1 The full-service litigation firm of Tobin Lucks is uniquely qualified to provide quality legal service to the insurance and employer communities. Today we serve Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Kern, Fresno, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties with expert litigation representation and support services, case management, and educational training seminars. Workers Compensation Defense Certified Specialists, Workers Compensation Law Workers Compensation Fraud Representing Employers in Labor Code 132a Discrimination and Serious and Willful Misconduct Claims Insurance Coverage Issues Appellate Practice Employment / Labor Law Americans with Disabilities Act Employee Handbooks Grievance Procedures Wage & Hour Law Family Leave Act Representation Before State & Federal Agencies Civil Litigation Employer Practices Insurance Defense Wrongful Termination Claims of Harassment/Discrimination (Sex, Gender, Age, Race) Subrogation General Liability Defense General Employment-Related Litigation (Defamation, Privacy, Interference with Contract) Insurance Bad Faith
2 SERVICES Review of Personnel Policies and Procedures Employee Handbooks Personnel Records and Forms Management Practices at All Levels Compliance with Equal Pay and Employment Objectives COUNSEL Employment Law Recruitment and Hiring Compensation and Payroll Practices Leaves of Absence Employee Performance, Discipline, and Grievance Employment Discrimination Drug Testing Negligent Hiring, Supervision, Retention, and Training Wrongful Termination Employee Rights Continuation of Medical Benefits (e.g., COBRA) Workers Compensation Injury Reporting Requirements Claims and Fraud Investigation Labor Code Section 132a Serious and Willful Misconduct Defense of Questionable Claims Civil Ligitation Employer Practices Insurance Defense General Liability Employers Liability (Discrimination) Subrogation Insurance Bad Faith
3 CONTACT US Los Angeles County Victory Boulevard Third Floor Woodland Hills, CA (818) FAX: (818) Orange County 1 MacArthur Place Suite 700 Santa Ana, CA (949) FAX: (949) San Diego 610 W. Ash Street Suite 801 San Diego, CA (619) FAX: (619) Ventura County 6785 Hollister Avenue Goleta, CA (805) FAX: (805) Inland Empire 801 Corporate Center Drive Suite 202 Pomona, CA (951) FAX: (951) Fresno 1233 W. Shaw Avenue Suite 103 Fresno, CA (559) FAX: (559) Los Angeles Santa Barbara Orange San Diego Inland Empire Fresno
4 PARTNERS OF THE FIRM Donald P. Tobin Mr. Tobin is a founding partner and managing shareholder of Tobin Lucks. After earning his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law, Mr. Tobin served as House Counsel and Assistant Vice President for Republic Indemnity Company of America from 1963 to He spent the next eight years as a partner in a private Workers Compensation defense firm and co-founded Tobin Lucks in Mr. Tobin, a Certified Specialist in Workers Compensation Law, has served on the Executive Committee of the Workers Compensation Section of The Los Angeles County Bar Association and belongs to the American Bar Association. Mr. Tobin is also a member of the California and Washington, D.C. Bar. Irvin L. Lucks Mr. Lucks, a founding partner of Tobin Lucks in 1982, earned his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has over 37 years of trial experience representing employers and insurance companies in the areas of workers compensation, employer practices, Human Resources issues, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Mr. Lucks has lectured widely to employers and insurance companies regarding the interplay of workers compensation, employer practices, and ADA issues. He is a certified Specialist in Workers Compensation Law, a member of the Workers Compensation Defense Attorneys Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Workers Compensation Section of the California State Bar. Edwin J. Lucks Mr. Lucks received his Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law in He has managed the firm's Civil Litigation Department since Mr. Lucks specializes in representing management in all areas of employment litigation and counseling including employment discrimination and harassment claims, and wrongful termination litigation. Mr. Lucks practice includes providing mediation services to the legal community as a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel of the Los Angeles Superior Court, through which he has mediated numerous cases throughout Southern California. He received his mediation training from the Straus Institute For Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University and the California Academy of Mediation Professionals. Mr. Lucks is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute and the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel. Frank Christine, III Mr. Christine is a Cum Laude graduate of UCLA and received his Juris Doctor degree from UCLA School of Law in A Deputy District Attorney with the Ventura County District Attorney s office from 1981 to 1987, Mr. Christine handled hundreds of non-jury and jury trials in Municipal, Traffic and Juvenile Courts, and successfully prosecuted eight felony jury trials with a 100% conviction rate. He joined the firm in 1987 and became a Certified Specialist in Workers Compensation Law in Mr. Christine has spoken to a number of groups and organizations on Workers Compensation Law and is a member of the American Bar Association, Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Langston Bar Association.
