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TOBIN · LUCKS

Who We Are

Established in 1982, the full-service firm of Tobin · Lucks provides legal services to the insurance and employer communities, with an emphasis in workers’ compensation, labor and employment counseling and litigation, and related areas of civil litigation.

Why Choose Us?

Today we serve Fresno, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties with a growing staff of 66 attorneys and more than 100 support personnel. We also provide educational training seminars for our clients.

A Few Facts about our Company

of our 66 attorneys are Certified Specialists in Workers' Compensation Law

Support Staff ... many who have been with us a decade or longer

Offices in Central & Southern California to Serve You

Years we have been in business

Expertise

EMPLOYMENT / LABOR LAW

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

Workers' Compensation

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

Civil Litigation

Americans with Disabilities Act
Employee Handbooks
Grievance Procedures
Wage & Hour Law
Family Leave Act
Representation before State & Federal Agencies


Our complete “Firm Brochure,” including Attorney Bios, may be downloaded by clicking here.

Meet Our Attorneys

Donald Tobin

Donald Tobin

Founding Partner

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3401
E-mail

Mr. Tobin is a founding and managing partner of the firm. After earning his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law, Mr. Tobin served as Counsel and Assistant Vice President for Republic Indemnity Company of America from 1963-74. He spent the next eight years as a partner in a private Workers Compensation defense firm and co-founded Tobin • Lucks in 1982. 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.

Irvin Lucks

Irvin Lucks

Founder & Managing Partner

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3401
E-mail

Mr. Lucks, a founding partner of the firm 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 40 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 is currently the managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office. 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 Lucks

Edwin Lucks

Partner

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3411
E-mail

Mr. Lucks received his Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1970. He has managed the firm’s civil litigation department since 1984. 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

Frank Christine

Partner

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3401
E-mail

Mr. Christine is a Cum Laude graduate of UCLA and received his Juris Doctor degree from UCLA School of Law in 1981. 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 1993. 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.

Nate Halprin

Nate Halprin

Managing Partner

Orange County Office
Phone: (949) 476-9222
Fax: (949) 476-9224
E-mail

Nate Halprin is the managing partner of our Orange County office. He joined the firm 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 decades of 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 certified by the State Bar of California as a Certified Specialist in Workers Compensation Law.

John Lamoutte

John Lamoutte

Managing Partner

Central Coast Office
Phone: (805) 685-3200
Fax: (805) 685-3222
E-mail

John Lamoutte is the managing partner of our Central Coast 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 132(a) petitions, as well as serious and willful misconduct claims. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Lamoutte acquired extensive experience as an applicants’ attorney before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. He also represented plaintiffs in the civil court.

Robert Tobin

Robert Tobin

Managing Partner

San Diego Office
Phone: (619) 702-0880
Fax: (619) 702-0899
E-mail

Mr. Tobin is currently the managing partner of the San Diego office. Mr. Tobin has defended all aspects of workers’ compensation claims since 1986, including Sports law (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL) Labor Code §132a, Serious & Willful Misconduct, Asbestosis, Fraud and Uninsured Employers. Mr. Tobin was 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 a major California workers’ compensation carrier 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 Sports Law Association, Association of Insurance Professionals, San Diego Workers’ Compensation Forum and the San Diego County Bar Association and has been a Certified Specialist in workers’ compensation law since 1999.

John Salisbury

John Salisbury

Partner

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3411
E-mail

John Salisbury joined the firm in 1990. 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.

Benjamin Herschbein

Benjamin Herschbein

Partner

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3401
E-mail

Mr. Herschbein joined the firm in 1992. 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 is a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law. Benjamin 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 Lawyering Skills and Trial Preparation and Settlement.

Jeannine Arce

Jeannine Arce

Partner

Orange County Office
Phone: (949) 476-9222
Fax: (949) 476-9224
E-mail

Jeannine Arce joined the firm as an associate in 1994. Ms. Arce represents insurance carriers and self-insured employers in all phases of the defense of workers’ compensation claims, including serious and willful misconduct actions and Labor Code Section 132(a) claims.

