Bar Association and active member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles. He also holds a real estate brokers license, which proves useful in his analysis and management of real estate cases.
Zev is a lifelong resident of Santa Monica and is passionate about serving its community members in and out of the courtroom. Over the years, he has built a strong reputation as a fierce advocate, and he continues to apply his experience and knowledge to help clients achieve successful outcomes.
- Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, minor in World Literature, University of California at San Diego, 2001
- Loyola Law School, Juris Doctorate, 2007
- Top 15% of Graduating Class (3.78 GPA)
- California State Bar, 2007
- United States District Court, Central District of California, 2008
- California Real Estate Broker License, 2009
- United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2015
- Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2013–2019
- Top 100 Super Lawyers Rising Stars in Southern California, 2015–2019
- Super Lawyers 2020
- Top 10 Personal Injury Lawyers Under 40 in Southern California, National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Top Trial Lawyers in America