5 PARTNERS OF THE FIRM Nathan G. Halprin Nate Halprin joined Tobin Lucks in 1992 after serving five years as the senior workers' compensation attorney in the Los Angeles office of a national management-side labor and employment law firm. Mr. Halprin has served as Judge Pro Tempore of the Los Angeles Municipal and Superior Courts and the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board. In addition to 29 years litigation experience in all aspects of workers' compensation litigation, Mr. Halprin is litigation qualified in employment related civil matters. He has participated as lead counsel in complex jury litigation in both municipal and superior courts of the State of California. Mr. Halprin has lectured nationally and locally at human resource and risk management seminars on labor and employment-related subjects. He is a member of the California Bar, Colorado Bar and Federal Bar. Mr. Halprin is currently the managing shareholder of the Tobin Lucks Irvine office, and a certified specialist in worker s compensation law. John Lamoutte John Lamoutte joined Tobin Lucks as an associate in 1994 and is currently the managing shareholder of our Santa Barbara County office. Mr. Lamoutte represents insurance carriers and self insured employers in the defense of workers' compensation claims. This includes the defense of Labor Code Section 132a petitions, as well as serious and willful misconduct claims. Prior to joining Tobin Lucks, Mr. Lamoutte acquired extensive experience as an applicant's attorney before the WCAB. He also represented plaintiffs in the civil courts. Robert C. Tobin Mr. Tobin joined Tobin Lucks as an associate in 1995 and is currently the managing shareholder of the San Diego office. Mr. Tobin has defended all aspects of workers compensation claims since 1986, including Labor Code 132a, Serious & Willful Misconduct, Asbestosis, fraud and uninsured employers. Mr. Tobin was Claims Examiner, Senior Examiner, Longshore & Harbor Examiner, and Reinsurance Examiner at major workers compensation carriers from 1986 through 1992, holding certificates in claims from the I.E.A. and the W.C.C.A. After graduating from law school in 1991, Mr. Tobin was House Counsel for Republic Indemnity Company of America from 1992 through 1995, handling all aspects of the defense of workers compensation claims including extensive litigation of asbestosis claims. Mr. Tobin is an active member of the San Diego Workers Compensation Forum and the San Diego County Bar Association. As a Certified Specialist in workers compensation law, Mr. Tobin lectures throughout the State on workers compensation issues including Labor Code 132a, Serious & Willful Misconduct and fraud. John F. Salisbury John Salisbury joined the firm in Mr. Salisbury specializes in representing employers in all areas of employment litigation and counseling, including employment discrimination, harassment claims, wrongful termination, wage and hour claims, workers compensation and insurance coverage disputes. Mr. Salisbury also represents insurers in insurance coverage disputes, bad faith litigation, workers compensation claims, and subrogation suits. He is a member of both the California and Illinois Bars, and is admitted to practice in the United States Central District Court and the United States Supreme Court. He has extensive Appellate experience, and is responsible for a number of published Court of Appeals decisions. He is the author of the Tobin Lucks manual on workers compensation subrogation.
