Mary Lee Caruso, Esq.


Ms. Mary Caruso is a distinguished Partner at the Wilshire Law Firm with more than 24 years of experience in the field of Civil Litigation, specializing in personal injury cases. Her unwavering dedication to seeking justice for individuals who have suffered harm due to the negligence of others has earned her widespread recognition and numerous awards. 

Mary earned her law degree from the esteemed Abraham Lincoln University Law School in Glendale in the state of California. Prior to her legal career, she spent three decades in management roles in the corporate world in human resources and accounting. During this time, she witnessed injured workers being denied proper care and treatment, and in many cases, facing retaliation for their claims. Her experience as a “whistleblower” instilled a profound desire to stand up for those who lacked a voice and needed someone to fight for their rights, resulting in her transition into the legal world. 

As a highly regarded attorney, Ms. Caruso’s practice encompasses a broad spectrum of Civil Litigation matters, particularly focusing on personal injury cases. Her areas of expertise include catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, motor vehicle collisions, automobile v. pedestrian accidents, premises liability, elder abuse, sexual abuse, and employment law. Ms. Caruso is admitted to practice law in California Superior Courts, and in the California Central District Court and California Eastern District Court. 

Ms. Caruso’s remarkable track record and commitment to excellence have earned her recognition from esteemed legal associations. She is a proud member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), Consumer Attorneys of California (CAOC), American Association for Justice (AAJ), Society of Women Trial Lawyers, Orange County Trial Lawyers Association (OCTLA), and National Trial Lawyers Top 100. Additionally, she is part of the esteemed Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a prestigious organization reserved for attorneys who have obtained million and multi-million-dollar verdicts or settlements for their clients.  

Among her notable accomplishments, Ms. Caruso has been named a Super Lawyer Rising Star each consecutive year from 2016 through 2022.  Ms. Caruso was named the “2021 Rising Star of the Year” by the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA), with only one recipient per year, solidifying her reputation in the legal community. 

For Ms. Caruso, representing injured individuals is not merely a job; it is a true passion. Her journey from corporate management to the legal field has been fueled by a deep-seated desire to advocate for those in need and to ensure they receive the justice they deserve. Ms. Caruso draws inspiration from the wisdom of Mahatma Gandhi, who said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” This quote exemplifies her dedication to serving her clients and fighting for their rights tirelessly. In the face of challenges, both personally and for her clients, she turns to the words of Maya Angelou, “I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.” This unwavering resilience and determination define her approach to her practice and life and have resulted in her recovering more than $110 million to date for her clients. 

Beyond her legal pursuits, Ms. Caruso enjoys expressing her creativity through stained glass artistry and theater arts. These hobbies serve as a source of inspiration and balance in her life. Ms. Caruso is an Honorary Board Member of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Charities (LATLC), demonstrating her commitment to making a positive impact in her community. 

 Some of Ms. Caruso’s notable results include:  

  • $12,500,000 – Premises Liability  
  • $  7,445,000 Dangerous Condition 
  • $  4,750,000 – Automobile v. Pedestrian 
  • $  4,750,000 – Sexual Harassment 
  • $  2,500,000 – Automobile Collision 
  • $  2,036,000 – Automobile v. Pedestrian 
  • $  1,750,000 – Premises Liability 
  • $  1,700,000 – Automobile Collision 
  • $  1,500,000 – Automobile Collision 
  • $  1,500,000 – Automobile Collision 
  • $  1,395,000 – Premises Liability 
  • $  1,250,000 – Automobile Collision 
  • $  1,100,000 – Automobile v. Pedestrian 
  • $  1,000,000 Sexual Harassment & Wrongful Termination 
  • $  1,000,000 – Automobile Collision 
  • $  1,000,000 – Automobile Collision Rideshare 
  • $  1,000,000 – Automobile Collision 
  • $  1,000,000 – Automobile Collision Rideshare 
  • $   972,500 – Automobile Collision Rideshare 
  • $   950,000 – Automobile Collision Rideshare 


Speaking Engagements: 

 Ms. Caruso has spoken at numerous legal conferences, trial colleges, and seminars on such subjects as Minor’s Compromise Petitions, Guardian ad Litems, automobile v. pedestrian/dart-out accidents, premises liability cases, sexual abuse cases, mediations, responding to discovery, how to properly work up your case, direct examination, traumatic brain injury, and jury selection. 

 As a Partner with a strong foundation in the corporate world, Ms. Mary Lee Caruso brings a unique perspective and unwavering dedication to her legal practice. Her passion for serving others, combined with her exceptional skills in Civil Litigation, have earned her the respect and admiration of her peers, clients, and the legal community at large. Through her work, she continues to uphold the values of justice and compassion, leaving a lasting impact on the lives of those she represents.