Alan Beardsley

Alan Beardsley

Partner

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3411
E-mail

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 Rivera

Sean Rivera

Partner

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3401
E-mail

Sean Rivera joined the firm in 1998. 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 and a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law.

Therese Walsh

Therese Walsh

Managing Partner

Inland Empire Office
Phone: (951) 270-1344
Fax: (951) 270-1348
E-mail

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 joined the firm as an associate in July of 1997 and is the managing partner of our Inland Empire office. 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. Ms. Walsh is a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law.

Jesse Perez

Jesse Perez

Managing Partner

Fresno Office
Phone: (559) 226-6100
Fax: (559) 226-6101
E-mail

Jesse Perez is the managing partner of our Fresno office. 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. Mr. Perez is an active member of the Cuban American Bar Association and the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar.

Gregory Cameron

Gregory Cameron

Partner

Central Coast Office
Phone: (805) 685-3200
Fax: (805) 685-3222
E-mail

Mr. Cameron received his Juris Doctor Degree from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. He works out of the Central Coast 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 1997. 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.

Brian Riley

Brian Riley

Partner

Orange County Office
Phone: (949) 476-9222
Fax: (949) 476-9224
E-mail

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.

Cindy Pearson

Cindy Pearson

Partner

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3401
E-mail

After a thirteen year career as a claims representative, hearing representative, and education coordinator for a major insurance company, Ms. Pearson joined the firm’s Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on the defense of workers’ compensation claims. Ms. Pearson is a member of the State Bar of California.

Brent Levine

Brent Levine

Partner

Central Coast Office
Phone: (805) 685-3200
Fax: (805) 685-3222
E-mail

Mr. Levine practices in our Central Coast office defending insured and self-insureds in workers compensation and related employment matters including discrimination claims. In addition to case in chief trials, Mr. Levine has been called upon by several clients to exclusively litigate and try liens in several Southern California venues filed by various healthcare providers including outpatient surgery centers. Mr. Levine attended the University of California at Santa Barbara, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Society in 1994. Thereafter, he was admitted to California Western School of Law in San Diego, California with First Year Recruiting Scholarship. Mr. Levine is a member of the State Bar of California. He was formerly an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). Mr. Levine is a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law.

Steven Rosenfeld

Steven Rosenfeld

Partner

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3401
E-mail

Steven Rosenfeld joined the firm as an associate in 2004. 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 1999. 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.

Mark Tobin

Mark Tobin

Partner

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3401
E-mail

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 Flynn

Sarah Flynn

Partner

Central Coast Office
Phone: (805) 685-3200
Fax: (805) 685-3222
E-mail

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 Central Coast 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 2004. She practiced in the general civil spectrum of the legal field until she joined the firm in 2005. 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 Stephens

Mark Stephens

Partner

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3401
E-mail

Mr. Stephens received his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles in 2005. Mr. Stephens began working for the firm as a calendar clerk in the Central Coast office shortly after graduating from Westmont College in 2001 with a B.S. in Psychology. He 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 Los Angeles office. He is a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law.

Karmen Moseley

Karmen Moseley

Partner

San Diego Office
Phone: (619) 702-0880
Fax: (619) 702-0899
E-mail

Karmen Moseley practices in the firm’s San Diego office. Ms. Moseley 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 1997. She has also practiced in the areas of insurance coverage, bad faith defense and employment law.

Brent Smith

Brent Smith

Partner

San Diego Office
Phone: (619) 702-0880
Fax: (619) 702-0899
E-mail

Mr. Smith practices in our San Diego County office. 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, Mr. Smith was employed as a Senior Medical Consultant for Pfizer/Pharmacia from 1993-2003. He was admitted to the California State Bar in February 2003.

Timothy Tobin

Timothy Tobin

Associate

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3401
E-mail

Timothy Tobin joined the firm’s Los Angeles office, after working as an applicants 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. Mr. Tobin is an active member of the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley Bar Associations. He holds certificates of outstanding achievement from his law school for courses in remedies and criminal procedure as well as certificates for I.E.A. and W.C.C.A. Mr. Tobin became a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law in 2010.