6 PARTNERS OF THE FIRM Benjamin R. Herschbein Benjamin Herschbein joined Tobin Lucks in April of Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Herschbein was in private practice handling all aspects of workers' compensation and personal injury cases, including trials, appeals, serious and willful misconduct, and discrimination claims before the WCAB and Municipal and Superior Courts. Mr. Herschbein has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pepperdine University, School of Law since 1981, where he is presently teaching Workers' Compensation Law. He has also taught classes in Lawyering Skills and Trial Preparation and Settlement. Jeannine Arce Jeannine Arce joined Tobin Lucks as an associate in Ms. Arce represents insurance carriers and selfinsured employers in all phases of the defense of workers' compensation claims, including serious and willful misconduct actions, and Labor code Section 132a claims, and is a certified specialist. Alan J. Beardsley Mr. Beardsley was admitted to the California Bar in 1981, after graduation from New York University School of Law. He specializes in civil litigation and workers compensation defense, including such employment and labor related matters as wrongful terminations, workplace drug testing, ERISA, and sex, age and race discrimination. He has both trial and appellate experience with wrongful termination cases, as well as for a variety of other civil matters, and has defended against filings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. He is also an experienced practitioner before the Workers Compensation Appeals Board, defending employers and insurance companies with respect to both regular issues and in defense of section 132a and serious and willful claims. Given his civil background, Mr. Beardsley has also handled numerous workers compensation subrogation cases. Sean V. Rivera Sean Rivera joined Tobin Lucks in June of Mr. Rivera started in the field of workers compensation in 1989 as a claims examiner until 1994 when he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of La Verne. From 1994 to 1998 he worked as an in-house counsel for a major carrier handling all aspects of the defense of workers compensation claims. Mr. Rivera has continued to practice in all phases of defense workers compensation claims including serious and willful misconduct actions, and labor code section 132a claims. Mr. Rivera is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Mr. Rivera is as a board certified legal specialist in workers compensation law. Therese M. Walsh Ms. Walsh joined Tobin Lucks in July of In addition to her previous experience as a defense attorney, she has ten years of experience in the field of workers compensation as a claims examiner. Therese Walsh is a graduate of Southwestern University School of Law. She received B.A. degrees in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Southern California. Ms. Walsh is a board certified legal specialist in workers' compensation law. Jesse R. Perez Jesse Perez joined Tobin Lucks in He has practiced law since 1988 with an emphasis in workers compensation and civil liability. He has represented private enterprises as well as public and governmental agencies in all aspects of workers compensation matters.
7 PARTNERS OF THE FIRM Brian T. Riley Mr. Riley received his Juris Doctorate at Whittier Law School in 2000, where he was a Dean's Scholarship Recipient as well as a member of the Trial Advocacy Board. Mr. Riley also holds a Bachelor of Science, Business Administration from the University of Delaware. Prior to Mr. Riley's admission to the State Bar, he was employed as a hearing representative as well as a claims examiner for several major insurance companies. Mr. Riley is a Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation Law. Gregory J. Cameron Mr. Cameron received his Juris Doctor Degree from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. He works out of the Santa Barbara office and is local to the central coast region, having received his undergraduate degree from UC Santa Barbara. Mr. Cameron has been representing insurance carriers, self-insured employers and third-party administrators since This includes all aspects of defending Workers Compensation claims including the defense of 132a discrimination claims and allegations of serious and willful misconduct. Mr. Cameron is a certified specialist in workers compensation law. Cindy S. Pearson Ms. Pearson joined Tobin Lucks as an associate in 2002, with a concentration on the defense of workers compensation claims. Ms. Pearson is a member of the State Bar of California. Brent E. Levine Brent E. Levine completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, receiving a BA degree in Law and Society in While attending UCSB, Mr. Levine also became an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), working as physician's assistant for two years. Thereafter, he was admitted to California Western School of Law with first year recruiting scholarship. He received his juris doctorate degree in June of 2001 and was admitted to the California Bar in December of the same year. Mr. Levine joined Tobin Lucks in 2004 primarily defending insureds and self-insured in workers' compensation matters. He is a member of the Ventura County Bar Associations as well as the State Bar. Mr. Levine is a Certified Specialist in workers compensation law. Steven M. Rosenfeld Steven Rosenfeld joined Tobin Lucks as an associate in He earned his BA in Psychology from UC Santa Barbara and graduated Cum Laude in 1999 from Loyola of Los Angeles Law School, where he was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award for Trial Advocacy. He was admitted to practice in California in Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Rosenfeld was in private practice representing plaintiffs and defendants in civil and criminal cases, and Applicants in Workers Compensation. Mr. Rosenfeld is a Certified Specialist in workers compensation law.
