WORKER’S COMPENSATION:

As a CA State Bar certified specialist in worker’s compensation law, I can explain how the system works, and guide you the best way through it in one piece. Prior experience as an insurance defense attorney for over ten years at a large worker’s compensation firm taught me the way claims are analyzed, and how settlements get negotiated.

I represent injured workers in Napa, Vallejo, Fairfield, Vacaville, American Canyon, Yountville, Lake County, Dixon, Santa Rosa, Sonoma, Benicia and Contra Costa County.  These areas are covered by Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board venues including Santa Rosa, Ukiah, Oakland, and Sacramento.

SOCIAL SECURITY:

The process of applying for Disability Retirement can be  overwhelming.  Due to the overlapping provisions of retirement plans, long term disability and Social Security, it is important to maximize benefits. I accept referrals from NOSSCR, the California Teachers Association, as well as the SOAR program for moderate-means beneficiaries. Social Security hearings are not for self-representation.  Numerous studies have demonstrated that having legal representation for your Social Security application greatly increases your chances of approval.

Attorney fees from a successful Social Security application are capped at 25% of the back pay, up to a maximum fee of $6,000. Social Security determines the attorney fee and pays the attorney directly from back pay awarded to you.

GENERAL LEGAL CONSULTATIONS:

I will gladly provide a single free 20 minute phone consultation for new clients. General Legal assistance includes reviewing documents or researching options for people on a wide range of issues. General legal counseling for up to 60 minutes is $150 per appointment.  

I cannot provide ongoing pro bono legal advice for your case or review your settlement documents for free.

If you cannot afford an attorney, I suggest utilizing one of these pro bono programs for legal assistance.