Christopher Ball

Christopher Ball

Associate

Inland Empire Office
Phone: (951) 270-1344
Fax: (951) 270-1348
E-mail

Christopher Ball practices in the firm’s Inland Empire office. Mr. Ball is a graduate of Long Beach State University earning a B.S. in Business Administration. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Western State University College of Law. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Ball was an associate for a large 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

Associate

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3401
E-mail

Mr. Tan-Sanchez practices in our Los Angeles office. He started in the field of Workers’ Compensation as a claims examiner in 1992. He was admitted to the California Bar in 1994 and immediately joined the legal department of a major defense firm as a staff counsel.Mr. Tan-Sanchez 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.

Debra Shackelford

Debra Shackelford

Associate

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3401
E-mail

Debra Shackelford joined the firm as an associate in the Los Angeles office in 2004. 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 Flanagan

Joseph Flanagan

Associate

Orange County Office
Phone: (949) 476-9222
Fax: (949) 476-9224
E-mail

Mr. Flanagan joined our Orange County office in July of 2005. 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 1975. From 1993 to 2005, Mr. Flanagan served as Managing Attorney for a large reputable company. Prior to that he was a partner in a private workers’ compensation defense firm in Orange County. He is a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law and was named a Superlawyer in the February 2005 issue of Los Angeles Magazine.

Leigh Bove

Leigh Bove

Associate

San Diego Office
Phone: (619) 702-0880
Fax: (619) 702-0899
E-mail

Leigh Bove practices in the firm’s San Diego office. Ms. Bove received her Juris Doctorate from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1993. 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 the firm.

Craig Richlin

Craig Richlin

Associate

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3401
E-mail

Craig Richlin joined the firm’s Los Angeles office in April 2010. 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 McNamara

Karisa McNamara

Associate

San Diego Office
Phone: (619) 702-0880
Fax: (619) 702-0899
E-mail

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.

Deborah Czech

Deborah Czech

Associate

Inland Empire Office
Phone: (951) 270-1344
Fax: (951) 270-1348
E-mail

Deborah Czech joined the firm as an associate in December, 1999. 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 in-house 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 Muto

Jessica Muto

Associate

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3401
E-mail

Ms. Muto graduated from Loyola Law School in 2008. 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 Jorgenson

Jessica Jorgenson

Associate

Orange County Office
Phone: (949) 476-9222
Fax: (949) 476-9224
E-mail

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, 2010.

Carolyn Lopez

Carolyn Lopez

Associate

Orange County Office
Phone: (949) 476-9222
Fax: (949) 476-9224
E-mail

Carolyn Lopez joined the firm as an associate in January, 2011. 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 2010. Ms. Lopez also holds a Bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of South Florida.

Neil Vanderwoude

Neil Vanderwoude

Associate

Central Coast Office
Phone: (805) 685-3200
Fax: (805) 685-3222
E-mail

Neil 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 the firm in 2011, and practices in our Central Coast office.

Yunna Mirolyan

Yunna Mirolyan

Associate

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3401
E-mail

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 Los Angeles office.

Susan Price

Susan Price

Associate

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3401
E-mail

Ms. Price joined the firm in 2011 and practices in our Los Angeles 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 2002. 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 Lee

David Lee

Associate

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3401
E-mail

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 the firm as a law clerk. He joined as an associate in 2011, and is currently practicing in our Los Angeles office.

Scott Plyler

Scott Plyler

Associate

Central Coast Office
Phone: (805) 685-3200
Fax: (805) 685-3222
E-mail

Scott Plyler received his juris doctor degree from Western State University in 1979. He has been actively involved in the workers’ compensation field since 1980, handling the defense of insurance carriers as well as self-insured, including government entities. Mr. Plyler has been certified by the State Bar of California as a Workers’ Compensation Specialist since 1993. Mr. Plyler is assigned to our Central Coast office.