8 PARTNERS OF THE FIRM Mark S. Tobin Mark Tobin practices in our Los Angeles office. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Tobin had a successful high volume solo practice for 24 years. His practice was limited to personal injury and workers compensation law. He earned his BA degree in English from California State University Northridge and his juris doctor degree from the University of San Fernando College of Law. Mr. Tobin has had extensive trial, arbitration and mediation experience at the Workers Compensation Appeals Board and Superior Courts and has previously lectured on the psychological injury aspects of workers compensation law to the medical community. Sarah M. Flynn Ms. Flynn received her Bachelor of Science in Law while concurrently obtaining her Juris Doctorate Degree from Southern California Institute of Law school. While attending law school, Ms. Flynn was granted an internship with the Santa Barbara Public Defender's Office. Ms. Flynn researched and drafted motions with the SBPD's office in reference to serious felonies, three strikes law and capital punishment crimes. Ms. Flynn was admitted to practice law in the State of California in June of She practiced in the general civil spectrum of the legal field until she joined Tobin Lucks in Ms. Flynn is certified by the State Bar of California as a Certified Specialist in Workers Compensation Law. She currently practices in our Central Coast office. Mark G. Stephens Mr. Stephens received his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles in He began working for Tobin Lucks as a calendar clerk in the Santa Barbara office shortly after graduating from Westmont College in 2001 with a B.S. in Psychology. He has continued to work with Tobin Lucks throughout his law school career, with the exception of the time he spent at Fordham Law School in New York City. Mr. Stephens has passed both the New York and California Bar exams, and is currently working out of the Woodland Hills office. Karmen K. Moseley Karmen Moseley joined Tobin Lucks San Diego office as an associate attorney in July Ms. Moseley has studied law at Tulane Law School, Madgelen College Oxford, and received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. Ms. Moseley s practice has focused on workers compensation defense since her admission to the California State Bar and the U.S. District Court in December She has also practiced in the areas of insurance coverage, bad faith defense and employment law.
9 PARTNERS ASSOCIATES OF TH FIRM Timothy S. Tobin Timothy Tobin joined Tobin Lucks as an associate in Previously he worked as an applicant s attorney handling cases before the WCAB. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Tobin was an investigator for several private firms for over ten years, most recently specializing in workers compensation fraud cases. He also investigated construction site accidents, reconstructed accident scenes and evaluated potential subrogation. His professional career began as a workers compensation claims examiner for three years. He holds certificates of outstanding achievement from his law school for courses in remedies and criminal procedure. He holds certificates for I.E.A. and W.C.C.A. Mr. Tobin is an active member of the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley Bar Associations. Mr. Tobin is certified by the State Bar of California as a Workers Compensation Specialist. Brent E. Smith Brent Smith joined Tobin Lucks as an associate in He received his B.A. degree from the University of Arizona and his Juris Doctor from Whittier College School of Law. While at Whittier, he was an active member of the Trial Advocacy Honors Board and participated in Moot Court. Prior to joining the firm, he was employed as a Senior Medical Consultant for Pfizer/Pharmacia from He was admitted to the California State Bar in February Christopher A. Ball Christopher Ball joined Tobin Lucks as an associate in He received his Juris Doctor Degree from Western State University College of Law. Mr. Ball is a graduate of Long Beach State University earning a B.S. in Business Administration. Prior to joining Tobin Lucks, Mr. Ball was an associate for a larger workers compensation firm in Ontario. He is a certified specialist in workers compensation and a published author on workers compensation law. Roy Tan-Sanchez Roy Tan-Sanchez joined Tobin Lucks as an associate in He started in the field of Workers Compensation as a claims examiner in He was admitted to the California Bar in 1994 and immediately joined the legal department of a major defense firm as a staff counsel. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at Southwestern University and Bachelor of Law at San Beda College, in the Philippines. He was a member of the Philippine Bar and specialized in Corporate and Labor Laws. Mr. Tan-Sanchez is a member of the San Fernando Bar Association.
10 PARTNERS ASSOCIATES OF TH FIRM Debra M. Shackelford Debra Shackelford joined Tobin Lucks as an associate in the Woodland Hills office in Ms. Shackelford earned her Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern University School of Law where she holds a certificate of outstanding achievement in Federal Corporate Taxation. She has a B.A. in economics from California State University Northridge where she graduated with honors. While attending law school, Ms. Shackelford practiced as a law clerk for the Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service. Joseph P. Flanagan Mr. Flanagan joined the Irvine office of Tobin Lucks in July of He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California School of Law in 1978 and his B.A. degree from USC in From 1993 to 2005, Mr. Flanagan served as Managing Attorney for the large reputable company. Prior to that he was a partner in a private workers' compensation defense firm in Santa Ana. He is a Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation Law and was named a Superlawyer in the February 2005 issue of Los Angeles Magazine. Leigh J. Bove Leigh Bove joined Tobin Lucks in September Ms. Bove received her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University in New Jersey in Ms. Bove is admitted to the California, Pennsylvania and New Jersey State Bars. Her practice focuses on the defense of workers compensation claims. She also has a significant amount of experience with workers' compensation subrogation matters. Ms. Bove has been employed as an in-house attorney for a workers compensation insurance carrier and was also in private practice with a law firm specializing in workers compensation defense prior to joining Tobin Lucks. Craig H. Richlin Craig Richlin joined the firm's Los Angeles office in April Since graduating from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1978, Mr. Richlin has practiced all aspects of Workers' Compensation and Personal Injury law. He has been involved in private practice as a founding member of Richlin and Theofanis, wherein he represented employers and self-insureds before the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board. For ten years prior to his employment with Tobin Lucks, Mr. Richlin represented applicants before the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board while in sole practice. Mr. Richlin has been a Judge Pro Tem before the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board and has held memberships in both the California Applicant Attorneys Association and Workers' Compensation Defense Attorneys Association. Karisa K. McNamara Karisa McNamara practices in the firm's San Diego office. Ms. McNamara received her juris doctorate degree from the University of Southern California Law School. Prior to joining the firm Ms. McNamara worked as a deputy district attorney for Merced and Fresno Counties. Additionally Ms. McNamara spent several years working for a private firm doing workers' compensation defense. Ms. McNamara has been a member of the California State Bar since 1999.
