Zachary Zwerdling - Zwerdling Law Firm

Zachary Zwerdling formed The Zwerdling Law Firm On October 1, 2016

Mr. Zwerdling has decades of experience handling a wide variety of major personal injury cases and complex civil litigation.

In Hart vs. Berryman Inc., Mr. Zwerdling obtained one of the largest single plaintiff personal injury verdict in Humboldt County history.  This case arose out of an automobile accident and involved severe personal injuries. The jury awarded $9.2 million. The pre-trial offer was $10,000. This verdict gave Mr. Zwerdling national recognition as a trial lawyer and as a result he was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2002. This organization represents the top 1% of all American trial lawyers. Mr. Zwerdling is the only plaintiffs attorney north of Santa Rosa in this organization. (

Mr. Zwerdling also represented the Sund family from Eureka and obtained a significant settlement for them after Carol and Julie Sund were murdered by an unemployed maintenance man at the Cedarwood Lodge in Yosemite named Cary Stayner. This wrongful death case received national attention. Mr. Zwerdling was interviewed on “The Today Show” and was mentioned in many national news publications.

One of Mr. Zwerdling’s most significant cases has been litigation against the City of Trinidad on behalf of his client, The Tsurai Ancestral Society. This small group of Native Americans has fought the City of Trinidad for over a hundred years to obtain control of their sacred village and burial sites on the bluffs above Trinidad. After six years of litigation, an agreement is close that will finally return the property back to the Tsurai and the Yurok Tribe. Mr. Zwerdling donated hundreds of hours of pro bono time to this case.

Mr. Zwerdling is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He is also rated “10” on These are the highest peer review ratings for attorneys that these organizations give. There are very few personal injury attorneys in Humboldt County with ratings this high from these two organizations. (

Mr. Zwerdling has been inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL). This is the nation’s premier trial lawyer organization. Membership is my invitation only and is limited to the top 1% of the nation’s trial lawyers.

Mr. Zwerdling has been inducted into the San Francisco Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Membership in this organization is limited to the top 5% trial lawyers in Northern California. There is only one other non-retired plaintiffs attorney in Eureka with this honor. (


Heidi Holmquist Wells joined The Zwerdling Law Firm, LLP On September 18, 2017

As a former Public Defender, Heidi Holmquist Wells has taken on some of the county’s toughest cases with a smile. She knows that hard work and dedication to her clients is the way to success in the courtroom.

Heidi Holmquist Wells is a local attorney who has been winning cases in Humboldt County since 2010. Whether it is a simple DUI where the client just wants the fairest deal possible, to a murder case with complex litigation issues, Heidi always treats her cases and clients with the highest level of care and diligence. Her trial experience and love for the law are perfect precursors to her new partnership at The Zwerdling Law Firm, LLP where she will seek justice not only for those accused of crimes, but for those injured by forces out of their control. She loves Humboldt County, with all its quirkiness and beauty, and looks forward to assisting its citizens in their times of need.