Bruce Toomer

Bruce Toomer

Associate

Inland Empire Office
Phone: (951) 270-1344
Fax: (951) 270-1348
E-mail

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 Sevilla

Edgar Sevilla

Associate

San Diego Office
Phone: (619) 702-0880
Fax: (619) 702-0899
E-mail

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 1992. 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 Marlo

John Marlo

Associate

Orange County Office
Phone: (949) 476-9222
Fax: (949) 476-9224
E-mail

John A. Marlo III (“Jock”) joined Tobin • Lucks’ Orange County office in 2012. 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 Phan

Erica Phan

Associate

Orange County Office
Phone: (949) 476-9222
Fax: (949) 476-9224
E-mail

Ms. Phan earned her Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law, and was admitted to practice in 2008. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Business-Economics from UCLA in 2005. Prior to joining Tobin Lucks, Ms. Phan specialized in civil litigation, including insurance coverage, business litigation, and product liability.

Meghan O'Kane

Meghan O'Kane

Associate

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3401
E-mail

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.

Timothy Kelly

Timothy Kelly

Associate

Fresno Office
Phone: (559) 226-6100
Fax: (559) 226-6101
E-mail

Timothy Kelly attended the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor with a Certificate in Advocacy in 2011. 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 Gross

Joel Gross

Associate

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3401
E-mail

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.

David Jones

David Jones

Associate

Central Coast Office
Phone: (805) 685-3200
Fax: (805) 685-3222

E-mail

David Jones 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.

NIR ASSERAF

NIR ASSERAF

Associate

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3401
E-mail

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 2013. 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 Dardashti

Sam Dardashti

Associate

Orange County Office
Phone: (949) 476-9222
Fax: (949) 476-9224
E-mail

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.

Diana Cunningham

Diana Cunningham

Associate

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3401
E-mail

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 2007. She is currently practicing in our Los Angeles office.

Jimmy Cabral

Jimmy Cabral

Associate

Orange County Office
Phone: (949) 476-9222
Fax: (949) 476-9224
E-mail

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 2002. 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.

Janine Reiser

Janine Reiser

Associate

Orange County Office
Phone: (949) 476-9222
Fax: (949) 476-9224
E-mail

Janine Reiser joined the firm’s Orange County office as an associate attorney in 2013. She received her Juris Doctorate from New England Law in Boston, Massachusetts, and was admitted to the California Bar in 2009. 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 Pham

Dat Pham

Associate

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3401
E-mail

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 2014.

Blake Porter

Blake Porter

Associate

Orange County Office
Phone: (949) 476-9222
Fax: (949) 476-9224
E-mail

Mr. Porter received his B.A. degree in American History from Boston University in 2007. 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 Holm

Miles Holm

Associate

Orange County Office
Phone: (949) 476-9222
Fax: (949) 476-9224
E-mail

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 2009. He is an active member of the Orange County Bar Association, and is admitted to practice in California.

Jonathan Miller

Jonathan Miller

Associate

Central Coast Office
Phone: (805) 685-3200
Fax: (805) 685-3222
E-mail

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 2009. 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

Associate

Inland Empire Office
Phone: (951) 270-1344
Fax: (951) 270-1348
E-mail

Natalie Djabourian joined the firm’s Inland Empire office as an associate in 2014. 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.

Nicholas Walton

Nicholas Walton

Associate

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3401
E-mail

Nicholas Walton is an associate attorney in our Woodland Hills location. Mr. Walton received his Juris Doctorate from Whittier Law School in 2009, where he was a Dean’s Merit Scholarship recipient. Prior to joining our firm, Mr. Walton worked as general counsel for a sports agency, and as an associate in a civil litigation law firm, where he practiced in the areas of personal injury and real estate.

Mr. Walton is a member of the State Bar of California, and is admitted to practice law in the State of California and before the United States District Court for the Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern Districts. Mr. Walton has a solid background in all phases of litigation, but his practice now focuses on defending workers’ compensation claims.

Thomas Youngdale

Thomas Youngdale

Associate

Inland Empire Office
Phone: (951) 270-1344
Fax: (951) 270-1348
E-mail

Thomas E. Youngdale joined the firm as an Associate in 2014. He received his BA Degree from Davidson College, and his Juris Doctor from Lincoln University School of Law. He has been involved in the Workers’ Compensation field since 1979. Prior to becoming a workers’ compensation defense attorney in 1992, he was a certified self-insurance administrator and claims manager with several major corporations.