11 PARTNERS ASSOCIATES OF TH FIRM Deborah T. Czech Deborah Czech joined Tobin Lucks as an associate in December, Her Bachelor of Arts degree was earned at Monmouth College and her Juris Doctor was earned at Western State University. Ms. Czech has been practicing Law since 1979, with an emphasis on workers' compensation defense. In a private and inhouse capacity, she has represented insurance carriers, self-insured employers and administrators, including school and transit districts. She is a member of the American Bar Association. In 2003 Ms. Czech was presented with an opportunity to focus her practice on a single client. After doing so for about 7 years, she was welcomed back into the diversified practice presented at Tobin Lucks. Jessica K. Muto Ms. Muto graduated from Loyola Law School in Prior to joining our Los Angeles office in 2010, she served as a Law Clerk at the Los Angeles County Superior Court in the Civil Division. Ms. Muto has been admitted to practice law in California and Illinois. Jessica J. Jorgenson Ms. Jorgenson received her B.A. from Pepperdine University, her M.B.A. from University of California, Irvine and her Juris Doctorate from University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. Ms. Jorgenson worked for the Department of Personnel Administrations, the Attorney General s Office Employment Division, and the Public Employment Relations Board before joining the firm in August, Timothy M. Wojcik Mr. Wojcik earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami in Prior to this, he attended the University of California, Irvine where he graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Ecology. Mr. Wojcik began working for Tobin Lucks in 2008 as a law clerk in our Woodland Hills office. He began working as an attorney in our Santa Barbara office in Mr. Wojcik was admitted to the State Bar of California in December, Carolyn M. Lopez Carolyn Lopez joined the firm as an associate in January, Ms. Lopez graduated Magna Cum Laude from Whittier Law School in 2010, where she was a Dean s Merit Scholarship recipient, and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Whittier Journal of Child and Family Advocacy. She was admitted to practice in California in Ms. Lopez also holds a Bachelor s degree in mass communications from the University of South Florida.
12 PARTNERS ASSOCIATES OF TH FIRM Neil Vanderwoude Neil Mr. Vanderwoude earned his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara where he double majored in Philosophy and Religious Studies. During his undergraduate career Mr. Vanderwoude worked as a file clerk in the Central Coast office and after graduation as the calendar clerk. He earned his Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School where he served as a Lead Articles Editor for the Law Review. Mr. Vanderwoude joined Tobin Lucks in 2011, and practices in our Central Coast office. Yunna Mirolyan Ms. Mirolyan earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of La Verne College of Law. While attending law school, Ms. Mirolyan clerked for a large firm. She attended the University of California, Irvine where she graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Art degree in Criminology, Psychology and Social Behavior. Ms. Mirolyan joined the firm as an associate in August, 2011, and is currently working in our Woodland Hills office. Susan E. Price Ms. Price joined the firm in 2011 and practices in our Inland Empire office. She received her B.A. from Drew University in Madison, NJ, and her Juris Doctorate from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Ms. Price has defended employers and insurance carriers in all phases of workers' compensation litigation since She has been employed as in-house counsel for a national insurance carrier, handling workers' compensation claims, and in private practice with firms specializing in workers' compensation defense. Prior to her workers' compensation practice, Ms. Price defended insurance carriers in general civil litigation matters. David A. Lee David Lee earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Pitzer College and his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine School of Law where he graduated Cum Laude. While at Pepperdine, he received the CALI Award for excellent achievement in the study of Workers Compensation law. During law school, Mr. Lee began working at Tobin Lucks as a law clerk. Mr. Lee joined the firm as an associate in 2011, and is currently practicing in our Los Angeles office Sireen Sawaf Sireen Sawaf joined the firm in January, Ms. Sawaf graduated from the University of California Los Angeles School of Law in 2010, where she was the Editor-in-Chief ( ) and Co-Editor-in-Chief ( ) of the Journal of Islamic and Near Eastern Law. She was admitted to the California Bar in June, 2011 and works from our Inland Empire office.
