I have over 15 years of experience litigating workers’ compensation claims in the Bay Area, both as an attorney for injured workers, and as an attorney for insurance companies, self-insured employers, and third party administrators. My experience includes litigation of claims involving catastrophic injury, death, asbestos exposure, serious and willful employer misconduct, and employer discrimination under Labor Code Section 132a.
100% of my practice is now devoted to representing injured workers.
My experience as a defense attorney has given me an understanding of how claims are routinely mismanaged by claims adjusters. Due to overwork, burnout, lack of experience, and/or a generalized animus toward injured workers, claims adjusters make serious mistakes and errors in judgment that greatly increase claim exposure. My defense experience has also shown me that there are attorneys who represent injured workers who leave money on the table or bail out of contested claims because they are either unable to issue spot or because they are driven more by self-interest and a quick settlement. I find this appalling. The insurance industry lobby is waging war on workers’ compensation benefits in California, and it is vitally important that you secure representation by an attorney who knows the law and can spot and capitalize on opportunities. This is what I do.
I will meet with you personally during your initial intake appointment. I will review the documents you’ve received in connection with your claim, answer all of your questions in detail, and give you my suggestions about how your claim should be litigated. We will agree on a plan of action before any steps are taken in your case. If you have other legal issues outside of workers’ compensation, I will be happy to refer you to attorneys in my network who handle matters concerning personal injury, wage and hour, and other employment issues.
I earned my law degree from Santa Clara University and my BS from California State University, Long Beach. I am admitted to the State Bar of California, the Oregon State Bar (inactive), and the United States District Court, Northern District of California. I’ve sat as a judge pro-tem at the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board, and have volunteered in the past with the Alameda County Bar Association.
When I’m not helping clients, I enjoy golfing, fishing and spending time with my wife and daughter. My wife and daughter don’t golf or fish, but I’m working on that.