Mr. Youngdale has over 30 years of experience in the Workers’ Compensation field, and has served on the boards of the Workers’ Compensation section of California Manufacturer’s Association and California Self-Insurer’s Association. He has represented employers, insurance carriers and third party administrators in Long Shore and Harbor Workers’ cases, Federal Black Lung litigation, and workers’ compensation cases in both Utah and California. He also has extensive experience preparing workers’ compensation fraud cases for submission to and prosecution by District Attorneys’ offices in both Northern and Southern California.

Zareh Zatikyan

Zareh Zatikyan

Associate

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3401
E-mail

Mr. Zatikyan earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of La Verne College of Law, ranked in the top 10 percent of his graduating class. He attended the University of California at Los Angeles, where he majored in sociology, and graduated with honors. Mr. Zatikyan joined the firm in July, 2014, and is currently working in our Los Angeles office.

Omar A. Hinds

Omar A. Hinds

Associate

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3401
E-mail

Mr. Hinds joined the firm’s Los Angeles office in October 2014. He devotes the majority of his practice to the defense of workers’ compensation claims for both self-insured employers and insurance companies. He handles all facets of workers’ compensation claims, including representing clients at depositions, hearings, trials as well as defending clients on appeal. He began his legal career in 2001, practicing primarily civil litigation as an associate attorney in private practice. In 2003, Mr. Hinds began practicing in the area of workers’ compensation defense. Mr. Hinds’ law school achievements include serving the Law Student Division liaison to the American Bar Association’s AIDS Coordinating Committee. He was also an ABA Law Student Division representative, and a member of Phi Alpha Delta. He is a member of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the California State Bar, and has volunteered his time with the Los Angeles Barristers Domestic Violence Project.

Justine N. Barraza

Justine N. Barraza

Associate

Inland Empire Office
Phone: (951) 270-1344
Fax: (951) 270-1348
E-mail

Ms. Barraza obtained her J.D. from the University of La Verne College of Law in 2013. She has also earned a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Business Administration from California State University in San Bernardino and University of La Verne, respectively. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Barraza worked at a small general practice firm where she was responsible for civil, family law, and criminal cases, as well as applicant’s worker’s compensation cases. Ms. Barraza joined the firm as an Associate in 2014, and is currently working in our Pomona office.

Shirinnaz Zekavati

Shirinnaz Zekavati

Associate

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3401
E-mail

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Jennifer R. Arnold

Jennifer R. Arnold

Associate

Los Angeles Office
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3401
E-mail

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Randal Klein

Randal Klein

Managing Partner

Randy joined the firm in 1987, and through his dedication, loyalty, and professionalism rose to the position of Managing Partner in our Los Angeles office. He was respected and liked by both those with whom he worked, and against whom he litigated as a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law. Randy loved his work, his UCLA Bruins, his vigorous workout regimen, and his many friends. That love was reciprocated, especially during the last several months of his illness when his many friends and colleagues called and visited often. Randy was held in high regard and true affection by all who were lucky enough to be his friend or acquaintance, and his presence is greatly missed.

Thomas Rafacz

Thomas Rafacz

Shareholder

Thomas Rafacz joined the firm’s Los Angeles office in September, 1988. Initially, he worked in the Civil Litigation Department, responsible for handling defense of civil litigation, Labor Code 132a and related employment law matters. He later began handling the defense of workers’ compensation cases and became a Certified Specialist in Workers’ Compensation Law. Prior to attending law school, Mr. Rafacz worked for a nationwide transportation company for ten years as the Director of Risk Management. His responsibilities included management of a self-insured, self-administered workers’ compensation program. Mr. Rafacz became a shareholder in 1998, and was a well-respected attorney. Tom passed away suddenly in April of 1999. He was a friendly, sincere person who will be missed by his family, colleagues and many, many friends.

Six locations to serve you

A. Fresno Office

Our Fresno office is located at 1233 West Shaw Avenue, Suite 103, Fresno, CA 93711-3718. Our telephone number is (559) 226-6100 and our fax number is (559) 226-6101.