13 PARTNERS ASSOCIATES OF TH FIRM Bruce M. Toomer Mr. Toomer received his Juris Doctor degree from Whittier Law School, and his undergraduate degree from Occidental College. He joined the firm in July 2012 after 15 years as a Superior Court Referee. Mr. Toomer has extensive litigation experience including over 30 jury trials, and 12 years of handling workers compensation cases. Edgar H. Sevilla Edgar H. Sevilla, III practices in the firm s San Diego office. He is a native San Diegan. Mr. Sevilla studied at University of California Berkeley before graduating from Arizona State University College of Law. He was admitted to the California Bar in Mr. Sevilla s practice focuses on the defense of all aspects of workers compensation claims. Mr. Sevilla has worked for a large workers compensation insurance carrier and was in private practice prior to joining the firm. John A. Marlo III John A. Marlo III ( Jock ) joined Tobin Lucks Orange County office in Mr. Marlo received his Bachelor of Science degree in Real Estate Finance from the University of Southern California, and his Juris Doctorate from Western State University. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1994, and practiced civil litigation in Orange County representing automotive and related manufacturers and businesses. Mr. Marlo s practice includes representing employers and insurers in all phases of litigation. Erica M. Singerman Ms. Singerman earned her Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law, and was admitted to practice in She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Business-Economics from UCLA in Prior to joining Tobin Lucks, Ms. Singerman specialized in civil litigation, including insurance coverage, business litigation, and product liability. Meghan E. O Kane Ms. O Kane received her Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. During law school, she was a member of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal and mock trial board, represented indigent defendants as part of the DC Law Students in Court Clinical Program, and was a recipient of the George Washington University Law School and Murray Snyder Scholarship. In 2006, Ms. O Kane received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from MIT, where she lettered in three varsity sports. Upon graduation, Ms. O Kane completed a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health. While there, she performed research as a part of the National Institute of Diabetes Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and was published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Before joining Tobin Lucks Los Angeles office, Ms O Kane was the legislative counsel for a technology startup company in Washington, DC.
14 PARTNERS ASSOCIATES OF TH FIRM Desiree M. Omli Ms. Omli earned her Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law, where she graduated cum laude, and received three Academic Achievement Awards in Trial Skills, Evidence Advocacy, and Legal Research and Writing. During law school, she was a member of the moot court trial team, recipient of the Distinguished Advocate Award, and worked as a certified law clerk in a large criminal defense firm. Originally from Seattle, she received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington. Ms. Omli was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2012, and joined the firm s Los Angeles office in Timothy W. Kelly Timothy Kelly attended the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor with a Certificate in Advocacy in While in law school, he worked as a certified law student for the Federal Public Defender and the Public Defender s Office, earning him a Superior Commitment Commendation for Public Service. Prior to attending law school, he received his B.A. from Bob Jones University. Before joining our Fresno Office, Mr. Kelly practiced in the areas of personal injury, family law, and immigration. Joel E. Gross Mr. Gross is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law. He received a B.A. in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as a Deputy City Attorney for the Los Angeles City Attorney s Office, where he prosecuted criminal misdemeanor jury trials. He also has civil litigation experience. Mr. Gross is a member of the State Bar of California. Megan K. Pionkowski Ms. Pionkowski received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Central Florida in 2005 and her Juris Doctorate from Whittier Law School in 2009, where she was a Dean s Merit Scholarship recipient. Prior to joining our Orange County office, Ms. Pionkowski had a private practice focusing on intellectual property and business transaction matters. David Jones David Jones practices in the firm s Santa Barbara office. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Western State University College of Law in 1991 and has practiced workers compensation defense exclusively throughout his career. He has extensive trial experience, and has handled cases for insured, self-insured, and government entities.
15 PARTNERS ASSOCIATES OF TH FIRM Nir Asseraf Mr. Asseraf is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in History. Thereafter, he attended Southwestern Law School and received his Juris Doctor degree. While at Southwestern, he received Public Service recognition, and he served as a member of the Student Body Association and the Jewish Law Students Association. During law school, Mr. Asseraf was an intern at the Los Angeles District Attorney s Office, where he clerked at the Hardcore Gang Division and the Preliminary Hearing Unit. Mr. Asseraf joined the firm s Los Angeles office in July He is an active member of Southwestern Law School s Nickel Club alumni organization. He is also a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Beverly Hills Bar Association. Mr. Asseraf is admitted to practice in California and the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Sam D. Dardashti Mr. Dardashti attended the University of California Los Angeles, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History. Subsequently, Mr. Dardashti s passion for the law and interest in the art of negotiation and debate naturally led him to Pepperdine University School of Law, where he received a Juris Doctor Degree, as well as a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the renowned Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution. Prior to joining Tobin Lucks, Mr. Dardashti clerked for the Los Angeles City Attorney s Office Family Violence Unit, and practiced civil litigation with a focus on the area of personal injury. Jimmy Cabral Mr. Cabral obtained his law degree from Western State University College of Law in 2012, and his undergraduate degree in Finance from the University of Massachusetts in During law school, Mr. Cabral completed internships with the Los Angeles District Attorney s Major Crimes Unit, and the Army National Guard Judge Advocate General. Mr. Cabral was an active member of the Western State University community. He served as an officer of the Latino Student Bar Association, a member of the Business Law Association, and we appointed as the Diversity Chair for Western State University s Student Body Association. He was an active member of both the Orange County Bar Association, and the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association of Orange. He is admitted to practice in California, and in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. Diana D. Cunningham Ms. Cunningham joined the firm in 2007 as Don Tobin's paralegal. While working full time, she obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of West Los Angeles-School of Law where she was on the Dean's List and received academic achievement awards. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business Management from BYU-Hawaii, and graduated Cum Laude. Ms. Cunningham has been trained in the handling of workers' compensation matters since joining the firm in She is currently practicing in our Los Angeles office.
16 PARTNERS ASSOCIATES OF TH FIRM Janine G. Reiser Janine Reiser joined the firm s Orange County office as an associate attorney in She received her Juris Doctorate from New England Law in Boston, Massachusetts, and was admitted to the California Bar in Mrs. Reiser holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton. Prior to joining the firm, she specialized in real estate litigation, representing financial institutions and loan services. Dat G. Pham Mr. Pham earned his Juris Doctor From California Western School of Law, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, and received three Academic Achievement Awards. During law school, he worked as a Certified Legal Intern at the San Diego City Attorney s Office. Mr. Pham earned his Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2012, and joined the firm s Los Angeles office in Blake A. Porter Mr. Porter received his B.A. degree in American History from Boston University in He received his J.D. from California Western School of Law in 2010, where he was a member of the Dean's List. Blake is admitted to practice in California and in the U.S. District Court, Central District. Prior to joining the firm, he had a private civil litigation practice which focused on personal injury and employment litigation. Miles A. Holm Mr. Holm obtained his law degree from Western State College of Law in 2013, and his undergraduate degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from Fresno State in He is an active member of the Orange County Bar Association, and is admitted to practice in California. Jonathan E. Miller Mr. Miller received his law degree from the University of California-Davis, King Hall School of Law, and was admitted to the California Bar in During law school he was an editor for the Journal of International Law and Policy, in addition to being a member of the National Trials Honor Board. Prior to this, he attended Westmont College, where he graduated in 2004 with a B.A. in Economics and Business. Prior to joining the firm in March, 2014, Mr. Miller worked for a municipal litigation firm, where he litigated municipal, employment, and contract matters in state and federal court. Natalie Djabourian Natalie Djabourian joined the firm's Inland Empire office as an associate in She received a Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School, a Master of Arts degree in English from California State University at Los Angeles, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Philosophy from the University of California at Irvine. During law school, Ms. Djabourian was a Certified Law Clerk for the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office, and a Law Clerk at a large insurance defense firm. Ms. Djabourian is admitted to practice in California, and before the United States District Court in California.