B. Los Angeles County Office

The address of our Los Angeles office is 21300 Victory Boulevard, 3rd Floor, Woodland Hills. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 4502, Woodland Hills, CA 91365-4502. Our telephone number is (818) 226-3400 and our FAX number is (818) 226-3401.

C. Central Coast Office

Our Central Coast office is located at 6785 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, California 93117. Our telephone number is (805) 685-3200 and our FAX is (805) 685-3222.

D. Inland Empire Office

Our Inland Empire office is located in Pomona near the 10/57/71 freeway interchange. Our address is 801 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 202, Pomona, California 91768. Our telephone number is (951) 270-1344 and our FAX is (951) 270-1348.

E. Orange County Office

The address of our Orange County office is 1 MacArthur Place, Suite 700, Santa Ana, California 92707. Our telephone number is (949) 476-9222 and our FAX is (949) 476-9224.

F. San Diego Office

Our San Diego office address is 610 W. Ash Street, Suite 801, San Diego, California 92101.Our telephone number is (619) 702-0880 and our FAX is (619) 702-0899.

Contact Information

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Administrative Contacts

Los Angeles Office<br />
lynn@tobinlucks.com<br />
Phone: (818) 226-3400<br />
Fax: (818) 332-4319

Lynn Caprarelli, IT Manager

Los Angeles Office
lynn@tobinlucks.com
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 332-4319
Central Coast Office<br />
sfeldhaus@tobinlucks.com<br />
Phone: (805) 685-3200<br />
Fax: (805) 715-0524

Sarah Feldhaus, Office Manager

Central Coast Office
sfeldhaus@tobinlucks.com
Phone: (805) 685-3200
Fax: (805) 715-0524
Orange County Office<br />
bjones@tobinlucks.com<br />
Phone: (949) 476-9222<br />
Fax: (949) 608-9118

Bernadette Jones, Office Manager

Orange County Office
bjones@tobinlucks.com
Phone: (949) 476-9222
Fax: (949) 608-9118
San Diego Office<br />
jmora@tobinlucks.com<br />
Phone: (619) 702-0880<br />
Fax: (619) 243-7311

Julie Mora, Office Manager

San Diego Office
jmora@tobinlucks.com
Phone: (619) 702-0880
Fax: (619) 243-7311
Los Angeles Office<br />
wayne@tobinlucks.com<br />
Phone: (818) 226-3400<br />
Fax: (818) 226-3421

Wayne Myers, Controller

Los Angeles Office
wayne@tobinlucks.com
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3421
Los Angeles Office<br />
jeanette@tobinlucks.com<br />
Phone: (818) 226-3400<br />
Fax: (818) 226-3431

Jeanette Sabonjian, Office Mgr/Benefits Admin

Los Angeles Office
jeanette@tobinlucks.com
Phone: (818) 226-3400
Fax: (818) 226-3431
Inland Empire Office<br />
kwright@tobinlucks.com<br />
Phone: (951) 270-1344<br />
Fax: (909) 639-8026

Kerrie Wright, Office Manager

Inland Empire Office
kwright@tobinlucks.com
Phone: (951) 270-1344
Fax: (909) 639-8026

career information

Tobin · Lucks has over 150 employees on staff, many of whom have been with the firm for over 10 years.

It’s a great place to work!

We offer competitive salaries and a full benefits package including:

401K Plan
2 Weeks Vacation Per Year, Increasing with Longevity
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Leave
Health, Dental & Life Insurance

Positions currently available:

Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Positions available in our Los Angeles Office & Orange County Office: Minimum of 2 years of workers’ compensation experience is a MUST. Ideal candidates must have strong communication, litigation, and writing skills. Applicants must be in good standing with the California Bar Association.


Legal Assistant

Position available in our Orange County Office: Minimum of 2 years of workers’ compensation experience is a MUST.


Please fax resume and salary requirements to Jeanette Sabonjian at 818-226-3431

 Please fax resume and salary requirements to Kerrie Wright at 951-639-8026

Please fax resume and salary requirements to Bernadette Jones at 949-476-9224

Please fax resume and salary requirements to Lynn Caprarelli at 818-332-4319